Alternative Hymnal (for sceptics)


How to get to heaven. What to do when you get there.

Track Listing:

01 Go Tell It On The Mountain [Bob Marley]

02 God’s Gonna Cut You Down [Odetta]

03 The Lord Will Make A Way. [Mighty Sam Mc Clain]

04 Consideration [Don Byron]

05 King of Kings [Prince Buster All-Stars]

06 Jesus Is Using Me [Five Singing Stars with Tommy Ellison]

07 Jesus Will Fix It for You [Jesse Mae Hemphill]

08 Fun In The Church [Nat Adderley]

09 Walk Around Heaven All Day [Jackson Southernaires]

10 Wrapped Up in Jesus [Rev. Charlie Jackson]

11 Operator Operator [Sister Wynona Carr]

12 Feed Me Jesus [Swan Silvertones]

13 Don’t Drive Your Mama Away [Shirley Ceasar]

14 Jesus Christ [Paul Ngozi]

15 Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel [Paul Robeson]

16 If We Never Needed The Lord Before (We Sure Do Need Him Now) [Mahalia Jackson]

17 Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior [Bob Dylan]

18 Redemption [Johnny Cash]

19 My Last Two Tens [Porter Wagoner]

20 Sinner Man [Bob Marley]

21 Heaven In My Heart [Vusi Mahlasela]

22 Stand By Me [Sister Mathews]

24 Haunts Of Ancient Peace [Van Morrison]


Funk Mixtape


Funk. You can’t define it. But you know it when you feel it.


Track Listing:

01 Good Time (Bye Bye Mr Dynamite) [Uptown Funk Empire]

02 Kenia [Mombasa]

03 Rien Ne Va Plus [Funk Factory]

04 I Feel The Earth Move [Boogaloo Joe Jones]

05 Big Jim [The Three Souls]

06 Game Is My Middle Name [Betty Davis]

07 Latin Goes To Ska [The Skatalites]

08 Ain’t it Funky Now [Taj Mahal]

09 My Babe [Ramsay Lewis Trio]

10 BT [Kool and the Gang]

14 That’s The Way Love Is (Duet With Johnnie Taylor) [Mavis Staples]

15 A Natural Woman [Buddy Terry]

16 Do Something for Yourself [Weldon Irvine]

17 Give Me Your love [Curtis Mayfield]

18 Heart ‘N Soul [Booker T. Averhart]

19 Bonita, I Wanna Love You Like I Need Ya [Pimps of Joytime]

20 Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further [Lee Dorsey]

21 Run Rudie Run [Lee ‘King’ Perry & the Gaylads]

22 It Ain’t No Fun To Me [Al Green]

23 Ain’t We Funkin’ Now [The Brothers Johnson]

24 She’s A Brick House [The Commodores]

25 Fug [Cymande]

27 King Tim III. [The Fatback Band]


Instrumental Insurrection


Cracking instrumental music from all across the world. Rise Up!


Track Listing

01 Sharks [Papa John]

02 Blue Guitar [Pete Anderson]

03 Roadside ’75 [The O’Jahs]

04 Eastern Standard Time [Don Drummond]

05 Thing [Lowell Fulsom]

06 Return To Gíjón [The New Mastersounds]

07 Mediterranean Breakfast [Sue Foley]

08 Beautiful Love [John Hicks Trio]

09 Sleepwalk [Leo Kottke]

10 Endangered Beat [Electric Ibrahim]

11 Maningafoly [Hank Jones and Cheick Tidane Seck]

12 The Rising Sun [Shin Jung Hyun and Yup Juns]

13 El Mar [George Benson]

14 Journey To The Stars [The Ventures]

15 Lonesome Road {Duane Eddy]

16 Flirting Shadows (Shenaz Longa) [Hasan Cihat Orther]

17 Wilson, Otis And Aretha [The Haircuts and the Impossibles]

18 Caballo Viejo [Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban]

19 Elijah Rockin’ with Soul (unedited) [Hank Jacobs]

20 Hey Mujhe Dil De – Bass Guitar (Mr. Romeo) [Charanjit Singh]

21 Dance Music [SD Burman]

22 I Love Paris [Eddie Calvert]

23 Monkey Hips [Willis Jackson]

24 Mortgage On My Soul (Wah-Wah) [Keith Jarrett]

25 Mediterranien [Kudsi Erguner]

26 Simla Beat Theme

Insurrect Here

Mose Allison Mixtape


They keep falling like bowling pins. This one really hurts. I named my first born after Mose Allison.  For a fuller appreciation of his legacy visit my other blog.

For now, revel in the magic of his music.

