25 settembre 2013

BREVE STORIA DEL SOUL (pt.1)

I Motown Studios nel 1960
Il soul è un genere musicale che ha le sue origini negli Stati Uniti e combina elementi della musica gospel e del rhythm and blues. Secondo la Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, il soul è “la musica che sorge dai neri in America attraverso la trasformazione del gospel e del rhythm and blues in una forma di testimonianza laica e funky”. Ritmi accattivanti, accentuati dai battiti delle mani e dai movimenti del corpo, sono una caratteristica fondamentale della musica soul, come anche il botta e risposta tra il solista e il coro, e voci molto tese. Il genere fa uso talvolta di improvvisazione e sound ausiliari.

12 settembre 2013

THE LOST PAIR: MEDITERRANEAN & HOMEGROWN

Free conjectures about two released albums that have always fascinated me among the many aborted projects by Neil Young.

Mediterranean: Neil’s Life Aquatic

“Young had water on the brain throughout his Amsterdam sojourn and, apart from voicing the need for a house boat, spoke eagerly of a batch of new songs with a common aquatic theme. Suddenly, it seemed appropriate to record them on an island. Ibiza was deemed a suitable choice and Elliot Mazer named as the probable produced. Young then went on to discuss six songs which he felt should be included on the “water album”: “Frozen Man”, “Star Of Bethlehem”, “Maui Mama (Hawaiian Sunrise)”, “Deep Forbidden Lake”, “Love-Art Blues” and “Vacancy”. The concept even had a ready-made title track, “Mediterranean”, which documented Young’s desire for a “vacation from fame”. Like so many of Young’s projects the recording of Mediterranean in Ibiza fell through because of what were later described as “technical problems”. Abandoning the “water album” concept, Young soon decided to record a completely new work.” (Johnny Rogan, Sixty To Zero)