This week we invite accomplished collector, DJ and musicologist Mark 'Good Vibes' Taylor to the Dusk Dubs family. Mark is the man behind Blue Brazil 3 on Blue Note and the Americana compilations on BBE. He currently runs a session three tijmes a year in London called Reference Point at Three Kings, Clerkenwell, and you can also find him at Spiritland & Merchants Tavern, London every quarter.
"Having begun like most school kids following pop music at the start of the 70’s a few years later I discovered Northern Soul at the age of thirteen after seeing a few of the older boys dancing to it at my local youth club. Followed the Northern scene until the age of 17 when I moved over to the disco/jazz-funk scene, and then over the decades since expanded into collecting pretty much anything that floats my boat musically!
The songs I’ve selected are a mixture of tunes that are part of my early teenage years of musical discovery, and then on through the decades the various other musical styles I came across and became engrossed in. A few tracks in the selection are fresh finds I picked up from a recent California trip. This is also some of the sort of music you’ll hear played at a monthly event I run in London called ‘Reference Point’. Hope you enjoy the varied selection… " [Mark]
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1) HIROSHI SATO - AWAKENING
Short track with piano, synth, and ocean waves to start things of with from one of my favourite Japanese artist (J-Pop supremo Sato san).
2) MFSB - MY MOOD
This was the one track as a 15 year old teenager that really started the whole thing off for me of often digging the more mellow grooves on an LP, instead of the up tempo track I might have originally purchased the album for in the first place.
3) BARBARA STREISAND - LAZY AFTERNOON
Always curios to check this album out, seen as it was produced by Rupert Holmes the Anglo- American artist of AOR fame early on in his career. I picked up a copy a couple of months back for a $1.00 on a California road trip, and discovered this lush orchestral beauty with Babs as always on fine form vocally.
4) RUPERT HOLMES - GUITAR
One of my favourite AOR artists, Holmes lived in England as a boy (British mother & American father) before moving to the States. He has a typical British sense of humour to his lyrics that often tell a full story, and are witty and charming at the same time! Also a successful author and playwright in his own right, talented chap our Rupert…
5) VANGELIS - I HEAR YOU NOW
Remember back in 79’ I would be in the upstairs room of a local pub playing pool with my friends, and in the corner was a jukebox. By this time in my life on weekends I was always travelling out of town to attend Disco/Jazz-Funk events around the country. I did still keep an eye on the pop charts though and when this song came out I would always play it on the jukebox while playing a game of pool, alongside the Rupert Holmes : Escape (Pina Colada Song). Guilty pleasures back then for a dedicated soul, jazz-funk boy indeed!
6) MICKY’S MOUTH - LET’S GET TOGETHER
Mickio Masuda fusion album from 76’ that contains a couple of killer mellow tripped out tunes. I picked this up as a trade with a Japanese record shop owner back around 96’who was in town to buy stock for his shop in Osaka.
7) IKE WHITE - ANTOINETTE
Purchased the Ike White album in the mid 90’s, as I’m sure most collector’s back then did for the 9:23 long soulful blues title track “Changin’ Times”, but then got two for the price of one with the exquisite atmospheric “Antoinette” track.
8) ALBERTO RADIUS - CALIFORNIA BLLL…
Italy has giving us some great music over the decades, and this beauty is no exception. Nice chugging bass and drums with Alberto’s unique vocal delivery. Always makes me think of summer and the Balearic vibe this one.
9) BRIAN BENNETT - IMAGE
I discovered around 94’ library music and fell madly in love with the genre. I’d already collected for some year’s soundtrack music, but was blown away by the whole mystery of these records that were never commercially released to the public, and were difficult to find pre internet days. The strings on this track are so lush and beautiful I am in admiration of these musicians who make this sort of music. For me they are the ultimate artists!
10) VINCENT GEMIGNANI - OPHIS LE SERPENTAIRE
Another album purchased for an up tempo groovy track I’d heard when a Japanese record shop buyer over in Europe in 96’ to buy stock played me this round my house. He’d picked it up from a dealer in Paris a few days before, and I quickly got on the phone to my contacts in Paris to secure a copy for myself. Then, as is often the case the mellow easy glide tune is the one I ended up playing much more. Quite probably my favourite French library music track from all the ones I have.
11) CONTRACTION - LE CHAT BRUINNE
I have a soft spot for any good French speaking music, and this next one hails from Canada.
Quebec group Contraction who on this 72’ release had a prog jazz vibe going on that contains a few great tracks, including this mellow beauty.
12) JAPAN - DESPAIR
In the early 80’s I took a left turn away from the disco / jazz-funk scene and for a couple of years was into the new romantic scene. My favourite band by far was Japan, who I was lucky enough to see a couple of times in concert back then. “Despair” comes from their ‘Quite Life’ album.
