Sunday, October 7, 2018

Open Secret 2004

Q-Tip had a tough time carrying on the elegant meld of hip-hop with jazz and elsewise that made A Tribe Called Quest such a big deal. Soon after his second solo effort, 2002's Kamaal The Abstract, was shelved by troubled Arista, he signed with equally troubled DreamWorks and recorded a whole other project called Open, which featured guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel with guest appearances by Common, D'Angelo and Andre 3000. But Open went unreleased as well, with DreamWorks shutting down for good one year later. Q-Tip fled to Universal Motown, who promised to release a reworked Open as Live At The Renaissance and then didn't. It wasn't until 2008 that rescued Open tracks appeared on Abstract Innovations and The Renaissance, with Kamaal The Abstract seeing light of day the following year. Many Secret Open tracks were scrounged from YouTube, so bitrates may disappoint. Pie is never free.

DreamWorks 2004 (unreleased)
01 Johnny Died
02 Black Boy
03 The Official
04 N/A (w/ Common)
05 Say Something For Me
06 Interlude
07 Not Gone Have It
08 Unknown
09 Feelings
10 Where Do You Go?
11 Unidentified
12 That's Sexy (w/ Andre 3000)
13 Late Mornin'
14 Compute
15 I Believe (w/ D'Angelo)
16 Lisa (extended instrumental)
17 Instrumental
18 Lisa (originial)


Friday, October 5, 2018

Secret Gift Of Screws 2001

Hyperactive young finger-picker bound for glory.

Essential Oils -- are wrung --
The Attar from the Rose
Be not expressed by Suns -- alone --
It is the gift of Screws --

The General Rose -- decay --
But this -- in Lady's Drawer
Make Summer -- When the Lady lie
In Ceaseless Rosemary --

                                                - Emily Dickinson

Songs for the original Gift Of Screws were recorded throughout the nineties, but when Warner Bros. heard Buckingham's mixed and mastered CD, they decided to maximize profits by shuttling seven of the songs, remixed and/or reconfigured, to Fleetwood Mac's Say You Will. Other songs from the sessions turned up on various solo and group projects over the years, the title cut finally appearing as such in 2008, but here's the submitted Warners CD supplemented by four outtakes and demos (purists and historians can build the official seventeen track version from track listing included in first download). As said, most of these titles are available elsewhere, but they make a truly elegant song cycle as the author originally intended. Shadow Of The West compiles twenty soundtrack contributions, live cuts, demos and guest appearances from 1979 to 2012, as well as the clean, minimal mix of I Know I'm Not Wrong that was used on original vinyl copies of Tusk. Tracks have been gathered from vinyl, CD, torrent, message board download and YouTube, so bitrates are what they are.

Lindsey Buckingham
Gift Of Screws
Warner/Reprise 2001 (unreleased)
01 Someone's Gotta Change Your Mind
02 Miranda
03 Steal Your Heart Away
04 Red Rover
05 Come
06 She Smiled Sweetly
07 Down On Rodeo
08 Murrow
09 To Try For The Sun
10 Shuffle Riff
11 My Little Demon
12 Deep Dense
13 Gift Of Screws
14 Bleed To Love Her
15 Go Insane
16 Given Thing
17 Gotta Get Away
18 Twist Of Fate
19 Wear You Down (Steve's Riff)
20 Say Goodbye
21 The Singer Not The Song

Shadow Of The West
01 I Know I'm Not Wrong (Tusk original mix)
02 Demo #2 (Tusk demo)
03 Blue Monday (Mirage jam)
04 Goodbye Angel (Mirage outtake)
05 Teen Beat (Mirage outtake)
06 Holiday Road (live on WBCN Boston 03-26-93)
07 Eyes Of The World (Mirage demo)
08 Hold Me (Mirage w/ Lindsey lead vocal)
09 Time Bomb Town (Back To The Future OST)
10 I've Been Loving You Too Long (Mirage jam)
11 I Want You Back (Mick Fleetwood's Zoo)
12 Magnet And Steel (Walter Egan)
13 The Spinning Of The World (John Stewart)
14 Walls (Tom Petty)
15 On The Wrong Side (With Honors OST)
16 Peacekeeper (non-Mac)
17 Stephanie (live in Fort Worth 08-24-12)
18 She Acts Like You (This Is 40 OST)
19 Shadow Of The West (Law And Order)
20 The Farmer's Daughter (Fleetwood Mac Live)

