May 20, 2018

Sundaze 1820

Hello, lot's a big things going on on the 19th of May, there was the Zokolan, a monsterclimb in the Giro, which saw the rebirth of Chris Froome, he was ecstatic, behind him the current leader, a guy that can feed of two bodies being an identical twin and Dumoulin last years winner is still very much in the running, spectular week coming up there. Then there were 3 cupfinals, in Scotland Celtic was expected to win and they did, but England and Germany saw a surprise Man United were the favorite but once again Mourinho's attack proved important, Conte and Chelsea said thank you we'll have that FA Cup, in Germany Bayern were supposed to over run Frankfurt, but there their new Bayern coach had devised a well organised counter attack and Bayern without Robben just didnt find enough room to score more.
But all this were just side events for the big mediaworld, there was an elite wedding that needed the full attention of the public. The people in question are as it happens very nice, although the bride had been so not my type in the TV series Suits, in real life she seemed much nicer even though clearly dominant over her future husband, but then he stems from a family with dominant female presence. Anyway the happy couple are expected to make babies and spread love and equality over the globe specially in the former colonies, and 'en passant' make brexit an success. I wish them good luck, the'll need it.

Today's artist, for the fourth and final time, is an Italian guitarist, producer, arranger, sound designer, and experimentalist, and plays in many bands. His musical career commenced during the late '70s, when he played guitar for various independent punk bands. By the mid-'80s, he'd co-founded the ongoing conceptual audio art project Sigillum S (with Paolo Bandera and Luca Digiorgio) that evolved into an internationally celebrated cult act  ....N'joy

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After attending the exclusive High School Scuola Europa and the State University of Milan at the Faculty of Law for three years, he starting to work for a company of electronic engineers who design advanced systems and installations of maximum safety for the Italian government. Eraldo Bernocchi started his career in the late 1970s as a guitarist in independent punk bands. In the mid 1980s, together with Paolo Bandera and Luca di Giorgio, Eraldo co-founded the conceptual audio project Sigillum-S, which grew into a highly acclaimed international cult act and remains the longest running project Bernocchi is involved with.

In the 90s, he and his wife, visual artist Petulia Mattioli, established Verba Corrige Productions, which became the base for a raft of notable audio visual projects and co-operations. During the 1990s and 2000s, he expanded his base of collaborators greatly, both within Italy and throughout the world. Some of these included Mick Harris (Harris releasing Bernocchi's SIMM debut on his own Possible Recs imprint and working with Black Engine as well as two collaborative albums under their names), Almamegretta, Balázs Pándi, Bill Laswell, Colin Edwin, DJ Disk, DJ Olive, Gaudi, Giovanni Lindo Ferretti, Harold Budd, Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Markus Stockhausen, Nils Petter Molvaer, Professor Shebab, Raiz, Robin Guthrie, Russell Mills, Sensational, Spectre, Thomas Fehlmann, Toshinori Kondo, and Zu (as Black Engine).

In addition to regular work scoring music for adverts and other multimedia projects, he has composed film music for Academy Award winner Gabriele Salvatores and produced numerous art installations with Petulia Mattioli, as well as other artists, including Russell Mills and Harold Budd. He is known for being invited to play and organize several special events for the Dalai Lama in Italy.

In 2008, Bernocchi and music Giacomo Bruzzo founded RareNoiseRecords, a label based in London which aims to showcase a wide range of cutting edge music. The label has since become an important conduit championing several forward thinking and original artists, as well as releasing a number of Eraldo’s own recordings, including ambient guitar duo Parched (with Davide Tiso from Ephel Duath fame), Somma with Nils Petter Molvaer, Bill Laswell, Raiz and Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari), Owls (again with Fornasari and Tony Wakeford), Metallic Taste of Blood (with Colin Edwin from Porcupine Tree, Balázs Pándi and Jamie Saft) and Obake, a doomtronic quartet with Jason Konhen/Bong Ra on bass, Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari and Balázs Pándi.

