The Alan Parsons Project - "Eye In The Sky" (4:33)
Two Lone Swordsmen - "You Are" (4:17)
Tonto's Expanding Head Band - "Cybernaut" (4:30)
Pete Drake - "Forever" (2:40)
Appaloosa - "The Day (We Fell In Love)" (3:47)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle - "Complainte Pour Ste Catherine" (2:47)
Herman Dune - "Winners Lose" (4:48)
Cat Power - "Werewolf" (3:58)
Paul Morley - "Lost For Words" (part 4 - Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) (10:13)
Review: Joe Mount of lovable scuzz pop outfit Metronomy mans the latest volume in the long running Late Night Tales, a series who always seem to get the best results out of an unexpected cast of participants (Belle & Sebastien, MGMT, Trentemoeller and Midlake being recent inductees). It's hard not to get sucked in from the sugar sweet opening of Outkast's "Prototype", which is the first of several tracks that demonstrates Mount has a penchant for slow bumping R&B and outsider hip-hop with Tweet, Sa Ra and a Dr Octagon classic also appearing. A typically far reaching approach to genres applies here with the cosmic jazz of Chic Corea happily mingling with Autechre and Two Lone Swordsmen, and American synth oddities Geneva Jacuzzi and Appaloosa mingling for attention with The Alan Parsons Project and Herman Dune. The de-rigueur cover version arrives with a Metronomy rendition of Jean-Michel Jarre's "Hypnose" while Paul Morley ends the selection with a spoken word piece. This vinyl edition has 18 of the tracks spread separately across two plates as well as the mixed CD and a booklet!
Johnny Hammon Smith - "Theme From NYPD (The ABC TV Series)"
Billy Hawks - "Whip It On Me"
Cal Tjader - "Evil Ways"
Mongo Santamaria - "Yeh, Yeh!"
Mongon Santamaria - "Watermelon Man"
Mose Allison - "The Seventh Son"
Otis Spann - "I'm Ready"
Willis Jackson - "Pool Shark"
Sonny Stitt - "Soul Shack"
Eddie Jefferson - "Filthy McNasty"
Jimmy Witherspoon - "Love Me Right"
Pat Bowie - "i've Got Your Number"
Charles Earland - "Black Talk"
The Merced Blue Notes - "Mama Rufus"
Rusty Bryant - "Soul Liberation"
Boogaloo Joe Jones - "Games"
Kenny Burrell - "Kenny's Theme"
Brother Jack McDuff - "Theme From The Pink Panther" (with The Big Band Of Benny Golson)
Review: Originally compiled by Adrian Croasdell in 1996, Kent Dance have re-released this great compendium on coloured vinyl. Searching the mod jazz genre's true meaning, the collection reveals the many twists and turns it took throughout the 60s. From Latin influences ("Tengo Tango") to rich, blues and soul influences ("I'm Ready") via straight-up rhythm and blues influences with barely any traces of jazz at all ("Whip It On Me"), Mod Jazz is a fantastic representation of one of the most divisive genres in 1960s youth music.