Secret Gift Of Screws
Shadow Of The West

Sunday, September 23, 2018

African Fiesta @ 45tours on Vita 1963-5 Docteur Nico 01.6

Version 01.6 replaces 9 mp3s with lossless.
Version 01.5 adds 22b Kingo Mwambe.
Version 01.4 adds 01b Tremendo Punto, at long last.
Version 01.3 adds 19b Liwa Na Ngai.
Version 01.2 adds 03a Eso La Vida.
Version 01.1 Enthusiast discographer Alastair Johnston has kindly provided information and files, resulting in the addition of four tracks - 08a En Guantanamo, 13b Nkembo Na Nzambe, 18b Willy Mopaya, 23a Azongi Na Bomengo. I thank him for his generosity and infinite wisdom.
According to Johnston's invaluable Docteur Nico Discography, African Fiesta came together in 1963, featuring Nicolas Kasanda on lead, his brother Dechaud on rhythm guitar and Tabu Ley Rochereau on lead vocals, with Roger Izeidi, Kwamy Munsi, Joseph 'Mujos' Mulamba, Joseph Mwena and Depuissant, adding Faugus Izeidi, Paul Mizele, Dominique Kuntima and Jeef Mingiedi in due time. Having developed his electric guitar skills in African Jazz and Rock-a-Mambo, Nico was really sailing by this time, exploring exotic tones and textures like a Congolese Jeff Beck. Cascades of single notes alternate with thick clusters, generally plucked instead of flat-picked, all purring and growling with natural tube sustain and distortion, tremolo and reverb. Check Angola Siempre for a characteristic 'Dieu de la Guitare' solo. African Fiesta managed to record over 250 sides in just two years, with 128 Vita singles released and nary a dud among the ones I've heard. This collection comes from my own vinyl and CDs along with many many downloads from across the interwebs, with Moos @ Global Groove a prime source. I've been advised that compilation tracks are not necessarily the same takes as the original 45s, but I don't often have multiple sources to compare. 25 Vita numbers will be covered in each post, however many tracks I actually have, with downloads revised if and when additions turn up. A list of missing sides is included in the rar, and any digital contributions would be very greatly appreciated.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 01 - vita 01-25

01 01a Rendezvous Chez Labas
02 01b Tremendo Punto
03 02a Bilomba Ya Africa
04 02b Mwasi Abandaka
05 03a Eso La Vida
06 03b Naleli Leo
07 04a Angola Siempre
08 04b Permission
09 05a Moto Abungaka
10 05b Rythmo Ya Suka
11 06a Bandimi Ngaï Tata
12 06b Tembe Nde Tembe
13 07a Camalée
14 07b Seli Kutu
15 08a En Guantanamo
16 08b Keba
17 09a Pesa Le Tout
18 09b Vivo Africa
19 10a Toyei Na Sango
20 10b Vidas
21 13a Nico Azongi
22 13b Nkembe Na Nzambe
23 14a Conseil Monetaire
24 14b Barumbu
25 15a Boni Boye
26 17a Bisengo Na Capitale
27 18b Willy Mopaya
28 19a Arsène Dionge
29 19b Liwa Na Ngai
30 20a A.M. Decantonio
31 21b Natuna Nani
32 22b Kingo Mwambe
33 23a Azongi Na Bomengo
34 25a Ngonga Ebeti
35 25b Godee

cd, vinyl, downloads @ various bitrates

African Fiesta @ 45tours on Vita 1963-5 Docteur Nico 02.2

Version 2.2 replaces 10 mp3s with lossless.
Version 02.1 adds 47b Tokeseni Te.
Here's the second act, whatever I've got from Vita singles 26-50. The usual superlatives apply. Favorites here include Eleki Ndelo, Nella Negrita and Mamu Wua Mpoy. Likers of my listenings might like my lookings as well. Thanks, all.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 02 - vita 26-50

