Today, I was down in London after a work event the night before. So my journey this morning was heading back up north feeling a little bit rough, but mostly tired. After a much needed snooze, I wanted to listen to something that would perk me up and get me into the right mood for the weekend. Next stop: The Green Arrows.
The other day I was thinking about what I have been posting on this blog and I kind of gave myself a kick as some genres of music that I really like (but don’t necessarily know much about), I haven’t really represented. So this post kind of kills two birds with one stone.
I have been into African music for quite a while, started off by listening to John Peel and Andy Kershaw and getting particularly into the guitar led sounds of Zimbabwe from the 70s by bands such as The Four Brothers. I go through periods of picking stuff up when I come across it and it is music that I come back to time and time again and is definitely some of my favourite. The melodies, tempos and production just blow my mind.
In 2006 (I think) I picked up The Green Arrows – 4 Track Recording Session, which is a collection of their work from 1974 to 1979 and I have to say it is one of the best albums from this genre that I have come across. Nearly every single track is a stormer. One of the things I find interesting about bands like this are the influences on them. While steeped in their own sounds and traditions, they are often influenced by other music, often from the west and particularly the US. This influence is more apparent on certain tracks than others, but I like to think that the track I have posted up ‘No Delay (Bullitt)’ is their attempt at flat out funk, but their way. It is such a driving funky track with a superb drum and bass track and an almost unbearably melodic, chorus smashed guitar line. It just can not fail to make you smile and make you dance. It really set me up for the weekend, hope it does the same for you to.
Playlist Friday 22nd June 2012
I kind of said it all above really, I listened to this album all the way through and then went back, to play the track I have posted up a couple more times. A great way to come home.
Playlist: The Green Arrows – 4-Track Recording Session (album)