Notable projects

The project Sigillum S was created on 23 December 1985. It has had, since the beginning, the aim to be totally against the logic of the "band". It was conceived as an open structure in which people could work and research different subjects. Formed by Eraldo Bernocchi (guitars, electronic treatments, voice, and programmation) Paolo Bandera (electronic treatments, bass, and voice) and Luca Di Giorgio (keyboards), the project has always been a double faced creature, mixing together on the same level precise ritual and ethnic aspects with a noisy music.

Since the beginning, Sigillum S had as path to be followed the knowledge and the total war against any kind of limit or taboo, refusing any kind of relationship with political/religious structures. During the first 10 years they toured quite extensively through all Europe and Canada, taking on stage a multimedia attack based on videos, slides and artworks used as a part of the stage. Having pared down along the way to consist of only Eraldo and Paolo as core members, they collaborated with different groups in different situations, like: Ain Soph, The Sodality, Gerstein, Iugula-Thor, Dive, Outoff Body Experience, Team Spam, the sculptor Milo Sacchi, the multimedia/artist PM.Koma and many others.

After a slew of releases through their first 15 years, they released the album Abstraction on Daft Records. This proved to be their last release for a number of years. In 2007, Verba Corrige announced the completion of 23|20, a celebration of the history of Sigillum S. The release was done in two different formats (Digipak CD and gatefold vinyl) featuring different track lists and sequences for each. The release featured all new material and collaborations with artists such as Toshinori Kondo, Bill Laswell, SH Fernando/WordSound, Prof. Shehab/Baboon Records, Martino Nicoletti, Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, the band Zu, Xabier Iriondo, Ephel Duath, various members of Crisis, Mark Solotroff, Thomas Fehlmann, Gudrun Gut, Andrea Marutti, Claudio Agostoni, and many others.

Since the release of 23|20 Sigillum S has continued to perform live, welcoming Luca Di Giorgio back into the fold and adding Petulia Mattioli as a fourth member. Much of their back catalog is now available through Bandcamp with new recordings and archival material forthcoming, both in physical and digital mediums.

Ashes was started in 1990 essentially as an Eraldo solo project. The basic idea was to produce works that would be out of context for Sigillum S, as Ashes was a very personal project based on a strong individual introspection. The first release was recorded between 1990 and 1992, finally being released on the newly founded Verba Corrige label. This release, entitled Ashland was based on the guitar treatments, which are often used as a mantra for newly born mind paths. 1996 saw Ashes grow beyond the context of a solo project to include the bass and production of Bill Laswell and vocals of Raiz from Italian group Almamegretta. After a silence of almost 10 years, the project returned with a new album called Unisono, expanding on the core trio to include contributions from Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Antonio Denti and Paolo Mongardi.

SIMM is a beat and bass oriented project owing a debt to the sound of Mick Harris' Scorn project, whom Eraldo had played a batch of live shows with. The project released one full-length release on Mick Harris' short-lived Possible Recs label as well as a 12" on the same label. Additionally, the moniker provided some tracks for a few compilations from around the same time period. In 2012 it was announced that the long-awaited follow up to Welcome was announced for release by Vital Records. After some production delays and personal issues within the label, the release (Visitor) has now shifted to the OHM Resistance label and has been released October 31, 2013.

The Somma project was conceived by Petulia Mattioli and Eraldo Bernocchi. The concept behind Somma is the real interaction among different cultures with the aim to contaminate and explore ancient traditions connecting new electronic music and technology with jazz, dub, and mantric concepts. Unlike several so called "world music" issues and experiments, Somma (Sacred Order of Magic Music and Art ) aims to have real interaction between different worlds, both sonically and visually. This approach rejects the traditional meaning of the moniker "world music" and avoids ethnic cliches, proposing that each event held be different, where participants will be building a sonic and visual ritual using both ancient and modern tools. Ranging from acoustic to electric to electronic, Somma aims for the creation of new rituals for a contemporary age, the interaction of the sacred and dub, a digital mantra for a new sacred ground.

