Went to the first really big bootsale yet this spring this weekend. I'd say my best find was a book about an infamous brothel-affair that threatened to overthrow the Swedish government in 1976 for less than a quid. It's hardback, as new and was released a year/a year and a half ago. I remember some of the politicians that were outed as buying prostitutes, some of which were underage, were quite upset when the book was released naming many of them. Crazy stuff! Some politicians who openly argumented against sex trade were secretly buying 16-year old girls at the same time. Some politicians and other high rank officials were manipulated and blackmailed to help out criminal syndicates - thus the big scandal. Anyway - here are some records I also bought this weekend, most were at the same boot sale for between 50p and £2 - two of them were slightly pricier (though not much) at record shops. Even though I bought about 20 LPs, I couldn't put together a list of 10 really good ones, so there are a few mediocre ones, it gets better further down....
Jabula - Thunder into our Hearts, Jabula Records 1977
Hmm... some kinda afrofunk. Not really feeling this. Will give it another try sometime.
Partridge Family, the - Up to Date, Bell ?
With known musicians like Hal Blaine, Mike Melvoin and Dennis Budimir backing them up I actually thought this could be really good. I'm a bit disappointed. Just listened a bit to each track - will listen through it properly later on and see if I change my mind.
José Feliciano - Souled, RCA Victor ?
Good album with lots of acoustic guitar and flutes. Mainly mellow songs. Has the great track High Heel Sneekers which is the main reason I picked it up.
Morning Glory - Two Suns Worth, Fontana ?
Some elements of psych but I also hear some horrible things that sound like stupid goodtime rock. Maybe I'm just in a bad mood. Will listen to the whole thing again some time.
Sylvia Vrethammar - Tycker om dej, Sonet 1969
Swedish translations of famous songs. Well made - the best tracks include Spinning Wheel done with very groovy organ, Francis Lais Samba Saravah and Son Of A Preacher Man in a kinda funky style. Some weaker numbers too, but all in all a very nice album.
Al Caiola - Tuff Guitar English Style, UA ?
I had no idea what English style guitar was before I bought this album. Now I know it's instrumental easy listening versions of tunes like You Really Got Me, Help and Satisfaction played with either fuzz or twang. There's also brass and occassional harmonica. It's quite nice actually.
Jazz All-Stars, the - Thunderball, The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Other Secret Agent Themes, Allegro 1966
Quite good big band spy jazz with JJ Johnson on trombone. Both famous tunes such as the title tracks, I Spy and The Ipcress File as well as some more obscure (originals?) such as Win Lose Or Spy, The Saboteur and Majorca Express.
Björn J:son Lindh - Sissel, Metronome 1973
Didn't have this. More progressive jazzfunk of the kind he previously released on Ramadan and Cous Cous. Lots of flutes and some moog also handled by Björn. Excellent, especially the intense folkfunk instro Storpolska.
V/A - Thunder Alley OST, Sidewalk 1967
Soundtrack to a thriller about car-racing with both vocal songs and instrumentals. Some really good 60s pop-style track with fuzzguitar and even one track with sitar. Don't know how to describe the music really but in its best moments it reminds a bit of the type of music Dave Allen & the Arrows made for those biker flicks. Many tracks performed by Mike Curbs band The Sidewalk Sounds. Some slower songs that are not so fun, but in parts a great album.
Flora Purim - Butterfly Dreams, Milestone 1973
Superb Brasilian jazz-funk with both slow suggestive groovers and some uptempo funk monsters. Beautiful vocals and a really odd style with lots of strange sounds going on in the background that makes it sound a bit psychedelic. This is a real killer album that's one of the best I've picked up in the wild for a long time.