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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)



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
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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



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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Download Booker T & the MGs - Melting Pot

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.
booker t melting pot record


Timothy McNealy – Sagittarius Black

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Timothy McNealy

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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.”



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.”



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’.

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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.”