Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dodick Baello (+)

[Angono Vespa Roundup 1- Bertcontrol, Joneighbors, Junembryo, Skunk, Totong, Dodick (+)]

[Kenneth, Totong, Dodick (+)]

[Skunk, Totong, Jenny, Dodick, JunEmbryo]

[Dodick (+) and Totong ]

Last weekend was the most frightening, shitty and heartbreaking days of our lives. Typhoon "Ondoy" (international codename Ketsana) brought havoc and a month worth of rainfall in the Philippines mostly on the central part of Luzon. It's all over the news. We appreciate all the help everyone is providing the country. Our area was one of the worst hit last Saturday, but it was nothing compared to the other affected areas like Marikina, San Mateo Rizal, Pasig, Cainta, Taytay and many other places.
Last Sunday morning Jun Balbin a very good friend since elementary and a fellow scooterist sent a text message that another friend of ours from Marikina drowned last Saturday on the day of the typhoon. He was into selling vaccines and he was trying to save the medicines when the floodwaters raised and trapped him and and their trusty house help on the first floor of their house. We had just celebrated his birthday two weekends ago at their residence with fellow scooterist. We had fun, beer was overflowing and a delicious spread was provided to us guests.
Dodick Baello also known as "Sky" in the local Vespa community was also one of the first scooterist to welcome us in to the scene, member of Euroscoot and was also an adopted Angono Scooter Boy. This is for you. Godspeed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


The sound of the Hammond B3 organ is one of the most recognizable sound in rock, pop and jazz. One of the originators of jazz organ playing is Jimmy Smith. Originally he played piano but switched to electric organ in 1953 after hearing Wild Bill Davis, another pioneer of jazz organ. He bought himself a Hammond organ, rented a warehouse to practice in and after a year emerged with revolutionary sounds and techniques in playing the electric instrument. Soon after he was signed to blue not and made around 40 sessions in eight years. The band setup during his years with Blue Note was a close knit ensemble of musicians mostly a quartet with the Bebop style of playing hanging in the air. After moving to Verve in 1962, the production value changed with big bands supporting the great Mr. Smith
The Hammond organ is known as a church instrument but Jimmy made it popular in the world of jazz and beyond. The Hammond organ is also particularly associated with the amplifier/loudspeaker called the Leslie speaker that produces the fuzzy and wavy sound of the instrument/amplifier combination. In late 50's and early 60's, Modern Jazz found its way to England and was embraced by the R&B loving youths and Jazz clubs of London. Soon after, the Mod movement emerged taking with them the music of Black America - R&B, Modern Jazz and Soul with the spice of Jamaican ska blasting wherever they go. Mr. Smith has embedded his techniques and improvisation in the Mod scene and inspiring musicians to dip their hands into playing the hammond organ in their musical consciousness. His influence can still be heard on many funk and acid jazz records and there are so many bands particularly in England that is sloely dedicated in playing and making music around the fuzzy, edgy and wailing sound of the Hammond B3 Organ.
The Graham Bond Organization, The Quick, The Small Faces, Mick Talbot, The Selecter, The Link Quartet, Leslie Overdrive,The James Taylor Quartet, Trio Valore, Joey DeFrancesco, and us owe Jimmy Smith big time.

(9th studio album for Verve Records 1962)

1. Goldfinger (Part I)
2. Goldfinger (Part II)
3. St. James Infirmary
4. Gloomy Sunday
5. Theme From "Bewitched"
6. Theme From "The Munsters"
7. Theme From "The Man With The Golden Arm"
8. The Creeper
9. Monlope

Friday, September 18, 2009


I can't think of anything to say today. Just enjoy the scorching set of ska from Studio One. Nuff said and respect!

  1. Delroy & Paulette - Dance The Ska
  2. Winston & Bibby - Trouble
  3. Lord Creator - Rhythm & Blues
  4. Lord Brynner & Norma - Malika
  5. Bongoman Byfield - Marcus Garvey0
  6. Charlie Organaire - Rude Boy Charlie
  7. Jackie Opel - You're Too Bad
  8. Lee Perry & The Wailers - Man To Man
  9. Stranger & Ken - Artibella
  10. The Wailers - What's New Pussyca
  11. The Skatalites - Full Dread
  12. The Jamaicans - Chain Gang
  13. Norma Frazier - Everbody Loves A Lover
  14. The Gaylads - Emanuel Road
  15. The Skatalites - King Solomon
  16. The Wailers - Put It On
  17. Lee Perry & The Soulettes - Rub & Squeeze
  18. The Wailers - Rude Boy
  19. Lee Perry & The Wailers - Pussy Galore
  20. The Skatalites - James Bond
  21. The Gaylads - Lady With The Red Dress
  22. Lee Perry & The Soulettes - Doctor Dick
  23. Roy Richards - Jamaican Memories

