Lillys of the country
The people running Folkways were never known for putting their best foot forward. Hey, they still haven't issued an Ola Belle Reed anthology. So it's not at all shocking that the label would release the Lilly Brothers' debut under the title Folk Songs From The Southern Mountains, thereby ensuring that fans of roots country and brother acts like the Blue Sky Boys and the Louvins, who'd love the Lillys' soulful close harmony singing, wouldn't touch their record. The title of the CD reissue, Bluegrass At The Roots (Smithsonian Folkways), still doesn't quite capture the Lillys' sound, as only half the disc features the Scruggs-style banjo picking of Don Stover. But at least some bluegrass fans who stumble on it by accident will actually enjoy it.
The t-t-t-totally wired title track of the Guest Bedroom 's four-song We Like Accidents! EP is so darn awesome, I must have played that cranking three-minute stormer about eight times straight before I ever got to the other three tunes. Admittedly, Sandi Falconer and her Bedroom buddies never quite recreate the magic of that first hyperactive blast, but that one soon-to-be-classic tune is reason enough to have bored nu-wave kiddos all over Hogtown making their own Guest Bedroom T-shirts and matching sweatbands. So-called modern rock stations really need to be pumpin' less Maroon 5 and more Guest Bedroom.
The sticker on the cover of Jazzman 's limited vinyl reissue of the thunderously thumpin' debut LP from the Soul Expedition on LeFevre Sound claims it's "the world's rarest funk album." That's debatable, considering that record dealer Gerald Short is behind the re-release, but there's no denying the Atlanta jazz-funk combo's ability to get down and burn. Many of the pricey rarities that vinyl pushers like to play for you over the phone tend to be one-trackers, but with the Soul Expedition LP you get three classy cookers sure to raise a ruckus at your next dance social or back-porch barbecue mixer. But act fast, because there are said to be only 1,000 numbered copies pressed and likely far fewer currently in circulation.
More Thai treats
The third volume of Subliminal Sounds ' snazzy Thai Beat A Go-Go series moves away from the nutty rock 'n' roll foolery and scrounges up some even nuttier 70s funk and disco dammage. The Royal Sprites go folkloric on Santana's ass and turn that slinky Evil Ways jam into a singalong hymn praising the efforts of peasant workers who "harvest the tree from which ropes and nets are made." Amen. No less impressive are the Impossibles , who slip into their Oriental Funk alter-ego here to drop the Moog-enhanced dance-floor bomb Come Together. Beatles who? Not to be outdone, the fabulously named the Law & the Sandy set their own Moog device on stun for the bangin' Paradise In Bangkok, which is even better than Don 's maniacal Soul Dracula and Jiraphand Ong-Ard's high-kicking ode to his second-favourite indoor sport, Siamese Boxing. Very nice.