Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Amalgamated All Stars- Memories


I was saddened to hear that Jamaican music industry veteran Joe Gibbs died last week. But I'm delighted that it compelled me to return to this stunning collection of material he oversaw between 1967-73. It'd been a few years since I spun the disc; it's even better than I remembered. The instrumental featured here is marvelous, yet it's probably the least compelling of the compilation's eighteen tracks. Sir Lord Comic, Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Overtakers are among the standouts on this essential set. Gibbs may be best remembered for his later work, but music doesn't get much more compelling than this.

Erykah Badu's Amerykah is a spectacular mess. Self-indulgent and filled with pointless detours, it sounds like something George Clinton might have orchestrated during a lost weekend in 1973. Needless to say, I like it a lot.

Talk about an act that fits the There Stands the Glass aesthetic: Uncle Monk is a modest old-timey duo that you'd think would be relegated to providing warm smiles at a coffee house's open mic night. But there's a twist. Tommy Ramone is in the band! Uncle Monk is on an extensive tour. I am so there.

Kansas City Click: For Midwestern power pop twits, tonight's triple bill of Ludo, Anything But Joey and Ha Ha Tonka at the Record Bar is pure bliss.

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