four albums, ordered from 'Vinyl Me Please' last year, were finally
delivered today. 'Vinyl Me, Please' is a US company/record club, bringing
fine reissues on the market (usually leased from other companies),
but I guess it all grew too fast, resulting in a logistical mess at
the end of last year. Apologies made, which I appreciated a lot, and
today this episode came to an end when I received my order.
Bobo's "Uno Dos Tres" is a friendly and cheerful latin jazz
album, featuring twelve vocal and instumental tracks. Bobo was a percussionist
and he and his group recorded this album in 1966, at Rudy van Gelder's
Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Originally released on Verve
years I bought nothing but gospel records. These times are over, but
I still enjoy listening to some of those black gospel shakers. Sister
Rosetta Tharpe is one of my favorite female gospel artists and I was
surprised to see this one being re-released. I have the original album
but I was just curious what this one would sound like. No disappointment
- this music hits you right in the face! The mono sound is clean,
dynamic and balanced. Uptempo and slower tracks are merged with Sister's
singing and guitar solos. The tip-on sleeve looks fine (with a great
picture where Sister Rosetta Tharpe holds a nice Gibson Les Paul Goldtop),
but the colors aren't true to the original, too much reds mixed in
(not too obvious in the picture above). Originally released on Mercury
Donald Byrd is most famous for his Blue Note recordings. He was a
versatile artist and this album shows our man in good shape releasing
four groovy jazz tunes. The recordings were made in 1969 with the
help of Frank Foster, Lew Tabackin, Julian Priester, Duke Pearson,
Roland Wilson, Jimmy Ponder, Joe Chambers, Nat Bettis, Jerry Dodgion
and Leo Morris. Duke Pearson produced the album, and Rudy van Gelder
seems to not have been involved this time (surprising!). Originally
released on Blue Note BST 84319.
and last LP in this set is by the Lightmen plus One, a group I hadn't
heard from before. The hype sticker on this release says: "Revolutionay,
spiritual jazz from the unlikely city of Houston, Texas: the definitive
issue". The original single album from 1972 is a rare collectable
and was re-released here as a double album featuring some previously
unreleased alternate takes. I listened to it once today and I think
I liked what I heard; moody jazz improvisations with some unexpected
weirdness thrown in at times. I need to listen more often. Originally
released on Lightnin' LP-2001. The double LP reissue is on Now Again
Records which was concurrently released by 'Vinyl Me, Please' as a
special release by this record club.
these four albums came in nice and glossy tip-on sleeves and were
pressed on 180 grams vinyl. The sound quality is very satisfying.
Michael Fremer (Analog
Planet) says: "If you'd have told me a few years ago when
Vinyl Me, Please launched, that within a few years the curated based
vinyl subscription service would be at the top of the vinyl reissue
heap, I'd have said you've been inhaling too many PVC fumes".
Good things do happen!