Thursday, September 17, 2009


One of the best re-issues by Trojan Records. Classic and sought after 45s of Skinhead Reggae during the peak of the Skinhead movement in England. Skinhead Reggae at its best. Put on your braces, lace up your boots or brogues and wear your best button down shirt. Dance to this - Trojan Skinhead.

1. Tea House - Opening
2. Pama Dice - Brixton Figh
1. Haunted House - Upsetters
2. Double Wheel - Upsetters
1. Skinheads A Bash Them - Claudette
2. Walking Thru Jerusalem - Corporation
1. Black Panther - Sir Collins & The Black Diamonds
2. I Want To Be Loved - Sir Collins & The Black Diamonds
1. Skinhead Revolt - Joe The Boss
2. Tony B's Theme - Joe's All Stars
1. Skinhead A Message To You - Desmond Riley
2. Going Strong - Music Doctors
1. Kick Me Or I'll Kick You - Cimarons
2. Grandfather Clock - Cimarons
1. Bronco (aka Django Shoots First) - Lord Comic & The Upsetters
2. Uncle Desmond - Mellotones


Dub is an art form, it really is. The idea of taking a track and cutting it down to the barest possible elements, and keeping those elements shifting, is minimalism taken to something of an extreme.It's the ultimate groove, relaxing, psychedelic, strange. "Dub Over Dub: 27 Dub Extravaganza", this 27-cut compilation, featuring the mixing board talents of Errol Brown, High Note's main engineer and is also considered one of the pioneers of dub. High Note is one of the reggae labels in Jamaica during the seventies. This is a classic example of doing it right -- in other words, a lot of fun, no filler, no boredom. The mastering is likewise excellent, giving the dubs a crisp edge.

Recorded at Treasure Isle Studios and Channel One, Kingston, Jamaica. The music is performed by the High Note house bands, which included Sly & Robbie, Bobby Ellis, Earl Lindo and other major musicians of the era.

The complete line up of musicians are as follows - Bertram "Ranchie" McLean (guitar, bass); Radcliffe "Duggie" Bryan, Willie Lindo (guitar); Headley "Deadley" Bennett, Herman Marquis (alto saxophone); Cedric "Im" Brooks, Dean Fraser (tenor saxophone); Clive Hunt, David Madden, Bobby Ellis (trumpet); Vin "Don D Jr." Gordon, Nambo (trombone); Ansel Collins, Earl "Wire" Lindo, Harold Butler, Winston Wright (keyboards); Robbie Shakespeare (bass); Sly Dunbar, Micheal "Mickey Boo" Richards (drums); Uzziah "Sticky" Thompson, Harry Powell, Count Ossie (percussion).

Turn up the volume and the bass and drown in this wonderful extravaganza!

Disc 1:
1. Sly Special
2. Revolution Chapter One
3. Jah Caught Them Dub
4. Falling In Dub
5. Woman Iron Rock
6. Black Cat Version
7. Over Dub
8. Dub Outta Control
9. Dub And Harmony
10. Love Dub
11. Strictly Roots
12. Su Su Mouth
13. Forward In Dub
14. Downtown Rock

Disc 2:
1. Lion Dub
2. Dub In Peace
3. Phase One Special
4. A Living Dub
5. Sky Nation Skank
6. Peace And Inity
7. Dub It In A Dreamland
8. Chatty Dub
9. This Yah Dub
10. Winning Version
11. Dub Walla
12. Ital Dub
13. Socialist Dub

Friday, September 11, 2009

MOD FAVE RAVES Vols. 1 & 2

Scootering has been an integral part of the Mod Scene since the beginning up to the present and with the Mod Scene comes the essential soundtrack of the movement. The original Mods of the late 50s and early 60s England were into Modern Jazz , American R&B, some Jamaican Ska and Soul by way of Tamla Motown, Stax and Chess labels. I got first interested into soul during the old Ska nights at Mayric's where Put3ska's old Brit manager Shane Cosgrove spins these soul gems in between sets, of courese there were old skinhead reggae favorites and ska in his playlist but more often, Soul was the dominant sound every time he's there.
These two compilations are collections of staple sounds from Tamla Motown records preferred during the early 60's mod scene.

