Jun 20, 2010

Ruth Copeland

I think Ruth Copeland is undeservedly obscure, and where she's known it's usually first for having worked with Parliament. Though I'm sure working with George Clinton, Eddie Hazel and friends certainly doesn't hurt, her own vocals and compositions add more than a little. She wrote and co-wrote some of my favourite Parliament songs ever (Come In Out of the Rain, Silent Boatman) and recorded a few rock-soul albums in collaboration with them right at the beginning of their recording career.
Check out Your Love Been So Good To Me, their Gimme Shelter cover and HER version of  Silent Boatman.

Jun 15, 2010

Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey rules.

Pre-electric jazz, one of my favourite records:

Later, great funky stuff - one of my favourite records too:
If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)

Jun 8, 2010

Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf would have been 100 years old on June 10th — Happy birthday!

My favourite songs:



Who's been talkin'

Jun 6, 2010

Erykah Badu

I was able to do this one for a record review in the National Post today. Here's how it appears in the paper:

Jun 3, 2010

Country Joe

Here he is as he appeared at Woodstock:
Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die

One of my favourite Country Joe songs (WW1 poetry by Robert Service put to music):
The Man from Athabaska