Sunday, September 7, 2008

comp #10- 'MPS Loves Fender Rhodes'



Simon says :
Today my friend Ish - he of the many blogs - is here to present the latest in our ongoing series of rhodes compilations, a fantastic collection he's curated from MPS albums featured at his blog Magic Purple Sunshine. Take it away Ish ...


'Mindwill' excerpt

Ish says :
When I created Magic Purple Sunshine just a few months ago, I had a vague idea of what the MPS sound was. I had shared a couple MPS albums on my blog Ile Oxumare, and owned a few more. I thought wouldn't it be cool to try and create a blog where the combined forces of Blogland could share and collect the music of this exceptional European jazz label. It would be based on the idea behind my Strata-East Fan Club blog, but bigger. Much bigger! The idea would be that the whole discography would be listed as a kind of skeleton, and then I'd go out and try to find links.


'Shelda' excerpt

And so it began. Now listing close to the entire MPS discography of well over 500 albums, thanks to this universe of blog owners and visitors, it actually has downloadable links--both blog links and direct shares--for hundreds and hundreds of these albums. It's a completely collective work that owes its content to its very generous readers.


'North Beach' excerpt

It turns out the MPS Sound is bigger than I thought! There's all kinds of jazz represented, and lots of cousins from the worlds of Brazilian music, Now Sound/Easy Listening, and others. I haven't been able to download and listen to all the albums posted there, but I've listened to a lot, and WOW.

Some are not to my taste. There's music there certainly more suited to a 1960s TV game show or perhaps the next Austin Powers flick. Some would even put your grandma to sleep. But some are INCREDIBLE. MPS excelled and innovated in progressive, electrified jazz: and not just outright fusion but a unique sound that could be loud and free, groovy and funk-tinged, or mellow and melancholic. And guess what? Key to that sound was the Fender Rhodes electric piano. So here I am at Simon's blog: the perfect place to tease Blogland with an introduction to some sides that might not be so well-known.

TRACKLIST

01. 'Statement' - George Duke
- from 'Feel' (1974)
02. 'Soft Hands Had the Rain' - Bora Rokovic - from 'Ultra Native' (1971)
03. 'Shelda' - Smoke
- from 'Everything' (1976)
04. 'Something Wrong' - Jasper Van't Hof's Pork Pie
- from 'Transitory' (1974)
05. 'Lift!' - Volker Kriegel- from 'Lift!' (1973)
06. 'Isus Mirror' - Hans Koller Free Sound
- from 'Heidelberger Jazztage '72' (1972)
07. 'Autumn in March' - Association PC
- from 'Rock Around the Cock' (1973)
08. 'North Beach' - George Duke - from 'Faces In Reflection' (1974)
09. 'Mindwill' - Volker Kriegel & Spectrum - from 'Mild Maniac' (1974)
10. 'Waitaminute' - Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass - from 'Waitaminute' (1973)
11. 'Keep on Driving' - Don Sugarcane Harris - from 'Keep on Driving' (1970)
12. 'Miriam' - Michael Naura Quartet - from 'Heidelberger Jazztage '72' (1972)
13. 'Poobli' - Alphonse Mouzon - from 'Virtue' (1977)


A note about quality: I tried to glue this together in iTunes, and hopefully the ID3 tags will sequence everything correctly. The tracks are of varying quality, mostly high kbps mp3s : I couldn't begin to tell you where the originals came from; most are from shared albums, and ALL the full original albums are linked at Magic Purple Sunshine. The whole thing is timed to fit on a single CD.

So now that you've been touched by MPS-Love, come on over and get a full dose. New album links are posted almost every day. And don't forget to leave a comment for the gracious sharers of this incredible music.

- ish


click the pic below for more rhodes compilations



45 comments:

JTF said...

Nice comp. a few i don't even know (yet!)

Mark said...

Thanks for this comp, really love them!

E-mile said...

Ish, you've been busy! (as usual:-)
indeed no better place than here to let it fly free...
many of the songs (12) I already know ofcourse, but as a comp it's a nice fit!
peace, E-mile

Roguur said...

Thanks! Great post.

cheeba said...

Whoa! Talk about teamwork! You guys are the Dons!

Ish, thanks for this great comp. Soooo many LPs to sift through on MPS and it's nice to get some pointers since I'm unfamiliar with a good 2/3 of the artists. The last Mouzon track is one of my all-time faves though and still stands out and sounds fresh today.

ish said...

glad to hear you folks are enjoying this. I feel lucky to be part of Simon's blog, he's doing great work here!

JAZZYPIER said...

