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Autumn is here. It’s raining outside, the air is chilly.

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Skull Snaps – Skull Snaps (1973)
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An oft-sampled BEAST of a funk/soul digger classic, reissued by Mr. Bongo! Record collectors, producers and crate diggers like a good creation myth, and Skull Snaps’ self-titled ‘debut’ had it all. A mysterious funk trio, who recorded one album under a curious name, housed it in a sleeve that looked more like a proto-metal album, and released it through a label (GSF Records) that folded shortly afterwards? Everything pointed towards the Skull Snaps album as a single totemic object, packaged in a way that predicted it’s own disinterment almost twenty-five years later. For those who sampled it, myth maintenance was advantageous, both for their reputations and for their consciences. Likewise, an unsanctioned 1995 reissue on Charley Records removed the credits from the inner sleeve to further sever the record from it’s context – or perhaps because the label couldn’t quite face using the names of artists they had no intention of paying. Either way, owning the record was a right of passage, as Amir Abdullah once wrote: “If you don’t have Skull Snaps in your collection, your collection is weak.”

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Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock (1973)
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Cratedigger necessity, finally reissued on vinyl!
Formed by MGM A&R man Michael Viner in 1972 to supplement the soundtrack to the virtually anonymous B-Movie film The Thing With Two Heads, “The IBB” went from a loose studio collective to an instrumental pop covers consortium, interpreting classics of the day in their own inimitable percussive fashion.B-Movie soundtracks, The Beatles, drummers gone bad, Frank Zappa, Kool Herc… These albums have a remarkable story behind them which is detailed in the extensive sleeve notes found on this re-issue and written by Angus Batey.The IBB’s cover of the track Apache – originally made famous by The Shadows – has become simply legendary in the worlds of hip hop and dance music. The track was a staple of Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash in the 70s as they invented the art of DJing at Bronx block parties, leading to its logical status as one of the most sampled tracks of all time and a hip hop and breakers anthem that has stood the test of time. It is still revered as THE break of all original breaks, with the rhythms of the LP it was first found on helping to coin the term ‘breakbeat’.Apache has been sampled by Missy Elliot, Coldcut, Will Smith, Goldie, Jurassic 5, Moby, Run DMC, Sugarhill Gang, Beastie Boys and Massive Attack among many, many others.

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VJQC Score: 93.5%
Os Novos Baianos – Acabou Chorare (1972)
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Acabou Chorare is the second album from Novos Baianos, or ‘New Bahians’, who formed in Bahia, Brazil in the 1960’s. They are considered to be one of the most important and revolutionary groups in Brazilian music. Acabou Chorare – translated as Stop Crying – was originally released in 1972 by Som Livre after the success of their first LP É Ferro na Boneca in 1970. It charted at #1 in a Rolling Stone Brazil’s’Top 100 Brazilian Albums Ever chart. ‘Preta, Pretinha’ placed 20th in the same publications list of the greatest Brazilian songs of all time. Upon release, Acabou Chorare stayed near the top on the album charts for more than 30 weeks, and received huge radio support across the country. It also became very popular in Europe shortly afterwards. The unique sound of this record is a result of the fusion of samba, MPB, rock ‘n’ roll and bossa nova, and strong influences from Joao Gilberto, who frequently played with the group, and bossa nova legend Gilberto Gil. In 1969, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso invited Pepeu to accompany them in their farewell show before their exile, the emotional ‘Barra 69’ concert.

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Blind pull from the jazz stacks.  

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Ed Lincoln – Ed Lincoln (1968)

More Brasília obscura, courtesty of today’s dig at Disques Sonorama. I really love when a hype sticker succeeds at convincing me to blind-buy something I have no prior knowledge of.  This one convinced me and wasn’t lying about the psychedelic weirdo samba that’s funking up the sala right now.  I’m really enjoying discovering just how weird Brasilian music got, during the late 60s and 70s. Check out the Spotify link in the comments, shag carpet suggested.

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Ed Lincoln – Ed Lincoln (1968)

More Brasília obscura, courtesty of today’s dig at Disques Sonorama. I really love when a hype sticker succeeds at convincing me to blind-buy something I have no prior knowledge of.  This one convinced me and wasn’t lying about the psychedelic weirdo samba that’s funking up the sala right now.  I’m really enjoying discovering just how weird Brasilian music got, during the late 60s and 70s. Check out the Spotify link in the comments, shag carpet suggested.

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Sonny Rollins ‎– Sonny Rollins Volume 1
1957, Blue Note Records

Coffee, Smoke, All-Day Blue Note Sesh
Doing some early morning pre-game listening as I prepare to shoot the next vid. New video category: VJ Product Reviews
Vinyl Me, Please Anthology | Blue Note Records – Initial Impressions

I’m SUPER proud to be announce that Vinyl Junkies has been included on a very small small list of media partners, which include the NY Times and Rolling Stone magazine. Anyone who’s followed this blog for any amount of time know what this kind of thing means to me. If this goes like I think it will, it will be my extreme privilege to take you through what should be a unique musical journey.  I’m pretty certain I know what VMP is going for, with their inaugaral Anthology Series. I’ll tell you all about it at 5 PM EST, look for the vid here, Youtube and on all the regular social channels.
See you then

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Ennio Morricone ‎– The Mission OST (1986)

Coffee, Smoke, Ennio

The Record Cave sounds downright angelic right now.  Maestro Morricone conducting the London Philharmonic and 2 vocal choirs will turn just about any room into a cinematic temple of worship; like The Exorcist but the opposite.  Morricone also scored the soundtrack to The Exorcist II so I’m already two steps into the morning rabbithole.

Be happy, spin your records.  Make humpday better; music never fails.

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The world lost one of its most singular artistic today.  This picture is today; it cannot sound any other way.  Thank you, Mr. Scott Walker.  

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