Track Listing:

01 Everybody Cryin’ Mercy

02 If You Only Knew (Live)

03 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

04 Cruise Control

05 It’s Crazy

06 I Don’t Want Much

07 Parchman Farm

08 What Will It Be

09 Dinner On the Ground

10 Middle Class White Boy (Live)

11 If You Live

12 Stranger in Paradise

13 I Love the Life I live (Live)

14 Stroll

15 Eyesight To The Blind

16 Foolkiller

17 You Call it Joggin’

18 Mule

19 Gimcracks and Gewgaws

20 Seventh Son

21 Ever Since the World Ended

22 Mojo Woman

23 Ask Me Nice

24 Back Country Suite Blues (aka Young Man Blues)



Farewell Brother: Leonard Cohen Mixtape

rip-leonardA true mahatma has blessed us for many years.  Rest in real peace, Leonard.

Track Listing:

01 Undertow

02 Suzanne

03 By the Rivers Dark

04 Lullaby

05 Democracy

06 Sisters Of Mercy

07 The Future

08 I’m Your Man

09 Boogie Street

10 You Know Who I Am

11 Nightingale

12 Dance Me to the End of Love

13 Lover Lover Lover

14 Be For Real

15 Banjo

16 Bird On The Wire

17 Anthem

18 Why Don’t You Try

19 Tower of Song

20 Darkness

21 The Captain

22 To A Teacher

23 You Want It Darker

24 Whither Thou Goest


Memphis Gold: the Luxe Sounds of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records


Memphis was the royal city of soul in the 1960s and 70s. Three studios—Sun, Royal and Stax—each produced more history and good vibrations than is imaginable.

Thinking of American music without the artists and sounds these little recording shops produced is nearly impossible. Their impact on the musical consciousness of an entire generation of young Americans—and others around the world—is hard to overstate.

Of the three, my favourite was Royal Studios, from whence trumpet player Willie Mitchell emerged as the producer of one of the most distinctive soul sounds ever conceived.

Hi Records was his baby and was taken to the moon and back by the Rev. Al Green, America’s sexiest voice. As this mixtape tries to highlight, Royal Studios was a magnet for artists of all types across more than 4 decades: Keith Richard, Chuck Berry, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner,  Charlie Rich and Bill Black of Elvis’ fame.

When you’re on to a good thing everyone wants to be part of it!

Get into the groove!

Track Listing

01 Nick-O-Demus [Willie Mitchelll]

02 Gotta Have Money [Willie Clayton]

03 Love Is After Me [Charile Rich]

04 Peace To The Neighborhood [Pop Staples]

05 Take Me To The River [Syl Johnson]

06 A Love Vibration [Ann Peebles]

07 Love and Happiness [Al Green]

08 Too Hot To Hold [Ike and Tina Turner]

09 Run, Run, Run [Ann Peebles]

10 I’m A Ram [Al Green]

11 I Didn’t Know The Meaning Of Pain [Otis Clay]

12 Touch of the Blues [Bobby Blue Bland]

13 I’m Leavin’ [Solomon Burke]

14 That Driving Beat [Willie Mitchell]

15 Talk Memphis [Jesse Winchester]

16 Big Enough [Keith Richards]

17 Up Above My Head [Al Green]

18 What you Laid on Me [Ann Peebles]

19 I’ve Been Waiting On You. [Al Green]

20 Jesus is Waiting [Al Green]

21 Your Good Thing Is About To end [O.V. Wright]

22 She’s About A Mover [Otis Clay]

23 You Must Believe in Yourself [O.V. Wright]

24 I Can’t Stand the Rain [Ann Peebles]

25 If I Only Knew [Tom Jones]

26 Let’s Stay Together [Al Green]

27 Rainin’ in My Heart [Al Green]

28 Baby You’re Ready [Willie Clayton]

29 Ace of Spades [O.V. Wright]

30 Sailing [Rod Stewart]

31 Drunk [Ace Cannon]


Asha Bhosle Mix Tape

A is for Asha

Asha Bhosle, sister of Lata Mangeshkar, wife of R.D. Burman is Indian musical royalty.

An adventurous and bold singer, Asha does it all: filmi songs, ghazals, art music, pop, New Age and even some neo-disco.

Herewith a selection of 30 tracks for your listening pleasure

Vol. 1

01 Pyase Do Badan

02 Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh

03 Tu Tu Hai Wohi

04 Dialogue and Song: Mera Kuchh Samaan

05 Udi Baba

06 Yeh Salam Aakhri

07 Chura Liya Hai Tum Ne

08 One Two Three Baby

09 The Way You Dream

10 Noorie

11 Gulabi Raat Gulabi

12 Dil Cheez Kya Hai

13 Ave Maria (Om Ganesha)

14 Kam Nahin Sharab Se Shokhiyan Shabab Ki

A V1


Vol 2

16 Inteha Ho Gayi Intezar Ki

17 Mera Man Bhatak Raha Diwana

18 Duniya Men

20 Yeh Dhuaan

21 Mera Naam Hai Shabnam

22 Aati Rahengi Baharen

23 Tip Tip Tip

24 Dialogue and Song: Justju Jis Ki Thi

25 Kitni Thandi Pawan

26 Yeh Kya Jagah Hai Dosto

27 Log Mujhe Pagal Kehtain Hai

28 Sochta Hai Kya

29 Neeyat-E-Shauq

30 Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke)

B V2