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Jefferson Airplane was one of the many huge rock bands of the 60’s-70’s. They sang a lot of psychedelic type music; psychedelic music was the kind of music that you could stomach unless you were drunk or high. Literally. LOL. When I think of Jefferson Airplane, I think of Woodstock and such. I wasn’t ever a true fan of this group; however, there were two songs from this 1967 album called “Surrealistic Pillow,” that has been my all-time favorites from them. The first is called is called “White Rabbit.” Grace Slick (lead singer) sang her ass of on this song. I absolutely love the beat in this song, it was so hot for a song produced in the 60’s era! When you first listen to it, it almost sounds like troops getting ready for the battle of their lives! But, when you actually listen to the lyrics, you realize they’re actually singing about drugs, which was not uncommon especially during the sex revolution. The second song which happens to also be on the same album is called “Somebody To Love.” I love “Somebody To Love” because it reminded me of the kinds of music that was written during the “Flower Power Era.” Although, in my opinion, this particular album isn’t psychedelic, but it has more of a “Mama’s and The Papa’s” sound to it. You just may like it.

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Going back to an old school reggae album called “Right Time (1976)” with The Mighty Diamonds.” This is one of my many favorite albums from The Mighty Diamonds. The song I really love from this album is called “Why Me Black Brother Why?” I don’t even hear anybody speak of The Mighty Diamonds these days. I do recommend that old school reggae lovers seek them out. There is one other ultimate favorite album of mine; however, it is extremely hard to get. It is not available on streaming; and I only recommend the original vinyl. The reason why I recommend the vinyl, is because the CD version has a lot of re-edits, and in my opinion, it is not as good as the original album released in 1979 (unless you can find a CD with both original and “Dub.” I guarantee you, once you start playing this album, you will play it over and over, I think it’s that good. It is not often that I hear an artist, and I like their entire album! This album is called “Deeper Roots (Back to the Channel) (1979)” and you can find the vinyl version on Amazon. It was on Rhapsody and Spotify (the dub version), but the license expired. Do you see the importance of “liking” your music, and sharing them, and playing them? Don’t let our culture die. Anyway, I feel it should be a must have in your reggae collection. My favorites are “Dreadlocks Time,” “Diamonds and Pearls,” and “Bodyguard.” Below are links to the album called “Right Time (1976).”

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I’m not sure if any of my Caribbean visitors would remember this album. Soca Earthquake by Machel Montano was one of the biggest soca album of 1987. Not sure how old he was when he did this album (I estimate probably about 13 years old); but when I heard this album, it was clear that music was in his blood then (and still is). I can’t believe it has already been 28 years since this album was released! There wasn’t one West Indian household that wasn’t either playing this record, or begging someone to make a copy of it for them. The biggest hit off this album was a song called “I.” “I” was the hottest song on the entire 4 song album. Everybody got up to dance when “I” was spinning on the turntable. In fact, people used to almost always request re-plays in my house. There was another song that was nice to, which was “Earthquake.” The other two last songs “School Days Soca,” and “Mother’s Child,” were ok, but they didn’t make me feel I wanted to dance. I think with 2 hits out of 4 songs, the last two tempo should have been a little faster in order to keep that momentum. Today, Machel Montano looks so different here. I know he’s had quite a bit of hits since then; but for me, I will always remember him for this album “Soca Earthquake.” You’d proably pay a pretty penny for this album now, cause it will most likely be an import (I think). However, here is the album on streaming.

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I was skimming through my collections and stumbled upon a very old song that used to be my favorite (still is). It’s a song called “Los Chucos Suaves,” by a guy named “Lalo Guerrero.” This song is so cool! I think this artist was way a head of his time, because as far as I’m concerned, this song is timeless. Twenty years from now you can play this song and still dance to his beat. It is the perfect song to introduce to your children early Chicano (or Xicano) music. You know, it kind of almost reminds me of the song called “Jump In The Line (1961),” song by Harry Belafonte. You know, that song that was in the movie “Beetle Juice (1988)?” By the way, this was also composed by Lalo –  Correction: it was Lord Kitchener that composed “Jump In The Line” (my bad). It was said that Lalo was the first Chicano Composer, and he wasn’t scared to show his heritage. He became one of the biggest musicians of his time, singing all kinds of sub-genres within Mexican music; which included children’s album. One of these children’s album was called “Lalo Guerrero Y Sus Ardillitas.” I am tempted to say that “Alvin and the Chipmunks” was a “bite off/spin off” of the album. It’s nice to do research, I would have never known. I also think that it is interesting to note that, Lalo was an important part of Chicano/Chicana history, yet there was no mention of him on Wikipedia’s page Alvin and the Chipmunks. I only mention this because I am pretty sure Lalo played a significant role in making that show/franchise popular. But I digress. To be honest my favorites are his danceable music. To my understanding his music became the voice of Mexican Americans. I didn’t see a large selection of Lalo’s music on streaming, but I did find one album that would give you a general idea for his music. However, I do recommend you do further research on him.