Entirely improvised, every event/concert of Somma ties together two theoretically distant worlds using interaction between eastern and western musicians who look for a different concert/event for each performance. Tibetan culture is not at all used as a folkloristic or curious event, as too many times happens in the west, but as living part of the creative process. Visuals are also totally improvised and constructed in real time according to what is happening musically on stage to close the circle erasing any difference between past and future.

Since 1996 Bernocchi and Mattioli involved well known New York producer/bass legend Bill Laswell and start to work on the first studio recording of the combo together with 7 Tibetan monks. The album, Hooked Light Rays came out for Low Records, a division of Pete Namlook's Fax label, gaining positive reviews. In 1998 the album was reprinted by Felmay/New Tone an Italian label specialized in traditional/modern musics.

With the encouragement of Musica 90, one of the most renowned booking/production agencies in Europe, Somma's first public appearance took place on November 26, 1996 at Teatro Regio in Torino Italy in front of 1600 people. (Eraldo Bernocchi - treated guitars and electronics, Bill Laswell - bass, Petulia Mattioli - stage design and visuals, Oz Fritz - sound engineering and space dislocations, 7 Tibetan monks - vocals, horns, bells, drums) In 2001, on occasion of the official visit of the Dalai lama, Somma performed in Trento at the Centro Santa Chiara theatre, in front of a gathering 2000 people. Somma continues to grow and expand, most recently playing on May 28, 2007 at Teatro Dal Verme in Milan adding Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Nils Petter Molvaer and the vocal group Faraualla to the mix. This show received release in 2010 through Eraldo's RareNoise label.

In 2007/2008, it was announced that Eraldo and partner Giacomo Bruzzo created a new record label to be based out of the UK, called RareNoiseRecords. The label officially began releasing albums at the end of the first half of 2009. The initial slate of releases kicked off with the debut release of Meditronica – a project by Ashtech and Polcari which also featured the talents of Raiz, Eraldo Bernocchi and Dub Gabriel. Other releases through the end of 2009 include The Mantra ATSMM, a Method of Defiance live album and DVD from 2007 featuring the then line-up of Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Dr. Israel, Toshinori Kondo and Guy Licata, the long-awaited Buckethead side project Death Cube K's Torn From Black Space and Parched, an atmospheric guitar project from Eraldo and Davide Tiso.

As 2010 opened, a live recording of a 2007 show from Somma (held back from 2009 due to perfecting artwork issues) was released and the label released albums and/or EPs by Italian groups Echo and The Mantra ATSMM. Obake is one of Bernocchi's newer ongoing projects, meant to be the place where the energies of Doom and Drone Metal fuse with ambient electronica, noise, the exactness of math-rock, the groove of blues undercurrents harking back to the dawn of hard-rock and the fluid lyrical delivery and musings of a commanding operatic voice. The initial release on RareNoise consisted of Eraldo Bernocchi and Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Massimo Pupillo of the group Zu on bass and drummer Balazs Pandi. After some internal shifting (including a short tour with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3) filling in on bass, new member Jason Köhnen of Bong-Ra fame was announced in 2013 as the permanent bassist with new recordings commencing that year. In 2014 “Mutations” , the second Obake album, came out harvesting incredible reviews and appearances in major festivals. As well Osso, his new band with Morkobot.

Over the last 2 years the label has expanded its artist and release base, with critically acclaimed releases from Eraldo related groups such as electronica/neo-folk project OWLS (with Tony Wakeford and Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari), Metallic Taste of Blood (Jamie Saft, Colin Edwin and Balazs Pandi) and Obake as well as Eraldo's collaboration with Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie. Aside from Eraldo projects, the label has also released albums by Brainkiller, Bob Belden's Animation, David Fiuczynski, Slobber Pup, InterStatic, Lorenzo Feliciati, Martin Schulte, Mole (Productions) and Naked Truth.

