Maypole were one of the great bands to explode on the scene in the late 60's. Originally from the Baltimore area, their 1970 LP "The Real" is revered by many collectors. This is the second album by Maypole, which consists of studio sessions recorded in Miami from 1973-1974 which have never been released before. 53 minutes of hard driving rock tastefully injected with some nice orchestration.
One of roots reggae's institutions, Culture has cut a broad swath through Jamaican music thanks to potent political lyrics and an organic roots reggae sensibility that eschews dancehall's rough ghetto patois and digitized music making in favor of sweet-sounding vocal harmonies and live music backing. On its 30th album, the long-running outfit is still led by Joseph Hill, whose raspy sing-song vocals and rastafari political convictions touch on such subjects as oppression ("No Segregation," "Sweet Freedom"), war ("World Peace"), ganja ("Bud A Bawl"), and salvation ("Holy Mount Zion" and "Walk In Jah Light"). Hills messages are nicely supported by solid, groove-driven backing from the Firehouse Crew (a great group of hired studio guns), noted Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser, and members of Shaggy's backing band. Culture first made its impact felt in the mid-'70s, but this album proves that Hill and company still have much to say.
Falling is an impressive debut album, particularly for a singer/songwriter who didn't even start guitar lessons or writing songs until she was almost thirty. Most debuts are derivative of or at least readily comparable to bigger names, but it's hard to place Damon next to any convenient benchmarks. The confident layered production and mix of pop smarts with artiness recalls Kate Bush in sensibility, perhaps, though Damon's voice doesn't sound at all like Bush's, and her material is less pretentious. While the songs tend toward the gently melodic side and the lyrics toward the give-and-take struggles of romantic and sexual relationships, there's an uneasy kick to the way they're spun, perhaps influenced by her own extensive academic work in psychology. Her voice has an appealing shy sultriness, and while her foreign accent is noticeable, actually it sounds kind of cool, without impeding the vocal clarity.
Like the first volume of this series, this gathers rare recordings from throughout the bulk of Greg Lake's career, spanning the late '60s to the mid-'90s. Lake might be one of the most famous musicians associated with progressive rock, but you'd have a hard time taking that impression away from this CD if it was the first or only sampling of his music you heard. Rarities collections can't serve as a fair career retrospective, of course…
Following the discovery of the Americas, Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church was established with incredible speed. Many of the Native Indians were part of highly sophisticated civilizations, most notably the Aztecs and the Incas, and were very responsive to the new ideas, especially music, which was already an important social and spiritual element in their lives.