Tag: 60s

Righteous Jams

After getting a Wynder K Frog album from my weLOVEweFUNK pal Kid Sundance (check out his Mixcloud), I decided to throw together some Rock records for this little mix. Nothing fancy, no rarities, just some nasty ass, funky grooves from the 60s and 70s.

All vinyl. Breaks alert!

Righteous Jams: Funk Rock from the 60s & 70s by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
small faces – journey (intro with jeff beck: goodbye pork pie)
ten years ager – love like a man
blind faith – i had to cry
colosseum – the kettle
deep purple – living wreck
sam samudio – relativity
king harvest – I can tell
spooky tooth – waiting the wind
wynder k frog – howl in wolf’s clothing
lee michaels – who could want more
the byrds – fido
jimi hendrix – happy birthday
van morrison – you gotta make it
jeff beck – come dancing
locomotiv gt – rock yourself away
grand funk railroad – inside looking out



Funk 45s mixtape vol. 6: Raw Funk

I’ve posted a new mixtape on Mixcloud. It’s an all-45 affair, raw sounds from the late 60s, early 70s. Hope you enjoy hearing it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Funk 45s mixtape vol. 6 – Raw Funk by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
1. 5th Dimension – Sunshine Of Your Love (Soul City)
2. Soul Partners – Spead (Bell)
3. John Phillip Soul And His Stone Marching Band – That Memphis Thing (Pepper)
4. Leon Austin – Turn Me Loose (King)
5. Jay Dee Bryant – Get It (Come On And Get It) (Enjoy)
6. Sam And The Soul Walkers – Soul Walk (Trans American)
7. The Fabulous Shalimars – Funky Line Pt 1 (Rack)
8. Wilmer And The Dukes – Get It (Instr) (Aphrodisiac)
9. Sandy Nelson – Alligator Boogaloo (Audition)
10. Buddy Miles – Life Is What You Make It (Mercury)
11. Johnny Otis – The Hash (King)
12. Clarence Reid – Chicken Hawk (Alston)
13. The National Souls – Bony Moronie (Lanor)
14. Laura Lee – Wanted: Lover, No Experience Necessary (Chess)
15. Soul Machine – Bag Of Goodies (Pzazz)
16. Mighty Sam – I Need Alot Of Lovin’ (Amy)
17. Clarence Carter – Tell Daddy (Fame)
18. The Maskman & The Agents – One Eye Open (Dynamo)
19. Dave “Baby” Cortez – Born Funky (All Platinum)
20. Bobby Patterson And The Mustangs – Broadway Ain’t Funky No More (Jetstar)
21. The Packers – Go ‘Head On (Pure Soul Music)
22. Jimmy Hughes – A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues (Fame)



Funk 45s mixtape vol 4 – Laidback funk

Yes, it’s ready. The laidback funk mix! One hour of soothing music for the soul. So get your girl or guy and do your thing, baby. Download is coming soon.

Funk 45s mixtape vol. 4 – Laidback funk by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
1. Timothy McNealy – Sagittarius Black (Truth & Soul)
2. Ramsey Lewis – Slipping Into Darkness (Columbia)
3. Cash McCall – Junkie For Your Love (Paula)
4. Detroit Emeralds – Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms) (Supreme)
5. BB King – Chains and Things (ABC)
6. Marvin Holmes – Find Yourself – part 1 (Kimberly)
7. Ray Charles – Booty Butt (Tangerine)
8. Bill Black – Long Gone (Hi)
9. Helene Smith – I Tried Hard To Be Good To You (Dash)
10. The Ohio Players – Here Today and Gone Tomorrow (Capitol)
11. Sammy Gordon & The Hiphuggers – Breezin’ (Archives)
12. Leon Haywood – I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You (20th Century)
13. Herb Alpert – Rise (A&M)
14. The Jazz Crusaders – Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin (Tamla Motown)
15. Expressions – Money i$ King (Truth & Soul)
16. Menahan Street Band – The Wolf (Dunham)
17. Solomon Burke – Love’s Street and Fools Road (MGM)



weLOVEweFUNK mixtape vol.2

My man Damn RIJT and me put together the second installment of the vinyl-only weLOVEweFUNK mixtape series. It features some not-so-common songs of well known funk and soul artists, flavoured with some rarer obscurities which results in an hour of relaxed grooves. Plus the more serious diggers out there will recognize some killer samples. Enjoy! DOWNLOAD HERE.

