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Led Zeppelin – Kashmir (1975)

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A delayed comment, but what is there to say? Jimmy Page cited this track when asked about his view on the greatest Zeppelin riff of all. The hypnotic signature tune from their 1975 album Physical Grafitti wasn’t just about the guitar. Bonham’s titanic drums and the progressive mellotron section are unmistakably from another planet.

Have a great summer all. No doubt there will be the odd post here an there, but I am officially signing off for August. See you on the other side.

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Fleetwood Mac – Landslide (1975)

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In 1975, Stevie Nicks’ currency went stratospheric with her vocal performances on ‘Rhiannon’ and ‘Landslide’, which both featured on Fleetwood Mac’s second eponymous album. On joining the band with Lindsey Buckingham in 1975, Nicks penned and sang the bittersweet ‘Landslide’. The band were reborn and would dominate the airwaves for the next few years.

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Shigeo Sekito – The Word II (1975)

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Sampling/borrowing lives strong in the strangest of places. In 2014, for his album Salad Days, Mac DeMarco used the shimmering “jizz-jazz” electronica of Shigeo Siketo, a Japanese musician who mastered the Electone. In 1975, Siketo released his Special Sound Series Vol. 2 collection on Columbia Records. The second track on the flip-side was ‘ザ・ワードⅡ’, otherwise known as ‘The Word II’. Enjoy – it is a thing of rare beauty.

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Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby (1975)

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From one poetically and heroically sad song to another… Lou Reed wrote the title track of 1975’s Coney Island Baby about his Mexican transvestite lover, muse and hairdresser Rachel (Tommy). Now that’s a subject matter to cut through all the usual hipster blah. Like Transformer and Berlin before it, Coney Island Baby reminded you how brilliant the maverick and ever-so peculiar Reed could be.

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Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (1975)

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Well, our government has collapsed, the markets are in turmoil and last night we were treated to the most abject performance I’ve seen from an England football team. Time for some humorous and bitter relief to help heal the wounds. Steve Harley had been through a fractious break-up with the original line up of the Cockney Rebel. His resentment made a great sound. ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’ was released as the lead single from the band’s 1975 album The Best Years of Our Lives.

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Larry Young’s Fuel – Turn Off The Lights (1975)

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“If Jimmy Smith was the Charlie Parker of the organ, Larry Young was its John Coltrane.” I’m not sure who said that, but it’s a great line. Young is probably best known for his keyboard innovations in the mid-’60s, culminating in the album Unity. His sound would have a huge influence on the explosion of progressive/jazz rock at the end of that decade. The quality of his work was more mixed in the ’70s, but during 1975’s Larry Young’s Fuel session, he recorded this funk classic with Linda “Tequila” Logan on vocals. Unfortunately, Young was only 38 when, in 1978, he died from pneumonia.

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Parliament – P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) (1975)

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The same year, this happened. It was 1975 and we can forgive the Mothership’s swipe at Bowie’s early foray into funk. George Clinton was certainly talking funk from a position of strength, atop the chocolate Milky Way. “I want the bomb, I want the P.Funk, I want my funk uncut.” The genre-defining ‘P. Funk’ was the first track and single off their 1975 album Mothership Connection. The LP was the first to feature Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley after their departure from the J.B.s. The mix was a crazy concoction. “Do not attempt to adjust your radio, there is nothing wrong…”

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Earth, Wind & Fire ‎- That’s The Way Of The World (1975)

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Bandmate Philip Bailey once said that Maurice White’s whole vision was to “sneak a little jazz on people”. Before 1975’s breakthrough album That’s the Way of the World, this had tended to entail White’s masterful production overlaid onto a Sly Stone sounding groove. But with this title track, EW&F found their own jazz funk groove. “Hearts of fire creates love desire.” Maurice White R.I.P.

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The Eagles – Lyin’ Eyes (1975)

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R.I.P. Glen Frey. ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey after a big night out in L.A.. Good times.

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Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) (1975)

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I was sad to hear that Natalie Cole passed away last week. With a father like Nat King Cole, she may have always been a be part of the music royalty whether the sound lived up to the billing or not. But to kick off a career with tracks like ‘This Will Be’ and ‘Sophisticated Lady’ was more than the critics could have hoped for. Much like her father, she blended pop and soul effortlessly. I choose Cole’s debut single for its sunny disposition. It featured on her 1975 album Inseparable. Rest in peace.

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The Isley Brothers – For The Love Of You (1975)

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I was so excited about this old school slow jam that I released it a day too early. Or did I? It’s for a friend of mine and it was her birthday yesterday. I hope you had a great day A. ‘For The Love Of You’ featured on 1975’s The Heat Is On, their third album with their 3 + 3 lineup.

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Donald Byrd – Wind Parade (1975)

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And now to finish the week with some sweet jazz funk. Donald Byrd had well and truly broken the shackles of jazz in the early 1970s and by 1975 he had embraced the sounds of funk. With its sweeping string arrangements and breezy groove, ‘Wind Parade’ was essentially a work of disco. Have a great weekend.

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Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love (1975)

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By 1975, the intimate arrangements of Minnie Riperton 1970 debut Come to My Garden had been filtered through 1974’s creative collaboration with Stevie Wonder, Perfect Angel. The result was the confident album Adventures in Paradise as best exemplified by ‘Inside My Love’. Full of double entendres that would have jarred in the lungs of Barry White, the song almost sounds delicate with Riperton on vocals, helped by some pioneering downtempo arrangements. This was a slow jam in 1975, nearly a decade before Midnight Star coined the phrase. Have a great weekend.

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Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider (1975)

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In 1975, Pluto Shervington produced this cover version of the The Allman Brothers Band’s classic ‘Midnight Rider’. Paul Davidson knew that some songs, like some long weekends, just lend themselves to the sound of reggae.

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Crown Heights Affair – Dreaming A Dream (1975)

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A year before Nile Rodgers would form Chic with bassist Bernard Edwards and make disco’s choppy guitar his own, New York-funk/disco ensemble Crown Heights Affair released ‘Dreaming A Dream’ on De-Lite Records. Like new label-mates Kool & The Gang, this would ultimately would lead to a string of commercial funk hits, but not before they pressed this disco classic.

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