30.5.05

MUSIC COCOLOG

で、NMS4 以外のファンキーなオルガンロックをもとめて hammondbeat.com をうろうろして見つけたのが今回紹介する THE LINK QUARTET です。現在のメンバーはこの 4人。
Paolo "Apollo" Negri - OrganGiulio "Link" Cardini - GuitarRenzo Bassi - BassTony "Face" Bacciocchi - Drums
イタリアのバンドで結成は 1991年と意外と古く、メンバーチェンジを繰り返し手現在残ってオリジナルメンバーはギターの Giulio "Link" Cardini のみ。レコードデビューは 1998年のホーンセクションをフィーチャーしたセルフタイトルのシングルでスペインの Animal Records からリリースされたそうです。2001年にはファーストアルバムとなる 「Episode 1」 を 200枚 (!) 限定でプレス。自分達だけで売りまわったそうです (その後 Animal Records からリイシュー)。
Hammondbeat に所属しているだけあってハモンドオルガンを主体にしたオルガンロックです。そしてファンキー。
ダウンロードページ ではデモやライブ音源を 12曲ダウンロードできるのでチェックしてみてください。
最新アルバム 「Italian Playboys」 の 1曲目にある "Move Move Move" を
試聴 して気に入り、NMS4 の エディー・ロバーツ が "Spider Baby" にシタールで参加しているというのも購入のキッカケとなりました。
5月の初めくらいに amazon.co.jp で注文しようとしたら取り扱いされてなくって仕方なくアメリカの amazon.com で注文したんですが、いま確認したら日本の amazon.co.jp でも取り扱いが始まってました。・・・・・・なんか悔しいですけど、だれもが購入しやすくなったのはいいコトです。ただし、なぜか amazon.co.jp での発売日は 2005年6月14日になっているので注意。

THE LINK QUARTET 「Italian Playboys」
Move, Move, Move
Italian Playboys
Deliquesced by Devonshire
Milwaukee Hunter
Rubber Monkey
Greased on Delta Street (version 2)
Janine
Portofino Vespa Rider
Ladyshave
Glass Onion
Briar Patch
After and Once Again
Spider Baby
Take Four
"Glass Onion" は
「The Beatles (The White Album)
に収録されている THE BEATLES のカヴァーです。軽快なオルガンロックに仕上がってます。
個人的には Plastic というレーベルからリリースされた
「Stroboscopica」 という 70年代のイタリアンおサイケ B 級ムービーのサウンドトラックのコンピ盤シリーズに収録されているようなスリリングで怪しい雰囲気を醸し出している "Milwaukee Hunter" が気にいりました。といっても理解してくれる人は少なそうですけど。

MUSIC COCOLOG - Japan

ほかにも 2002年リリースの前作 「Beat It」 も同時に購入しました。ジミ・ヘンドリックス の "Crosstown Traffic" のカヴァーも収録。

THE LINK QUARTET 「Beat It」
Strudel Girl
Be Yourself
Alfa Romeo Duetto
An Evening with Linda Lovelace
Beat.It
Crosstown Traffic
Somebody Stole My Thunder
Little Italy Serenade
Happy Boys Happy
Gianni Fuso Nerini
If I Could Only Be Sure
Marshall Jim 100
Theme From Hammondbeat (solo version)

2枚を聴き比べると 「Italian Playboys」 の方が聴きやすい気がします。気に入れば 2枚とファーストアルバムの 「Episode 1」 も購入してみてはいかがでしょうか?NMS4 好きならきっと後悔はしないはずです。
調べてみたら 2005年1月にリリースされた
サザナミ・レーベル のコンピ盤 「Wild Sazanami Beat! vol.2」 にも "Delisquesced by Devonshire" というトラックで参加しているんですね。amazon.co.jp にはないようですが、HMV.co.jp で扱ってますね。税込 1575円とお値段が安いのでお勧めかも。
Hammondbeat Records にはほかにもたくさん魅力的なバンドが所属しているのでいろいろチェックしてみることをお勧めします。フリー mp3 も大量にありますし。次は王道の
JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET (「Hammond」「The Penthouse Suite」) か DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND (「Destination...Get Down!」) あたりを攻めてみるつもりです。
あと、オルガン奏者の Paolo "Apollo" Negri は
WICHED MINDS という HR/HM バンドに在籍しているようです。2004年9月にアルバム 「From The Purple Skies」 をリリースしているのでこれも聴いてみたいですな。

