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ITALY ROSA BALISTERI Dejavu Retro Gold 4424 Canti Siciliani ● CD $12.98
Two CD set with 25 songs by this brilliant Sicilian singer accompanied by her own guitar with with small groups (mandolins, violins, etc). Rosa is a very soulful and emotional singer in the vein of someone like Amalia Rodriguez.

NORTENO ISIDRO LOPEZ Arhoolie 9047 15 More Original Hits ● CD $9.98
Second collection of 15 tracks recorded for Ideal in the late 50s and early 60 by band led by vocalist and alto sax player Isidro "El Indio" Lopez who is considered the father of Tejano music. Includes rancheras, boleros, rock 'n roll and polkas with varied arrangements from small accordion led conjuntos to 15 piece orquesta tejanas. Sadly, Lopez passed away at the age of 75 as this release was being prepared.

REGGAE BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS Trojan 80481 Roots Of A Legend ● CD $24.98
CD - 21 tracks - 69 min, DVD -10 tracks - 48 min, essential
Don't confuse this with the lavish set on Trojan from a few years back with the same name. This has the best of the Trojan/Tuff Gong years, with mostly Scratch Perry producing, though there's some Leslie Kong & self-produced. A lot of these tracks will be familiar, as Marley re-recorded a lot when he moved over to Island - those versions were much slicker - these are the original JA versions of such great tunes as Trenchtown Rock/ Duppy Conqueror/ Concrete Jungle/ Lively Up Yourself Kaya/ Small Axe. As a bonus, there's a promo film shot in 1980 at the Santa Barbara Stadium, with Bob & band doing 10 numbers including Concrete Jungle/ Jammin'/I Shot The Sheriff & Stir It Up. (GM)

26 tracks, highly recommended Violinist Felix Mendelssohn had one of Britain's most popular bands in the 30s and 40s. In the late 30s he became enamored with Hawaiian music and transformed the band into a Hawaiian style group complete with Hawaiian costumes and dancers and played music in Hawaiian style - often using genuine Hawaiian performers alongside British musicians. The recordings here were made between 1940 and 1950 and includes a mixture of Hawaiian standards along with pop and jazz tunes often featuring fine steel guitar (usually Roland Peachy). About two thirds of the tracks are the rest are vocals by British vocalists like George Barclay and Archie Coates along with authentic Hawaiian vocalists Kealoha Life and The Hawaiian Sisters. Excellent sound and decent notes by Peter Dempsey. (FS)

REGGAE LEE PERRY & THE UPSETTERS Trojan 80463 Dub-Triptych ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 38 tracks, essential
Three of history's best & most influential dub LPs under 1 roof. "Cloak & Dagger" ('73) was one of the first LP's to have "version's" (backing tracks) & dubs together, with The Upsetter's wild production craziness. This was only released in Jamaica with a plain cover - when reissued on Rhino in the UK, the dubs were taken off to be replaced by other "versions". '73's "Blackboard Jungle Dub" AKA "Rhythm Shower", was released in an edition of 200, & features more experimentation - this one's got "versions" of three Wailers tracks including a fine version of Kaya Skank. The third, "Revolution Dub", is from '75 & was his first out of his Black Ark studios - this one has strangeness related to TV & movies & includes Kojak. (GM)

REGGAE SLIM SMITH Trojan 80461 Keep That Lovelight Shining ● CD $18.98
Two CD set by this brilliant and influential Jamaican singer who died in 1972 under somewhat mysterious circumstances. It features 48 sides recorded between 1965 and 1972, initially as lead singer for The Techniques and The Uniques and then as a solo performer. Slim was considered Jamaica's answer to Curtis Mayfield. It includes many of his most popular recordings as well as rarities that have been unavailable for more than 30 years. Many tracks are making their first appearance on CD. Includes Little Did You Know/ Evil Love/ People Rock Steady/ Watch This Sound (For What It's Worth)/ Facts Of Life/ The Beatitude (Blessed Are The Meek)/ Everybody Needs Love/ Spanish Harlem/ Ain't Too Proud To Beg/ My Love Cam True/ Burning Fire/ Where Do It Turn/ Rain From the Skies and more. Includes fold out booklet with notes by Tony Rounce.

AFRICA-SOUTH AFRICA SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR Shanachie 66036 Voices From Heaven ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
More wonderful choral singing from South Africa's vibrant gospel music scene by this acclaimed 32 member male and female choir from Soweto originally formed in 2002. They perform mostly acapella along with occasional tracks with instrumental backing and their distinctive South African harmonies and rhythms are used on a selection of mostly traditional and contemporary African gospel songs along with international favorites like Amazing Grace and Many Rivers To Cross. (FS)

