Wednesday, August 29, 2007
"He has asked me to inform you that he will be playing The Boogaloo pub/club in Highgate tomorrow night thursday 30th August at around 9pm
ITS FREE TOO !
He will have his latest single for sale which comes as a neat package of vinyl '45' (with spider) and cd together in a plastic bag.
The Boogaloo looks kinda cool too....check out their Jukebox
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I thought I'd post Steve's playlist because he was on top form again last Friday:
Hesitations Is This The Way To Treat A Girl GWP
Bobby Cutchins Leaving Lasso
Barbara Hall You Brought It On Yourself Innovation
Annette Poindexter Wayward Dream Twinight
Jackie Wilson I’m The One To Do It Brunswick
Innersection I'm In Debt To You Group 5
Jesse Gomez Lace Mankind
Seville Show Me The Way Kayo
Connie LaVerne Can't Live Without You Babe GSF
John Edwards How Can I Go On Without You Kent
Jeff Perry Love Don't Come No Stronger Arista
Edwin Starr Running Back & Forth Gordy
Four Tops Just Can't Get You Off My Mind ABC
Martha Reeves Love Guess Who Gordy
Satin Your Loves Got Me Sheel
He did play a couple of other tracks but I got distracted and forgot to note them down - I wouldn't make a good reporter!!!
I'll be back with Soul Sam's playlist who was one of the guests last week - after I speak to him because 50% of what he played was new to my ears!!!
Monday, August 27, 2007
The Jazz Cafe is the most significant contribution to music in southeastern Michigan in recent memory and Jazzpolice.com call it the most important jazz club to open in America this year. It is open from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Saturday.
It’s Discovery Series is broadcast on WVMV 98.7 every Sunday at 11:00 and is the highest rated radio show in Detroit in it’s time slot.
Got a bulletin to let me know:
Thursday 6th September
901 E. 1st Street
Downtown Los Angeles
The two finest funk boxes in Los Angeles collide and go head to head at LA's most unique and stylish hangout.
Come along and dance hard to duo sets from Andy Cobb and Greg Belson - with nearly 25 years experience in rocking the joint come see and listen to what makes a club 'Jump'.
All this and it's **FREE**
Over 21's w/ID
Jon Dembroski has been in touch after seeing one of my posts on Jimmy:
4110 E 82nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46250
I have been trawling around the Net this PM looking for material for my next mix as well as delving into my collection for sounds.
While searching around I fell on this groovy theme song to the 60's cult classic film Wild In The Streets - things seemed so straight forward then!!!
I came across this photo in my archives and placed it with one of my favourite songs by the Frankie Beverly.
While searching around and found that the 45 had been issued in the UK by Soul Jazz back in 2004 - passed me by that one!!!! Some crackers on there - check it out on Amazon and Volume looks good as well.
Love to have a full set of Jet magazines from the 60's and 70's - there was always loads of articles and pics on soul stars which you wouldn't see anywhere else.
The magazine is now part of Ebony.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
On my last trip to Benin, I accidentally tapped into a larger cache of Nigerian Disco-Funk, Disco and Boogie records... initially, I put them all in the resale box but somehow it became a guilty pleasure of mine to play this stuff over my cranked up house system...
Raj over at http://www.soulstrut.com just put up a one-hour mix that I made from some of these records so if anyone's interested, please surf on over, check it out and let me know what you think of it.
Please go and broaden your mind!!!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Back again with the European picture sleeves. This time around we have Eddie Parker's perennial classic issued on the delightfully named Googa Mooga label which used to conjure up all sorts of exotic images in my mind.
This has to be one the most driving pieces of soul put together in the 60's by Detroit maestro Jack Ashford. To think all that sound is Eddie's vocals with wonderful backing vocals by Lorraine Chandler and the Ebonies plus Jack on piano, pulsating bass from Mike Oposki, sublime guitar runs by James Pavlack and all held together by crunching drums courtesy of Al Gordon.
Tim Brown wrote a definitive article on Eddie's releases back in the late 80's for Voices From The Shadows. You can read the article here:
Eddie Parker Pt 1
Eddie Parker Pt 2
You can also find an interview with him in Manifesto magazine.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
In 1971, America was in the throes of cultural revolution at home and military conflict abroad. While stationed in Germany, soldiers hailing from all corners of America battled it out in an Army stage-band competition. Runner-up East of Underground best captured the spirit of a turbulent America with their sweet-soul covers of the Impressions, Sly and the Family Stone, Funkadelic, and the Undisputed Truth.
The sound encapsulated on their ultra-rare Army promotional LP was not that of powerless soldiers trapped in a quagmire, but, instead, one of hope. This sense of hope is best reflected in song choice and the songwriting genius of America's greatest soul composers, from Curtis Mayfield to Motown's Norman Whitfield.
Unlike other obscure-funk reissues and compilations, East of Underground is immediately familiar, instantly gratifying, and endlessly playable. And especially poignant today. With covers of "People Get Ready," "I Want to Take You Higher," and "Smiling Faces Sometimes," the album's charm and sincerity will evoke profound nostalgia and insight into a time when music reflected life.
East of Underground’s musicianship shines throughout this record. The falsetto harmonies, gritty guitar, and all-encompassing drums are a testament to the group’s talent and the caliber of this superior album. With only a handful of copies known to exist, East of Underground is now reissued for the first time ever by Wax Poetics Records as their debut release. Available on digipak CD and hand-numbered limited-edition 180-gram vinyl (run of 2,000).