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Simm is to chill-out what Tool are to hardcore metal -- that is a more oppressive, self-hating variation that works towards progressive art rock. Simm's music is closest to Tricky's Nearly God trip-hop in practice, with stark intellectual environments, intensely controlled samples -- perhaps one or two elements per song -- and a soiled production

It has been 8 years since Eraldo Bernocchi last released an album under the Simm moniker, and his return to producing sleek, dark, horror inspired Down-tempo/Dubstep/slow BPM music is nothing short of fantastic. The Visitor is a powerful, masterfully crafted soundtrack of vengeance and reprisal - emerging from darkness to strike unseen, a force unrecognizable to it's enemies. For those who enjoy Scorn and Balkansky, Simm is the more suave and sophisticated take on the low tempo, bass heavy paradigm. Bernocchi's constructed horror atmospheres and deformed samples alongside his trademark treated guitars align mesmerizingly over futuristic Down-tempo beats and silk smooth bass.

SIMM - Visitor  (flac 297mb)

01 Leatherface 5:39
02 Visitor 5:58
03 The Wind Is Blowing 6:28
04 Crematorium 5:42
05 Revenge Is Faith 4:22
06 The Sadness Of Things 6:00
07 Herezie 4:56
08 Retribution 5:28
09 Sky Eater 6:08

SIMM - Visitor  (ogg  114mb)

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The guitars grind and burn, writhe and churn on the downtuned ‘Seven Rotten Globes’ that heralds the arrival of Obake’s second long player. The influences of Melvins and Sabbath are in evidence as they blast out primal fury hewn from the murky dawn of metal. They slow things to a crawl, the riffs strung out and left to simmer atmospherically. The dark and horrorific viaticum, which can be perceived from the very beginning, is broadly defined as completion in Transfiguration, whose aberrant intro, offers the preamble to a rhythmic and enveloping sound structure.  An absence of air that brings the redundant stoner sound to cross the horizons of the genre, thanks to inlays expressive and decadent sound.  A perfect track, not only thanks to the evocative versatility of Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, but also thanks to the sound divergences, which overlay a perfect drum set in its being. The catacomb and rarefied outro redefines the expressive echoes, dragging the listener towards a filmic nightmare, from which it is difficult to come out.‘Thanatos’ brings a smoky shroud of darkness before ‘Second Death of Foreg’ descends deeper into the smouldering abyss, evoking esoteric mysticism and mythology. It’s a mighty album of epic proportions and appropriate weight. Heavy, and then some....

Obake - Mutations    (flac 286mb)

01 Seven Rotten Globes 4:27
02 Seth Light 5:31
03 Transfiguration 6:00
04 Thanatos 5:18
05 Second Death of Foreg 6:16
06 Burnt Down 4:10
07 M 6:25
08 Infinite Chain 6:07

Obake - Mutations  (ogg  106mb)

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Over the last 60 years, East Meets West recordings have become somewhat commonplace in creative music. With Invisible Strings, guitarists Eraldo Bernocchi and Prakash Sontakke add a remarkable entry to a long list. Bernocchi is virtually unclassifiable as a musician, composer, and producer. .

Bernocchi's lap steel guitar playing is the prime melodic force on these nine pieces and reflects the influences of Carnatic music, Bollywood, spaghetti western soundtracks, and the melodic improvisation tradition. Bernocchi plays baritone and electric guitars and electronics. He places his abundant abilities in service to Sontakke's labyrinthine harmonic creations. Ambient music informs each of these tracks, but the emphasis of percussion and haunted lyricism adds quiet drama that creates depth and heft, not merely ethereality. Pronounced plodding beats, strummed chords, and interplay between baritone and steel guitars are hallmarks in the foreboding "The Last Emperor Walked Alone." "From Star to Star," with its wordless choral vocal samples in the intro and syncopated layers of dubby rhythmic pulses, frames an active conversation between the guitarists in subtle, sweet yet poignant melodies that possess a song-like architecture. "Bangalor Electric" offers pronounced electronic snare beats and breaks atop hypnotic electric fingerpicked guitar vamps as Sontakke punctuates and paints them. The use of digital delay, drum and bass beats, and baritone guitar basslines on "Purple Yello" offers an elegant freneticism for the lap steel; Sontakke decorates sparsely but effectively. Taken as a whole, it offers the sound of motion looking past itself. Its sonic landscape circles wider with each pass until it swallows everything in its path to become a solitary, nearly exultant voice. The imagination at work on Invisible Strings is revelatory. These two men use only what its necessary to communicate and create musical "stories" that resonate far beyond each track's prescribed length. Each selection maintains a distinct identity that contributes to the seamless flow of the whole. The music balances cinematic qualities while remaining subjectively intimate. This 21st century addition in the East Meets West canon acts not only as a shining example of what is possible when two open-minded talents from different cultures enter into creative dialogue, but as a complete realization of said encounter's potential.

