Thursday, July 04, 2013

Music Library: Al Green, Cee-Lo Green, Grant Green, Grinderman, Groundhogs, Gigi Gryce, Guadalcanal Diary, Guided By Voices, Gun Club


The catch-up runneth over. N.B. Some of these artists have been discussed ad nauseum elsewhere.

Al Green - Call Me (1972) and Let's Stay Together (1972). Perfection.

Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer (2010). Not perfection, but okay. The best track is the hugely popular pop song with the swear in the title.

Grant Green - Green Street (1961). Hard bop on guitar. Green would later be an important figure in the soul jazz subgenre, but this stuff is straight-up bop.

Grinderman - Grinderman (2007) and Grinderman 2 (2010). Late as I was to the Nick Cave party, I missed these the first time around, much to my current shame. Because these are near-feral rock albums, with Cave in rare form, hollering about sex, death, and God.

The Groundhogs - Blues Obituary (1969) and Thank Christ For The Bomb (1970). This British blues band has been covered by both The Fall and Earthless, so I was expecting to be quite blown away by them. Instead, they're just a British blues band.

Gigi Gryce - Nica's Tempo (1955). Hard bop album with Monk on piano for four tracks. Three of these are somewhat obscure Monk compositions, which is pretty cool. The other tracks, though, are fairly run-of-the-mill bop recordings.

Guadalcanal Diary - 2 x 4 (1987). Folky power pop band that was quite popular back in the day. This album sounds like sub-REM guitar pop now, though.

Guided By Voices - Let's Go Eat The Factory (2011) and Class Clown Spots A UFO (2012). The first two of the freakin' four GBV releases since the classic line-up got back together in 2011. Both are pretty great, though.

The Gun Club - Miami (1982). Almost as good as Fire Of Love!


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