Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Can you believe it? Since I started my blog, i've posted 90 records. That's a lot of heat!! Let me get this next post started with a small disclaimer. I receive a LOT of messages weekly. Some people asking more info about the album, mostly enthusiasts like myself asking me to "re-up" a link. Please understand this, I do this for free. I receive NO money for these postings. Matter of fact, I pay money for these posts. When a link get's deleted by the rare groove police, it's done. That's it, unfortunately. I'm not going to go out of my way to re-rip the record and fight the power. It's hilarious. I even get people messaging me asking me to clean up my record and send them the link so it's not so "crackily". Is this what the world of "digging" has come to? Are we so spoiled by people posting links to music that we have the audacity to message them and ask them to "clean their sneakers"? Well, if this is the way things are going moving forward, I'm ghost. Through my many years of "FREE record giving", I've NEVER asked for anything in return. I've made it a point to always do a few things. Post records that have not already been posted, and continue to shine light on artists that have never been reissued. Some of you may have rips of these albums. These were passed hand to hand from friends of yours that either have the record, or know someone who has it. Or you have the original!!! Either way, I've made it a point to always post original stuff. So with all due respect, please understand I do this for you, not me. This will be the only rant you will see me have. With that said, let's get into this next post. EXTREMELY rare album on the FLY label out of Italy. Peep it!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
I've always been a huge fan of Jazz music. Especially the works from labels like Blue Note, Prestige, Strata East, Kudu, and CTI. I think it's pretty safe to say most of us music lovers dig that stuff! There's just something about the complex patterns of rhythm that are intermingled together that always has seemed superior to other genres (in my opinion). Here's a mix I put together of some of my favorite Jazz songs. On this mix I wanted to leave most of the tracks unedited, and showcase them in their natural raw form. The way it was meant to sound! Meant for funky tea parties and long walks on the beach. Enjoy!
Monday, January 26, 2015
Hello there! I hope everyone's New Year is starting off well. Mine seems to feel the same but hey, we're only 3 weeks into it so I guess I'll have a little more patience. With that said, I'd like to kick things off in the new year with one of the most elusive Italian library records on the "Edi-Pan" label. What we have here is another Remigio Ducros and Luciano Simoncini (Arawak, Jason Black, etc) sure shot! Fantastic record for those who are into the classic Simoncini/Ducros sound. Very reminiscent of the Accadde A and Jason Black recordings posted in the past. What you can expect are tightly knitted and compressed drums, stoned flute sections, shouting horns, Fender Rhodes Piano, and that signature spacey wah wah guitar that's on all of the earlier Simoncini recordings. As with many of the Ducros and Simoncini recordings, it seems to be a geographical tour of America, and shows their take on our culture at the time. To top things off, the pressing is nice and loud, and this was ripped from a stone mint copy. I even cranked the levels a few notches. So other than having the record, it should be a very high quality rip. Peep the sound clip!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Ho Ho Ho!!! I hope everyone's holidays are treating them well!!! To go into the new year, I figured I'd leave one last post for 2014. What we have here, is a very rare Argentinian LP called "Cuaseres". Some of you may have heard about this record. Very seldom seen, and without a doubt one of the more unique sounds I have ever heard. It's a mixture between South American Funk, Latin, Jazz, and a touch of Psyche. This album needs a reissue. Until then, give it a shot! Peace everyone.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Hello there world!!! I hope the holidays are treating everyone well. If not, I hope everyone is treating themselves well. I have another gem out for everyone to enjoy. This record is nasty. Really! It's pure Italian Fuzz and Psych, and a session IMO that rivals some of the best sessions (including Braens Machine) that have ever been recorded to tape. What we have here is the "Espressioni Musicali E Suoni Di Attualita' E Di Moda" LP. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!
