About-turning from the squinty pop apostasy of her solo debut, this follow-up is pure, extravagant Mutantes genius, and a Tropicalia must-have.
Sanctified, wistful homage to her fave doowop and soul, done at Philadelphia International with Labelle. A bunch of covers, yet the best LP by this great singer-songwriter. Worth a zillion Ladies From The Canyon.
Wild King and Atco sides from 1949-56. Drunken, sexed-up, two-fingers masterpieces like Good Morning Judge and Lovin’ Machine.
The great calypsonian Rupert Grant at his peak, in New York, late-40s early-50s.
Her eponymous album debut — with Clifford Brown — is a jazz classic, just wonderful.
From 1956, two years later, Dream Of You was produced and arranged by Gil Evans.
As Bob Dylan writes — ‘out of Carolina, he hammered away at some harp-like instrument and sang in a bone chilling soprano voice. Niles was eerie and illogical, terrifically intense and gave you goosebumps’.