Monday, February 22, 2010

The Routers !

Woohoo ! Let’s Go ! Cheerleaders, Go !
(That's an ancient and obscure ritual to bring cheerleaders straight to your home, just trying sorry...)
Formed in 1962 by Mike Gordon, the Routers recordings were made primarily by session musicians rather than an actual group with the exception of Gordon. The Routers first release in September 1962 was "Let's Go !". Its infectious “clap clap clap-clap-clap clap-clap-clap-clap Let's Go! " chant became a favorite of cheerleaders and crowds worldwide (I mean, even when I walk in the streets of Paris, people always shout that at me).
The recording was instigated by record producer Joe Saraceno and his producing and songwriting partner Mike Gordon. Like many pop instrumentals recorded in Los Angeles, California at this time, such as those by B. Bumble and the Stingers, it involved Mike Gordon, (guitar), Plas Johnson (saxophone) and Earl Palmer (drums), probably with Plas’ brother Ray Johnson on bass guitar.
Later Routers recordings, which continued to be issued up to 1964 but with less commercial success, involved Mike Gordon, (guitar), Leon Russell (piano) and Hal Blaine (drums). The following album, ‘Charge !’ is extremely brilliant and funny - his spirited release features a dozen modernized rocking instrumental interpretations of college fight songs as well a few equally peppy originals. hese new souped-up readings are the antithesis of the old staid Sousa-influenced marching band arrangements and feature wailing guitar solos and hot-steppin' bongo beats in place of the traditional tuba, piccolo, and bombastic bass drum.
Interestingly, many of these mod interpretations continue to show up in TV adverts and as musical beds for sports announcers !

The Routers :
* Let's Go (Pony) *
* On Brave Old Army Team *
* Sou'Wester *

Monday, February 15, 2010

Elder Roma Wilson !

Elder Roma Wilson was born December 22, 1910, in Tupelo, Mississippi, one of 10 children raised on his parents' cotton farm. When Wilson was 15, he taught himself to play the harmonica, using an instrument that his older brothers had discarded. He was ordained when he was only 17 years old and became an evangelist, preaching at different churches until he was appointed pastor of his own congregation.
When his children were still young, he and three of his sons, whom he had taught to play harmonica, often performed their unique style of religious music on the streets of Detroit. Joe Van Battle, owner of Joe's Record Shop, covertly recorded their street playing in 1948 and sold his recordings of "Lily of the Valley" and "Better Get Ready" to the Gotham label. These now legendary 78 rpm releases introduced the music of Wilson to audiences in Europe and the United States. It wasn't until the 1980s that Wilson learned of these records, and eager gospel music listeners learned the life story of the "unknown" musician identified on the recordings as "this charismatic preacher who blew harp" !

Elder Roma Wilson :
* Better Get Ready *
* Lily Of The Valley (Stand By Me) *
* Gonna Wait Till A Change Come *
* Have You Tried Jesus-He's Alright *

(Photography by Bill Steber)

Go Jesus Go !

Monday, February 08, 2010

A Bloody Western Mix, Part 5 !!!


Bring the horses ! The ropes ! The shovels !
Thee long-long-long awaited new Western Mix is served !

All together once again :

Rev. Frost Presents…A Bloody Western Mix, Part 5 !
(71 :40)
01. Intro
02. Stelvio Cipriani - Un Uomo, Un Cavallo, Una Pistola
03. Johnny Horton - The Battle Of Bull Run
04. Perry Como - Wild Horses
05. Bruno Nicolai - Espanto En El Corazon
06. Marty Robbins - Prairie Fire
07. Leroy Holmes - Hang 'Em High
08. Johnny Western & Richard Boone - The Guns Of Rio Muerto
09. The Outlaws - Husky Team
10. Frankie Laine - The Tarrier Song
11. Ennio Morricone - La Resa Dei Conti (Seconda Caccia)
12. Buell Kazee - A Short Life Of Trouble
13. Ray Evans & Jay Livingston – Bonanza
14. Johnny Burnette - Green Grass Of Texas
15. Brent J. Cooper - Sixty Seconds To What ?
16. Billy Strange - The Battle Of New Orleans
17. Hoyt Ming & His Pep-Steppers - Indian War Whoop
18. Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers - Ghost Riders In The Sky
19. Armando Trovaioli - La Prateria II
20. Gianfranco & Gian Piero Reverberi - Il Carico D'Oro
21. Frankie Laine - Prairie Bell
22. Los Mariachis De Mexico – Rogaciano
23. Ennio Morricone - Man With A Harmonica
24. Paul Robeson - John Brown's Body
25. Luis Bacalov - Il Prezzo Del Potere (End Titles)
26. Dimitri Tiomkin - Exit Music (The Alamo)

Dear reader, a ‘cocksucker’ is subtily hidden in the mix, would you find it ?
The first winner will win rev. Frost’s friendship.


Monday, February 01, 2010

The Mojo Men !

The Mojo Men !!!
Yeah, a bit of history, The Mojo Men recorded for the Autumn Records label in San Francisco, California. One of their hits, 1965's "Dance With Me", and a number of other records, were produced by Sylvester Stewart, later better known as Sly Stone. (Staaaaand)
One of the first San Francisco psychedelic bands, the Mojo Men began as a British Invasion inspired group, even covering the Rolling Stones' "Off The Hook". But following the arrival of drummer Jan Ashton, the group developed more intricate arrangements and harmonies. They were one of the premier bands that help shape the San Francisco Sound !
Their many singles never fully displayed the band's considerable songwriting and vocal talents, and after changing their name to the Mojo and finally just Mojo, they disbanded in the late '60s.

The Mojo Men :
* Something Bad *
* My Woman's Head *
* Fire In My Heart *

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