BURNSIDE Distribution

The Link Quartet, "Italian Playboys"
Italian Playboys is an all-new stew of bombastic boogaloo from The Link Quartet, one of Italy's most delicious acts, cooked up for anybody with an ounce of groove in their bones. A distinctly late-60s vibe featuring 9 originals and rarely attempted covers including Gus Gus hit "Ladyshave", the heavy funk of Jon Lord on "Rubber Monkey", an uplifting interpretation of Jack McDuff's "Briar Patch", and a scorching slice out of the library classic "Move, Move, Move". Doug Roberson (Diplomats of SOlid Sound) and Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds) guest. You are encouraged to expect this to blow you away to a funky new place.

da RADIO REPORTER

Un'altra missione compiuta dalla benemerita Record Kicks che propone, congrandi consensi dagli appassionati, compreso il sottoscritto, l'ultimolavoro dei Link Quartet di Tony Face and Co. Il sound e' semplicementefedelissimo agli umori funky degli anni 70,tanto che si stenta a credere chesi tratti di un lavoro di recente creazione. L'hammondbeat con i LinkQuartet trova il giusto sfogo ponendosi a meta' tra vintage e moderno, e nonvediamo l'ora di suonarlo nelle fresche ore dedicate al cocktail estivo,stile tramonto in riva al mare tra un b-movies e un party d'elite aPortofino. Sono queste le atmosfere che invadono l'aria quando ascolti ilmood dei Link Quartet che per il loro terzo disco, "Italian playboys" hannoscelto un nome ed una grafica ose' e maliziosa quanto basta.Come sempre vi segnalo il sito della band, ricco di immagini ed info alriguardo, www.linkquartet.com ed il sito di una interessante ed innovativacasa discografica che propone artisti sullo stesso groove di questaband,tra cui i salentini Studiodavoli, www.recordkicks.com.Non sara' un genere che spesso sentite nelle programmazioni radiofoniche mane vale la pena,credetemi, chiudere gli occhi e nostalgicamente romanticifarsi trasportare dal sound dell'hammondbeat targato Link Quartet.
MaxBaccano - Radio Reporter

24.5.05

Boogaloo to Jack McDuff

"BOOGALOO TO JACK McDUFF." Various Artists. (Scuffin') Fans of the Hammond B-3 organ might get a kick out of this tribute to the late jazz-funk organist Jack McDuff. Eleven groups pay their respects with cool organ-infused, brassy and deep bass covers of his work, which runs the gamut from soul to blues. - T.H.

23.5.05

Wild Sazanami Beat! Volume 2

V/A - Wild Sazanami Beat! Volume 2 (Sazanami)

Hot on the heals of the first Wild Sazanami Beat compilation comes another great collection of surf and garage rock, most of it by bands based in Japan. Some of the band names are pretty unreal, like Rocket Jack Vaders, The Sellcancers, Cookie & The Twinkle Arrows and my favorite, Gaijin A Go Go, but fortunately the music is unreal too. Like, completely amazing! Where else are you gonna find a completely fuzzed out version of the garage rock classic "Have Love Will Travel" with a chick singing in broken English? Continental faves The Woggles are here with a song they sung in Japanese, "Mella Mella". Les Cappuccino, a Japanese lounge combo, contribute a completely deconstructed version of the Nancy Sinatra chestnut "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" that is absolutely amazing.

Tracks: Rocket Jack Vaders: Uruwashi no Lati'n Rool - The Portugal Japan: Have Love Will Travel - The Woggles: Mella Mella - The Sellcancers: Harakiri Stomp - Chocomates: Surfer Girl - The Babies: Girl - Cookie & The Twinkle Arrows: Mr. Camel - Tony Borlotti & I Suoi Flauers" Superdonna - God Surfers: Gypsy Road - Goggle-A: Aozora no Arukagiri - Go! Go! Magneg Flower Momonga: Kousoku Ichigousen - Gaijin A Go Go: Chatterton-San - The Link Quartet: Delisquesced by Devonshire - Tiger Lily: Mascara - Katayama Breakers & The R&R Party: Haguruma - Das Boot: Nightmare Feel - The Mojomatics: The Story That I Tell - Greenwich Alley: Cheese & Corn - The Sanpiners: I Love You * * * - Cooterfinger: Rehab Twist - Tiki Tiki Bamboooos: Secret Spot - Les Cappuccino: These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Tedesco & The Pitmen: La La La La Love You - Miyako No Myers: Miyako no Tawamure.

