Archive for the 'Wax Wonders' Category

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

During a period when the Kinks commercial stock was at a particular low ebb, both Ray and Dave Davies were experiencing songwriting and performing peaks that, while appreciated early on by a core group of kult fans, saw greater acknowledgment with time influencing several generations of artists and writers. While Dave’s “Death Of A Clown” […]

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

A soul classic, the most famous recording of “I Don’t Need No Doctor” was cut by Ray Charles, and later, by many a rock & roller (Humble Pie and Chocolate Watchband being two notable examples). The track was penned by the NYC based songwriting team of Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson and Jo Armstead (one native New […]

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Manu Dibango will forever be known as the artist behind the 1972 worldwide smash “Soul Makossa“, but his career spans much deeper than that one immortal track. This Cameroon-born sax man has released nearly 60 albums and 80 singles since 1961, and only a handful of those have seen US release. Throughout his career, Dibango […]

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Unlike many bands that sprouted out of the DIY ethos set into motion by the release of Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown 7” in 1978, Sonic Youth were a few years into their long, influential run by the time that their first 7” was released in 1984 (“Death Valley ’69”). While both sides of the “Death […]

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

In honor of The Rain Parade appearing in Los Angeles last week, here’s where it all began; 33 years ago at 45 RPM. In the early 1980’s the Los Angeles music scene was a place of diametric opposites. The punk scene had become its own form of conformity, while the last gasp of the bloated, […]

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

As the years march on, it’s only inevitable that we lose the musical heroes of days gone by at a steady and sad rate. Our most recent loss is the great Don Covay at the age of 76. While Covay’s name was not well known outside of soul aficionados, the songs he had a hand […]

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

While the music scene in 1960’s Los Angeles is far better known as a hotbed of surf, psych, and pop records, there was always a strong R&B scene in smog central. Being as L.A is undoubtedly the epicenter of American music, it’s no surprise that the results on wax include some superb Motown influenced discs, […]

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

When soul music aficionados get together and start talking music, the inevitable question of preference between ‘Detroit vs Memphis’ almost always seems to arise, to which my response is ‘YES, both please! But don’t forget about Chicago’. The well of Chicago soul 45′s is practically bottomless, and the majority of the hundreds of records recorded […]

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

As a long time fanatic of ’60s soul and rock & roll, there’s no shortage of records whose information is either completely or mostly lost to history. And it wasn’t just small time/small pressing local releases – many were released on moderately large or massive labels (such as today’s offerings). Caveat lector: just because something […]