Friday, June 12, 2009

Yeah Baby



A story that started over two years ago with a post from Emmett at the excellent Art Decade (who are celebrating their 1,000th post today in characteristically self-effacing fashion) reached one of those once-in-a-blue-moon, 'my my the gods of vinyl are smiling down on us Centurion' conclusions a few weeks ago in my local Oxfam shop's closing down sale when I picked up this rare and special gem in mint condition for just 75p. You can, I am sure, imagine my surprise and delight.

Today it supplies our track for Friday cocktails and I'm sure you'll find its easy groove, light vocals and typically brilliant Hungarian-inflected jazz guitar conducive to your happy hour(s).

By coincidence, the musical quotation from William DeVaughn's 'Be Thankful For What You Got' at 3 mins 30 links us back again to Massive Attack, who covered the song on 'Blue Lines'.

Garcon, I shall require a beverage.

Gabor Szabo - 'Keep Smilin' (1976)

[More about the genius that was Gabor here ]

17 comments:

  1. 75 new pence for that piece of gorgeousness (and 10mb sample too). A steal! No wonder they're closing down missing tricks like that..

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  2. I also got 'Songs To Remember' by Scritti Politti and 'Systems Of Romance' by Ultravox in a copy so mint you could wrap it in foil and call it a Polo.

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  3. All good. I've a mp3 of this already apparently, dunno where it came from, some blog somewhere...

    I love be thankful, I think I'll go and press play on that one and turn the volume up as loudly as the little fella can stand!

    I'm talking about the new addition by the way, not the other little fella.

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  4. Here it is for anyone who doesn't have it and wants to give their little fella a treat like Simon's.

    William DeVaughn - 'Be Thankful For What You Got' (1972)

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  5. Best find at a junk shop now there's a thread - mine were all TV Themes and Herb Alpert albums

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  6. You should do a 'Herb from charity shops' post PM, oh yes.

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  7. Sounds lovely. Ripped with the new toy?

    WV: matemyst

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  8. No, the old one in fact - yet new rips shall come, mais oui.

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  9. I have got a tag/label Charity Shop Classics which I kicked off with 'Studio 2 Impact' but no Herb yet, apart from his version of Popcorn (yes the Hot Butter tune) posted few months back

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  10. All tags no Herb inna Babylon, innit.

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  11. ah what a marvelous way to start a rather bleary saturday. we've got the comedy carnaby to contend with so we're off out till 5 when the small fakers are on. gawd help us
    x

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  12. Donkey rides a penny a glass x

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  13. Now that is rather cool. Served it up with a vodka tonic and lime.

    Nice.

    Mx

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  14. Nice. My journey into Szaboland began with buying this album (for the cover, basically) for US $6, thinking "Gabor Szabo" was an obscurity no one had heard of or cared about. Little did I know that Gabor was in fact a legend among crate-diggers and music-lovers the world over. To hear him is to know him is to love him.

    Thanks for the shout-out, Davey.

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  15. Now I've got to admit I've never heard this Szabo before (soon remedied, thanks!) but that Scritti Politti record, oh yes! I'm desperately trying to avoid reinvesting in vinyl but people like you darlings are just not helping at all! xoxo

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  16. How do you pronounce 'Szabo'?

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