Eraldo Bernocchi, Prakash Sontakke - Invisible Strings (flac 245mb)

01 The Last Emperor Walked Alone
02 Will You Stay
03 From Star To Star
04 The Invisible Ferry
05 Sublime Skies
06 Bangalor Electric
07 Purple Yellow
08 Walking Backwards Again
09 The Unsaid

Eraldo Bernocchi, Prakash Sontakke - Invisible Strings   (ogg  107mb)

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"In Praise Of Shadows" is a massive collaboration album by Italy's legendary producer Eraldo Bernocchi and Japanese dark ambient mastermind Manabu Hiramoto of Shinkiro. The music weaves dark electronics and industrial dub with heavy atmosphere. The 8 tracks based on a concept of the traditional Japanese aesthetics inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki's essay, beautifully contrasted light and shadow, stillness and motion with using modern technology and various musical compositions.

Eraldo Bernocchi, Shinkiro - In Praise of Shadows (flac 271mb)

01 Fluorescent Memories 5:57
02 Shadow Ghosts 4:30
03 A Scene Of Kaleidoscopic Changes 5:09
04 Old Man Looking At A Window 5:41
05 Bloody Footsteps On A Ceiling Temple 7:11
06 Hikari 5:20
07 City Vultures 4:41
08 Black Magic Train 8:30

Eraldo Bernocchi, Shinkiro - In Praise of Shadows (ogg 107mb)

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May 18, 2018

RhoDeo 1819 Grooves


Today an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day", and "Grandma's Hands". Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. ..... 'N Joy

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Withers, the youngest of six children, was born in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. He was born with a stutter and has said he had a hard time fitting in. Raised in nearby Beckley, he was 13 years old when his father died. Withers enlisted with the United States Navy at the age of 18 and served for nine years, during which time he overcame his stutter and became interested in singing and writing songs. He left the Navy in 1965. Using the $250 he received from selling his furniture to IBM co-worker Ron Sierra, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1967 to start a musical career. Withers worked as an assembler for several different companies, including Douglas Aircraft Corporation, while recording demo tapes with his own money, shopping them around and performing in clubs at night. When he debuted with the song "Ain't No Sunshine", he refused to resign from his job because he believed the music business was a fickle industry.

During early 1970, Withers' demonstration tape was auditioned favorably by Clarence Avant, owner of Sussex Records. Avant signed Withers to a record deal and assigned former Stax Records stalwart Booker T. Jones to produce Withers' first album. Four three-hour recording sessions were planned for the album, but funding caused the album to be recorded in three sessions with a six-month break between the second and final sessions. Just as I Am was released in 1971 with the tracks, "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Grandma's Hands" as singles. The album features Stephen Stills playing lead guitar. On the cover of the album, Withers is pictured at his job at Weber Aircraft in Burbank, California, holding his lunch box.

The album was a success, and Withers began touring with a band assembled from members of The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band: drummer James Gadson, guitarist Benorce Blackmon, keyboardist Ray Jackson, and bassist Melvin Dunlap. At the 14th annual Grammy Awards, on Tuesday, March 14, 1972, Withers won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for "Ain't No Sunshine." The track had already sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in September 1971.

