June 13, 2007 Playlist

"Paradise" by Sonny & Linda Sharrock (1975)
Sonny & Linda Sharrock "Paradise" 1975 (USA)
Sonny Sharrock was one of the greatest unsung guitar geniuses of all time.  His style sounds like no one else, but was an influence on everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Sonic Youth.  He's mostly known for his work as a sideman for Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann and Miles Davis (uncredited on the Jack Johnson album), but he did make a small handful of albums as a leader, the first three being collaborations with his wife Linda.  She's a singer who could perhaps be described as "the Black Power version of Yoko Ono" -- so as you can imagine their version of "jazz" sounds like nobody else's!  Their final recording was this funk-fusion gem from 1975, which was probably intended to be a more commercial recording, and which Sonny supposedly disdained in later years.  But the addition of electronics and funky beats hardly makes this album a sellout -- it's totally crazy man!  Sonny died suddenly in 1994 just as his career was on the upswing -- one of his last projects was recording the theme music to Space Ghost Coast To Coast.  Sonny's official website.
(R) = Listener Request

Artist Song Album Year Country
Genesis Watcher Of The Skies Foxtrot 1972 UK
Yes Starship Trooper The Yes Album 1971 UK
Steve Miller Band Space Intro / Fly Like An Eagle
(Kosmik Radiation Live Radio Remix)
Fly Like An Eagle 1976 USA
Captain Beyond Drifting In Space Sufficiently Breathless 1973 USA
Pixies Space (I Believe In) Trompe Le Monde 1991 USA
Flaming Lips Race For The Prize The Soft Bulletin
1999 USA
The B-52's (R) There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) The B-52's
1979 USA
Camper Van Beethoven The Day That Lassie Went To The Moon Telephone Free Landslide Victory
1985 USA
Ciccone Youth (Sonic Youth + Mike Watt) Hendrix Cosby /
Burnin' Up (Madonna cover)
The Whitey Album
1988 USA
Sonny & Linda Sharrock 1953 Blue Boogie Children Paradise
1975 USA
Return To Forever Captain Señor Mouse Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy 1973 USA
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Magical Mystery Tour 1967 UK
Magma Köhntarkösz part 2 Köhntarkösz 1974 France
Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s featuring James Brown More Peas (complete version) Funky Good Time: The Anthology CD
rec. 1973 USA
Can Bel Air Future Days 1973 Germany
Ashra Don't Trust The Kids / Blackouts Blackouts 1977 Germany
Boredoms Track 6 Vision Creation Newsun 2001 Japan
Landing Music For Three Synthesizers Brocade 2005 USA
The Stark Reality Bustin' Out Of Doors The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop 1970 USA
Edd "Kookie" Byrnes Kookie's Clock Kookie: Star of "77 Sunset Strip" 1959 USA
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