Tag: 70s

Warm Excursion – Hang Up pt. 1

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Speaking of fatback drums, this little record deserves first price in funk drums excellency. I picked up this Pzazz single with a small batch of 6 dollar records on E-bay, being the most expensive at 12 dollars. When reading more about this 45 on Funky16Corners (be sure to check that blog, more about that later) it should have gone for $50 in 2005. Well, I think it was just my lucky day not having to beat insanely high bidders, shall I blame the economic crisis that my US counterparts are not so interested in collecting vinyl? The high value of the euro? Whatever the reason, I am glad this slab of vinyl made it to my small yet growing record collection. 

Some info from Funky16Corners (Blog of Larry Grogan, soul connaisseur extraordinaire, www.funky16corners.com):

“The Pzazz label (“Put a little Pzazz in your jazz!”) was started by New Orleans legend Paul Gayten (funny, isn’t it how things always make their way back to New Orleans?). Gayten, who wrote and recorded some seminal R&B in the Big Easy in the 1950’s, eventually winged it out to the West Coast where he ran things for Chess Records on that end of the map for some years. He started Pzazz in 1968, and over the next few years released all kinds of records; jazz, funk, soul and blues, with a catalogue including a few dozen 45s and a handful of LPs (and an especially cool label design). Pzazz had success with recordings by Lorez Alexandria, and also released sides by veterans like Louis Jordan. Also included in their discography is another funky organ classic, ‘Twitchie Feet’ by The Soul Machine. I haven’t really been able to track down much information about the group Warm Excursion (subtitled ‘Terrible Three’ on the 45 label). They recorded at least one other 45 for the Watts-USA label, ‘Funk-I-Tus’ b/w ‘Phut-ball’, and were almost definitely LA-based. There’s also a rumor that they recorded a full albums worth of material, which was destroyed at some point.”

Booker T and the MG’s – Melting Pot

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The first time I heard this tune by the famous Booker T & the MGs was on Kenny Dope’s Break Beats compilation DJ mixtape, which is a 100% must have for all you breaks fanatics. Next thing I know, I found the 45 single in a Berlin record store for just 3 euros, in pristine condition. It’s a bargain!
Of course Booker T & the MGs are most famous for their hit record “Green Onions”, which is a great track, but here they outdo themselves if you ask me. It is a 4 minute jam in the instrumental style they are known for, but more drum-heavy. Apart from the great organ playing and guitar riffing, especially Al Jackson Jr. ‘s drumming makes this tune stand out. Damn is that dude funky or what? Jackson also produced some stuff, of which one is an obscure 45 I just got in the mail: Jimmy Hughes’ “What side of the door” on Volt. I will post that up some time later. For now, listen and groove. Be sure to pick up their full length “Melting Pot”out of the crates if you haven’t got it yet.
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Timothy McNealy – Sagittarius Black


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Wow! The first time I heard this tune I was mesmerized by its lazy mellow groove, perfectly fit for a hot day like today is in sunny Tilburg, Holland. I found out the original pressing of only 500 7″s on his own Shawn label made it one of the rarest records to be found in the deep funk scene. Luckily, Truth and Soul have reissued this magnificent disc, featuring “Funky Movement no.2″ on the A-side. I just found out it is already sold out on their site www.truthandsoulrecords.com, but maybe you can try your luck elsewhere, like http://www.undergroundhiphop.com/store/detail.asp?UPC=TS02112. Pick it up for only $4, this is amazing stuff!

Some info from www.npr.org: “Until Brooklyn’s Truth and Soul label recently reissued Timothy McNealy’s “I’m So Glad That You’re Mine,” most of what anyone knew of this Dallas funk and soul veteran was as an instrumentalist. In the late ’60s, the keyboardist had been a member of Bobby Patterson’s Mustangs band, but he broke out solo in 1970 and formed the Shawn label. His output on Shawn was meager, but when funk collectors discovered singles such as “Sagittarius Black” and “K.C. Stomp,” they clamored for one of the scarce original copies. Strangely, though, the one single to actually feature McNealy’s vocals would go relatively ignored. In 1972, he released a single with a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” on one side and this remarkable version of Al Green’s “I’m So Glad That You’re Mine” on the flip.”

Sugar Billy (Garner) – Super Duper Love

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Every Billy Garner song has a great beat. It’s that beat and Billy’s screams and shouts that I fell in love with when I first heard his song “I Got Some” on the Brainfreeze Breaks compilation 2LP. You might know this tune as it was sampled by DJ Premier for GangStarr’s “B.Y.S.” . His other two landmark breaks are “Brand New Girl” and “You’re Wasting My Time” which were featured on SuperFunk vol. 2 by BGP/Ace Records (www.acerecords.com).

For now, take a listen to his most recognizable song “Super Duper Love” as this was revived by Joss Stone a few years back. Luckily, Joss does not deteriorate the original, as happens to a lot of covers. They either get ‘dancified’ with a stupid techno beat, or the singing really sucks compared to the original. Joss has a great soul voice, and her backing band is top notch. It gets close to the intensity of the original. Listen…

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Dennis Coffey and the Lyman Woodard Trio – It’s Your Thing

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I am greatly fond of Dennis Coffey, not only because he is an incredible guitarplayer, but his songwriting and jamming style of recording made me fall in love with everything he ever put on record. I first got acquanted with his name when Mike D of the Beastie Boys was rapping: “Like Dennis Coffey I’m a Scorpio” on “Skills to Pay the Bills”. Not knowing that “Scorpio” is an awesome breakdance classic, I never gave it much thought. When hearing Coffey’s “Black Belt Jones” soundtrack on a compilation record (Schoolyard Breaks vol. 2 – GET THIS RECORD), I was sold.

I will definitely include “Scorpio” (got that 45 in the mail just a few weeks ago) and “Black Belt Jones” (when I find it on a 45 at a reasonable price; last week a copy went away on Ebay for $100) on this blog soon. For now listen to his 1969 cover of The Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” he did with some band called the Lyman Woodard Trio. Pay attention to that fatback drum in the intro, with Coffey’s wah-wah guitar riff. Heavenly!

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Part of Dennis Coffey’s biography from Allmusic.com:

From the mid-to-late ’60s, Coffey was a Detroit session fixture, appearing on such mainstream hits and cult classics as Darrell Banks‘ monumental “Open the Door to Your Heart,” Carl Carlton‘s “Competition Ain’t Nothing,” and Tobi Lark‘s “Happiness Is Here.” His inventive playing is the tissue that connects an untold number of crowd favorites within Britain’s Northern soul club culture. Around 1968 Coffey also began working steadily at Motown, beginning with the Temptations‘ gritty “I Wish It Would Rain.” He went on to appear on the group’s landmark efforts “Cloud Nine” and “Ball of Confusion,” pushing the Motown sound into increasingly funky territory with his ingenious use of a wah-wah pedal, one of several technological innovations he introduced to tweak The Sound of Young America. Beginning with Jack Montgomery‘s Scepter release “Dearly Beloved,” Coffey concurrently added arranging and producing to his slate, teaming with local session drummer Mike Theodore to found their own production firm, Theo-Coff. The duo quickly hit paydirt helming a demo tape for the blue-eyed psych-soul combo the Sunliners, landing a production deal with MGM’s Maverick subsidiary. Six months later, Maverick also signed Coffey to a solo contract, releasing his psych-funk classic Hair & Thangs and scoring a Midwestern smash in 1969 with his fuzz-laden instrumental reading of the Isley Brothers‘ “It’s Your Thing.”