Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2.10So, as some of you hopefully know due to the fact that I've said it about a dozen times, Fantastic Volume 2
is one of my favorite albums ever. Anyways, totally out of the blue I discovered that a tenth-year-anniversary edition just came out a couple months ago. The sound quality is....fantastic (sorry), and according to the label,
"This Volume contains material that's never been released, the way Jay Dee a.k.a. J. Dilla wanted his original production, the way they wanted it to be... unedited..... uncensored, without corporate politics. The Double CD set contains the original mixes, skits and instrumentals not contained on Fantastic Vol. 2."
And disc 2 is the instrumentals. Anyways, there is some really cool stuff. Most of the songs are the same as on the original, but a few are quite different and really dope: Forth & Back and 2U4U for example. But 'Raise It Up' is inexplicably missing. It samples an old Thomas Bangalter (of Daft Punk) song, but according to Wikipedia:
It was initially used without permission, as producer J Dilla obtained a copy of the song from a bootleg recording, and assumed that the artist was an obscure techno producer, and was unlikely to find out. Bangalter and Guy-Manuel, however happened to be fans of Slum Village, and rather than demand a payment for the sample, instead asked to collaborate on one of their own tracks, which ended up becoming their remix of the song "Aerodynamic".
So it's weird that it's now missing. Anyways though, killer sound quality. I'll gladly upload it if anybody wants.
Slum Village from left to right, T3, Baatin, Jay Dee, and their manager Mr. Yashimoto. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I'm kidding, he's just some random old dude on the sidewalk. Anyways I'm also listening to a lot
of other stuff, mostly old soul and funk. I used to be averse to compilations, but what I finally realized sometime last year is that some of the greatest songs ever recorded were only ever pressed on 45s, or on full-length vinyl which was never released on CD. Well, until it was recently re-released on whatever compilation I got it on. I really really like this song, and I'm very happy to find it on youtube. Annette Poindexter - Mama
Same feelings towards this song: Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum, & Durr - You Can't Blame Me
lol @ durrHere's a review of just that song, from Salon.com.
"You Can't Blame Me," Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr, from "Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label"This song was recorded in 1971 for Capsoul, a small label based in Columbus, Ohio, by the awkwardly named Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr. (Capsoul's owner, Bill Moss, apparently thought it would roll off the tongue like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.) "You Can't Blame Me" was a regional hit, but soon after soon after its release the band split up, the label folded, and it was just another out-of-print 45, of interest only to collectors. That's unfortunate, because this is a spectacular song, of searing intensity. The moody introduction is beautifully orchestrated: first just the bass and a hollow, thumping drum sound, immediately joined by a whispery guitar; all three stop and the vibes player enters with a slightly out-of-time arpeggio that rings in the air as the band continues to play; then the backup singers join with an eerie "ooh"-ing, and then ... well, then Irving Johnson's lead vocal comes in, and that's when things get really amazing.Johnson sounds young, a little inexperienced, sometimes nearly out of control -- as if he's not used to singing in a recording studio and is overcompensating for his discomfort by over-singing. But it's electrifying and frightening and strange, that voice, and the combination of strength and fear in it is quite astounding (think Janis Joplin). There's an especially thrilling moment when Johnson jumps unexpectedly into a phrase of tantalizing, perfectly clear falsetto -- this man had the makings of a star, but sadly, he only ever recorded a few songs.