All the reviews from the HAMMONDBEAT forum!

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Hammondbeat is a name synonymous with excellence in its niche genre, they nurture and present the cream of the crop in the Hammond music scene from around the world. So with that said it's always a real pleasure to hear what they issue. The Link Quartet is not a disappointment, its almost as if The Brand New Heavies never happened and the spirit of acid Jazz had remained pure. If you were like me and wanted more of that wailing RnB Jazz and pounding Hammond madness and less candy floss then you'll love this!The Link Quartet produce the kind of organ madness that you'd expect to find more in a compilation of Library music dug up by Luke Vibert or Barry - 7, it transcends the normal mod purist sound that so many of their peers strive to perfect, a track 'Milwaukee Hunter' is more hip hop than even John Murtaugh's 'Slinky', but having said that there are some top notch straight ahead floor fillers here such as 'Rubber Monkey' which I can see being spun in every decent freakbeat room around the world.Featuring Eddie Roberts from the UK's The New Mastersounds and Doug Roberson from The Diplomats Of Solid Sound, there are some killer funk moments which will get some of the pre 66 obsessive folk skipping a track here and there and the more open minded of us turning the volume up, not your usual all-the-same-pace Hammond LP this one has more up and downs than a ride on John Holmes lap, there's a whole spectrum of sound and emotion from blistering 'The Champ' on acid freak outs to cheeky mod jazz pop to heavy guitar soaked grooves. Eddie Roberts's sitar on 'Spider Baby' will get the mod jet set, young and old, wetting themselves when they hear it. An essential soundtrack for very groovy times indeed.
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Reviewer: Phil Hunt
The Link Quartet are back with more of their spacey instrumentals and psychedelic organ jams. This time they get kind of crazy with the Moog for great effect. They even squeeze some cool French vocals, and some sexy femme fatale vocals in the mix on a couple of songs. At first the album comes across as a party record, with upbeat instrumentals dominating. As the record progresses things get a little more consistently complex and different, but it's still interesting and fun. The Link Quartet are at their best when they play up their European, hi-fi-obsessed, bachelor sophisticate style and start to go almost over the top, as the songs that really get the goosebumps rising have a Montenegro/Mancini-styled dramatic spy movie flavor, and conjure fantasies of late night partying with ice cold cocktails and maybe some hallucinogenics, saunas with a lady friend, private planes, fast cars or getaways at your private ski cabin in the Swiss alps. Still, it never quite approaches that ridiculous level You can tell by the absolute perfection in performance that they're really quite serious. They project a certain erudition that I really like.
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Reviewer: Garage and Beat
This is music to eat pizza in your snazziest smoking jacket to. Or maybe that's just my limited imagination coming to the fore in response to the provocative title. This is one of the premiere bands recording for a label devoted to the super cool sounds of the Hammond organ in a retro setting. If you like Booker T & the MGs, "Shades of..." era Deep Purple and/or Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited, you will appreciate where this group is coming from. There are a couple of vocal tracks, but the majority of the material is made up of swinging, whacked out instrumental cuts. The covers include works by the Beatles, Santa Barbara Machine Head and four others. Eight of the fourteen tracks are band originals and shine just as brightly.
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Reviewer: Paul Martin for Shindig Magazine
Groovy Italian 60s mod Hammond instro unit The Link Quartet come up trumps with their Italian Playboys album. Full-on instro-hipster sounds abound kicking off with a cover of Alan Hawkshaw's 'Move Move Move'. The pace is maintained throughout with a variety of covers and originals. Great titles as befits an instrumental album 'Glass Onion', 'Lady Shave', 'Spider Baby' etc. All good mod-tastic party fun and highly authentic sounding. A big thumb's up on this one.
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Reviewer: Mr Blue Boogie