During a hiatus from touring, Withers recorded his second album, Still Bill. The single, "Lean on Me" went to number one the week of July 8, 1972. It was Withers' second gold single with confirmed sales in excess of three million. His follow-up, "Use Me" released in August 1972, became his third million seller, with the R.I.A.A. gold disc award taking place on October 12, 1972. His performance at Carnegie Hall on October 6, 1972, was recorded, and released as the live album Bill Withers, Live at Carnegie Hall on November 30, 1972. In 1974, Withers recorded the album +'Justments. Due to a legal dispute with the Sussex company, Withers was unable to record for some time thereafter. During this time, he wrote and produced two songs on the Gladys Knight & the Pips record I Feel a Song, and in October 1974 performed in concert together with James Brown, Etta James, and B.B. King in Zaire four weeks prior to the historic Rumble in the Jungle fight between Foreman and Ali. Footage of his performance was included in the 1996 documentary film When We Were Kings, and he is heard on the accompanying soundtrack. Other footage of his performance is included in the 2008 documentary film Soul Power, which is based on archival footage of the 1974 Zaire concert.

After Sussex Records folded, Withers signed with Columbia Records in 1975. His first album release with the label, Making Music, Making Friends, included the single "She's Lonely", which was featured in the film Looking for Mr. Goodbar. During the next three years he released an album each year with Naked & Warm (1976), Menagerie (1977, containing the successful "Lovely Day"), "Bout Love" (1978) and "Get on Down"; the latter song also included on the Looking for Mr. Goodbar soundtrack. Due to problems with Columbia and being unable to get songs approved for his album, he concentrated on joint projects from 1977 to 1985, including "Just the Two of Us", with jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., which was released during June 1980 It won a Grammy on February 24, 1982. Withers next did "Soul Shadows" with the Crusaders, and "In the Name of Love" with Ralph MacDonald, the latter being nominated for a Grammy for vocal performance.

In 1982, Withers was a featured vocalist on the album, "Dreams in Stone" by French singer Michel Berger. This record included one composition co-written and sung by Withers, an upbeat disco song about New York City entitled "Apple Pie." The album was not released in North America, although it contains several songs about America. In 1985 came Watching You Watching Me, which featured the Top 40-rated R&B single "Oh Yeah", and ended Withers' business association with Columbia Records. Withers stated in interviews that a lot of the songs approved for the album, in particular, two of the first three singles released, were the same songs which were rejected in 1982, hence contributing significantly to the eight-year hiatus between albums. Withers also stated it was frustrating seeing his record label release an album for Mr. T, an actor, when they were preventing him, an actual singer, from releasing his own. He toured with Jennifer Holliday in 1985 to promote what would be his final studio album.

His disdain for Columbia's A&R executives or "blaxperts", as he termed them, trying to exert control over how he should sound if he wanted to sell more albums, played a part in his making the decision to not record or re-sign to a record label after 1985, effectively ending his performing career, even though remixes of his previously recorded music were released after his 'retirement'. Finding musical success later in life than most, at 32, he has said he was socialized as a 'regular guy' who had a life before the music, so he did not feel an inherent need to keep recording once he fell out of love with the industry. He has also stated that he does not miss touring and performing live and does not regret leaving music behind.

Withers married actress Denise Nicholas in 1973, during her stint on the sitcom Room 222. The couple divorced the following year. In 1976, Withers married Marcia Johnson, and they had two children, Todd and Kori. Marcia eventually assumed the direct management of his Beverly Hills-based publishing companies, in which his children also became involved as they became adults.

