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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Electric Indian - Broad Street (single)

In 1969, Bernie Binnick, the co-founder of Philadelphia-based Swan Records, put together a studio band that included such notables as Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates) and Vince Montana, who became a prominent figure in disco music in the following decade.

Binnick gave this aggregation the moniker of The Electric Indian. The group, produced by singer Len Barry (1-2-3 sold a million in 1965), had one big hit, Keem-O-Sabe (No. 20, Billboard Hot 100). There was an album titled after that tune that contained it and nine other selections. Obviously the combination of the tune's title and the group's name wouldn't pass muster today, conveying as it does an unfortunate racial stereotype of Native Americans.

Strangely the album didn't include the flip side of the 45, a fine piece of funk called Broad Street, which is a major Philadelphia thoroughfare. You can access it from the link below. Note: Although the label says Broad Street runs 1:59, it clearly is at least 20 seconds longer than that.

Broad Street

After The Electric Indian's shortlived recording career -- just the album and a couple of singles -- many of the members (including Vince Montana and guitarist Bobby Eli) went on to join MFSB, the studio band for soul producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Montana later formed the Salsoul Orchestra disco band.

Of The Electric Indian's recordings, only Keem-O-Sabe appears to be available in a digital format.

From YouTube, here's a track from the Keem-O-Sabe LP.

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