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2007 - week 35, from 1 September

PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:46 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Miquel Gil - Tic Tac - Eixos - Spain - Temps - TR1087-GE07

2 - 17 Hippies - Tick Tack - Heimlich - Germany - Hipster - HIP 012 LTD

3 - Kesane Quartet - Pot Pourri - Songs of Survival: Traditional Music of Georgia - Georgia - Topic - TSCD935D

4 - The Aaron Sisters with the Song-O-Pators - How'm I Doing? - Flowers in the Wildwood - USA - Trikont - US-0310

5 - Manu Chao - Me Llaman Calle - La Radiolina - France/Spain - Because - promo

6 - Feryal Öney - Aynali Körük - fRoots 29 - Turkey - fRoots - 29

7 - African Virtuoses - Kankan Diarabi - The Classic Guinean Guitar Group - Guinea Conakry - Sterns - STCD3024

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17 Hippies [photo courtesy fetalmusique]

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Miquel Gil [photo courtesy www.mallorcaweb.net]

I’ve been working my way through the 17 Hippies album, Heimlich, finding that more than half the tracks could be being played on the radio at least once, an unusually high hit rate. In contrast, n the new album the Spanish singer, Miquel Gil, one song stood out. It was only as I started to write out the playlist, with ‘Tick Tack’ by 17 Hippies to open the show and ‘Tic Tac’ by Miquel Gil at number 5, that I realised the two songs had almost identical titles. Like twins separated at birth, here they are, reunited. Marvin & Johnny sang ‘Tick Tock’ but I can’t remember any other song called Tick Tack, with or without the ‘k’.

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A double album of field recordings of traditional Georgian songs is a bit more than I can easily digest, but one group stood out from everybody else, the Kesame Quartet. I hope the segue to The Aaron Sisters feels as logical to you as it did to me. They were among the new discoveries on Trikont’s compilation of female American country singers from the 1930s, Flowers in the Wildwood. I’m open to requests to play the Dezurik Sisters again.

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It’s been a long wait, but Manu Chao’s third album, La Radiolina, is better than I dared hope, a varied and often joyous collection of songs that I expect to revisit over the next few months, playing a different track each time.

Having picked out Feral Öney as the discovery of the latest cover mount CD on fRoots Magazine’s August/September issue, I’ve been meaning to contact the Turkish label Kalan to ask for a copy of the album it was drawn from. But I still haven’t done it, so we played her song from the fRoots CD, one of the best ever and worth the price of the magazine all by itself. www.frootsmag.co.uk

In the first programme this year, I played one of two acoustic guitar instrumentals on the 2xCD compilation, African Pearls, Volume 2: Guinea by a group I’d never heard of before, African Virtuoses (*). They sounded more Spanish than African, and I wondered, was there more where those tracks came from? Now we have the answer, an entire album, issued for the first time on CD. Among the guitarists is Sekou Diabate, the celebrated electric guitarist with Bembeya Jazz National. Perfect music for a summer’s afternoon, of which we have had about five this year in the UK. Maybe this album is destined to make its mark next year, or in the rest of the world.

(*) corrected after note from Dominic in reply below

Re: 2007 - week 35, from 1 September

PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:02 pm
by Dominic
Charlie wrote:In the first programme this year, I played one of two acoustic guitar instrumentals on the 2xCD compilation, African Pearls, Volume 2: Guinea by a group I’d never heard of before, African Virtuosos. They sounded more Spanish than African, and I wondered, was there more where those tracks came from? Now we have the answer, an entire album, issued for the first time on CD. Among the guitarists is Sekou Diabate, the celebrated electric guitarist with Bembeya Jazz National. Perfect music for a summer’s afternoon, of which we have had about five this year in the UK. Maybe this album is destined to make its mark next year, or in the rest of the world.

Thanks for the airplay, Charlie. The group is actually credited as African Virtuoses (not Virtuosos), a strange Franglais, I know, but it was the name used on their 1983 LP. A previous LP was credited to Virtuoses Diabate and they also recorded as Les Freres Diabate.

http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info.php?id=STCD3024
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:34 pm
by Dayna
That was a nice song by Manu Chao & nice picture of him too.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:48 am
by Gordon Neill
Charlie said:

I’m open to requests to play the Dezurik Sisters again.


Go on then. I really enjoyed the track from Flowers in the Wildwood, not what I might have expected from the cover.

PS Tic Tac Toe by Booker T and the MGs

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:32 am
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote: Tic Tac Toe by Booker T and the MGs

Of course! thanks Gordon

emails

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:24 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Susan Segal, London, UK

Fabulous programme!! Only discovered it as I woke up in the middle of the night, but now I have found you on the internet I don't have to miss anything!! Thanks for such great music. Susan Segal

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:48 pm
by Dominic
Gordon Neill wrote:PS Tic Tac Toe by Booker T and the MGs

Isn't Tic Tac Toe the same as noughts & crosses? In which case, Noughts And Crosses by George Formby:
"I'd rather play noughts and crosses with you
Than go to the pictures or the zoo
I'm very daft at dancing, at moonlight or romancing
I'd rather play noughts and crosses with you."