My friends & family know that I’m a dedicated music lover & that I treasure my album collection. Music is my daily food and I do love many styles & tunes. But it’s really an understatement when I say this album swings as no other in my collection. I have to say it’s very long time since I have heard something like this and it’s really a great find. The music is mixture of soul, lounge and jazz, served with topics of sixties beat & served chilling fresh on this excellent album. Although this could be simply called acid jazz, I don’t think the label fits this album very well. “Move, Move, Move”, the first track is a classic soul, swing tune that incredibly works out well in this revived version. Is starts working on my dancing muscles and it won’t stop for the rest of the cd. Fourteen tracks long this is what you feel. Other great tunes are “Briar Patch “(Original by Jack Mcduff) or “Spider Baby” with a very spacy Eddie Robberts (from The New Mastersounds) on sitar. The Link quartet is doing mostly instrumental tunes, but if you think that’s all there is, you’re dead wrong. Great quality is proven here with the cover of the Gus Gus song “Lady shave” feat. DJ Ninfa, or the equal excellent “Janine”. To tell you more would be spoiling you and that isn’t the game here. This album is a fourteen tracks long orgasm of boogaloo like music an organ grinding tunes and I assure you it’s worth the effort to seek this one out.
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Reviewer: 20th Century Guitar - Robert Silverstein
The whole lounge and exotica movement of the mid ‘90s gave way to a number of retro-flavored musical trends. Influenced by the organ-based sound of Booker T. & The MGs and swinging the ‘60s, Italy’s great instrumental rock group The Link Quartet inject great style and panache into the musical mix on their 2004 CD Italian Playboys. A stellar tribute to the ‘60s Stax R&B and Hammond organ sound crafted by Booker T. Jones and guitarist Steve Cropper, The Link Quartet bridge musical generations with their magnificent Italian Playboys CD. With a modern yet retro sound, the band—including keyboardist Paolo “Apollo” Negri and guitarist Giulio “Link” Cardini—hits hard and fast. Overall, the CD is a fine spin for fans of ‘60s soundtracks and the funkadelic soul revolution of the mid ‘70s, and there’s even a cool Booker T. inspired cover of the The Beatles classic “Glass Onion”.
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Reviewer: Mario Bove (for The Italian Newspaper)
If there was a sound that described Austin Powers in Roma or Starsky & Hutch in Napoli, it would be The Link Quartet. The Link Quartet plays 1960's Beat music like it's never been played before. It's energetic, it's frantic, and it's about to become the next big sensation in America. Italy's The Link Quartet has been making their funky music for over a decade. Relatively unknown outside of their native country, The Link Quartet is slowly building a following in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where the Swing music revival of the 1990's was born. The Link Quartet is lead by the driving sound of the Hammond organ, which creates the fat full-bodied sound so common in most 1960's pop. The organ is backed up by a fuzzed out electric guitar which is equal parts psychedelic 1960's and funked-out 1970's. Filling out The Link Quartet is the spy theme influenced bass guitar and hard rocking drumming. Together, they create the sonic equivalent of a car chase. "Italian Playboys", the latest release by The Link Quartet is a great introduction to the band as well as the revived 1960's Beat scene. This is not listening music, though. The Link Quartet is party music; it's driving music; it's high energy excitement set to a funky rhythm. "Portofino Vespa Rider" is the quintessential song from The Link Quartet. Its easy flowing 1960's beat conjures images of a scooter ride through the streets of Los Angeles. To the funky rhythm of "Portofino Vespa Rider", you could imagine cruising past outdoor cafes, palm trees, and a lot of sunshine. If you are looking for Frank Sinatra or Andrea Bocelli, look elsewhere. But if you own a small restaurant/bar or are planning a wild house party, The Link Quartet may be right for you. Their unique sound and retro feel could make them the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy of the Beat scene.
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Reviewer: David Walker for Modculture
This is the third Link Quartet album to be reviewed at modculture, with the previous two receiving glowing praise as a fine mix of new and old tunes from an increasingly impressive Hammond combo. So I was looking forward to reviewing this album and wondering if the usual formula could stretch to a third album. Well, it is the same formula to a point, but writing it off as more of the same would be doing a disservice to the band - because this album has a lot more depth (and range) of sound than previous releases and is far funkier - helped I'm sure by the assistance of Doug Roberson (Diplomats Of Solid Sound) and Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds). There are still covers, but carried off well. Alan Hawkshaw's "Move Move Move"‚ is given new life "Rubber Monkey"has real power and Jack McDuf'‚s "Briar Patch"does justice to the man and the song. Only The Beatles "Glass Onion" fails to make it for me - but most Beatles‚ covers in 2004 sound a little tired. However, unlike many of