01 I Want to Take You Higher (Sylvester Stewart)
02 Smiling Faces Sometimes (Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield)
03 (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go (Curtis Mayfield)
04 People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield)
05 Getting Over
06 I’ll Bet You (Sidney Barnes, George Clinton, Theresa Lindsey) / California Dreamin’ (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips)
07 Popcorn / Oye Como Va (Tito Puente)
08 I Love You for All Seasons (Sheila Young)
09 East of Java (Mack David)
10 Walk on By (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
There is a release party as follows:
Join Wax Poetics on Wednesday, August 29, for the East of Underground release party. East of Underground, an ultra-rare album of sweet-soul covers by American soldiers recorded in 1971, is the first release on the Wax Poetics Records label. The event features DJs Spinna (Beyond Real) and Amir (Kon & Amir; BBE).
Wednesday, August 29From 7pm until midnightReBar (147 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY)Take the F train to York Street or the A/C to High Street
Be sure to check out the Wax Poetics Record Rundown broadcasting live directly after the party, and every Wednesday night, from midnight until 2am on East Village Radio.
Johnny Brantley decided to release this as Marion Farmer when actual fact it is the Ohio Players and was eventually released on their First Impressions album which consists of tracks recorded by Brantley during the group's time at Compass. Lewis, Lewis and Farmer wrote the song so why Johnny chose to feature Marion’s name is lost in the mists of time. We are left to wonder whether Johnny recorded an unknown vocal version and left it somewhere in the can!
Oakland guitar ace Eugene Blacknell released multiple singles that ranged in style from raw r'n'b to power house funk. His musical career stretched from the early 1960s to the end of the 1980s and during that time he established himself as an East Bay original, an entrepreneur, an activist, and a family man. With so many accomplishments it's an irony of fate that he died before releasing an album despite having recorded enough material for several. This will be the first official Eugene Blacknell album, and the story of a Bay Area legend.
Check out the video here:
Here is the bio on the MySpace set up by Luv 'N Haight dedicated to to Eugene Blacknell:
Oakland guitar ace Eugene Blacknell released multiple singles that ranged in style from raw r'n'b to power house funk. His musical career stretched from the early 1960s to the end of the 1980s and during that time he established himself as an East Bay original, an entrepreneur, an activist, and in addition he was a true family man. With so many accomplishments it’s an irony of fate that he died before releasing an album despite having recorded enough material for several.As a kid he dressed sharply and drove a pink and black finned-car to school. His tunes were already getting radio play and he would become the youngest musician from the Bay Area to play the Apollo in New York. He opened doors for other African American musicians with his efforts to make sure his band was paid a fair wage and by breaking into the San Francisco club circuit. His ability to cross-over from r'n'b to blues, funk and soul put him at head of the Bay Area scene and he was often compared to the likes of Albert and BB King. He liked loud and fast cars and chopper bikes, hung with Larry Graham and Sly Stone, played for Marvin Gaye when he came through San Francisco, and is remembered by those who knew him as a stand-up businessman and an amazing musician.Without an album, which would have cemented his recordings in the most accessible format, his legacy has been kept alive by way of the stories past on from musicians lucky enough to work with Blacknell. In addition his tracks released on 7" singles have been sampled by many, most notably Beck (We Know We Have Got to Live Together” was used on “Black Tambourine.”) His singles have become DJ-favorites with the rarest fetching top dollars on the collector circuit.
Ubiquity/Luv N'Haight worked with Gino Blacknell (Eugene's son, himself a producer and member of the New Breed) to compile information, images and music. Gino dug up old master tapes to make improved mixes on several tracks. This compilation is made up of his super rare early releases as Eugene Blacknell and the Savonics, the highly sought after raw instrumental funk as Eugene Blacknell and the New Breed, his party-style vocal tracks, and a host of unreleased material including advertisements recorded to promote live shows on the radio, live recordings, and both vocal and instrumental studio cuts. Fans of Bay Area Funk will recognize the different musical periods that Blacknell goes through with comparisons ranging from acts like Johnny Talbot and Tower of Power to Sly Stone and Graham Central Station.The CD and LP booklet (plus downloadable pdf) include rare pictures and a complete history by way of interviews with his widow, band members, and Bay Area notables. Interviews with Widow Lillie Blacknell, and drummer Curtis Moore, will be made available as a stream and podcast in the weeks leading up to the album release. Rare band footage was recently discovered and may well surface via youtube or myspace.With 25 tracks in total this is the official Eugene Blacknell debut album, and the story of a musical prodigy who became a Bay Area soul, funk and blues legend.
The CD is released on 11th September.
Love this show with its mixture of adverts and airshots from the 60's and 70's backed up with some excellent cuts and delivered with aplomb by Mr C!
Check it out baby.........
Index of Johnny Brantley Related Material
I am conscious that all this information is scattered across the blog and is not is easy to access. Therefore I am going to post an index when I have completed all the posts on Johnny's productions to make it easier to access the posts.
There's That Beat Article On Johnny Brantley Productions
I have already mentioned this in a previous post and it is the most comprehensive article on Johnny. This will be out in the first week of September and I keep you posted.
Johnny Brantley Productions Mix
This will appear on the blog to coincide with the publication of the There's That Beat article
Johnny Brantley Productions: Discography
Since producing on last year, I need to update this because I have discovered several more productions.
In order to complete my posts on Johnny's productions, I still need to fill in gaps on the artists below:
I am working on a post on his involvement with Johnny.
I will post up a scan and soundfile soon of the Tower 45
This is a difficult one and I will post up my take on his work with Johnny.
Though I have posted several times on Lee, I still need to post all the information I collected for the Sanctuary Records Time & Place CD and make it available here.
I am working on a post to outline their work with Johnny.
Sam WilliamsI still need to access soundfiles and scans to complete a post on Sam's work with Johnny.
There is some fantastic music contained in the above mixes so please drop by Souled On and This Is Tomorrow.
Scholar and Mike have invited me to submit mixes and they are now completed and should be appearing soon.