WeLOVEweFUNK mixtape vol.2 by Don Gio on Mixcloud

DOWNLOAD WELOVEWEFUNK MIXTAPE VOL. 2 HERE!

Recorded and mixed by DamnRIJT and DonGIO @ The Soul Shack, Eindhoven, NL, January 2012
Mixtapes, blogs and party info on www.welovewefunk.nl
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Tracklist:
1. Orgone Ft. Fanny Franklin – Who Knows Who (Album: The Killion Floor)
2. Johnny Guitar Watson – Superman Lover (Album: Ain’t That A Bitch)
3. Average White Band – Stop The Rain (Album: Feel No Fret)
4. Marlena Shaw – California Soul (Album: The Spice Of Life)
5. Johnny Hammond – Rock Steady (Album: Wild Horses Rock Steady)
6. The Propositions – Africana (Album: Funky Disposition)
7. James Brown – Blind Man Can See It (Album: Black Caesar)
8. Grover Washington Jr. – Mister Magic (Album: Mister Magic)
9. The Head Hunters – If You’ve Got It, You’ll Get It (Album: Survival Of The Fittest)
10. Dr. John – Right Place, Wrong Time (Album: In The Right Place)
11. Kool And The Gang – Jungle Jazz (Album: Spirit Of The Boogie)
12. The Sugarman Three – Soul Donkey (Album: Soul Donkey)
13. Alvin Cash – Stone Thing (Album: 90s bootleg)
14. Funk Inc. – Chicken Lickin’ (Album: Chicken Lickin’)
15. The Poets Of Rhythm – Funky Runthrough Pt 1 &2 (Album: Practice What You Preach)
16. Bo Diddley – Hey Jerome (Album: Where It All Began)
17. Lulu – Love Loves To Love Love (Album: Lulu Sings To Sir With Love)
18. Herbie Hancock – Hang Up Your Hang Ups (Album: Man-Child)
19. Love Unlimited Orchestra – I Wanna Stay (Album: Music Meastro Please)
20. Dennis Coffey – Wild Child (Album: Finger Lickin Good)
21. Senor Soul – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Album: Senor Soul Plays Funky Favorites)
22. Cookin’ On Three Burners – Keb’s Bucket (Album: Baked, Broiled & Fried)

Also check out the flyer of the 17th edition of weLOVEweFUNK, featuring a special guest as always!



Sixties soul, boogaloo & popcorn oldies

weLOVEweFUNK 16 Jay Cee Corp's Sixties Soul Special!

Good news comes in bundles! At a fresh weLOVEweFUNK party January 27th 2012, for the occasion specially editioned ‘Sixties Soul Special‘, we will present the finest in sixties soul, boogaloo and popcorn oldies. On vinyl, of course. Also I am glad to present to you an in-depth interview I did with our special guest DJ: Jay Cee Corp! of DJ collective Club Cliché. As usual, it’s in Dutch.

Cannot read dutch? No worries. Be sure to tune in on Jay Cee Corp’s streaming non-stop radio show. Only good shit in here!

Sign up as an attendee on our weLOVEweFUNK facebook page!

And, oh, before I forget. Give this 45 a spin, will ya? Specially recommended by Jay Cee Corp! himself.



Funk 45s mixtape vol. 3 – the US trip

ALL TRACKS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD (RAR – separate MP3s).