today's Hammond acts, the band don't need to rely on covers and its pleasing to hear so many self-penned tunes on the album. The title track "Italian Playboys" sounds like it should do - Saturday night in a steaming cellar bar, Hammond screaming away, backed up by a damn funky rhythm section.The oddly titled "Deliquesced By Devonshire" and "Greased On Delta Street" are in a similar vein, not a million miles from early JTQ, while "The Monster Of Milwaukee" is a moody bit of slow funk that wouldn't be out of place soundtracking a 70s spy flick. "After And Once Again" would also sit nicely in a film setting, but probably from a decade earlier. "Janine" takes us in another direction, in this case catchy pop. And the single "Lady Shave" is different again - fronted by the sultry vocal of DJ Ninfa, it's another example of how the band can mix it up and really rock out, excellent stuff! "Spider Baby" is a great tune - think "Indian Vibes" meets club jazz meets Air - you‚ll not be far off! And the album closer, "Take Four", is another cracker, like something from the Dirty Harry soundtrack - a slice of jazzy funk with a hint of menace. Overall an album I have greatly enjoyed and an example to other similar bands of how you can take a very 60s sound and make it relevant 40 years later. Well recommended.
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Reviewer: Massimo del Pozzo for Misty Lane
Wow, another monster album by Italys fave Hammond-driven groovers, the Link Quartet! One of those records you actually have trouble reviewing, because you can't stop dancing while you're trying to write! From the opening cover of Move, Move, Move and the title track Italian Playboys it's a deep flashback to the best soundtrack funky beat you've first loved in the late 60's and 70's obscure flicks, radio spots, commercials. Those full of gorgeous girls, nice looking hangouts, cool drinks, fast cars running, pigs (ooops, cops), and a good dose of drugs in as well. It's an all-instro mania all the way...driven by the fine Hammond solos of Paolo Apollo Negri and the hot skills by Tony Face Bacciocchi one of Italy's long time Mods who has been playing nothing but cool music in the past 20 years. Some chill-out piano and moog moods? Yeah, hear Milwaukee Hunter, you got it. Ask for some groovy distorted guitar at times, then Rubber Monkey it's for ya. Greased On Delta Street is more the kind of average cool stuff these guys have been digging for so long, although it's easy to hear some harder approach to certain themes, and the wha-wha solos are always interesting, never boring. All instro we said well, until to get to Janine, a nice French tune sung by Arnaldo Dodici featuring a fine Moog job. Also interesting the ultra-reverberated voice of Ninfa on LadyShave, definitely a sexy-psych adventure. Now, would you have expected these guys covering the Fab 4 Glass Onion, well maybe? Here it is! And it features a splendid electric piano job too. Briar Patch: more sleazy B-Movies soundtrack coolness I hear you say. After and Once Again sounds like the guys have been thinking about rewriting the soundtrack for Vampiros Lesbos. Closing the album you get another personal fave cut Spider Baby a sitar-driven popsike gem. Well these guys have surely been listening to the right music for years and now that's the obvious result. Take Four definitely close the album with a fine mix of jazz club atmosphere, Moog and Hammond intricate solos for a classy Psychedelic trip. Too Much. What's next guys? A complete soundtrack for a real movie maybe? We'll see, but in the meantime be sure to get this excellent release and support the band. They're often on tour (also in USA) so don't miss the Link Quartet. Cool, gifted and Italian all the way.
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Reviewer: Roberto Lupercio (Rock Evolucion Radio Show)
We broadcasted a couple of tracks from the excellent "Italian Playboys" by the Link Quartet. I am really impressed by the quality of their music. As a lover of Jazz and Fusion and the Hammond Organ being one of my favorite instruments of all time, I was immediately captured by the dynamic music of The Link Quartet.
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Reviewer: John from Windsor
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Awesome CD from stern to bow. Their sound has developed more since Beat.It - and I say strictly in a good way. Playboys has all the substance of the former CD with more sophistication. This is the kind of CD that makes you feel COOL when you listen to it (even if your not).
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Reviewer: Joshua Crabtree"