INDIA VARIOUS ARTISTS Dejavu Retro 4287 The Music Of India ● CD $12.98
Two CDs, 8 tracks, recommended
Nice budget priced two CD introduction to some of the treasures of Indian traditional music featuring three instrumentalists and three vocalists. Best known performer here is sitarist Ravi Shankar who became something of a pop icon in the 60s and 70s due to his mentoring of George Harrison and other rock performers. He is featured on the 24 minute Raga Hameer accompanied by tabla and tampuras. The other instrumentalists featured are sarodist Ustad Amiad Al Khan and the foremost Indian flute player Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. One of the vocalists Abida Parveen is actually from Pakistan and her songs are rooted in the Sufi tradition - one of her three songs updates the tradition somewhat with the effective use of synthesizer and bass guitar. The other vocalists are Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (accompanied by harmonium and tabla) and Shobha Gurtu (with sarangi, tabla, harmonium and second vocal). Some beutiful and haunting music. Booklet has photos and brief bios of the artists but information on the performances themselves. (FS)

ITALY VARIOUS ARTISTS Dejavu Retro Gold 4405 Canti della Montagna - Antologia del Coro Alpino ● CD $12.98
2 CD set of male choirs from the Alpine regions of Italy: Coro della S.A.T., Coro delle Dolomita, Coro Grigna, Coro La Rocca di Garda, and Coro Stella Alpina di Verona - 46 selections.

AFRICA-SOUTH AFRICA VARIOUS ARTISTS Heritage 43 Iscathamiya - Zulu Worker Choirs In South Africa ● CD $16.98
Not a new release but not listed before. Now on CD. Another marvelous album of acapella choral music from South Africa following "South African Trade Union Choruses" (Rounder 5020). This was recorded in 1982-85 at the "ingoma ebusuku" or all night choral compititions held at various migrant worker hostels in Durban and feature the expressive singing of The Durban High Stars, Kings Boys, Cup And Saucer, and the Jabula Home Defenders. Styles range from the iscathamiya or soft, stalking approach made popular by Ladysmith Black Mambazo to a more jubilee style (Just A Closer Walk With Thee ), to the "Sikwela Joe" or high-pitched, "bombing" style with. Comes with extensive historical notes by Veit Erlmann, brief translations of these tales of migrant workers lives. Lovely and moving music. (JM)

