Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Compilation Tape 2 (Funk Soul Records)

Ann Peebles - You've Got The Papers (I've Got The Man)

From the album : The Handwriting Is on The Wall on Hi Records.
Hi Records head Willy Mitchel discovered Ann Peebles in 1969 and took her under his songwriting wings. So began a decade of succesful charting singles and albums. The Handwriting Is on The Wall was the last Hi Records release for Ann Peebles.

Cymande - Brothers On The Slide

This track appears on Cymande's last album : Promised Heights from 1974.
Cymande was formed in 1971 in London and disbanded in 1974. They were highly underestimated at that time, but later sampled over and over again by a lot of hip-hop artists.
One of the first bands to mix rock, funk, soul with african rhytms to a perfect cocktail.

Sheila Wilkerson - Baby You're A Jive Cat

A track from 1968 and the first one for Sheila Wilkerson. Recorded with the future Stevie Wonder percussionist in the famous Rik Tinory's studio's.
Slinky, sleazy, wild and jazzy...

Poets of Rhythm - Upper Class

German funk band Poets of Rhythm began in Munich after friends Boris Geiger and Jan Weissenfeldt were first exposed to the raw funk that came out of the U.S. in the late '60s and early '70s.
Upper Class is the second track on Practice What You Preach recorded in 1993
; occupies a point at which (relatively) modern production values co-exist with the sound of the early 70s funk bands.

Esther Filips - Disposable Society

Esther Phillips was perhaps too versatile for her own good, at least commercially speaking; while she was adept at singing blues, early R&B, gritty soul, jazz, straight-up pop, disco, and even country, her record companies often lacked a clear idea of how to market her, which prevented her from reaching as wide an audience as she otherwise might have.

Syl Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black

Syl Johnson's "Is It Because I'm Black" from 1970. The title track's deep, gritty groove has been sampled more times than I can remember... Ghostface, Cypress Hill, AZ, Wu-Tang just to mention a few. But it's so much more than just a beat treasure – it's a great album to just listen to...soulful, mellow and moody, or just plain superfunky,


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Soulmotion Compilation Tape 1 (Rare Funk Soul Records)

André Maurice - Be True To You :

Washington producer/arranger Beau Tibbs and singer Andre Maurice recorded two funky
45s for the local Bale concern which are now very difficult to track down. Both tributes to a special lady, You’re The Cream Of The Crop and Be True To You are high quality early ‘70s grooves with sinewy basslines, tight horns and upright beats.

Gwen Mcrae - 90 % of Me Is You :

This track came out in 1974 on Cat Records, a track that's been sampled by some of hip hop's finest .
The Gwen McCrae version is in fact a cover, original was by Vanessa Kendrick, the music is the same - heavy beats and lush strings - but the vocal is way different. There's not much argument that the later version probably deserves the higher profile.

For over three decades, Gwen McCrae has won worldwide acclaim for her sensuous, classy brand of modern soul music. Gwen was a pioneering figure in Miami's growth as a center of R&B music in the 70's at the influential TK Records and became an international star in 1975 with the chart-topping, million-selling success of the Grammy-nominated "Rockin' Chair".

Joyce Jones - Help Me Make Up My Mind :

Rare Northern Soul record on Vee Eight from 1969.
Joyce Jones later became part of the '70s Philly disco vocal group First Choice. Their first big breakthrough was the infectious "Armed and Extremely Dangerous" (with its urgent "calling all cars!" intro), a Top 20 R&B/Top 30 pop hit in 1973. New attention was brought to the female trio when Mary J Blidge did a faithful cover of their dance classic "Let No Man Put Asunder" in 1999.

Ann Robinson - You Did It :

Originally issued in 1969 on Sonny Hopson's All Brothers label.
A seriously rare Philly funk 45... The instrumentation backing is done by the Freedom Now Brothers who's instrumental version of this "Sissy Walk" was sampled by Fatboy Slim for one of his pop songs.
This is without a doubt one of those alltime classic sisterfunk anthems.

Gene Chandler - In My Body's House :

B-side of the "Go Back Home" 45 in 1969 on Checker Records.
This track was written and recorded by Curtis Mayfield, originally titled "Hard Times."
Chandler's success became more fitful after Mayfield stopped penning material for him, although he enjoyed some late-'60s hits and had a monster pop and soul smash in 1970 with "Groovy Situation."

Mr. Jog