Friday, October 31, 2014
A year ago I was approached by Jamison Harvey over at Flea Market Funk and asked to do a mix for them. I've always had a lot of respect for what they do, and I also enjoy listening to their mixes. After brainstorming some ideas, I decided I'd like to somehow include my brother Skeme Richards as well. So, we came up with the idea that I would put together a mix and he would dub dialogue from his massive VHS collection and lay it on top. Our concept was to make the soundtrack to a movie that never existed. So, that's what we did!!! With that said, we proudly present to you "Cops Crooks and Spies". Thank you everyone for your support and open ears. We hope you enjoy it. Peace.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
What else can be said about this crazy Italian OST that already hasn't been proven? Simply put, it's the BEST!!! Pressed on the infamous "Pegaso" label out of Italy, what we have here is L'Uomo Dagla Occhi Di Ghiaccio aka "The Man With Icey Eyes OST". If anyone out there isn't familiar with I Marc 4, now is a great introduction. Starring the gorgeous Barbara Bouchet, this flick is the epitomy of Giallo crime Jazz/Funk. Rare? Maybe 10 or so copies exist. As stated earlier, I won't run my mouth. Just peep the sound clip and download this Holy Grail before the rare groove police get their hands on it. Peace ya'll.
Friday, October 3, 2014
YO!!! Has anyone out there ever heard of this joint? It's NUTS!!! Koto breakbeats on top of Japanese arrangements. Superb!!! I got this copy many years ago from Japan in solid mint condition. Needless to say, the recording reflects that. Crazy!!! To be honest. I'm not gonna run my waffle about this LP any longer. Just peep the sound clip and download the record. Thanks for tuning in folks ;)
Franco Micalizzi - Laure OST
Yo Yo!!! Whats good out there?!!! Looks like I'm stuck babysitting tonight. No worries though, I love the little guys. Since we have been on a trip to Italy, I thought I'd share with everyone yet ANOTHER rare gem from the Italian vault. What we have here is Franco Micalizzi's OST called "Laure". When it comes to raer, this one takes the cake. Took me many many years to hold this joint. I know a few seasoned Italian dealers/collectors that used to tell me that this OST didn't even exist. Well, it does. Not many exist, but believe me…it's not a myth. Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite soundtracks. It's so damn good that well….I had to share it. With that said, I just wanted to thank everyone out there who have been following this blog as long or as short as you have. As most of you know, my ultimate mission always is to shed some light on albums that never saw the light of day. This means a lot to me. As a DJ I feel like it's my purpose to not only break the boundaries, but also to educate the public. I buy the records, and share them with the world. It's a simple concept! If you have any doubt about this album, just peep the sound clip embeded. This record is bananas! Have a great weekend everyone :)
P.S. I created another email account so everyone could check sound clips on DivShare. Customer service is priority numero uno!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I'm back with another gem off of the Italian label "Sermi". This is a fantastic Bossa Jazz record with a touch of Lounge. Definitely one for the collectors out there! It is the soundtrack to Folco Quilici's "L'Italia Vista Dal Cielo" documentary. Anything with Vibraphones is ok in my book. The perfect Sunday afternoon record. Can you say rare?
Monday, September 29, 2014
A friend of mine had some T-Shirts made, and I had to cop a few myself. They're album cover scans for 2 of Piero Umiliani's BEST albums, "Il Corpo and To-Day's Sound". High quality American Apparel T's at that! If you are familiar with these albums, then you already know the deal. Definitely 2 of my favorite records. Anyways, if you feel like taking your record nerding to the next level, I highly suggest you snag a few of these. $25 each. Email him at Segueemery@gmail.com.
What's happening world? After a long and hot summer, the weather is getting to the ideal temperature out here in sunny San Diego. Without a doubt, Fall is my favorite season. Everything starts to cool down, and leaves begin to die. It's very symbolic. Plus, that also means Halloween is right around the corner! Anyways, I figured to celebrate my favorite season, I'd share with everyone another HEAVY Italian gem on the highly sought after label Sermi. What we have here is Alessandro Alessandroni's extremely rare LP called "Farfalla". The cover alone is outstanding. The music ranges from Jazz to Psyche to just about everything you can imagine. It's kind of hard to pin point what genre this would fall into. Regardless, it's outstanding. This is not your average library record that has a few dramatic loops and open drums. It's top notch! Also, there's not many of these are floating around. Even more of a reason to share it with all of you. As always with my posts, it has never been reissued. So until it is, enjoy this rip. Also, be sure to peep the sound clip!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It's been a long day, and a HOT day in sunny San Diego. So, as the temperature cools down I figured I'd rip one of my favorite Jazz Funk albums to listen to in traffic tomorrow. What we have here is an album by a Japanese group called "Zerosen". The album is called Sunrise. Super tough to find, and through my research it has never been repressed nor is it available on a blog anywhere. With that said, this record is REALLY good. The pressing is on Victor, and has extremely deep grooves. Very loud pressing. I kept having to re-record the tracks because they were redlining so much. Sunrise was made in 1977, although it has a much earlier feel to the recording. As usual, I like to let the sound clip/record speak for itself. Enjoy the rest of your week, and stay cool out there everyone.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Ok here it is! The long lost Jason Black "American Bus" recording. Jason Black is just a pseudonym for the one and only Arawak aka Luciano Simoncini. Luciano was the man behind the Accadde A Library LP that is very known among many of you. While anything he does is hard to put your hands on, this one is damn near impossible. Pressed on the small Italian label "Wild Cat", American Bus is somewhat in the same vein as Accadde A. To be honest, I like this better than Accadde A. Very smooth album with heavy fender rhodes all the way through. Like all of my updates, I only post albums that have not been re-issued or posted on any other blog. To me, that's the point of blogging. Not re-posting something that's been on multiple blogs. With that said, I hope you enjoy this rare and amazing library record. Just check out the sample below!
