Joe Strummer and The Mascaleros (from the album Streetcore, 2003)
I’m a long-time Joe Strummer fan; he writes and arranges with a sense of freedom and fun, and in the studio he’s fearless and adventurous. Sonically, always interesting.
Bombino (from the album Nomad, 2013)
Radio Paradise introduced me to Bombino and I was immediately drawn to the exciting bass line of this song. The guitar sound is superb, reminding me of Chicago blues in the 60s. What attracts me to African music is the vocal phrasing; it’s not far from so-called civilized countries, but has an unexpected slant that’s intriguing and beautiful.
BUT I WAS COOL
Oscar Brown Jnr, (from the album Sin And Soul, 1960)
I was given this album when I was 15 and it opened my mind. Every track is a gem. I remember Tony Ashton performing this song at Ronnie Scott’s club in the 70s.
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