Funk 45s Mixtape Vol. 3 – the US trip by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
1. The Impressions – Mighty Mighty Spade & Whitey (Curtom)
2. Buddy Guy with Dr. John and Eric Clapton – A Man Of Many Words (Atco)
3. Joe Cocker – Woman To Woman (A&M)
4. Ike and Tina Turner – Bold Soul Sister (Blue Thumb)
5. Lou Rawles – Bring it on Home (Capitol)
6. The Turtles – Buzz Saw (White Whale)
7. Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Band – What Can You Bring Me (Warner Bros)
8. Johnny Tolbert – Check Your Battery part 2 (Jasman)
9. Gladys Knight & The Pips – The Nitty Gritty (Soul)
10. Leroy & The Fabulous Rocking Soul Band – Just Jiving Around (Plut – Reissue)
11. Z.Z. Hill – I Think I’d Do It (Mankind)
12. Hank Ballard – Butter Your Popcorn (King)
13. Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk Popcorn (King)
14. The People’s Choice – Cause That’s The Way I Know (Phil – L.A.)
15. Lou Courtney – Do The Thing (Riverside)
16. Alvin Cash ft. The Registers – Diff’rent Strokes For Diff’rent Folks (Mar-V-Lus)
17. Bill Cosby – Funky North Philly (Warner Bros)
18. The Fantastic Johhny C – Look What Love Can Make You Do (Phil – L.A.)
19. Wilson Pickett – Funk Factory (Atlantic)
20. Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose – Treat Her Like A Lady (United Artists)
21. Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song (Congress)
22. Jimmy McGriff – I’ve Got A Woman (Sue)



Funk 45s vol. 2 mixtape….and more!

ALL TRACKS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD (RAR – separate MP3s).

Funk 45s Live Mixtape vol. 2 by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
1. Soul Power intro
2. James Brown – Soul Power
3. Mighty Mocambos – Working (part 2)
4. Sugarman Three – Funky So-And-So
5. Booker T & the MG’s – Hip Hug Her
6. Rhythm Heritage – Theme From S.W.A.T.
7. Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
8. African Music Machine – Tropical
9. Charles Williams – Who Is He (And What Is He To You)
10. The Putbacks – Diamond Cutter
11. Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band – Taurus
12. The Commodores – Machine Gun
13. The Dynamic Corvettes – Funky Music Is The Thing (part 1)
14. Jimmy Hughes – What Side Of The Door
15. Lefties Soul Connection – Fais Do-Do
16. Dyke and the Blazers – Funky Walk part 2 (west)
17. Jimmy Castor Bunch – King Kong
18. Maceo & The Macks – Party (part 1)
19. Joe Quarterman & Free Soul – (I Got) So Much Trouble On My Mind (part 1)
20. The Johnny Otis Show – The Watts Breakaway

It feels like yesterday Paul (DamnRIJT) and I picked up our records and started playing them for a dozen people in the bar of skatepark Area51 back in June 2009. Coming Friday, October 28, is the fourteenth edition already. Two years ago, I couldn’t have imaged to me still being able to keep doing this shit bimonthly ever since. Collecting records has become a some sort of addiction since, culminating in a part-time crate digging journey I just took to California. It is mindblowing how many great records are to be found over there. I’ll be sure to bring my best US gems to the show!

I feel people are slowly picking up on the funk here in Eindhoven, seeing that crowds of around 80 people keep coming to our free parties in an area that is way outside of the city center. We keep the cover free, the prices for drinks and snacks low and we try to keep things fresh with guest DJs, bringing different flavors in their record bags. From northern soul and brasil to italo disco, we’ve had some variation already. And people seem to love that, like seeing the b-boy battle we have seen last edition in August. It is just awesome.

For the next edition, we have asked hiphop visual artist DEES (check out his site www.deestv.com, it’s amazing) to spin some of his hiphop vinyl with us. As hiphop has a lot of dues to pay to old funk, soul and r&b records, it is not more than a logical consequence of weLOVEweFUNK to feature a hip hop vs. originals party night. Hope to see you there!

welovewefunk flyer 14 hip hop originals

DEES is exposing his work at the Area51 from Saturday October 22nd until Friday 28, be sure to check that out as well.



weLOVEweFUNK mixtape Vol.1

Together with my man DamnRijt, we put together this late 60s/ early 70s mixtape with some golden oldies on it. At the last weLOVEweFUNK party in January we gave away this mixtape to the first 50 visitors. It’s available for download now. DOWNLOAD WELOVEWEFUNK MIXTAPE VOL.1

