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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Flaming Drums - Olatunji

African Spiritual/Uhuru
Flaming Drums
Columbia Records
CL 1866

Arranged and conducted by Fred Karlin. Produced by John Hammond

All of the Olatunji LPs I've listened to, to the best of my recollection are very good, but this one is an especially good and groovy blend of African and Western forms. The record reminds me a of a good Yma Sumac LP in that, there is a uniqueness and cohesion from track to track and a sense of drama to the sound that keeps you glued to your speakers.

African Spiritual
Mystery Of Love
Hail The King

Music From Thunderball

Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Music From Thunderball
The Sounds Of Action, Romance And Violence
Somerset SF-24700

This was a pet project of D. L. Miller/Somserset. To me it appears as if Miller fixed his name to the better Somerset albums. Frequently there are musician credits to be found on the back cover, but not here. The music plays through like Somerset's 101 Strings doing a soundtrack LP. In other words, the music isn't as space age fab as the suggestion made by the comic book cover art (sorry about the shelf worn image).

Still, the record makes for a good listen. The example posted is an extended track from the B side.