Chick Corea – Return to Forever

This was pretty much a random purchase from Good Times a few months back, but I knew that if it was from the Chickers then it must be a decent listen, which is what it turned out to be.

I found this in the “jazz fusion” box, which is where I have bought most of my jazz records so far. Actually, I am hoping to buy an album I saw in the same box tomorrow. Jazz fusion is boss.

The songs are quite relaxing to listen to and has a nice mix of electronic piano, flute, saxophone, and female vocals. It is the kind of music you would expect to hear in some boutique shop such as a shop that sells handmade candles or fancy muffins. Side one has only three songs, and side two just one 22 minute song.

Stanley Clarke plays on the album which is an added bonus. Chickers plays the electronic piano. Each individual instrument has it’s own place in the stereo landscape. For example the drums and the flute are in the right channel, and Chickers is pretty much on his own in the left channel, while Stan and the vocals are right in the middle.

The record and album cover are in minty condition.

Good music to chill out to.

Music count 2018: 106
Total vinyl count: 23

Stanley Clarke – Modern Man

I bought this a few weeks back on vinyl, from Good Times

Click on the cover to listen to the title track.

I bought his self-titled album a while ago, and liked it so much that I wanted more. So, when I saw this I bought it, no questions asked.

Unfortunately though it is a little disappointing. It is supposed to be a jazz fusion album, but to me it sounds more like a mix of disco and funk, and in fact it came out in a still very disco 1978. There are plenty of horns, disco-guitars, and various singers, along with piano and Stan’s funky bass playing. But, it just doesn’t do it for me, as much as I like Stan and disco, the two just don’t go together for me. Reviews on the Interwebs are also quite mixed.

The vinyl, cover, and insert are all in minty condition, all good there. It is a Japanese pressing.

I do like the cover though, Stan was a cool customer back in those days.

Stan’s best album cover.
This one is cool, too.

I am sure though this is just a blip in the Stan catalogue, so I shall continue seeking out more of his albums, those two above albums especially.

Stan has a great website, check it out.

Music count 2018: 105
Total vinyl count: 22

Liberetino Esclavo Cerdo y Vinilo

I have four purchases to speak of today with three of them appearing only just today, so it was a good day.

The Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun / Death On The Stairs

This is a Japanese release of two EPs from The Libertines. It is very Libertines.

I bought it last week at Book Off for 280 yen.

Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

I was noodling on the internet, on the NME website to be exact, and I came across a band called Ho99o9 (Horror, but they are also known as Triple 9 Death Kult) which is an American experimental hip hop / hardcore punk band. I had a listen to one of their songs on YouTubes and liked what I heard, so I sought out their album. It proves to be a bit pricey to get here so I skipped that for the moment. I saw on their website that they had supported a band called Slaves while touring in England and I thought that Slaves must be pretty decent, so I looked them up on YouTube. After watching two videos and some of a live gig I was hooked, so I ordered their first album from Amazon which arrived today. Check out that live video, I’ll bet it is the first time you have seen a lead singer/drummer quite like that!

This is quite refreshing stuff. It is described as punk, but it is very much a 21st century style of punk with a bit of garage mixed in. Deffo a band I would like to see live.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Feed The Rats

Some time ago I bought this band’s first release The Wizard and the Seven Swines which is a one-song download from Bandcamp that lasts 21 minutes. This album (well, it is three songs but is album length) was released last year, but I finally got around to buying it tonight.

I have not listened to it in full yet, but I had a quick listen and I like what I heard. I like the cover; click on it to go to the Bandcamp page.

Stanley Clarke – Stanley Clarke

I was in the central city today so decided to drop by the record shop with the intention of buying something. I had fun flicking through the bins full of delectable vinyl and had a lot to choose from including Paul’s Boutique (it was a bit too much for my budget, otherwise I would have bought it), Black Sabbath Vol.4 (very pricey but I would love to add it to the collection), The Stranglers Raven (with a nice hologram cover), and plenty more. But, I decided to buy something I have not heard before, and something a bit different to the usual fare I buy, so Stan it was.

I have yet to listen to it, but here is the first song which sounds pretty good. This is his second album.

The cover and vinyl are absolutely pristine, and it appears to be an original 1974 pressing. Not bad considering it cost only a little more than a Big Mac combo (super-sized with Diet Coke and fries).

Music count 2018: 58