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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)



weLOVEweFUNK #15 coming up

WeLOVEweFUNK’s still going strong…the fifteenth edition already!

weLOVEweFUNK 15 le pecheur de perles

We welcome DJ Le Pêcheur de Perles (‘the pearlfisher’), who used to dj under the name of Waxtrain as part of Nijmegen’s finest Funk-A-Flex DJ team. Moving to Groningen, he became an independent DJ along with a new name. He plays soul, funk, latin & jazz.

As usual, DamnRIJT en me are spicing things up with a fresh concoction of funky gems!

Location: AreaFiftyOne Skatepark // Eindhoven // Netherlands // Date: 09.12.2011 // Time: 22.30 uur // No cover!



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
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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



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.



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)



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!



Booker T and the MG’s – Melting Pot

Download Booker T & the MGs - Melting Pot

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