The Beautiful Rush

Friday, April 28, 2006


Whilst scratching around trying to find some current news on Gil Scott Heron - without success -I happened upon Sir Noze's Tales Of Gil Scott Heron blog. With the emphasis on rarely heard live recordings by GSH my advice is Go Here :-

GSH celebrated his fifty seventh birthday on the first of April. Good health man.
On a sadder note Barnett Williams percusionist passed on in March, aged 61.
Barnett collaborated with Brian Jackson/GSH as percussionist with the Midnight Band. Heres a great evocotive account from Brian Jackson himself on the first fateful meeting with Barnett Williams.;f=2;t=000272

The image of Gil (above) is the creation of muscician/artist Ra aka Raul Sinier.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

soul jazz records @ resonance fm

Those prolific re-issuers of Studio One niceness and other interesting things now have a weekly show on Resonance FM (Thurdsays 21:30 GMT).

" Soul Jazz Records present a series of musical journeys in time and space from digital dub to Mississippi swamp rock, yoruba drums to soul gospel.
Each week the show is based around a specific musical theme, ie:
Tropicala, Gospel, Deep Jazz, Brazillian Rock and more!
Each musical theme is given a cultural,social and historical context
during the show. "

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Three nice slices of unmistakably Sly early Seventies funk on the Stone Flower label.
Girl trio Little Sister consisted of Vaetta Stewart (Sly's little sis),
Mary McCreary and Elva Moulton.
"Somebodys Watching You" realeased late 1970 is significant in recording history, being the first record to include a drum machine.

Saturday, April 22, 2006


If you're fascinated by all things Detroit like most Northern Soul punters heres a great podcast looking behind the scenes of some legendary Detroit artists and records.John recalls his seven years working on the Detroit music scene as engineer producer and musician before moving on to Capitol Records. Some great anecdotes including a recording session busted up by Berry Gordys heavys.
A personal thanks to John as the songwriter of the beautiful "Time Will Pass You By" I always loved the lyrics of that song!

Music included in the podcast :-

Aint it Baby - Kenny Gamble and the Romeos (Arctic)
Think Of The Good Times - Sam Bowie And The Blue Feelings (Wingate)
Somethings You Never Get Used To - Barbara Mercer (Unreleased)

Happiness - Shades Of Blue (Impact)
The Night - Shades Of Blue (Impact)
Agent Double O Soul- Edwin Starr (Golden World)
Hold On To What Youv'e Got - Anthony Raye (Impact)
Give Me One More Chance - Anthony Raye (Impact)
Open The Door To Your Heart - Darrel Banks (Revilot)
You Got To Give Her Love - The Volumes ( ?)
Time Will Pass You By - Tobi Legend (Mala)
Oh How Happy - Shades Of Blue (Impact)
MC Twine - Matt Lucas (Karen)
The Trouble Ive Seen - The Volumes (Impact).

Available here at the excellent Blue Power.

Another fantastic site for the history of the Detroit soulscene :-


There's a sonic live gig by keyboardist Michael Benevento available at DarkFunk (link below).This isnt breaking news as its been there a while,but for those who weren't aware its well worth checking out.
It was recorded at the Zeitgiest Gallery , Cambridge Ma. last August.

Theres also three great Miles Davis gigs from Europe in '69. Miles Davis(tp) Wayne Shorter (ss ts) Chick Corea(el p) Dave Holland (b, eb) Jack de Johnette (d).
Theres also a boot of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters line up from Michigan 73 but alas the sound quality is prety naff.

Monday, April 10, 2006


This is an amazing story of a record store that closed its doors and remained as a time capsule for decades. Its also a story of persistence of UK record dealer John Anderson.
Enjoy the story and the photos.

Friday, April 07, 2006


Just taken a mooch round the archives of Funk and Soul.blogspot and recommend you take a look as well. Their updates are not as frequent as they once were,but always quality. Easy enough material to do a couple of mix CDs.
They wont be around forever.
Still up.

Ray Frazier - This Loneliness
Theron and Darell - I Was Made To love Her
Eunice Collins - At The Hotel
Harvey Scales - Dont You Ever Let It End
Hank Johnson - You Lost Your Thing
Larry Mayfield - Love Crave
Raj - Something Inside
Ronnie West - Lil' Woman
And quite a bit more!!


Great article from the Guardian. Particularly the findings of Leicester Univerity.The quote is very telling regarding the relationship between people and music in the easy access digital age.

Foonote: Coincidentaly I found Miles Davis "Collectors Items" on Prestige7044 in a charity shop in Leeds yesterday It should have cost £1.50,but by surruptisiously removing a 50p sticker from a Perry Como LP I got it for a third of the price. To say its 60 years old both sleeve and vinylvare in great condition. Lesser finds were a Red Garland Trio LP (1978) 99p Best Of Stevie Wonder Volume 2 (Stone cold mint)1971 great cover design 99p.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


The biennial Fuse festival returns. Running between 6 - 13 May.
Names of note include Michael Nyman, Salif Kieta, Hanif Kureshei,Max Richter, London Sinfoniaietta featuring Anthony(from the Johnsons) Sister Bliss and Chicago legend Ken Vandermark.

By the way if anyone got the sonic 2004 Fuse appearance of Yo La Tengo which was broadcast live on R3's Mixing It; Care to Share?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


An alternative to getting the Flying Dutchman output is this nice comp of forementioned.

1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
2. Or Down You Fall.
3. The Needles Eye.
4. I Think I'll Call It Morning
5. When You Are Who You Are
6. Save The Children.
7. Did You Hear What They Said
8. Free Will
9. Speed kills
10. Middle Of Your Day
11. Pieces Of A Man.
12. A Sign Of The Ages.
13. The Get Out Of The Ghetto Blues.
14. Lady Day
15. Home Is Where The Hatred Is.
16.No Knock
17. The Revolution.....[ early Version]
18. Sex Education.
19. Small Talk At 125th And Lennox
20. King Alfred Plan
21. Billy Green Is Dead.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


English man does 40,000 MDMA in nine years.,,1746333,00.html

Saturday, April 01, 2006



If you aren't familiar with soulclub, its a large collection of soul 45's in a jukebox format,completely free.Realplayer required. One of the true gems of the net.

The Wire

The UK's foremost monthly journal of experimental and leftfield music.


Community radio out of London with a difference. Check out the weeks listings.


Welcome to The Beautiful Rush. Ive decided to join the sharity community to hopefully put something back. Maybe three or four items a week and mainly stuff that I havent seen in the audio community (or at least lately anyway). So if your'e looking for PinkFloyds entire back catologue in one post or some such nonsense...forget it!
Hopefully up and running by next or two tech things to iron out.
See you soon.