Caetano Veloso, Jamiroquai & More: Albums of the Week #31

I would consider myself an “albums guy” and my taste in music is very varied. In this new feature, I list the albums that I listened to most intensely during the week. The list will include albums old and new, and the number of albums listened to every week will most likely vary on a week-to-week basis.

 

Caatano Veloso
Caetano Veloso
Phillips, 1968

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Tropicália // 2 – Clarice // 3 – No dia em que eu vim-me embora // 4 – Alegria, alegria // 5 – Onde andarás // 6 – Anunciacao // 7 – Superbacana // 8 – Paisagem útil // 9 – Clara // 10 – Soy loco por tí, América // 11 – Ave Maria // 12 – Eles

Caetano Veloso’s solo debut album is a socially conscious and poetic blend of that Brazilian musical heritage with the sound of jazz, rock and psychedelic from around the birth of Tropicalismo. Ok, it may be a little uneven and even chaotic but its explosive creativity is undeniable.

 

The Ruts
The Crack
Virgin, 1979

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Babylon’s Burning // 2 – Dope for Guns // 3 – S.U.S. // 4 – Something That I Said // 5 – You’re Just A… // 6 – It Was Cold // 7 – Savage Circle // 8 – Jah War // 9 – Criminal Mind // 10 – Backbiter // 11 – Out of Order // 12 – Human Punk

The Crack is one of the most exciting British punk albums from the late ’70s. It’s got a ton of attitude but also a musical sophistication to complement its raw power. Not to mention, it’s one of the few punk records of the time to feature legitimate killer guitar solos. Sadly, this was The Ruts’ only studio album as vocalist Malcolm Owen died of an overdose shortly after its release.

 

Archie Bell & The Drells
Tighten Up
Atlantic, 1968

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Tighten Up (Part One) // 2 – Tighten Up (Part Two) // 3 – I Don’t Wanna Be a Playboy // 4 – You’re Mine // 5 – Knock on Wood // 6 – Give Me Time // 7 – In the Midnight Hour // 8 – When You Left Heartache Began // 9 – A Thousand Wonders // 10 – A Soldier’s Prayer, 1967

Archie Bell & The Drells didn’t only sing but danced just as good as they walked. They had a string of minor hits in the ’60s but it was “Tighten Up” that they are best-known for. I’ve always loved the song, so I decided to check out its LP out of curiosity but without expecting much. I found it to be an enjoyable and fun vintage R&B record. Nothing more, nothing less.

 

Jamiroquai
Travelling Without Moving
Soho/Columbia/Work, 1996

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – Virtual Insanity // 2 – Cosmic Girl // 3 – Use the Force // 4 – Everyday // 5 – Alright // 6 – High Times // 7 – Drifting Along // 8 – Didjerama // 9 – Didjital Vibrations // 10 – Travelling Without Moving // 11 – You Are My Love // 12 – Spend a Lifetime // 13 – Funktion

Jamiroquai reached the peak of their popularity at the time of this album’s release, thanks to their smash hit, “Virtual Insanity.” This was the album where they began to embrace a more mainstream, disco-oriented sound. Travelling Without Music exceeds the one-hour mark but the second part of the record feels mostly made up of unfinished ideas and filler, including the title track. This is a shame because the first part is, on the contrary, funky as hell.

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