Essential Records: 'Electric Ladyland' by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2016 04:24pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Electric Ladyland Jimi Hendrix

Somewhere between the murky, secluded sixth and seventh grades, I saw a TV spot for an upcoming magic special in which a then unknown young man performed a card trick straight towards the camera. Not only did he know what card I had seen in his deck but he changed another card into that same card right before my eyes. The young man's name was David Blaine, and the special was called Street Magic. By now we're probably all familiar with David Blaine, and his deadpan style of magic and physical feats, but something that people probably don't remember about his first couple of TV specials is how great the music was. Let me tell ya, it was really good. My oncoming obsession with the David Blaine specials (I recorded them live on VHS, and watched them over and over again) was also my introduction to Dr. John, Sly & The Family Stone, Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder, and, most importantly, Jimi Hendrix.

Sure, I had heard Hendrix before; I vaguely knew "Purple Haze" and "Foxey Lady," and I knew he was considered a legend; but it wasn't until I watched David Blaine walking out of a tunnel in New York City to the wah-wah-ed intro to "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" that I really heard Jimi Hendrix. Now I'm sure to those folks who were musically aware pre-Street Magic this introduction might not garner major record store cred, but to my twelve-year-old self, this combination of sound and image was monumentally cool.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood had the honor of having not just one, not just two, but three legends of American soul and R&B visit the store recently: Mary Wilson, Freda Payne and Linda Clifford.

Mary Wilson is a founding member of a little group you may have heard of called The Supremes, in which she sang on twelve #1 hits, and went on to a successful solo career starting in the late '70s. 

Best known for her chart-topping 1970 single "Band of Gold," Freda Payne is a jazz and soul singer, actress, and talk show host who has worked with legends like Quincy Jones and Pearl Bailey.

Former Miss New York State, Linda Clifford started her entertainment career as an actress and moved into music by fronting a jazz trio before switching to R&B, which led her to sign with Paramount Records and Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records. 

As you could imagine, between the three singers some great vocalists turned up in their Amoeba bags, including Nancy Wilson and Thelma Houston whose album Sunshower Clifford had just learned of the night before from Payne. Wilson and Payne both picked up the same collection of Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes, and Clifford grabbed two Shirley Horn collections. Mary Wilson also talks about getting into the blues again because of none other than British rocker Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones. As she says, "our parents grew up with it...we were into rock n' roll."

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Gary Clarke Jr's "The Bright Lights EP" Proves That The Austin, Texas Artist's Got Soul & Truly Feels The Blues

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2011 08:42am | Post a Comment

Before even hearing Gary Clark Jr.'s music any artist whose musical influences range from John Lee Hooker and Curtis Mayfield to Snoop Dogg is definitely deserving of one's attention. And in the case of this 27 year old Austin, Texas blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist that attention is more than deserving as witnessed by his numerous recent soulful performances such as the concert video below of "When My Train Pulls In" at Bardot Hollywood (not too far from Amoeba) earlier this year) or the above rendition in of "Bright Lights" live from Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Chicago just last month.

The artist's recently released major label debut EP of the same name, The Bright Lights EP on Warner, was released three weeks ago and is self-produced with the exception of the title track which was produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Dave Matthews Band, etc). Leaving you longing for more this all too short EP release is essentially a teaser for the young bluesman's (who has been accurately compared to a "Frosty" era Albert Collins)  full-length Warner album debut that is expected to drop sometime in the Spring of 2012.

Gary Clark Jr. "When My Train Pulls In" (Live at Bardot Hollywood) (2011)

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Soul Wall Remodeled

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, May 6, 2010 01:05pm | Post a Comment
Where do I start? At the Hollywood store, the entire soul LP collectible wall is being overhauled and we've got a ton of killer titles. Sealed classics, modern soul rarities, boogie monsters, disco divas, gospel crossovers as well Prince, Michael Jackson & Jackson 5 rarities. It really is sick...

The Sun and the Moon

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 29, 2008 10:30pm | Post a Comment

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