(a Series 3 Lambretta SX 200 Special or SpecialX200 on the cover. Top of the line Lambretta. Production run - from January '66 to Jan '69)

1. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
2. Too Many Fish In The Sea - The Marvelettes
3. Needle In A Haystack - The Velvelettes
4. 6x6 - Earl Van Dyke
5. Leaving Here - Eddie Holland
6. I'll Always Love You - Detroit Spinners
7. Can You Jerk Like Me? - The Contours
8. One Way Out - Martha & The Vandellas
9. One More Heartache - Marvin Gaye
10. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips
11. Number One In Your Heart - The Monitors
12. Baby I Miss You - Tommy Good
13. All For You - Earl Van Dyke
14. He Was Really Saying Something - The Velvelettes
15. First I Look At The Purse - The Contours
16. Going To A Go-Go - The Miracles
17. Baby Don't Do It - Marvin Gaye
18. Hitch Hike - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
19. Hey Harmonica Man - Stevie Wonder
20. Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway

(VBB2 Vespa 150 "Sportique" is the first vespa to have a 4 speed gearbox. Production run is from 1960 - 67)
  • 1. Soul Stomp - Earl Van Dyke
  • 2. Come On Do The Jerk - Miracles
  • 3. Motoring - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • 4. Just A Little Misunderstanding - Contours
  • 5. I'll Keep Holding On - Marvelettes (The)
  • 6. I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops (The)
  • 7. Just Ain't Enough Love - Isley Brothers (The)
  • 8. I Know I'm Losing You - Temptations (The)
  • 9. Just Walk In My Shoes - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 10. Function At The Junction - Shorty Long
  • 11. Take Me In Your Arms - Kim Weston
  • 12. You're Gonna Love My Baby - Barbara McNair
  • 13. I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying - Miracles
  • 14. Tune Up - Junior Walker & The All Stars
  • 15. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart - Supremes (The)
  • 16. Heatwave - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • 17. Little Miss Sweetness - Temptations (The)
  • 18. Helpless - Kim Weston
  • 19. From Head To Toe - Chris Clark


Soundblasters is bringing you another gem from the Trojan Records catalogue. Work Your Soul - Jamaican 60s and Northern 1966-74. This collection is Jamaica's take on Soul. All dance floor scorchers from JA. The cover looks simple but for me, it's one of the best Trojan album cover. Play this loud! Let's get it on!

1. Where is the Love - Miller Glenn

2.: I Feel So Bad - Edwards, Jackie

3.: Help Yourself - James, Jimmy & The Vagabonds

4.: Work Your Soul - McCook, Tommy & The Supersonics

5.: Mini Skirt And Go Go Boots - Lloyd & Glen

6.: Make Me Yours - Dillon, Phyllis

7.: Hoop - Dixon, Errol

8.: I've Got The Blues - Dekker, Desmond & The Aces

9.: Let's Dance - Cliff, Jimmy

10.: Girl I've Got A Date (soul version) - Ellis, Alton & The Flames

11.: Here Comes That Feeling (aka That lonely feeling) - Gaylettes

12.: Do It Right (soul version) - Three Tops

13.: Come On Home - Edwards, Jackie

14.: Never You Hurt - Aitken, Laurel & The Soulmen

15.: I Want To Know - Sugar Simone

16.: Help Me - Gray, Owen

17.: This Heart Of Mine - James, Jimmy & The Vagabonds

18.: Mama Didn't Lie - Harriott, Derrick

19.: Mellow Moonlight - Docker, Roy

20.: King Without A Throne - Sugar Simone

21.: One Monkey Don't Stop No Show - Marvel

22.: I Don't Want - Dixon, Errol

23.: Leave It In The Hands Of Love - Dillon, Phyllis

24.: Baby Be My Girl - Thornton, Eddie Outfit


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Madness Live at the Lights 2009

Madness performing a set at the BBC Radio 2 Live at the Lights last September 5th celebrating the launch of the 2009 Blackpool Illuminations featuring JLS, Pixie Lott, Tony Christie. Enjoy.