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It can prove somewhat difficult to place Bill Withers among his peers. Despite a brief revival thanks to Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, he will always remain something of an outsider to the soul movement. Starting out as an aircraft mechanic for the Navy, his performing career happened more or less by accident. Surprised to be invited to re-record his own demos -- a modest Withers had intended his songs for others -- he came forth with two brilliant albums chock-full of intriguing stories on mournful alcoholics, adulterers, and his late grandmother's hands. His exceptional talent as a storyteller placed him perhaps more in league with West Coast singer songwriters like Stephen Stills, who helped out on his debut, Just as I Am. A Vietnam chant, "I Can't Write Left Handed," placed him further apart as a socially conscious performer. The accompanying album, Live at Carnegie Hall, makes clear Withers is about total commitment to the music and music alone. Once called "the poet Stax never had" by onetime producer Booker T., his influence on artists like Ben Harper and Erykah Badu is not to be taken lightly. Much of the above can be said about Making Music. Because of the regretful demise of Withers' original label, Sussex, his fifth album was released on Columbia. It possesses the same down-to-earthiness and eye for ordinary day life as his former releases, though the production sometimes trades the organic "feel" for the familiar "end of the '70s slickness." He's excused since at least he didn't turn disco! No dancing across the floor for Bill: friends and family is what remains important to him, as becomes evident from the portrait on the album cover's backside and in songs like "Family Table" and "Don't You Want to Stay." Even when a song does not seem to have a subject but itself ("Sometimes a Song"), Withers and band deliver it with an urgency that would make Barry White shiver. To stay on the subject: instead of White wondering "what he's going to do with you," wouldn't you rather have Withers "Make Love to Your Mind"?

Bill Withers - Making Music   (flac 229mb)

01 I Wish You Well 3:57
02 The Best You Can 2:33
03 Make Love To Your Mind 6:23
04 I Love You Dawn 2:36
05 She's Lonely 5:15
06 Sometimes A Song 4:44
07 Paint Your Pretty Picture 5:43
08 Family Table 3:13
09 Don't You Want To Stay? 4:03
10 Hello Like Before 5:29

Bill Withers - Making Music (ogg  97mb)

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Anybody who likes Bill is going to want to have this. Laid back and smooth, it's classic Withers. The title is provocative but the music is like a warm blanket on a cold night or perhaps, more apropos for Soul Music,a fan on a hot one, this album delivers the goods. Bill Withers sound has always been funky. But he never recorded an all out funk album but this one comes closest. That focus on the spesific type of groove along with the strong writing made this out in the end to be one of Wither's finest (and often least sung) records. It's not the only album of Bill Withers' to have, but if you want to go for the next round this has to be part of the ride.

Bill Withers - Naked & Warm    (flac 201mb)

01 Close To Me 3:54
02 Naked & Warm (Heaven! Oh! Heaven!) 5:46
03 Where You Are 3:56
04 Dreams 5:32
05 If I Didn't Mean You Well 3:03
06 I'll Be With You 3:10
07 City Of The Angels 10:46
08 My Imagination 4:54

Bill Withers - Naked & Warm  (ogg  92mb )

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Following the twin peaks of Still Bill and Live at Carnegie Hall in the early '70s, Bill Withers had a little trouble sustaining his peak of creativity, along with his chart positions. He still made good music and had hits, but had trouble delivering a consistent album that brought him back to the heights of his Sussex work. Finally, in 1977, he delivered Menagerie, an assured return to form by one of soul's greatest singer/songwriters of the '70s. If Menagerie doesn't have the earthiness or consistent brilliance of Still Bill, it nevertheless has a solid set of songs and an easy, relaxed charm that is thoroughly winning. Where his Sussex material was slyly eclectic, touching on a number of different styles, this album is more cohesive, a smooth album that points the way toward quiet storm while retaining a warm soulfulness, largely due to Withers' wonderful voice. Even when the tempo gets sprightly, as on "Lovely Night for Dancing," there's a relaxed vibe and a nice sheen to the production that keeps things even-handed and easy. As such, those listeners who preferred the darker undercurrents that ran through such songs as "Use Me" and "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?" may find this a little too amiable, but that's just a matter of taste -- this is an easy record to like, after all, with a consistent tone and a soothing vibe, plus a good set of songs. If it's not as distinctive as his Sussex records, it's nevertheless an undeniable high point in his catalog.

