Tag: blues

Hardcore to Funk

So after NYE’s gig at TAC in Eindhoven and a guest DJ spot at Brabant Hardcore kings No Turning Back’s 10 year anniversary show of the record I personally played all guitar parts for back in 2003, Damage Done, I’ve uploaded a little bluesy funk mix on Mixcloud. Hope you like it.

Blues Funk 45 mixtape 2 – Old beaters by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:

1.Cold feet by Albert King
2.Don’t Down Me People by MEMPHIS SOUL
3.Chicken heads by Bobby Rush
4.I Can’t Believe I Ate That Whole Thing by David Camon
5.Why (Am I treated so bad) by Bobby Powell
6.Hot Pants by Jimmy Bee
7.Funky Way by Calvin Arnold
8.Soul Brother, Soul Sister by The Capitols
9.Sinking Ship by Edward Bear
10.My Babe by Willie Mitchell
11.I Got That Will by Herman Hitson
12.Cornbread & Buttermilk by Leon haywood
13.Little Angel by Lowell Fulsom

PS This gig, last minute, together with my weLOVEweFUNK crew:

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Some funky blues for ya

New mixtape! Heard through the grapevine it’s gonna be featured in the Meltin Pot radio show on London’s KANE FM real soon…Wednesday January 9th between 9:30 AM and noon, GMT! Tune in on www.kanefm.com, and like the Meltin Pot Facebook page while you’re at it: www.facebook.com/kanefm.meltinpot

Blues 45s mixtape – Funky blues by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
1. Junior Parker & Jimmy Mcgriff – Pretty Baby (Ua)
2. Effie Smith – The Natural (Eee Cee)
3. Sir Douglas Quintet – She’s About A Mover (Tribe)
4. Eddie Bo – Now Let’s Pop-Eye (Swan)
5. B.B.King – The Worst Thing In My Life (Kent)
6. Jimmy Mcgriff – The Bird (Capitol)
7. M.G. & The K-Pers – Shotgun Boogie Blues (East Coast Sound)
8. Syl Johnson – I Only Have Love (Hi)
9. Al King – On My Way (Shirley)
10. T-Bone Walker – Confusion Blues (Bluesway)
11. Junior Parker – Love Ain’t Nothin’ But A Business Goin’ On (Groove Merchant)
12. Lou Rawls – Season Of The Witch (Capitol)
13. Tony Borders – Cheaters Never Win (Revue)

And while I’m at it, January 25th there’s gonna be a soulful, rockin’ weLOVEweFUNK with guest DJ Roccalberti from Rotterdam. Read an interview with the man here.



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.



Syl Johnson – Is It Because I’m Black?

SYL JOHNSON IS IT BECAUSE IM BLACK

Howdy, it has been a while since my last post, but I promise you I am back with some funky fireworks. It has been a busy month for me, but I got reminded of my blogging duties by a befriended DJ of mine. And yesterday I got a weird surprise by watching an item on eBay and seeing for what price it went for. It was last post’s Warm Excursion 45 which traded hands for 137 US dollars. Sick!

Well, today’s tune of choice is something every Cypress Hill fan would instantly recognize by the instrumental. Featuring as a skit on the Hill’s Black Sunday album called Lock Down, this garnered my attention when I was a 15 year old kid giving the Hill serious playtime on my dad’s stereo (he even bought the CD a while ago because even the old man can appreciate some blunted hiphop). The original however, is much more impressive, and makes clear why DJ Muggs used especially this piece of music (he apparently got sued by Syl Johnson in 2008 for 29 million dollars for the use of this tiny sample. Seems a bit harsh to me.)

Syl Johnson is a guitarplayer from Mississippi, and scored hits in the 60s with, among others, “Different Strokes” which is a breakbeat classic record. When I can cop that one on vinyl I will surely feature it on the blog. Syl got another hit in 1969 called “Is It Because I’m Black”. It is a socially conscious song, the message being that he feels discriminated over the colour of his skin. The intro alone gives me goosebumps, and Syl crooning his words even so. Give it a listen!