13) GRIMALDI ZEIHER - ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP
French duo recorded this AOR beauty in L.A. with some of the cream of the city’s session musicians, guys like Jeff Porcaro, Victor Feldman, Abraham Laboriel, Wilton Felder, Larry Carlton. Mellow summer Californian AOR goodness with seductive French vocals.
14) NICK DE CARO - UNDER THE JAMAICAN MOON
More of the Californian west coast vibe, debut album from Nick released in 74’, who also produced the album alongside one of my favourite producers ever Tommy LiPuma.
15) ROBERT BYRNE - BLAME IT ON THE NIGHT
Possibly my favourite AOR album from the year 79’, full of well written songs, great musicianship and love Robert’s vocal voice.
16) GILBERTO GIL - FLORA.
I’m a big fan of Brazilian music and picking a couple of tracks for this mix was difficult, due to the richness and abundance of stuff to choose from. In the end I went for what I would say was my first real traditional Brazilian artist album purchase. I purchased this originally back in 83’ for the infectious uplifting track “Palco”, and up to this point I only had jazz fusion stuff from Brazil in my collection (Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Azymuth). From this point on I started searching out more music from Brazil to the point I started going to Rio to dig for records from 94’ onwards…
17) AZIMUTH - TEMA DE MARIA HELENA
My first ever purchase of a Brazilian band was the Milestone Records release of ‘Light As A Feather’ back in 79’. The track “Jazz Carnival” was such a monster hit on the disco / Jazz Funk scene back then. To this date they are still my favourite jazz band from Brazil, and I feel fortunate that I ended up becoming friends with the bass player Alex Malheiros and visiting his home outside Rio at the start of the 2000’s. I never would have expected that back in 79’s when I was jumping around on the dance floor to “Jazz Carnival”. This track selected is taken from the soundtrack album ‘O Fabuloso Fittipaldi’ released in 73’ from where they got their band name after one of the titled tracks composed by Marcos Valle.
18) ELIS REGINA & TOM JOBIM - AGUAS DE MARCO
Two of the biggest names in Brazilian music ever…
Elis the queen, and Tom the bossa nova king. Like most people I knew Tom Jobims music from my youth, but only later in life when I got into orchestrated stuff and more into Brazilian did I delve deeper. I love his work, even his naïve singing voice when he does sing on tracks. Elis Regina is regarded as the greatest female singer in Brazil, sadly she died too young from an overdose. Here together they do a Jobim evergreen classic “Waters of March”.
19) BURT BACHARACH - SOMETHING BIG
Burt is the man, and a musical giant in my book!
So many classic songs he composed together with Hal Davies on lyrics. Released on the A&M label who were right in the zone at the start of the 70’s for me. Keeping the bossa nova rhythm going, this track is taken from his ‘Living Together’ album.
20) PISANO & RUFF - THE DRIFTER
Another A&M release from the start of the 70’s written by a writer who epitomises the California sunshine pop sound, Roger Nichols. This is very much the trademark sound of A&M back in 1970.
21) LITTO NEBBIA - BITUCA.
As well as collecting Brazilian stuff, I also searched out other interesting South American music. I began buying around 95’ from a dealer in Buenos Aires mostly jazz stuff and sometimes the odd prog record as well. This is taken from the 76’ album release ‘Bazar De Los Milagros’.
22) VYTAS BRENNER - AVILA
Well known to prog collectors, Vytas Brenner hail from Venezuela. I first came across the band from the guy I was buying records from in Buenos Aires in the mid 90’s. Killer cosmic prog track…
23) LYLE MAYS - CLOSE TO HOME
Brilliant keyboard (Brazilian) player of the Pat Metheny Group.
This comes from his own album released in 86’, beautiful dreamy music.
24) TREVOR BASTOW (A.HOBSON) - MILLENIUM
U.K. Library, comes from the golden period of 1965 to 1985.
This one is released in 83’ on Music De Wolfe label.
25) MINAKO YOSHIDA - TORNADO
J-Pop coolness, with a head nodding slow groove.
26) STEPHEN BISHOP - A FOOL AT HEART
Californian born Bishop oozes that West Coast relaxed vibe on this easy glide AOR number from his second album release. He drafted in a few big names to help out on tracks like Michael McDonald, and on this particular track Chaka Khan on backing vocals giving it an extra bit of class.
27) MARC BENNO - FRANNY
A recent purchase on a California road trip made in October 2017, took a punt on this album as it had the likes of Bobby Womack, Nick De Caro, Rita Coolidge, Clarence White, Chuck Domanico playing on it in a shop, at $4.99 and it was a no brainer and I my hunch was right. Love it…
28) B.J. WARD - HERE WE ARE
American singer B.J. Ward recorded this album in Holland back at the start of the 1970’s. This rare Dutch only release has some wonderful arrangements and orchestration on it. A nice mellow track to end the selection.