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On The One! mixtape Vol 1.

OK, I had to feature my first mixtape on this blog sometime. As I am in the works for the second edition of this hour-long funk fiesta, I thought it might be a good time to include it here now. See below for a tracklist. The mix is also hosted at www.soulstrut.com, the best online resource for soul, funk, breaks, jazz and latin DJ mixes.

DOWNLOAD DJ DON GIO – ON THE ONE! VOL. 1

On the One! Vol. 1 by Don Gio on Mixcloud

Tracklist:

1. incredible bongo band – apache (2:22)
2. big boss man – sea groove (3:45)
3. breakestra – hiding (2:13)
4. fatback band – fatbackin’ (1:14)
5. bobby byrd – hot pants i’m coming (1:31)
6. billy garner – brand new girl (2:08)
7. lefties soul connection – organ donor (1:53)
8. the sound stylistics – down home style (2:09)
9. hermon hitson – ain’t no other way (2:26)
10. rufus thomas – itch and scratch (1:00)
11. the m & s band – egg roll (1:59)
12. speedometer – speed trap (1:43)
13. the new mastersounds – one note brown (2:20)
14. ernie & the top notes – dap walk (2:13)
15. kenny smith & the loveliters – go for it (pt. 1) (2:37)
16. dennis coffey – scorpio (3:46)
17. all the people – cramp your style (2:09)
18. james brown – mind power (alternate version) (3:32)
19. fred wesley & the jb’s – funky good time (2:46)
20. billy garner – you’re wasting my time (pt. 1) (2:50)
21. the mighty hannibal – somebody in the world for you (2:24)
22. the soul machine – twitchie feet (2:40)
23. the mohawks – the champ (2:44)



Warm Excursion – Hang Up pt. 1

Download or listen to Warm Excursion - Hang Up part 1

Download or listen to Warm Excursion – Hang Up pt.1!

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.”



Bobby Williams – Funky Superfly pt.1

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Download Bobby Williams - Funky Superfly pt. 1

Download Bobby Williams – Funky Superfly pt.1 here!

I found this song when browsing through the radio podcasts by Midnight Soulstice on W-RIR 97.3 (be sure to check out http://www.myspace.com/midnightsoulstice and tune up to their weekly radio shows). I was lucky enough to be the only bidder on an E-Bay auction, which got me a good deal for this rare gem.

Hailing from Miami, Bobby Williams gets 100 out of 100 points for pure funkiness. I can’t find much info on Bobby, but you can clearly hear the James Brown influences going on here. The tune instantly blasts off pure horns ‘n all funky style, with his typical screams and shouts Bobby gets the party started.  Watch out for that drum break! For a 1974 song, it is recorded almost at the end of the great funk era, but there is somehow a 60s rawness to this recording that makes it stand out. Enjoy!

PS: if it would make you happy, someone uploaded Bobby Williams full album “Funky Superfly” here.



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!

Click the image above or download it here!

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.”



The Winstons – Amen Brother

The Winstons - Amen Brother

Click the image above or download it here!Where else to start off than the mother of all breaks? You probably have heard these drums countless times already, not only in virtually every jungle record, but it is even used in commercials nowadays. I heard it in a car commercial two weeks ago…Anyway, find below an explanative youtube video on the ‘Amen break’.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SaFTm2bcac]

Short biography from Allmusic.com: ”A Washington, D.C.-based soul act led by Richard Spencer, the Winstons signed to Curtom in early 1968 and lasted there for one single, the rousing “Need a Replacement.” They had a sound that was somewhat similar to the Impressions, but were unfortunate enough to have signed with Curtom before the label had national distribution, and the single never got the play it should have. A year after leaving Curtom, they hit for the Metromedia label with a huge single called “Color Him Father,” which became a Top Ten R&B and pop hit, just missing number one on the R&B list, and also earned a Grammy for Best R&B Song. It was both a great tribute number and outstanding lead vocal from Richard Spencer, along with Ray Maritano, Quincy Mattison, Phil Tolotta, Sonny Peckrol, and G.C. Coleman. Mattison and Coleman were veterans of Otis Redding‘s band. The Winstons eventually toured as the backup band for the Impressions, but never again made any noise on the charts.”