Bobby “Blue” Bland - His California Album (1973) Lion of the Blues. You need to spin the opening track, “This Time I’m Gone For Good”, just to hear him yell “OH LAWD”. It’s magnificent.
Rahmlee- Rise of the Phenix (1981) Might need this jacket for no reason.
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain (1984) Top 5 greatest album intros of all time?
Luiz Henrique & Walter Wanderly - Popcorn (1968) Rex Reed doing quite a bit with this intro on the back cover: In this tired old world of psyche-out and super-sell, there are still a few genuine people-rare as blue butterflies-who carry around their own lightening. Too much analysis of how they do it borders on betrayal, because magical people always have secrets, and I have never heard a secret yet that didn’t lose its allure once repeated.
Roy Ayers - Fever (1979)
Eddie Minnie Wit Der Ramblers - Island Life (1979) Straight from the Exumas. Eddie Minnis brought together some local Exumian musicians to share the musical stories and cultural traditions preceding radio and TV. From the back cover: Old melodies and choruses were blended with modern events and fantasies in an attempt to meaningfully blend the past with the present and preserve what is distinctly Bahamian for future generations of island people.
Crime Mob - Knuck If You Buck (2004) I am Buck therefore I Knuck.
Caldera (1976) That Latin Jazz Funk always on deck.
Gábor Szabó - Nightflight (1976) If you need some lush Gypsy Jazz Funk from a Budapest guitarist I’d recommend “Concorde” off this very 70’s album.
Taj Mahal - Music Fuh Ya’ (Musica Para Tu) (1977) I don’t play guitar but I want this guitar.
Sambas - De - Endredo Das Escolas De Samba Do Grupo 1: Carnaval 80 (1979) A rare 1980’s import compilation of all major Samba schools in Rio De Janeiro.