Marvin Gaye seminal 1971 album What’s Going On is to be the subject of a documentary.
Centred around themes of poverty, police brutality, drug abuse and injustice in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination and with lyrics written from the perspective of a Vietnam war veteran, the film will document the making of a soul classic that “challenged America and the world to self-reflect, going on to inspire a generation of artists and music lovers”, the producers said.
“The relevance of [his] masterpiece … is as strong as ever.” It is expected to air sometime in 2017.
An astonishingly clear recording of Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra performing “Ain’t Misbehavin’” has surfaced. According to the video’s description, the track comes from a metal “mother record” that New York City’s Okeh Records sent to Germany’s Odeon Records for their pressings.
Considering the poor quality of most early jazz records, these tracks are a rare treat for any fan of the pioneering New Orleans trumpet master.
Sadly very little of Prince’s music is freely available online, but there is at least one glorious exception: this 1982 concert from Prince’s Controversy tour at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. The show was pre-1999 and Purple Rain, so it’s relatively intimate compared with later arena shows, but that doesn’t mean Prince holds back.
Here is a partial list of the wonders contained herein:
A gospel opening to herald the coming of His Purpleness
A pole dance (also from His Purpleness)
Prince simulating sex with his guitar for four full minutes (starting around 24:40)
Prince dancing and doing splits in heels (see around 35:00 for just one example)
A Prince striptease (starting around 43:10)
Hits including “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Uptown,” and “Dirty Mind.”
I can think of no better way to celebrate him than watching the whole thing.
Tributes continue to pour out for David Bowie after his passing in January. The latest, and one of the most touching, comes courtesy of The Flaming Lips, whose cover of “Space Oddity” shows up in this new video, a couple of weeks after the band played “Life on Mars?” at a pair of tribute concerts to Bowie in New York….enjoy.
The soundtrack to HBO’s Vinyl often features artists of today covering the artists of the ’70s, but it’s fun when it involves one artist who was active in the ’70s covering another ’70s artist. That’s what’s happening with this song: Seen-it-all Elvis Costello taking on “Point Of No Return,” a 1972 song from Bobby Womack, the soul-music great who we lost in 2014….enjoy.
Relive those heady times with ‘The Big Gold Dream – Scottish Post Punk and Infiltrating The Mainstream’. The story of Fast Product and Postcard Records – Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Fire Engines, Scars, The Human League, Josef K and Scottish Post Punk…magic!
Using a Facebook News Feed of sorts, Ithaca Audio breaks down the history of rock and roll in 15 minutes using 384 rock stars, 84 guitarists, 64 songs, and 44 drummers in one crazy and totally awesome mashed up song. The Facebook timeline bit is cute but what’s really cool is how the songs blend together and into each other to show us how the sound of rock and roll has changed and stayed the same.