Herbie Hancock Is A Man-Child


The cover of this album is a bit beat up, but the record itself still plays incredibly well. My roommate, as I mentioned before, is a huge jazz fan and I love funk and soul so Herbie’s music is a fantastic fusion for the two of us!

Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer.

As part of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the “post-bop” sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music. Hancock’s music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs “cross over” and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz.

Hancock is the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. Holders of the chair deliver a series of six lectures on poetry, “The Norton Lectures”, poetry being “interpreted in the broadest sense, including all poetic expression in language, music, or fine arts.”. Hancock’s theme is “The Ethics of Jazz.”.

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Man-Child

Herbie Hancock

Side One

Hang Up Your Hang Ups
Sun Touch
The Traitor

Side Two

Bubbles
Sieppin’ It In
Heartbeat

Do Your Dance For Rose Royce At The Car Wash


I’ve posted about Rose Royce before, but was missing some of their hits. Luckily, my dad had them on 45!

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Side One

Do Your Dance – Part I

Side Two

Do Your Dance – Part II

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Side One

Car Wash

Side Two

Water

Ooh, ooh, you might not ever get rich
But let me tell ya, it’s better than diggin’ a ditch
There ain’t no tellin’ who you might meet
A movie star or maybe even a Indian Chief

(Workin’)
At the car wash
Workin’ at the car wash, yeah
Come on and sing it with me
(Car wash)
Sing it with the feelin’ ya’ll
(Car wash, girl)

Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day


One of the last times I went to Garnick’s, Bobby, the record guy suggested I take this home. He knows how much we jazz and poetry. This was an excellent suggestion!

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues”.

His recording work received much critical acclaim, especially one of his best-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. His poetic style has influenced every generation of hip hop.

Brian Robert Jackson (born October 11, 1952) is a keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, and producer. Working with numerous other artists, his own solo album didn’t come out until October 2000.

The two artists are most recognized for their collaborations which featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time. The songs were delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The sound of Jackson’s Rhodes electric piano and flute accompaniments featured prominently in many of their compositions.

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Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day

Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

Side One

Offering
The Liberation Song (Red, Black and Green)
Must Be Something
Ain’t No Such Thing as Superman
Pardon Our Analysis (We Beg Your Pardon)

Side Two

Guerilla
Winter in America
Western Sunrise
Alluswe

Roberta’s First Take


I love this album, but I either need to listen to it first thing in the morning when I’m definitely awake for the day or before bed. If I listen to it midday, I’m going to want a stack of fluffy blankets in my bed with my kitties. Maybe a glass of afternoon wine or champagne too. It’s just one of those albums that calms you right down.

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First Take

Roberta Flack

Side One

Compared to What
Angelitos Negros
Our Ages or Our Hearts
I Told Jesus

Side Two

Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
Tryin’ Times
Ballad of the Sad Young Men

Seal Drives Me Crazy


Who doesn’t appreciate some Seal? His tunes are a little soft for me to listen to regularly, but if I ever catch him on the radio, you know I’m belting out some Kiss from a Rose. My dad didn’t have any singles or LPs from him and I do feel his place in the collection is definitely deserved since he’s been so successful. This was the first I happened upon while crate digging but I would like to have more.

Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963), known by the mononym Seal, is an English soul and R&B singer-songwriter. He has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and is known for his numerous international hits, including “Kiss from a Rose”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Batman Forever. He was a coach on The Voice Australia in 2012 and 2013.

Seal has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards, four Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. As a songwriter, he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award, for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, in consecutive years for “Killer” (1990) and “Crazy” (1991).

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Side One

Crazy (William Orbit Mix)
Crazy (Extended Version)
Crazy (Chick on My Tip Mix)

Side Two

Krazy
Sparkle (Extended Version)
Crazy (Do You Know the Way to L.A. Mix)