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1999 Stories by John Floyd

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  • Rotations

    published December 16, 1999

    Frank Emilio Ancestral Reflections (Metro Blue/Blue Note) While Cuban pianist Frank Emilio hasn't benefited so far... More >>

  • The Singer, Not the Songs

    published December 9, 1999

    Even before its release earlier this year, George Jones's Cold Hard Truth already was the most hugely hyped album of the honky-tonk hero's... More >>

  • Rotations

    published December 2, 1999

    Various Artists Viva CuBop! Jazz the Afro-Cuban Way (CuBop) The fact that CuBop, the Latin jazz arm of the independent... More >>

  • Rotations

    published November 4, 1999

    Various Artists Bob Marley: Chant Down Babylon (Island/Def... More >>

  • Wang Dang Doodler

    published October 21, 1999

    Along with Amos Milburn's "Chicken Shack Boogie" and Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody," Koko Taylor's "Wang Dang Doodle" is among the greatest... More >>

  • Bangers, Mash, and Feedback

    published September 30, 1999

    Even in a city that is defined by its anomalies, Churchill's Hideaway is one of Miami's most logic-defying entities. Unless of course you'd expect... More >>

  • Grown-Up Garage Kids

    published September 16, 1999

    Although he claims it has nothing to do with his bitter divorce a few years back, Tom Petty's Echo is the rock veteran's masterful... More >>

  • Rotations

    published September 2, 1999

    Cuban Roots Cuban Roots Revisited (Cubop) If Cuban Roots Revisited were simply a tip of the hat to an influential... More >>

  • Faces

    published September 2, 1999

    Faces The Best of Faces: Good Boys ... When They're Asleep ... (Warner Archives/Rhino) Respect never came easy for... More >>

  • Ride Captain Ride

    published August 5, 1999

    My first exposure to Captain Beefheart came, aptly enough, during an intensely enjoyable acid trip to which Trout Mask Replica provided the... More >>

  • Rotations

    published July 29, 1999

    Los Zafiros Bossa Cubana (World Circuit/Nonesuch) The London-based World Circuit label has had phenomenal success with... More >>

  • Southern-Fried Soul

    published July 15, 1999

    Maybe it's because they recorded tough R&B, raunchy blues, and wildcat rockabilly in a city where straight-line honky-tonkers ruled the Nashville... More >>

  • Rotations

    published July 8, 1999

    Juan-Carlos Formell Songs from a Little Blue House (Wicklow) This isn't your father's son. It isn't Juan-Carlos Formell's... More >>

  • Dubbed Out

    published July 8, 1999

    There was something in his eyes, Augustus Pablo's inevitably reefer-blurred eyes, that was alternately haunting and sad, chilling and beautiful.... More >>

  • Rotations

    published June 17, 1999

    Faust Ravvivando (Klangbad) For aficionados of the genre known as Krautrock, Faust is a big deal. A style that flourished in the... More >>

  • The Once and Future King

    published June 10, 1999

    In the summer of 1953, a shy Memphis teenager steals up enough courage to go into a local recording studio, pays eight dollars and twenty-five... More >>

  • Rotations

    published May 27, 1999

    Andre Williams & the Sadies Red Dirt (Bloodshot) Considering that he's spent the past 40 years recording everything from bizarro... More >>

  • Rotations

    published May 20, 1999

    Kelly Willis What I Deserve (Rykodisc) After failing to find much of an audience for her four fine releases from the Nineties --... More >>

  • Rotations

    published May 6, 1999

    Lester Bowie Brass Fantasy The Odyssey of Funk & Popular Music (Atlantic) William Hooker The Distance Between Us ... More >>

  • Rotations

    published April 29, 1999

    The Beta Band The Three E.P.s (Astralwerks) It struck me as odd to discover that Britain's hottest new "techno" act, the Beta... More >>

  • The Bones Are Still Rockin'

    published April 29, 1999

    They've been in self-parody mode for so long it's safe to write them off these days, but give credit to the Cramps for this: They've steered... More >>

  • Sad Songs Say So Much

    published April 15, 1999

    Given the subgenre's infatuation with honky-tonk fatalism and singer/songwriter angst, it's no wonder the roots rockers who populate the landscape... More >>

  • Rotations

    published February 18, 1999

    Original Soundtrack Louie Bluie (Arhoolie) With more and more prewar black and white string-band music hitting the reissue bins,... More >>

  • Rotations

    published February 4, 1999

    Golden Smog Weird Tales (Rykodisc) Lost in the shuffle of last year's best-album lists was this stellar October effort. It's... More >>

  • Rotations

    published January 14, 1999

    Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Pharaohization! The Best of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (Rhino) "One, two ... one, two, tres,... More >>

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