 Bill Withers - Menagerie    (flac  226mb)

01 Lovely Day 4:15
02 I Want To Spend The Night 3:41
03 Lovely Night For Dancing 5:51
04 Then You Smile At Me 4:54
05 She Wants To (Get On Down) 3:15
06 It Ain't Because Of Me Baby 3:31
07 Tender Things 5:02
08 Wintertime 3:17
09 Let Me Be The One You Need 4:44

Bill Withers - Menagerie  (ogg  88mb)

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Even though his previous Columbia album 'Bout Love had been a commercial disappointment,Bill Withers found enormous success singing with Grover Washington Jr at the beginning of the 80's on the huge pop hit Just The Two Of Us,not to mention a similar vocal on the Crusaders Soul Shadows during the same year. Suddenly Bill Withers career was showing signs of success again only thing time,his musical priorities had changed a bit. So on this album,recorded eight years following his previous one, he teamed up with big name producers and session musicians such as David Foster,Ralph McDonald and Paulinho Da Costa along with guests such a Larry Carlton for an album that thoroughly explored his new musical focus.

The production of these snappy,mid tempo urban contemporary pop/funk grooves is built around live instrumentation. This can be heard to even greater effect on the uptempo boogie funk type production of "Don't Make Me Wait". For a singer/songwriter/musician of his nature, his music has always somehow been flexible enough to accommodate many of the production changes time has demanded, yet still maintain it's own signature. Applying that to this particular album in fact I'd have to say if this is where he chose to cap off his career,even though it never got a proper follow up,would'nt be at all a bad place to conclude things at all.

 Bill Withers - Watching You Watching Me    (flac  261mb)

01 Oh Yeah! 4:01
02 Something That Turns You On 4:23
03 Don't Make Me Wait 3:59
04 Heart In Your Life 4:13
05 Watching You Watching Me 5:47
06 We Could Be Sweet Lovers 3:26
07 You Just Can't Smile It Away 4:41
08 Steppin' Right Along 5:43
09 Whatever Happens 3:14
10 You Try To Find A Love 5:17

Bill Withers - Watching You Watching Me    (ogg  102mb)

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May 17, 2018

RhoDeo 1819 Re-Ups 141

Hello,  it's sad to see after years of updating many of you are still too lazy to check if there was a previous request within my 12 months limit, it's not that hard to check the previous comments when adding a new one, no less then 3 of you ignored the limit this week.

6 correct requests for this week and as usual, requests that totally ignore my 12 months limit, whatever another batch of 21 re-ups (6 gig)

These days i'm making an effort to re-up, it will satisfy a smaller number of people which means its likely the update will  expire relatively quickly again as its interest that keeps it live. Nevertheless here's your chance ... asks for re-up in the comments section at the page where the expired link resides, or it will be discarded by me. ....requests are satisfied on a first come first go basis. ...updates will be posted here remember to request from the page where the link died! To keep re-ups interesting to my regular visitors i will only re-up files that are at least 12 months old (the older the better as far as i am concerned), and please check the previous update request if it's less then a year old i won't re-up either.

Looka here , requests fulfilled up to May 16th.... N'Joy

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3x Aetix Back In Flac (Melvins - Mangled Demos from 1983, Melvins - Gluey Porch Treatments, Melvins - Ozma )

4x Aetix Back In Flac (Xymox - Subsequent Pleasures, Clan Of Xymox - The Peel Sessions, Clan Of Xymox - Medusa, Xymox - Twist Of Shadows)

5x Aetix NOW in Flac (Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain, Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain 2, Aztec Camera - Knife, Aztec Camera - Love Complete, Aztec Camera - Stray )

2x Sundaze Back In Flac (Constance Demby - Novus Magnificat, David Wilcock - The Divine Cosmos PDF)

3x Aetix Back in Flac (Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement , Heaven 17 - The Luxury Gap (rem), Heaven 17 - How Men Are (rem) )

4x Roots Back (Gal Costa - Fa Tal Gal a Todo Vapor, Gal Costa - India,  Gal Costa - Gal Canta Caymmi, Gal Costa - Agua Viva)

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