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Happy Birthday: Enya (Article)
Happy 50th: Dr. John, BABYLON (Article)
Taking a Deep Dive into Mardi Gras (Article)
What’s That Song? Enya in Eighth Grade (Article)
Banda Larga Cordel (Album of the Day)
“When I was only two or two and a half,” Gilberto Gil once recalled, “I told my mother I was going to become a musician or a president of my country,” and the Brazilian star's ongoing career includes long stints as both recording artist and politician. Gil's forward-thinking work as a performer features socially conscious lyrics and an ear for new sounds to blend with traditional ones, an approach he began in the 1960s as a pioneer of tropicalia and continued to explore on 2008's BANDA LARGA CORDEL. These 16 Portuguese-sung songs embrace contemporary technology as firmly as vintage samba and bossa nova rhythms, and Gil's mellifluous voice illuminates such highlights as “Amor de Carnaval,” “Cano” and “Máquina de Ritmo.” As we mark its 10th anniversary, the Grammy-nominated BANDA LARGA CORDEL embodies the vitality of both Brazilian music and one of its greatest exponents.
Ananda Shankar (Album of the Day)
A nephew of the great Ravi Shankar, Ananda Shankar was himself a gifted sitar player - and perhaps even more dedicated than his uncle to bridging the gap between Eastern and Western musics. Released in 1970 on Reprise, his self-titled debut featured Indian classical tracks side-by-side with sitar-driven instrumental versions of rock hits (“Light My Fire” and a gloriously over-the-top “Jumpin' Jack Flash”). With psychedelic production touches and early Moog synthesizer work (from collaborator Paul Lewinson), it may qualify as an exploitation album, but like the best releases in that vein, its guilty pleasures are many, and hip club DJs have gotten a lot of mileage out of these funky grooves. Rightfully included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, ANANDA SHANKAR is masterfully played and thoroughly enjoyable.
SONG OF THE DAY: "Orinoco Flow" (Album of the Day)
Enya grew up with musical siblings and was briefly a member of her family's group Clannad before becoming a solo star with “Orinoco Flow,” released in the U.K. 30 years ago today. Recorded at Orinoco Studios in London, the enchanting song was part of the Irish performer's breakthrough album, WATERMARK, but almost wasn't issued as a single. “There was no middle eight, and 'Sail away' was after every line - it drove me crazy, but there was something there that could be worked on,” noted Enya's A&R rep Rob Dickens (who is name-checked in the lyrics), and fortunately the track's quality carried the day. "Orinoco Flow" topped the British chart and earned two Grammy nominations, and it's our Song of the Day.