70’s Jazz Rock Songs – Reel to Reel Monthly Mixtape #2

October 17th, 2023 by Gregory de Richemont

About the Jazz Rock Songs (Monthly Mixtape #2)

Hello folks!

This second opus of the monthly mixtape will take us on a journey through 1970s Jazz Rock Songs. I chose four outstanding tracks for this tape. Each of them holds a special place in my heart because they each inspired me in some way. That is why I am sharing them with you today.

For each piece of music, I went for the best source I could find.

Mixing and mastering were made in Ableton Live, and transferred to SM911 studio master tape at 15ips.

The reel to reel deck is a Technics RS-1506 that I fully restored.

The final audio was recorded with a Tascam DA-3000.

Video shot in 4K 24fps with an iPhone 13 Pro, editing in Adobe Premiere Pro.


Tonton Macoute Don’t Make Me Cry (1971)

Jazz Rock Songs - Tonton Macoute

Album: Tonton Macoute

Released: 1971 (1994 Repertoire CD)

An eight-minute masterpiece of soaring saxophone, flirtatious flute, hard-driving bass-lines, and stunning piano and organ interplay.

Blood, Sweat & Tears I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know (1968)

Jazz Rock Songs - Blood Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father to the Man

Album: Child Is Father to the Man

Released: 1968 (2014 Audio Fidelity Remaster from multitrack tapes)

This is a particularly well-written love song with compelling vocals that settles into a 12 bar blues in the middle section and sends chills up the spine with killer one-note organ, superb guitar and saxophone work.

Affinity All Along The Watchtower (1970)

Jazz Rock Songs - Affinity

Album: Affinity

Released: 1970 (First Press UK)

This track is a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” by the British band Affinity.

It’s 11 minutes long and features tasteful arrangements that make extensive use of the Hammond organ, a versatile rhythm section, and nice jazzy guitar lines. The finale is also spectacular!

Osibisa Kotoku (1973)

Jazz Rock Songs - Osibisa - Happy Children Cover

Album: Happy Children

Released: 1973 (First Press France)

The last track of the monthly mixtape is an instrumental piece with well-arranged percussions, a lovely laid-back melody, and the use of muted trumpet to create a hazy, “after-hours” atmosphere.

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