Here ya go!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Ok here we go! Back at it with another exclusive gem, you'll only find here at the Crate Favorites. To be honest, I have no idea who this record is by other than it being titled "Con The Music Makers". It comes from Mexico, but I doubt the musicians are. That's just my guess though. It's un-googlable as far as my research, and I don't imagine their are too many floating around out there. It's basically covers of Barry White songs. My favorite is of course the classic "I'm gonna love you just a little bit more" (Voy A Quererte Por Un Rato Mas). The version on this LP is absolutely stunning. Bajo La Influencia Del Amor is really nice too. The album has a few other ringers on it. All of it has that real grimy private press recording quality we all love so much! If anyone has anymore information about this record, I'd really like to know. Until then, enjoy this gem. Peace!
Sunday, July 6, 2014
As usual, it's been a while since my last update! So to make up for the time gap, I've ripped you quite a gem in the Italian Soundtrack field. What we have here is a VERY rare movie soundtrack called "Un Uomo Dalla Pelle Dura (Tough Guy)". Absolute stunning record, by the man who puts the "C" in I Marc 4, Carlo Pes. This record is pressed on the infamous and highly sought after label "Pegaso" out of Italy. What you can expect are 3 different themes of the title (Tough Guy) that involve tape echos, perfectly compressed percussion, and explosive horns. There's also drama sequences and cues, as well as a few lounge compositions. I don't imagine were many of these pressed, or many floating around for that matter. Reasons like this are why I take the time to shed some light, and give you the opportunity to judge for yourself. With that said, be expecting a few more updates! Enjoy.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Ok here we go! Back with another heavy hitting rare Umiliani LP. This is one of the Umiliani projects that is filled with an unlimited amount of samples for all the producers out there. No drums whatsoever. It's basically Umiliani and the gang experimenting with various instruments. Might I add, instruments that you won't see most others messing around with at this time. Piero Umiliani is my favorite composer, if you already couldn't tell! I hope you enjoy this weird and very experimental LP. It's one of the best!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
What's happening everyone? It seems that my last posting of this "disappeared" for whatever reason. With that said, I am making it reappear! What we have here is a private funk and soul record on the JGS label. This album absolutely smashes! It's one of my favorites. Don't let the Xmas title fool you! This LP is some of the most killer music and doesn't come around that often. Which is why I'm putting it out there to let you be the judge yourself. My favorite track is "Macaroni Man". Honestly though, every track is a winner! Enjoy.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Seaquence - Mix Faze
What's going on out there? To start the week off right I figured I would share an album that many of you may have heard of. For those of you who haven't, you're in for a treat! What we have here is a private modern boogie/soul record from my hometown, San Diego CA. I could go on all day about this record, but it's one of those one's that you just have to hear for yourself. A while back this was given to me as a gift by friend L Dula. At the time it was sealed, and even had mold growing underneath the cellophane. I'm sure you can see it on the bottom half. The record was even moldy from not breathing over the course of the years. But with a little wash in the VPI and some TLC this thing cleaned up brand new, bright and shiny. If I were to describe this record, I would say it's funky, soulful, and very danceable. At times it sounds like Average White Band. At other times it reminds me of Tarika Blue. My favorite track "life", is truly an amazing modern soul composition. Then there's "ooh, your love"....another fantastic track on the album! The rest of the tracks are dance floor fillers/grooves just to get down to. Enjoy!