Great compilation!
Thanks and more thanks for this one...forever loving MPS!!!

makuma said...

Looking forward to hear this. It's difficult to know where to start on this MPS venture, hopefully this compilation will point me to some albums that I haven't noticed yet..

Thanks a LOT

Blessings

Makuma

avocado kid said...

Oh Yeah! Really looking forward to this one. the sample clips are killer.

deaf one said...

Once again your hard work really makes a difference in peoples lives, sorry the ratios suck, but you guys rock the world!

Greg said...

hey guys,

Thanks a million for the plug! Just woke up so I'll be back to snag this once I'm a little more coherent and slightly less hung over hate Monday mornings urghhh ;)

Greg

GII said...

thanks

Hanimex 3000 said...

The lazy community thanks You Simon for all your great-tasted mixes!

Simon666 said...

Thanks Hanimex (and others), that download-vs-comments ratio is creeping up :)
Just noting too that Ish is the one to thank for this mix ..

sawanotsuru said...

really great comp, ish. thanks for all your work :)

IR e L a IXI said...

thanks simon666

AmBrOsE said...

superb comp,thanx for ya hard work guys....great!!!!!

Noah said...

thank you

Gianni said...

super compilation, simon!
super!!!

Gorgon Jr said...

This should certainly be honored! There is a lot on the beautiful MPS blog and I really appreciate someone sifting out that Rhodes sound...

Fantastic work here.

Johnny Do-good said...

great compilation

IR e L a IXI said...

i would like to ask if anyone here know the second track i chopped.

heres the full mix i chopped into tracks. Sounds bluesy

Part 1
http://www.mediafire.com/?zmx12afwycc

Part 2
http://www.mediafire.com/?rcpfv4tzmh8

Prokat35 said...

efcharisto poli

The Lindalinian said...

thanks. this will be my introduction MPS.

Markaz said...

Ish, many thanks for distilling some of this down for us. The MPS vibe is many stranded in my listening experience and so its great to hear a professional archivists take on things.

powerpool said...

This blog - and it's referrals - opened a whole new universe to me. Thank you so much. Some of the German stuff I would have come across at some stage (born there in '58 and lived there for 39 years). Herbolzheimer, Dauner, Mangelsdorff etc. have always been some of my favourites. You guys are doing an amazing job - and that is barely enough to describe all your hard work and efforts. I - for one - am extremely grateful to you.

Jur said...

Thanks Ish (and Simon),

I've only just begun checking out the MPS stuff. So this is a very handy introduction. My favourite track on this compilation is "Mindwill, from Mild Maniac". Wow, is that one groovy!

Flormega said...

Thankz a lot
Very nice!
peace!

taro nombei said...

Simon, Ish,
Finally getting around to giving this a listen.
Thanks indeed for this.
All your effort and love for the music is greatly appreciated.
TN

bluemuze said...

Thanks for this post!!! This site is crazy...amazing tunes. Keep up the great work!

jordylu1007 said...

Thank you for the sounds love it.

mattas said...

gracias...

buzz said...

dope!!!! thx so much !!!!

Mike said...

thanks so much, this is amazing

Samuel said...

you guys are flipping amazing ... a Big THANKYOU! for your dedication - its so exciting to hear all this music that i didn't even know existed - it would take me a lifetime to get hold of all these by myself - great

saint said...

it's like having a record store at my house. diggin in the digital crates! i've been missing out. Shout out to my brother for putting me down with this site.

PE said...

thanks

Sebastien said...

Thanks a lot !

matt s. said...

Thanks for this wonderful comp, been exploring the MPS catalog as of late and this looks like a good addition!

LatenightTales said...

Hi
can you help?
im working with UK act Four Tet and trying to locate a track by artist Smoke called Griffo, its from the same album you posted the track Shelda, is there anyway you could record the Griffo track as a wav file? my email is pg@latenighttales.co.uk the site is www.latenighttaes.co.uk thanks in advance
regards Paul

Simon666 said...

Hi LateNightTales -

you'll find the Smoke album here, there's a link in the comments :

http://mps-love.blogspot.com/2008/06/15339-smoke-everything-1971.html

Anonymous said...

the 1st pt is no longer available - although it's on rapidshare, dl doesn't work. anyhow, great compilations. love them all

Anonymous said...

Yeah, sorry to see Part 1 gone... : (

Anonymous said...

ANY chance we can get a reup on part 1??? this blog is FANTASTIC!!!

Simon666 said...

Here is a new file with the whole compilation :

http://rapidshare.com/share/5B80F6212F0410F994837FA10FFD9506