Italian Playboys" is a very progressive compilation compared with earlier “Beat It” and “Episode 1.” The candy-pop of the Hammond has been fine tuned and added harmoniously with deep, edgy guitar riffs, making this disk more jazz/rock than previous albums. This dark blending can be seen perfectly in “Milwaukee Hunter” and “After and Once Again.” Contrasting this fantastic formula are several great Hammond Jazz tracks, including “Greased on Delta Street” and “Deliquesced By Devonshire”, both delivering classic vintage sounds not to disappoint the dutiful base. The two vocal tracks in the second act add a very nice "soundtrack" break. Concluding the collection is the relaxing “Spider Baby” emulating the trend of borrowed cultural music seen in the late 60’s early 70’s. This is a very solid album that moves fast (perhaps a little too fast), and nevertheless has combined the mod-pop with moody-jazz in a perfect blend and leaves the listener craving more.
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Reviewer: Mark - The Rock and Roll Report
If you always wanted to spend some time with Italian Playboys then this is your chance. The Link Quartet emits a great, Hammond-fueled rock and roll buzz that is as universal as rock and roll itself. Really great stuff. Can you imagine listening to these guys in some cool, sweaty Italian rock and roll club!
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Reviewer: Nick Churchill - Daily Echo [UK]
SIMPLY stunning set of retro grooves from Italy's swingingest Hammond groove machine. Spider Baby adds a wigged out sitar to the mix and Gus Gus' Ladyshave gets a horny retread.
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Reviewer: pipndale
Incredible craftsmanship! Hot! If you like the sound of the Hammond B3 as much as I do then this album is a must. My favourites on the cd are Move Move Move and Take Four. Don't forget to check out their other cd Beat It!
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Reviewer: Mohair Sweets
A new release of fantastically smokin' Hammond-led chargers by the Link Quartet! But one trick ponies these Italian hep-cats ain't. They aren't at all afraid to dive head-first into some crafty intense guitar/organ interplay or to mix other dynamics, keyboards or studio effects in alongside their (largely) 60s-based sound. In fact track number four ("Milwaukee Hunter") would seem to owe plenty to things like the Sweeney soundtrack music. Division one stuff all the way and highly recommended.
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Reviewer: Sean Cassidy (for Scoot! Quarterly)
Ah yes, an all-new stew of bombastic boogaloo from one of Italy's most delicious acts. Starting off with the tasty "Move, Move, Move" The Link Quartet sizzle thru some great tracks of rocking Hammond groove. There is an excellent cover of the bluesy "Rubber Monkey" originally done by Santa Barbara Machine Head, a group that featured a post Birds Ron Wood, and a pre Purple Jon Lord. Also on the menu is "Milwaukee Hunter" a slower track that really simmers. It's mellow, and kind of ambient, with a spacey synth floating throughout it. The spicy "Spider Baby" moves right along with an Indian flavor provided by the sound of the sitar. While the disc is heavy on instrumentals, there is the tempting "Janine" which is Zombies style pop that is sung in French, and well as the super sweet "Ladyshave" that is served up with some sexy whispered female vocals. By adding a dash of funk with cuts like "Greased on Delta St." and some rich robust jazz on "Portofino Vespa Rider" the Link Quartet have certainly cooked up quite a feast! Manga!!
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Reviewer: Alan Oakley
Yowzzer ! Just received the Link Quartets long awaited platter – Italian Playboys. It's wonderful! I liked the previous album “Beat it” with it's feel good 6Ts vibe and happy groove lines, but this is a much sleazier offering. The 6Ts vibe is still there, but this time round sees the Italian foursome also leaning healthily toward those moody library scores of the early 7Ts– and I've got to say - I like it! Songs I'd easily associate with the Link Quartet, are included on the album such as Italian Playboys , Deliquesced By Devonshire and Portofino Vespa Rider (To name but a few.) The Hammond is fast and the groove goes straight to the feet, But - it's the Darker experiment they've got going on with vintage library sounds that gives this album it's special sleaze factor... After & Once Again, Spider Baby, Milwaulkee Hunter and Take 4 would all sit proudly with the best that any Library studio could offer in the early 7Ts . Spider Baby is a particular favourite of mine with it's moody mixture of Hammond, Sitar, and Synth (who'd of thought that would work ! ) The clues were there on the first album that the Link Quartet had a darker side but it's certainly become manifest on this album. There's always a worry that a band is gonna screw up when they start messing with the formula that made people take notice in the first place , but there's no danger of that here. By taking their inspiration from classic vintage grooves it's impossible for the Link Quartet to disappoint anybody who has an ounce of Groove in their bones.
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...The LQ hits Japan!