01 26a Ma Kulutu
02 27a Africa Jazz Lipopo
03 27b Mobembo Eleki Tata
04 28b Matulekele
05 30a Mwasi Ya Bangando
06 30b N'Soso Pembe Na Lipopo
07 31a Madina
08 31b Nalembi
09 32a Eleki Ndelo
10 33a Nella Negrita
11 33b Nganda Ya n'Somi
12 34b Libaku Ya Nguma
13 35a Ah! Congo
14 35b Amicale Lipopo
15 36a Mamu Wua Mpoy
16 37a Mirielle Mwana
17 39a Olingaki Nde Ngai
18 39b Rythi Mboka Muzungu
19 40a Batu Ya Congo
20 40b Donde
21 41b Prosabel Boyoma
22 42b Ndima Maloba
23 44a Eso Querida
24 44b Paquita
25 46a M. Felie
26 47b Tokeseni Te
27 50a Celibataire Niongo Te
28 50b Aura Moreno

cd and vinyl and downloads @ various bitrates

African Fiesta @ 45tours on Vita 1963-5 Docteur Nico 03.1

More of mankind's greatest achievements, now 60% lossless.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 03 - vita 51-75 

01 51a Natiya Zuwa Tina
02 51b Seis Linda Cubana
03 53a Ivi
04 54a Ya Gaby
05 54b L'Age Et L'Amour
06 55b Mwama Wa Mamu
07 56a Rochereau Pascal
08 57a Fiesta Kombo Ya Sika
09 57b Tozali Kozila
10 58b Contentieux Belgo-Congolais
11 59a Mama Egee
12 59b Maria Chantal
13 60a Lucie
14 60b Nadie No Puede
15 61a Santa
16 61b Tokei Koyekola
17 63b Mi Amore
18 64a Fiesta Na Milano
19 64b Mwana Ya Tabu
20 65a Sawa Ayaka Mozemba
21 65b Sey Sey
22 66a Madina 2
23 66b Nakokoma
24 67a Ba Bill Oye
25 67b Nin'zi
26 68a Mukala
27 68b Natali Yango Pamba
28 70b Guantanamera
29 71a Na Landa Baninga
30 71b Tosa Mpe Banga
31 72a Merengue President
32 72b Me Voy A Cantar
33 73a Biantondi Kasanda
34 73b Lolita
35 74a Domingo O Sabado
36 74b N'Daya Paradis

cd and vinyl and downloads lossless/not lossless

African Fiesta @ 45tours on Vita 1963-5 Docteur Nico 04.2

4.2 adds 102a Alvoga, 104a Indicatif African Fiesta, 107a Bonne Année 64 and upgrades 20 mp3s to lossless.
4.1 adds 83a L'Age Et L'Amour, 83b Ya Gaby 2, 114a Una Sabroso, 115a Dit Coco, 121a African Club, 121b Porti Caliente, 122a Belinda, 122b Faux Millionaire, 124a African Fiesta Congo, 124b Tu Son, 125a Djeke, 125b Sangana, 133b Mwanza Distinguée.
Here's the final installment of the Nico Vita story, with two Fiesta Sukisa posts to come.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 04 - vita 76-133

01 76a Camalée
02 76b Kiboloso
03 77a Exhibition Dechaud
04 78a Mambo Hawaiienne
05 78b PB Zonga
06 79a Imana Ya Daring
07 81a Au Complet
08 82a Libala Nde Bisengo
09 82b Naleli Godee
10 83a L'Age Et L'Amour
11 83b Ya Gaby 2
12 100a Amartes
13 100b Minge Rumba Fiesta
14 101a Amasco Rwe Dima
15 101b Makila Eyina Nzoto
16 102a Alvoga
17 103a A Mimeza
18 103b Worriend
19 104a Indicatif African Fiesta
20 104b Nkulu Mobongisi
21 105a Asi Tu Viere
22 105b Molangi Ya Malasi
23 106a Foti Ya Ye
24 106b Le Chant De Malory
25 107a Bonne Année 64
26 107b Calabosso
27 108a Sukisa
28 108b Tabalissimo
29 109a Cubana Na Vis-a-Vis
30 109b Pablito
31 110a Café Rio
32 110b Majolina
33 111b Jaloux Jaloux
34 113a Carolina Carolina
35 114a Una Sabroso
36 114b Mama Ida
37 115a Dit Coco
38 121a African Club
39 121b Porti Caliente
40 122a Belinda
41 122b Faux Millionaire
42 123a Kele Ya Nini Saka
43 123b Pablo Gonzales
44 124a African Fiesta Congo
45 124b Tu Son
46 125a Djeke
47 125b Sangana
48 128a Omeli Mavi Na Tonga
49 133b Mwanza Distinguée 