WeLOVEweFUNK mixtape vol.1 by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
1. Kool and the Gang – Who’s Gonna Take the Weight (album: Live at the Sex Machine)
2. Johnny Pate – Shaft in Africa (Addis) (album: Shaft in Africa)
3. Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street (album: Across 110th Street)
4. David Axelrod – You’re So Vain (album: Heavy axe)
5. The O’Jays – For the Love of Money (album: Ship Ahoy)
6. George Mc Crae – I Get Lifted (album: Rock your Baby)
7. James Brown – Funky President (album: Reality)
8. The Mohawks – Beat Me Till I’m Blue (album: The Champ)
9. Cyril Neville – Gossip (album: New Orleans Funk 2)
10. Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (album: Best of)
11. Cymande – The Message (album: Cymande)
12. George Jackson – Aretha, Sing One for Me (album: Shaolin Soul 2)
13. Donny Hathaway – Little Ghetto Boy (album: Live)
14. Roy Ayers – We Live in Brooklyn Baby (album: He’s Coming)
15. The Meters – Can You Do Without? (album: Fire on the Bayou)
16. Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s – Damn Rijt I Am Somebody (album: Damn Rijt I Am Somebody)

Recorded and mixed by DamnRIJT and DonGIO @ The Soul Shack, Eindhoven, NL
Mastered by Napzter/4XM Records
Mixtapes, blogs and party infos on www.welovewefunk.nl
Join us on facebook: www.facebook.com/welovewefunk



New mixtape: Funk 45s

I put together a new mixtape. DOWNLOAD DJ DON GIO – FUNK 45s MIXTAPE VOL.1 Hope you enjoy! Volume 2 is on the way.

Funk 45s Live Mixtape vol. 1 by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:

1. Pigmeat Markham – Sock it to ‘em Judge
2. Bobby Freeman – Midnight Snack
3. Warm Excursion – Hang Up (Part 2)
4. Breakestra – Come on Over
5. Bama and the Family – Feeling Good
6. Chubukos – House of Rising Funk
7. Dyke and the Blazers – Stuff
8. Chantal Mitvalsky – Friend or Foe
9. James Brown – Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn (Part One)
10. Curtis Mayfield – Right on for the Darkness
11. Chambers Brothers – Funky
12. Robert Moore – Make it Alright
13. Donald Ray – Strut your Stuff
14. Aretha Franklin – Rocksteady
15. Speedometer ft. Ria Currie – Answer to Mother Popcorn
16. Maceo and all the King’s Men – Thank You for Letting me be myself again
17. Bobby Williams – Funky Superfly
18. Sammy Gordon & the Hiphuggers – Upstairs on Boston Road (part 2)
19. Joe Chopper and the Swinging 7 Soul Band – Soul Pusher
20. Willie Mitchell – Soul Serenade

Recorded at The Soul Shack, Eindhoven NL, december 2010
Mastered by Napzter / 4XM Music



Jimmy Hughes – What Side of the Door

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Back from a long time…I have been busy with University last few months, trying to graduate. The blogging duties have been woefully neglected…But I have restyled the WordPress blog, and moved it over to my own webspace www.don-gio.com, which makes it much easier for me to update. And have I something very special for you!

Featuring on Jimmy Hughes’ 1969 record “Something Special”, the track “What Side of the Door” was apparently written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The intro alone makes this one a very special tune.  Using a bluesharp on a funky soul track is something I never heard before giving this record a spin, and never heard since. Judging from the massive sound of the drums on this song, and from the credits, the producer of the track couldn’t be anyone else than that fatback drummer of Booker T & the M.G.’s, Al Jackson Jr. 

Short biography from allmusic.com: 

Jimmy Hughes established producer Rick Hall‘s fledgling Fame studio as an R&B mecca with his 1964 blues ballad “Steal Away.” The ex-gospel singer hooked up with Hall in 1962 but it wasn’t until the explosive “Steal Away” was issued on the Fame label that his career took off. With an intense, crying vocal style that was perfect for deep soul ballads, Hughes scored with the pleading “Why Not Tonight” in 1967, although the untypically uptempo “Neighbor, Neighbor” proved another giant hit. Hughes broke away from Hall and recorded an album for Volt before retiring from performing in the mid-’70s.