To us, there is no voice that defined 70s rock as much John Fogerty's did. The band's fifth studio album, and in just two years, cemented their commercial success as well as a place in rock and roll history!
The brainchild of Al Kooper, this one of a kind blues collaboration featured the incredible Stephen Stills and Mike Bloomfield. The success of this record opened the door for the "supergroup" concept of the late 1960s and 1970s for the likes of Blind Faith, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and others.
This is the Allman Brothers Band's comeback album, and their best blues-based outing since Idlewild South that restored a lot of their reputation.
Freddie Hubbard alone is a delight to listen to, but on his debut album he was joined by the incomparable McCoy Tyner, Tina Brooks and Sam Jones, making this an absolute must-have for any jazz collection!
Wilson Pickett has to feature in every true soul lover's collection! With his 4th studio album he brought his heavy, in-your-face Memphis style to a number of incredible covers, most notably to his version of the timeless classic Mustang Sally.
There's very few bassist who could channel energy into their instrument the way that Jaco could! His debut solo album featured the elite of the jazz world including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and David Sanborn. The record was recorded just a few months ahead of Black Market - Jaco's first album with Weather Report.
Never under-estimate the power of creativity in the moment - that's what we take away from Alligator Bogaloo. While the title track was recorded as an impromptu time-filler, it quickly became the creme de la creme of this soulful bluesy masterpiece!
Jimmy Scott's The Source is as beautiful and strong today as it was when it was recorded for Ray Charles' Tangerine Records. A melancholic yet incredibly beautiful listen highlighting the talent of an often underrated vocalist.
Star People Nation is Theo Croker's most personal project yet, something Croker describes as an intimate exploration of “the everyday rituals of blackness”. The Music on Vinyl pressing is available as a limited edition of 1000 numbered copies on crystal clear vinyl.
With his second album for Hi Records in collaboration with the legendary producer Willie Mitchell, Al Green cemented himself as one of the great young soul talents of the time. With the tragically premature passings of Sam Cooke in 1964 and Otis Redding in 1967, a void had to be filled within the world of soul. Born in Arkansas, Green grew up as one of ten children in a strictly religious family. In fact, his father infamously kicked him out of the house at a young age after catching him listening to Jackie Wilson records. Green was heavily drawn towards the groovy style of Wilson Pickett and the vocal prowess of Mahalia Jackson, and finally managed to find his own sound with Hi Records and Willie Mitchell who paired him up with arguably one of the greatest house bands a record company could ask for. The album kicks off with a tastefully bluesy cover of the Temptation's Can't Get Next to You which the band slow way down, allowing Al's gritty soulful voice to really take over. The record features some great hip-shaking numbers like I'm a Ram and Driving Wheel, while also displaying Green's increadible seductive vocal abilities on Tired of Being Alone, which would prove to be a indication of things to some with his next album!
Oh how we love Herbie Hancock! From his early fiery bebop to the more mainstream ballads of his later albums, to the really far out stuff and everything in between! ... But then there’s Head Hunters - an album which is just so groovy it’s infectious! Last month we brought you Miles in the Sky on which Herbie played keys, and we can certainly hear a lot of that album here. Herbie took what he learned from Miles, marinated it in funk, added a side-order of thick bass and was cookin'! Though there may only be four songs on the entire album, each one is so complex and the musicians are in such a cohesion you need multiple listens to really grasp the album in its entirety. Hancock was later quoted in relation to the album saying “I took a chance. There was always the risk that I might make some new fans, but only at the cost of losing more established ones. This was music I wanted to make, though, so the gamble was worth it."
Among jazz musicians Dave Brubeck sits within a league of his own. His playing is so distinctly recognizable - it's the sophisticated kind of cool that very few possess. Maybe it's got something to do with the California sun. While we at Vinyl Wings always strive to bring our members records they may not have heard of, and it's unlikely that Time Out is such a record, we felt you would love this beautiful audiophile edition from the folks at Music on Vinyl. What makes Time Out so special is the originality of the time signatures used by Brubeck in the tunes. The band's experiences while on a government-sponsored Cold War Tour provided the inspiration for this masterpiece. For example, the opening Blue Rondo à La Turk is written in a time signature common to Turkish folk music, something Brubeck experienced firsthand while on the tour. The entire album is a simply delightful listen from front to back and a must-have in any jazz lover's collection.