Monday, October 02, 2006

Another & final post by Tony
"Paul Pena" 1972 (Folk-Soul-R&B)

Here's one more fine album, from 1972, and today is the first anniversary of the artist's death. Paul Pena wrote the Steve Miller hit "Jet Airliner", and only his second album is available today (New Train) and he only made 2 albums. This is the first, very rare, it did not sell well. I also included a quicktime movie of him on Conan O'Brien in 2001. I call him folk-soul-r&b.
Paul was also the star of the movie "Genghis Blues".

All Music Guide:
Pena came from a Cape Verdean background and learned the Afro-Portuguese music of those islands, including morna. His musician father also sent him to Spain and Portugal to study flamenco. He began to get interested in blues, though. Through the folk movement in the Sixties, he managed to work his way up and sideways, starting to play with T-bone Walker and John Lee Hooker. He released a solo album on Capitol in 1972 which did fairly well critically if not commercially. He moved to San Francisco and began opening gigs for the Grateful Dead. All the while, Pena was impressing many of the musicians with whom he came in contact. He began work on a second album in 1973, but mismanagement conspired to keep it from ever being released. Through the musicians grapevine, one of the tracks caught the ear of Steve Miller. "Jet Airliner" became a big hit for the Steve Miller Band and its royalties provided a modicum of income for Pena. Although Pena was keeping himself busy, the next time he came to public attention was as a result of his learning Tuvan throat singing. He was listening to shortwave radio and caught a Soviet broadcast of Tuvan music. He did a bit of research to track information down as Tuvan music was highly unknown in the US at that time. When the first recordings of Tuvan throat singing began to be available, he taught himself how to throat sing by listening to recordings. When Kongar-ol Ondar made an appearance in San Francisco, Pena met him and sang for him. Ondar invited him to visit Tuva and participate in a throat singing contest. Pena did and his trip to Tuva is documented in the award-winning film Genghis Blues. Pena won the contest in his category and so impressed the Tuvans that they dubbed him "Earthquake" after his low and resonant kargyraa throat singing style. He has developed a close friendship with Kongar-ol Ondar and has worked with him in developing a hybrid Tuvan blues style. ~ Spidra Webster

Download (re-post)

Thanks again, Tony!


Blogger Kosminen Tee said...

Thank you for Paul. Do you by any chance have the genghis blues soundtrack? I`m missing few songs from it:(

Anyway, a curious this happened while trying to visit your blog, I typed http://time-has-told-me into web brower and a hit enter. That was a lucky mistake. try it out:)

Thanks again.

05 October, 2006 19:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any chance of a re-up on this one ?
New Train is a killer, and I'm dying to hear this one...

07 February, 2007 01:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the re-up...

Also includes the Conan quicktime movie. :)


14 February, 2007 09:13  
Blogger alonsii said...

You can find Genghis Blues ST at

19 February, 2007 02:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the re-up - it's fantastic!

03 March, 2007 09:05  
Blogger David said...

Man ....thank you so much !! I have looked everywhere for this album.

Paul Pena is an absolute inspiration and an incredibly gifted musician and singer.

Anyone interested in the above qualities should download this album,....along with his second release 'New Train'..

20 March, 2007 08:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot.

Alonsii, thanks to you too. "musiqes" needs an "u" to work.

29 July, 2007 16:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please re-upload the Genghis Blues somewhere, links are inactive


11 April, 2008 15:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! for Paul Pena's first album. I looked for it to purchase, but did not find it, so this is appreciated.

07 October, 2009 06:54  
Anonymous Conan O'Brien Tickets said...

Has anyone purchased Conan O'Brien Tickets from the website

05 May, 2010 05:24  

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