スピード感抜群のオルガンファンクジャズ。1曲目からものすごいです。「疾走感」という言葉がピッタリ。かっちょい~~!こういうのを聴きながら夜の第三京浜を車で走りたいなぁ。気持ちいいだろうなぁ。夏だな。窓全開で、まだ昼間の熱気が少し残っている空気を体に浴びながらこのアルバムを爆音でかけて車を走らせる。これオススメ。このCD買ってこの夏にやってみてください。最高です、きっと。ライナーノーツを見ると、4人組の(カルテットだから当たり前か)イタリアの現役バンドです。イタリアってあなどれないっすねぇ、今。schemaレーベルとかも、ね。そういえば、前に変なダブのCD買ったら、それもイタリアだったなぁ。ま、とにかくですね、James Taylor Quartetとか、コーデュロイとか大好きだったなら迷わず買いです。もうすっごいです、マジで。
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22.5.05

MILE HIGH MAYHEM

Coming up July 28-31, Mile High Mayhem (www.milehighmayhem.com) will host their 8th annual scooter event in Denver. Hammondbeat was asked to join an illustrious group of sponsors for this year's event, which is expected to attract about 400 scooter enthusiasts. This event is one of the leading rallies in the USA, and by all accounts one of the best organized. Hammondbeat has sent a stack of CDs and other goodies for their raffle, which funds the expenses of the event, itself free to participants. We are putting the finishing touches on a very limited edition CD that will be given free to most if not all of those that attend. The disc will feature 13 songs by The Link Quartet - 6 are from the now discontinued mini-LP "Strudel Girl vs. The New Acid Wave" bootleg, 2 are previously unreleased from the Italian Playboys sessions, and 4 live tracks from shows in 2004 and 2005. A complete listing and the brilliant artw
Mile High Mayhem Posted by Hello

16.5.05

Boogaloo to Jack Mc Duff da RadioCoop.it

da www.radiocoop.it

Jack Mc Duff è uno dei migliori tastieristi Hammond in circolazione , scopritore di grandi talenti chitarristici con cui ha a lungo collaborato come George Benson e Grant Green.
Uno stile , il suo , pulito ed essenziale , con brani dalla profonda matrice jazz stretti parenti del rythm and blues più nero.
La label americana Scufflin Records gli tributa un sentito omaggio raccogliendo 10 bands statunitensi , più gli italiani Link Quartet , alle prese con alcuni dei suoi piccoli classici da "Briar patch" a "Natural thing" (già ripresa nel primo album del James Taylor Quartet).
Effetto danzereccio garantito , grande groove , beat saporito ed eccellenti versioni che non sfigurano a fianco degli originali.

11.5.05

Recensione di Wild Sazanami Beat vol.2

da http://www.reverbcentral.com/ recensione relativa al brano del Link Quartet su "Wild Sazanami Beat vol.2 "di Phil Dirt:

"What a wonderful look at Japanese bands this CD is. 24 tracks, with 6 instros and 18 mostly delicious vocals. Lots of surf influences, and fun all around."
THE LINK QUARTET "Delisquesced by Devonshire"
Organ combo groove and fuzz guitar playa sixties go-go lounge kinda thing.
Groovy like scene music in Hollywood psychedelic party scenes in B-movies.

8.5.05

REDFORUM - France

LINK QUARTET: British Beat sauce italienne!
Encore un groupe instrumental révélé par le décidément terrible portail HammondBeat! Et la aussi un combo bardé de reprises et autre clin d'oeil kitsch/trash-culture (Linda Lovelace, Faster Pussycat, etc) que c'en est un plaisir! Vous pourrez donc comparer à loisir leur version de "Move move move" avec celle des Stoned Soul Picnic, vous délecter de "Mrs Robinson" ou ricaner un brin à leur "Alfa Romeo" tribute!
Huit MP3 complets live et studio de ces italian play-boys ici:
bref le plein de sensations organesques assuré, hi hi hi!
++ Thanks to FRED for the review! ++

6.5.05

BOOGALOO TO JACK McDUFF Reviewed by Ryan Richardson

How cool is this compilation? 6 of the 11 tracks are performed by bands featured right here on Hammondbeat, and it is a tribute to one of my favorite jazz organists, the late, great Brother Jack McDuff! So, it has to be good, right? You betcha!

