Amp Fiddler, Waltz of a Ghetto Fly (2004)
I did a couple of stints in music retail, back when there was such a thing. Chain stores. Serving up the “bargain” $10 CDs of old Journey and ELO albums, saying, with a mostly straight face, “yeah, I hear it’s pretty good actually” when people were all buzzy about buy
a new Shania Twain or Celine Dion CD a month after it was released – and just for $19.95! (if they were lucky or $29.95). Seems like more than a decade ago, really. But it wasn’t. That’s exactly how long ago it was. A lot of the albums I loved from that time were killed by instore play. You’d buy them to take home and then never play them at home because it became associated with work, was ruined by being played all day as background music. Anyway, I did have this album by Amp Fiddler. And then I got rid of it because of that very fact – it was something we played in the store, no need to have it at home. So it was interesting to see the LP in a store recently. I figured I should have it – rediscover it, etc. It’s my favourite by Mr Fiddler – in fact I really haven’t kept up with his work since (not all that much anyway). Talented dude though. And I really did love this album. But I left it in the shop – decided that though it was cool to see the double vinyl it wasn’t essential to have it. Then I read this great wee book about J Dilla’s Donuts album and the mentions of Amp and specifically this album (Dilla produced some of the tracks) had me figuring it might be cool to get this record. To dive back into this world. But that album would be snapped up by now surely? No second chance with second-hand goods like that, right? Well actually it was still there. On account of the fact that the album isn’t quite an old soul classic nor a hip-hop album, it doesn’t quite belong in any one genre – making it hard (these days) to front in a store. That’s my guess anyway. But, sweet relief. I have it now. And I fucking love this album. Even if it does give me flashbacks to the “would you like fries with that” music store I used to work in. It wasn’t all bad though – discovered some pretty great music while working there. Like this.
Sample Track: You Play Me
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