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Italian Playboys

by The Link Quartet

Instrumental Hammond organ funk-psychedelia-jazz-soul - 70's groove for the moderne world.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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1. Move Move Move
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2. Italian Playboys
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3:24 album only
3. Deliquesced by Devonshire
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3:21 album only
4. Milwaukee Hunter
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3:49 album only
5. Rubber Monkey
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2:28 album only
6. Greased on Delta Street (version 2)
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4:11 album only
7. Janine
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2:42 album only
8. Portofino Vespa Rider
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9. Ladyshave
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10. Glass Onion
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11. Briar Patch
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12. After and Once Again
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13. Spider Baby
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14. Take Four
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Italian Playboys includes nine original songs from the classic 6T's beat styled title track to the introspective After and Once Again, along with a selection of rarely attempted covers including the heavy funk of Jon Lord on Rubber Monkey, an uplifting interpretation of Jack McDuff's Briar Patch (an alternate version will also appear on the forthcoming McDuff tribute album from Scufflin' Records), and a scorching slice out of the library classic Move, Move, Move.

Italian Playboys also features Doug Roberson of mod fave The Diplomats of Solid Sound (USA) on guitar for Portofino Vespa Rider, Eddie Roberts of deep funk superstars The New Mastersounds (UK) on sitar for Spider Baby, and DJ extraordinaire NINFA (Irma Records Mo'Plen series) lending her vocal talents to the Gus Gus hit Ladyshave and released as a single on Record Kicks (October 5).

Italian Playboys follows the seminal Beat.It (2002, Hammondbeat), two USA tours with the last stop headlining the world reknowned MODchicago weekender, numerous European festivals, and several score contributions to 6T's spy-revivalist film Wilson Chance (2004, Bunzendahl Brothers, USA) and soundtrack counterpart Wilson Chance: The Sound of Danger (2004, Hammondbeat).

Italian Playboys songs have already been featured this summer on the BBC's Mark Radcliffe and Craig Charles radio shows, and the indication from the fantastic reviews The Link Quartet have consistently received both on record and on stage, you are encouraged to expect this latest to blow you away to a new funky place.

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www.linkquartet.com

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THE HAMMONDBEAT CATALOG
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HBR008 "The Erotic Cakes of Stoned Soul Picnic" [Oct 2006]
HBR007 Phat Fred "Don't Spoil The Soup!" [Oct 2006]
HBR006 The Link Quartet "Evolution" [Oct 2006]
HBR005 The Yards "Wit"
HBR004 The Special Agents "Bulletproof Beat"
HBR003 The Link Quartet "Italian Playboys"
HBR002 various artist "Wilson Chance: The Sound of Danger"
HBR001 The Link Quartet "Beat.It"

HBL006 The Dansettes "Boomerang" [EP] [Aug 2006]
HBL005 The Link Quartet "Decade" [EP] [Aug 2006]
HBL004 Baron Samedi E.S.Q. "Feed A Fever"
HBL003 Screamin' Retro "Scream On!" [mini album]
HBL002 Fil Lorenz Soul-tet "Stinky Stinky" [EP]
HBL001 The Dansettes "Oh My!" [EP]


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Alan Oakley

Link Quartet New Album. Hurrah!
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.

Phil Hunt

Spacey instrumentals and psychedelic organ jams
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.

Garage and Beat

Made up of swinging, whacked out instrumental cuts
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.

Paul Martin for Shindig Magazine

Mod-tastic!
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.

Mr Blue Boogie

This album swings as no other in my collection
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.

Mohair Sweets

Crafty intense guitar/organ interplay
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.

Roberto Lupercio (Rock Evolucion Radio Show)

Excellent
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.

John from Windsor

This Band Gets Better With Age!
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).

soulgeneration

RnB Jazz and pounding Hammond madness
Hammond Beat 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.

Nick Churchill - Daily Echo [UK]

Stunning set of retro grooves
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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