Watch The Throne

There are a some interesting little nuggets of information with this album that make it slightly different than the usual album entry.

The first would be that isn’t the “official” album. I mean, the songs are but the cover is different and this was pressed on a different colored vinyl. It’s hard to tell, but it’s a very dark gray. It might not be official, but I think it’s pretty neat that every one of these presses is slightly different.


The second would be the samples used to make the album. I mean, that’s natural in pretty much all hip hop and rap music, but Watch the Throne uses some really great, classic artists and songs. I’ve mentioned it a few times throughout the blog, but my dad was always knowledgeable when it came to samples. There’s a few more, but a sampling of the samples include the following:

“No Church in the Wild”, “Otis” and “Gotta Have It” all contain samples from “Don’t Tell a Lie About Me and I Won’t Tell the Truth About You” by James Brown.

“Gotta Have It” also contains samples from “People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul” and “My Thang” by James Brown.

“New Day” contains samples from “Feeling Good” as performed by Nina Simone.

“That’s My Bitch” contains samples from “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” as performed by James Brown and “Apache” by Incredible Bongo Band.

“The Joy” contains samples from “The Makings of You (Live)” as performed by Curtis Mayfield and “Different Strokes” as performed by Syl Johnson.

We picked this up from Underground Hip Hop about a week or two ago now. I posted some pictures on Instagram of the store at the time so be sure you’re following along there. I don’t want you to miss anything! The store’s right off Mass Ave in Boston and although a bit small, it has a great selection. They do keep the singles out back so be sure to ask about them. You can use the computers to search through the selection too.

Watch the Throne is a collaborative studio album by American rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, released on August 8, 2011, by Roc-A-Fella Records, Roc Nation, and Def Jam Recordings. Before the album, Jay-Z and West had collaborated on their respective singles and with West as a producer on Jay-Z’s work. As longtime friends, they originally sought out to record a five-song EP together, but the project eventually evolved into a full length album. Recording sessions took place at various locations and began in November 2010. The album was produced by West, RZA, Swizz Beatz and others.

Expanding on the dense production style of West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Watch the Throne incorporates orchestral and progressive rock influences, unconventional samples, and dramatic melodies in its sound. Jay-Z and West’s braggadocio lyrics exhibit themes of opulence, fame, materialism, power, and the burdens of success, as well as political and socioeconomic context. Music writers interpreted the subject matter to concern the rappers’ plight as African Americans struggling with financial success in America.

Watch the Throne debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 436,000 copies its first week. It received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended its production and the rappers’ performances, although some criticized its subject matter and cohesiveness. It was also one of the top-ranked albums in year-end lists by critics and publications and earned the duo seven Grammy Award nominations.


Watch the Throne

Jay-Z & Kayne West

Side One

No Church in the Wild feat. Frank Ocean
Lift Off feat Beyonce
N*ggas in Paris
Otis feat Otis Redding
Gotta Have It
New Day

Side Two

That’s My Bitch
Welcome to the Jungle
Who’s Gon Stop Me
Murder to Excellence
Made in America feat. Frank Ocean
Why I Love You feat. Mr. Hudson

Waltz in Jazz Time

Simon Hugh “Si” Zentner (June 13, 1917 in New York City – January 31, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was an American trombonist and jazz big-band leader.


Waltz in Jazz Time

Si Zentner & His Orchestra

Side One

The Sweetest Sounds
A La Mode
Belle of the Ball
Gonna Go Fishin’

Side Two

Waltz in Jazz Time
Green Fields
Willow Weep for Me
Wild Honeysuckle

This Is The Big Band Era

As I mentioned in the end of the month wrap up, I went to Pitchfork in Concord, New Hampshire to do some digging for new vinyl. We ended up finding some great LPs, this one included, so I’ll be entering some new LPs in the mix of singles!!!


This is The Big Band Era

Various Artists

Side One

South – Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra
Song of India – Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Sing, Sing, Sing (Introducing “Christopher Columbus”) – Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
I Can’t Get Started – Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra
Don’t Be That Way – Benny Goodman and his Orchestra

Side Two

Begin the Beguine – Artie Shaw and his Orchestra
And the Angels Sing – Ziggy Elman and his Orchestra
12th Street Rag – Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
Cherokee – Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra
In the Mood – Glenn Miller and his Orchestra

Side Three

Boogie Woogie on St. Lousi Blues – Earl “Fatha” Hines and his Orchestra
Frenesi – Artie Shaw and his Orchestra
After Hours – Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra
Pompton Turnpike – Charlie Benet and his Orchestra
Take the “A” Train – Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Side Four

A String of Pearls – Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
Opus One – Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Tippin’ In – Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra
Mister Roberts’ Roost – Count Basie and his Orchestra
Study in Brown – Larry Clinton and his Orchestra

Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

You might recognize this name since I did an earlier post on a tribute to Tommy Dorsey by the The Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra.

Thomas Francis “Tommy” Dorsey, Jr. (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”, because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. Although he was not known for being a notable soloist, his technical skill on the trombone gave him renown amongst other musicians. He led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s.


Side One

There Are Such Things

Side Two

Star Dust


Side One

My Baby Just Cares for Me

Side Two

Tea for Two Cha Cha


Hmmm. Did my dad get this because of my mom? My mom’s father was Greek (please don’t ask me to spell her maiden name, she yells when I call to make sure I got the Os and Us in the correct order) and so that side of the family is like My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Well, minus the Windex.

Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου; born 29 March 1943), professionally known as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.

Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. His work has continued through to this day, working on music for events like the 2001 Mars Odessey and the 2002 World Cup.

In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack’s single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners’ medal presentation ceremonies. In 2012, Vangelis re-tooled and added new pieces to the Chariots of Fire soundtrack, for use in Chariots of Fire, the 2012 stage adaptation of the 1981 film of the same title.

Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is the world’s most celebrated creator of electronic music.


Side One

Chariots of Fire – Titles

Side Two

Eric’s Theme