Dakota Staton, I Want A Country Man (Groove Merchant, 1973), in a conversion from quad reel. Blues with a jazz sensibility (and a jazz big band--with Lew Soloff, Cecil Bridgewater, Pepper Adams, Bill Watrous...). Arrangements by Manny Albam. Great sound, great mix.
Geoffrey Stoner, Watch Out! (Ovation, 1973), in a superb conversion from quad reel. Wow! I didn't know anything about this guy, and was expecting some kind of B-list soul singer. But he's a total, top-shelf pro, and so is everyone involved with the record. (The only thing like a household name I recognized among the backing band was Chicago jazz and soul guitarist Phil Upchurch.) I can't think why Stoner didn't break out on the national scene--except maybe for his unfortunate surname--and the fact that in 1973 he had a lot of competition and mainly did covers (Incredibly well!) rather than original material. Great, sensitive, powerful singer, with a clear background in blues and gospel.
Super Furry Animals, Rings Around the World (DTS DVD 5.1). Hat tip to @steelydave for chatting up this band. Welsh latter-day psychedelia. Caravan meets TMBG (and XTC, and Blur, and Flaming Lips, and--I donno...somebody who's known the band longer than I should chime in. But they're actually very much their own thing.) Mind-blowing stuff: very playful, sometimes extravagant approach to surround, complemented by entertaining visuals and menus. And these guys know how to use an LFE channel! Would love to see this re-released in non-lossy audio on a BDA. Maybe even remixed for Atmos? (I guess that ship has sailed, though: the 20th-Anniversary edition was 3 CDs only.)
Anyway, I've got Phantom Power and Love Kraft queued up after this.
Post your thoughts, comments, reflections, opinions and other qualitative assessments of Welsh indie powerhouse Super Furry Animals 2001 release, Rings Around the World. DVD includes all 13 album tracks and 5 bonus tracks all mixed in 5.1 with accompanying music videos, along with 16 (stereo...
Post your thoughts, comments, reflections, opinions and other qualitative assessments of Welsh indie powerhouse Super Furry Animals 2003 release, Phantom Power. DVD includes all 14 album tracks all mixed in 5.1 with accompanying music videos, along with 16 (stereo only) remixes. Note that this...
Post your thoughts, comments, reflections, opinions and other qualitative assessments of Super Furry Animals one and only hi-rez release, 2005's Phantom Power. Discogs link: Epic Records UK SACD Wiki for the album: Love Kraft