“In your status line, list 10 albums that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.”

David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
King CrimsonIn the Court of the Crimson King
Dire StraitsDire Straits
Deep PurpleMachine Head
UFO – UFO 2: Flying
Mahavishnu OrchestraThe Inner Mounting Flame
ELPTarkus
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Blind FaithBlind Faith
Uriah HeepDemons and Wizards

Archie Shepp plays rap

Few years ago I’ve seen wonderful Archie Shepp in concert. Even though he’s not, to say the least, young (born in 1937) he was so energetic and full of drive, pure fire. Recently I found very unusual disk by him: “Phat Jam in Milano”, recorded in 2007 (yes, he was 70 years old at that time). This is a live recording with Napoleon Maddox (yes, a rapper). Very interesting, I’d say.

Some rap (with sax solo at 2:20):

Amazing Archie Shepp’s “Revolution”:

Album Saturday: Roots Rock – Summary

Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) ★★★☆ The songs are simple, but well performed, and possess a full and driving sound. Easy rock for beginners. Free Bird at the end really stands out, and exceeds the overall level of the album by far.
The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band ★★★★☆ A very enjoyable and concise album, right from the beginning down to the Whipping Post. The vocals are somewhat rough, but the guitar is truly singing. Puts you on a good mood.
The Band Music from Big Pink ★★★☆ A calm entity, recommended for lazy mornings.
Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys ★★★★☆ The rhythm couldn’t get more hypnotic – each beat and guitar note falls on the right place and drags you further into the memphis.
The Eagles Eagles Partially unlistened
Crosby, Stills & Nash CSN ★★☆ CSN concists of slow, sad tracks that don’t stand out. Could fit nicely for a calm evening. Not to be confused with their first album Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers ★★★☆ Positive background rock that doesn’t demand attention yet contains pleasing guitar riffs. Gets significantly better towards the end.
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet ★★★☆ Taking into account that this album came out in 1968, The Rolling Stones must have really been ahead of their time. The ability of the band to complement each other’s sound and create this fullness of sound makes this album enjoyable in many ways.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ★★ The strong voice of the singer deserves a notice, but the sound already marks the beginning of the brainless 80’s pop era. Mystery Man is the only song worth mentioning.