Leave it to Norton Records to dig up the nastiest sounding live recordings, demos, and unissued tracks to populate their terrific comps of true American rock’n’roll. This live version of “Rumble” was recorded in 1964 at Link Wray and the Raymen’s home away from home, the 1023 Club in Washington, D.C.
“[In] 1938 . . . the Museum of Man led an historic expedition to various tribal regions [of Madagascar] . . . and the unparalleled recordings . . . by the Hiran’ny Tanoran’ay Ntaolo, the quintessential mpililao who made their way to a French studio [were released]. [Their music combined] an intriguing mixture of sweetness, power, and dignified grace which flowed seamlessly on songs of courtship, or songs of praise. . . . They also presented one of the more ‘ancient ritual’ folk songs, Raivo Ô . . . where the central activity concerns a mother (whose name “Raivo”, is chanted) who is about to cut her son’s hair for the first time in a sort of ceremony surrounded by a joyous throng of neighbors and friends who enjoin in the happy response.” —adapted from Pat Conte’s notes to The Music of Madagascar: Classic Traditional Recordings of the 1930s (Yazoo 7003, 1995).
Ray Charles, vocals/electric piano; Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt, trumpets; David Newman, alto sax/tenor sax; Hank Crawford, baritone sax; Edgar Willis, bass; Milt Turner, drums; The Raeletts, vocal group. New York City,
From the notes by Pat Conte to today’s lovely track: “In the Bulawayo province of once Southern Rhodesia . . . comes an old Unitarian hymn of adoration “Come [Thou] Fount of Every Blessing” attributed to James Wyeth in 1813. The girls, led by Lily Kumalo, sing in the Sechuana language of Bechuanaland.”
And now for something completely the same! Coming up this month on BAK: Blind Blake, Dave Brubeck Quartet, R. L. Burnside, Ray Charles, Champion Jack Dupree, The Fireballs, Aretha Franklin, Elder J. J. Hadley, Hiran'ny Tanoran'ny Ntao Lo, John Lee Hooker, Hope Fountain Native Girls' Choir, Elmore James & His Broom Dusters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fred McDowell, Heather Myles, James Reed, The Shangri-Las, Tampa Red, Jesse Thomas, Hop Wilson, Timi Yuro . . . and Nancy (gulp!) Sinatra. Among others.