HAWAII VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7738 It's Hotter In Hawaii - Early Hits From A Unique Musica ● CD $28.98
Four CD set featuring 105 tracks of vintage Hawaiian music with emphasis on hot steel guitar work. It features artists from Hawaii as well performers from the American mainland and since the music became popular worldwide we also hear some performers from Europe, Argentina, Mexico and elsewhere. It includes some of the greatest and most influential exponents of the genre including performers like Sol Ho'opii, Frank Ferera, Tau Moe with Wife & Family, Roy Smeck, Master's Hawaiians, Kanui & Lula, King Bennie Nawahi, The Hawaiian Quintette, Jim & Bob, Kalama's Quartet along with lots of lesser known artists. If you already have all the albums of Hawaiian music on Rounder, Yazoo, Arhoolie, T.O.M., Harlequin, etc. then you probably have most of the recordings here though I think there are a few tracks making their first CD appearance here. If you don't have all the other reissues this is an excellent and inexpensive way to get a great cross section of recordings. Sound quality is excellent. It's too bad that the notes are so cursory.
SAM ALAMA: Ama Ama/ H.M. BARNES & HIS BLUE RIDGE RAMBLERS: Honolulu Stomp/ BEZOZ HAWAIIAN ORCHESTRA: Pame Sti Honolulu/ BILTMORE HOTEL TRIO: Clownin' The Frets/ BILTMORE ORCHESTRA: Kaui Kahio/ GINO BORDIN HAWAIIAN ORCHESTRA: Caresses Venitiennes/ SOL K. BRIGHT: Tomi Tomi/ CORAL ISLANDERS: Na Lei/ S. CORTES Y SUS HAWAIINOS: Caperucita/ Lirios/ EMERY COURNAND: Why My Craf Vex With Me/ EDDY'S HAWAIIAN SERENADERS: Down In Waikiki/ FRANK FERERA: Honolulu March/ In The Heart Of Hawaii/ Maui/ Melani Anu Ka Makani/ St. Louis Blues/ Cielito Lindo/ Iko Okamuko/ FERERA, FRANCHINI & LUFSKY: One-Two-Three/ FRANCHINI & DETTBORN: Palakiko Blues/ HANAPI TRIO: Indiana March/ HAUULEA ENTERTAINERS: 12th Street Rag/ Ellis March/ Railroad Blues/ HAWAIIAN QUINTETTE: Akahi Hoi/ Pua I Mohala/ HAWAIIAN SONGBIRDS: Happy Hawaiian Blues/ HAWAIIAN SILVER QUARTET: Honolulu March/ HAWAIIAN SERENADERS: Honolulu Stomp/ HAWAIIAN SILVER QUARTET: Kawahau/ HAWAIIAN TRIO: La Paloma/ My Hawaii (You're Calling Me)/ O Sole Mio/ Valse Bleu/ HILO HAWAIIAN ORCHESTRA: Hula Love Medley March/ HONOLULU PLAYERS: Mindinao March/ SOL HOOPII: Hawaiian March/ Lady Be Good/ Lehua/ Lepe Ula Ula/ Pidgin English Hula/ Uheuhene/ JIM & BOB: By The Waters Of Minnietonka/ Chimes/ Hula Blues/ Song Of The Range/ KALAMA'S QUARTET: Pehea Hoi Au/ KAMSKU & KAWAIHAE: King Kalakaua March/ KAMSKU & KAWALHAE: Pua Lima Waltz/ KANE'S HAWAIIANS: Hilo/ KANUI & LULA: My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua/ KEAUMOKA LOUIS: Garden Of Paradise/ Penei No/ JOE KEAWE & HIS HARMONY HAWAIIANS: Hookipa Paka/ My Little Grass Shack/ GEORGE KEOKI DAVIS: Slack Key Hula/ KING, QUEEN, JACK: Stack-O-Lee/ RAY KINNEY & HIS ROYAL HAWAIIANS: Coral Isle/ Kauna Kea/ WALTER KOLOMOKU: Medley Of Old Time Waltzes/ GEORGE KU TRIO: Kuu Lei/ Na Ali'l/ Na Pua O Hawaii/ SAM KU WEST: Hawaiian Hula/ WangWang Blues/ LAWSON'S HAWAIIANS: Drifting And Dreaming/ LES LOUPS: La Portena Es Una Papa/ HELEN LOUISE & FRANK FERERA: K'alu Luliluli/ Kai Maia O Ka Madi/ LUA & KAILI (IRENE WEST'S ROYAL HAWAIIAN: Drowsy Waters/ Kohala March/ MASTER'S HAWAIIANS: Blue Sparks/ Hawaiian Stormy Weather/ MOANA SERENADERS: E Mama Ea/ He Mea Nui/ TAU MOE'S HAWAIIAN JAZZITES: U Like, Noa Like/ M.K. MOKE: Moana Chimes/ JAMES MOLKEHA: Maui Girl/ KING BENNIE NAWAHI: Waikiki Waltz/ PAT PATTERSON & HIS CHAMPION REP RIDERS: The Cat's Whiskers/ ROLAND PEACHY & HIS ROYAL HAWAIIANS: China Boy/ Goodby Blues/ MM. RIVIERES HAWAIIANS: E Mama Ee/ Ellis March/ La Lupe Ua Sola/ Mai Kai No Kauai/ Paahana/ RODNEY ROGER'S RED PEPPERS: Milenburg Joys/ ANDY SANELLA: Blues Of The Guitar/ Sliding On The Frets/ ROY SMECK: 12th Street Rag/ Bugle Call Rag/ Hilo March/ Kalima Walk/ Limehouse Blues/ Twilight Echoes/ TOMMY SOLOMON: Old Timer's Hula/ SOUTH SEA ISLANDERS: Liliu E/ DANNY STEWART: Les Femmes d'Amerique/ TAMARI TAHITI: Parari'i Pararara'i/ TRUETT & GEORGE: Ghost Dance/ UNKNOWN GERMAN ORCH: The Road To Paradise/ CHARLIE WILSON: Palolo/ JIMMY YATES' BOLL WEEVILS: Smiles

REGGAE VARIOUS ARTISTS Silverline 284603 Is It Rolling Bob? - A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan ● CD $19.98
Side One - CD, 13 tracks/ Side Two - DVD, highly recommended
This is a dual disc - one side of the disc is a CD with 13 sides in stereo - the other side is a DVD featuring the 13 tracks in 5.1 surround sound and stereo, videos on the making of the album, dub remixes of seven of the songs plus artist photos, liner and track notes and ROM content. Excellent collection of sides recorded in 2003 featuring reggae artists performing the songs of Bob Dylan - mostly drawn from the early part of Dylan's career including Apple Gabriel with The Times They Are A-Changin', Toots Hibbert with Maggie's farm Nasio with Drummer Zeb and The Razor Posse with a Rastafarian flavored version pf Gotta Serve Somebody, Michael Rose of Black Uhuru doing The Lonesome Deathe Of Hattie Carrol and more. The songs are great to begin with and these versions give them an exciting new twist without destroying their integrity. The bonus features on the DVD side make it doubly worthwhile and the cover art alone is almost worth the price of admission. (FS)

REGGAE VARIOUS ARTISTS Trojan 80488 Trojan Sixties Box Set ● CD $21.98
3 discs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
I LOVE early ska & reggae covers, & this set is nothing but! In fact, disc 2 is nothing but covers of then-current Motown tunes, so there's Keith & Tex with a version of Don't Look Back that sounds like it was taken note for note by Peter Tosh for his '78 hit version. Also a fine version of I Can't Help Myself (here called Baby Baby) by The Clarendonians, & the great Harry J All-Stars (of "Liquidator" fame) doing My Cherie Amour & Put A Little Love In Your Heart. There's a bunch of instrumental covers here I've never heard before that would also sound good to "Lounge Music" collectors, including versions of Words (BeeGees), Love Is Blue, Puppet On A String, & the great Tommy McCook doing a version of Spanish Flea called Ska Flea! (GM)


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