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You know, when I look at Aaron Neville, I would have never guessed that he would have the kind of voice he has. Aaron is a huge success story, and has managed to put out 4 platinum albums during his career to prove it. I think Neville is a great singer, but a lot of his music wasn’t my taste to be honest. However I should worn you, he is what I call “the remake king.” He has done a LOT of redoes of music from other artists. I’ve read one article that they’ve compared him to Sam Cooke. Well, I think that person need to get their ears checked; because not only do I think their music is different, but their voices are different. Neville is more of a “falsetto,” type of singer, were as Cooke projected his voice a lot more. Just my humble opinion. Now, as always, there is always a ying and yang to my reviews. Just because I don’t particularly care for most of his music, don’t mean he is not worthy of being written about. What makes him worthy is the duets he has done with Linda Ronstadt. I love me some Ronstadt! There is one song that I really loved from them called “Don’t Know Much.” There is also another song that was a huge hit that I like, it’s called “Tell It Like It is.” Maybe my visitors would like his kind of music?

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All I can say is, thank goodness for Rhapsody. If this was the very best of Macy, then I really didn’t miss much! Macy does not have a great singing voice, just was one of those people that got lucky and struck it big with a hit song. Macy is like one of those drunk family members at parties, that know every single words to every single song, and sings all of them at every family function LOL. I’ll just come out and say it; she reminds me of Billie Holiday a lot, in that she spent most of her time in the recording studio blasted! The only difference between Macy and Billie, is that if I had to pick an artist to listen to for a day, I’d rather listen to Billie. The one and only song I liked from Macy (and I”m sure many would agree), is the one big hit called “I Try.” The song “I Try” seemed to be that one song that really suited her voice; perhaps maybe because that was the energy she was in at the time of that recording. It was a very slow and mellow song, yet the texture of her voice, and the way she sang the song made it fun to listen to. I did manage to find one other choice song called “I’ve Committed Murder,” which has a very hot beat in my opinion. I think you’ll like the lyrics too, it’s actually quite funny. I wasn’t feeling the album she released last year either. I don’t know, maybe I should give her another chance? I’m kind of saddened, because had Macy just stayed sober a little bit more often, I think she had the potential to have an awesome singing career.

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Did you guys know that handsome Sal Mineo had an album? Actually quite a few albums. I happen to stumble upon this whilst I was googling. Well, let me say this, I was so excited to listen to this particular album at first; but let me tell you, I think he was a much better actor then he was a singer. This album sounded like he had a voice coach for one week; before he then put out this album. After listening closely, I could tell right away that he did not have a well trained voice. However, according to a video I was watching, he had a lot of number 1’s; but which ones I have no idea, cause what I heard on this album were not #1’s in my onion. “Baby Face” was a very famous song, sung by so many classic artists; but when Sal Mineo sang it, he actually sounded angry; like “they made him sing it.” LOL. The only 2 songs that I felt was kind of cute to listen to was called “Cuttin’ In” and “Down By The Riverside.” Maybe some of you guys would like to listen to his music and hear for yourself? You be the judge!

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How many of my Latin seasoned visitors remember Carmen Miranda? I can’t find the words to describe how hugely popular Carmen Miranda was. Carmen literally was a franchise on to herself. There were dolls in her image, clothing, you name it. Carmen kind of reminded me of Gloria Estefan (from Cuba). She is probably best remembered by her trade mark; a head garments with fruits/flowers/ornaments on her head. Even if you didn’t know her name, you’d know her by her head dress. She was so popular that even plenty of cartoons have imitated her, such as Daffy Duck. You know, when I first saw her perform on a television movie for the first time in the 70’s, I had absolutely no idea she was Brazilian. I didn’t realize her nationality until decades later. In my opinion, Carmen Miranda was another one of those people I’ve talked about numerous times on my blog; performers who performed acts that were specifically catered to “the American market” back then. She used to sing so fast that I often thought she was trying to be one of those “singing comedians.” Kind of like a female version of Danny Kaye; she was always animated in that same manor. There were a couple of favorites from Carmen. My most favorite was a song called “Mama Eu Quero,” which I believe was the very song that made her extremely famous. Anothers were “Chica Chica Boom Chica,” “Touradas Em Madrid,” “I Yi Yi Yi (I Like You Very Much),” and “Tico Tico.” All are fun songs to listen to. She has also recorded some English albums as well.

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