The Expedition w/ Frank Foreal
Sundays, 16:00, UK & Ireland. Tuesdays, 20:00, UK & Ireland [replay]
Describe your show in 10 words or less?
Frank: New Music Discovery & Discussion from three passionate music junkies.
Derrick: Come for the new music, stay for the informative discussions.
Michelle: Discovering uncovered gems every week on The Expedition!
What do you consider to be the greatest year for music?
Frank: I’m in a toss up between 1971 and 1973. 1971 had Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Sly & The Family Stone “There’s a Riot Going On,” FIVE Fela Kuti albums, plus Curtis Mayfield Live, Gil Scott Heron, Jimi Hendrix, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, and even Serge Gainsbourg. But 1973 had Herbie Hancock’s “Headhunters,” which I feel sometimes trumps all others.
Derrick: As a Hip Hop head, I’ll go with 1994 (Albums by OutKast, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Jeru the Damaja, Common Sense, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Gang Starr, Digable Planets, O.C., Keith Murray, & more…)
Michelle: 1969 – It was the beginnings of psychedelic rock with Led Zeppelin I & II albums surprising everyone, Santana’s self release jumping on the scene, the Beatles releasing Abbey Road, and the 1st year of Woodstock. It was a very exciting time where the rock scene was exploding and would lead into punk in the early 70s – the beginnings of my current favorite genre of music. But it all started in 1969 when rock got a bit harder and experimental.
What was the first record you owned or begged someone to buy you?
Frank: First record I begged someone to buy for me was Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction.” I loved “Paradise City” with a passion at the age of 8.
Derrick: The first 2 cassette tapes I bought with my own money (from my10th birthday) were The Clash – Combat Rock & Adam Ant – Friend or Foe
Michelle: I was 8 years old and I asked for Mariah Carey – Daydream album because I loved her voice and all of the hits on that album – Fantasy, One Sweet Day & Always Be My Baby.
Name 5 albums that should be illegal for people not to own?
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
Sade – Promise
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Jazzanova – Funkhaus Studio Sessions
Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
Donald Byrd – Places & Spaces
Jamiroquai - The Return of the Space Cowboy
A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
Sade – The Best of Sade (everybody needs some Sade in their life!)
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Radiohead – Kid A
Erykah Badu – Baduizm
A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
The Beatles – St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
You can put together a band of any musicians, dead or alive, to play at any venue – who, where, why?
This is the most difficult question ever. I would want to see some sort of fusion show at Fela Kuti’s Afrika Shrine venue in Lagos, Nigeria.
Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane on horns
James Brown on arrangements & organ (plus vocals)
Bob Marley, of course
Add Questlove on drums
Sade, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, and Erykah Badu to hold down the female vocals.
Plus, throw in Black Thought for the raps.
Jimi Hendrix on guitar.
Maybe Me’shelle Ndegeocello on bass?
How could Dilla be a part of this? Well, he would be in there, too.
And now my brain is exploding.
Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce) – Guitar
Clyde Stubblefield – Drums
Trombone Shorty – Trombone
Donald Byrd – Trumpet
Grover Washington Jr. – Sax
Karl Denson – Sax/Flute
Bootsy Collins -bass
Roy Ayers – Vibraphone
Art Neville – Hammond B3 Organ
Professor Longhair – Piano
Sly Stone, James Brown, Black Thought – Vocals
Material produced by the Mizell Brothers & performed at Tipitina’s in New Orleans during a late night 2am Jazz Fest show. It might very well be the most ridiculously funky concert with the illest solos of all time.
Prince as the guitarist because I would want to see him throw up his guitar at the end of the concert and it never to come back down again (re: rock & roll hall of fame). Plus I love watching him play & his solos.
Janet Weiss from Sleater Kinney as the drummer because she is absolutely kick ass.
Tony Levin from King Crimson because that Chapman Stick is the coolest bass I’ve ever seen/heard.
Ray Manzarek on keys because I love his melodies.
Fela Kuti as a saxophonist to pump up the crowd.
Sharon Jones as the vocalist because she is has an impeccable voice, amazing stage presence and is fire all around. I didn’t know she was suffering from pancreatic cancer the last couple of years of her life because she performed with so much energy! She was mind-blowing!
I think this band would be amazing because there is so much rock, soul & funk influencers that could create a really cool sound.
I would love to see them at the Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver because I’ve never seen a show there and it looks like one of the best outdoor venues ever.
Recommend another show on Frission?
Frank: I’m digging The Jazz Pit! Super cool cats who love vinyl. Can’t ask for much more than that!
Derrick: Soul Circle Radio by DJ MZA. This would be the show I’d want to do if we weren’t doing The Expedition. It’s a great show showcasing great progressive soul music.
Michelle: I’m loving Sadisco curated by Satoru.