Hammondbeat veterans The Diplomats Of Solid Sound kick off the record in great fashion with a kickin' version of "Grease Monkey". Doug and the boys have augmented the traditional Diplomats sound with tenor & baritone saxes + a taste of congas. Nate Basinger gives an inspired Hammond performance on the organ.

Jeremy Baum follows with "Snap Back Jack". The song itself is performed nicely, but Hammond is somewhat overwhelmed during most of the track by the guitar and the horn section.

Next up is the greasy vocal track "Can't Get Satisfied" by The Greyhounds - a tasty straight ahead 3-piece blues performance.

Jazz organist Joe Krown checks in with "A Real Gone Guy". The song is more on the mellow and melodic end of the scale than most of the tracks on the record. Joe Krown provides nice organ solos, and is supported by some fine tenor sax playing by Eric Traub.

Drive-By Leslie's rendition of "Cold Duck Time" is a small slice of laid-back organ blues heaven featuring some down-right nasty organ work by Adam Kipple.

Just when your ears have you convinced that the rest of this record might be a mellow organ jazz/blues listening experience, "You Sho' Walk Funky" by The Sol-Reys opens up a monster size can of funky whoop-ass all over you.

Continuing the up-beat, funky trend is the second entry from organist Otto Roeser (the first being The Sol-Reys), The Night Callers version of "The Natural Thing". This track is also very well done. The one criticism here is that Roeser is playing an M-3 organ, and the tone quality is not as rich and textured as the mighty B-3 that we all love so much, and it takes away from the listening experience a little bit.

Here's where the record makes a return to the stable of artists featured on Hammondbeat, finishing up with tracks by The Yards, The Link Quartet, The New Mastersounds and McLemore Avenue (in that order).

Kicking up the jams for this last section of the record is The Yards horn infused take on "Down Home Style". Trombonist Tom Johnson's arrangement fills out the down home style of The Yards perfectly and makes for 5:22 of very joyful noise.

The mighty Link Quartet provide a monster version of "Briar Patch" (an alternate version appears on the stylish and masterful "Italian Playboys" record). LQ's musicianship is truly first-class, and this funky explosion of a track is proof positive.

Speaking of funky explosions, it doesn't get much funkier than the amazing New Mastersounds' "Butter For Yo Popcorn". The NMS blow out enough soul power to reach the spirit world and make Brother Jack himself pause and take notice.

Last, but not least, is McLemore Avenue's "Hunk O' Funk". This is another inspired performance of a great tune. What a way to finish!

The record leaves you satisfied and begging for more at the same time. To sum it up, this is a great record. Do yourself a favor and buy 2 or 3 so you can impress your friends. And be sure to check out the contributors right here on Hammondbeat for more goodies.

© Ryan Richardson 2005

4.5.05

Dal sito del "Tagomago" di Massa

Attivi da oltre 10 anni i Link Quartet capitanati da Tony Face sono tra i pochissimi gruppi italiani a poter vantare due tour americani coast to coast, l’ultimo dei quali a primavera scorsa per la promozione di Beat.it.
In questi anni hanno calcato palchi prestigiosi come il Bourges festival in Francia dello scorso maggio dove si sono esibiti con Melissa Auf Der Maur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs e Calexico, hanno aperto per gruppi del calibro di Manu Chao, James Taylor Quartet, Sugarman 3 e Chocolate Watch Band oltre ad aver girato in lungo ed in largo mezza Europa.
Sono di casa a Londra dove oltre ad essere coccolati dalla Acid Jazz Records che li ha voluti per la sua ultima compilation Hammond Street, fanno apparizione fissa su radio BBC1 e BBC2 nei seguitissimi show di Craig Charles e Mark Radcliffe e per restare dalle nostre parti sono superprogrammati a Dispenser di RadioRai 2.