cd, vinyl, downloads @ various bitrates

African Fiesta Sukisa 1966-73 Docteur Nico 05.5

Version 05.5 adds 18b Sophia Yaya and upgrades 14 mp3s to lossless.
Version 05.4 adds 59b Si Te Que Moura Casa and 68a Ah! Mokolo Wana.
Version 05.3 adds 69a Tika Navanda Na Ya and 69b Oye Congo.
Version 05.2 adds 49b Yo Soy Tu Dolor and 50b Para Bailar, thanks to Moos @ Global Groove.
Version 05.1 adds 68b How Mi Closen, a phonetic translation of Buddy Holly's Words Of Love via Beatles For Sale. 'How mi closen, tummy now you feel...'
In 1965 African Fiesta split apart, with Docteur Nico carrying on as African Fiesta Sukisa while Tabu Ley Rochereau and band manager Roger Izeidi set up African Fiesta 66 and then African Fiesta National. I've divided what I have of Nico's Sukisa singles tracks into two posts. As expected, plenty of buried treasure here, although I miss the ambiance of the Vita stuff. Maybe Nico switched from tube amplifiers to transistors? These have been gathered from vinyl and CDs and downloads including YouTube, so bitrates and sound quality vary considerably. Thanks again to Alastair Johnston for his Docteur Nico Discography (new improved second edition now available), without which these humble compilations would not exist.  

Docteur Nico African Fiesta Sukisa @ 45Tours
The Far From Complete Sukisa Singles 1966-73
Part 1 of 2

01 11a Comono
02 14a Cimetière
03 18b Sophia Yaya
04 20b Zongela Mbeto Na Yo
05 37a Doublez Doublez
06 47a Bougie Ya Motema
07 47b Runeme Mama
08 48a Tour d'Afrique
09 48b Yaka Toyambana
10 49a Chantal
11 49b Yo Soy Tu Dolor
12 50a Sule
13 50b Para Bailar
14 51a La Palomar
15 51b Pauline
16 52a Impercoque
17 52b Saouda
18 53a Mwa Kasanda
19 53b Pokwa Paris
20 54a Yo Canto
21 54b Zaido
22 55a La Jolie Bebe
23 56a Damela Que Tu La Tiennes
24 56b Je M'En Fous
25 57a El Tonto de Mi Lugar
26 57b Mbankada
27 58a Eramorando
28 58b Marie Pauline
29 59a Na Kendeki Na Poto
30  59b Si Te Que Moura Casa
31 61a Nasali Eloko Te
32 61b Sasonado
33 63a Nzongo
34 63b Sanduku Etundi
35 64a Sanza Zomi Na Mibale
36 64b Suavilo
37 66a Okosambuisa Ngai
38 67a Limbasa Ngai
39 67b Eh Bien Mon Ami
40 68a Ah! Mokolo Wana
41 68b How Mi Closen
42 69a Tika Navanda Na Ye
43 69b Oye Congo
44 71a Exhibition Dechaud
45 71b Nansha Nkayende
46 72a When A Man Loves A Woman
47 72b Charlotte
48 73a Soy Del Siboney
49 73b Sizarina
50 74a Moni Mambo
51 77a Tu M'as Deçu Chouchou
52 77b Save Me
53 78a Doris
54 78b Si Yorando
55 79a Kiri Kiri Mabina Ya Sika
56 79b Sookie

vinyl, cd, downloads @ various bitrates