Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CTI-Kudu Records Legendary Guitar: Eric Gale's ''Forecast'' (1973)

(1977 Eric Gale photo Ginseng Woman album promo)Eric J. Gale(September 20, 1938 - May 25, 1994) was a leading American jazz and session guitarist.Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gale began playing guitar at the age of 12. Although he majored in chemistry at Niagara University, Gale was determined to pursue a musical career, and began contributing to accompaniments for such stars as Maxine Brown, the

Monday, November 28, 2011

Funk Fusion: Funk Factory's ''Funk Factory'' (1975)

Funk Factory''Funk Factory''( LP ATCO Records, 1975 )Catalog # SD 36-116Tracklisting:A1. Watusi Dance 4:38A2. Horsing Around 3:56A3. Rien Ne Va Plus 5:15A4. After All The World Goes Home 5:13B1. Next Please 3:12B2. The Music In Me 4:06B3. Funk It 3:42B4. Lilliput 5:27B5. Sinkin' Low 4:55Personnel & Credits:Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Steve GaddEngineer [Recording & Re-mix] – Gene PaulPercussion

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sumptin' Like Dat: Ray Riviera's ''The Now Sound Of The Ray Rivera Orchestra'' (1971)

Ray Rivera''The Now Sound Of The Ray Rivera Orchestra''( LP MGM Records, 1971 )Catalog # LAT 10 001Tracklisting:A1 Peruvian Corn Seeds 2:45A2 Guava 2:20A3 Got My MoJo Working 2:40A4 I'll Return 3:30B1 Tiddly Winks 2:53B2 Sumptin' Like Dat 4:15B3 Afro Girl 3:20B4 Salt Mines 2:24B5 Hard Hats 2:35Notes:Ray Rivera and his Orchestra lay down a series of Latin soul numbers on his Now Sound LP.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

''Get The Cameras Rollin’, Get The Action Goin’''...Andrea True Has Left Us.

Andrea TrueAndrea True (July 26, 1943 – November 7, 2011) was an American adult film star and singer from the disco era. In addition to her given name, she had multiple stage names, including Inger Kissin, Singe Low, Sandra Lips, Andrea Travis, and Catherine Warren, .She is best known for the disco tune "More, More, More", released in 1976, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and

Friday, November 25, 2011

We Got Latin Soul!: Mongo Santamaria's ''Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits'' (1970)

Mongo Santamaria''Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits''( LP Columbia Records, 1970 )Catalog # CS 1060Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits by Mongo Santamaria. Recorded between 1964 & 1969.Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Watermelon ManWritten-By – H. Hancock 3:14A2 Cloud NineWritten-By – B. Strong, N.J. Whitfield 4:24A3 Sitting On The Dock Of The BayWritten-By – O. Redding, S. Cropper 3:16A4 We Got Latin

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rare Jazz-Soul Grooves: Gary Chandler 's ''Outlook'' (1972)

Gary Chandler''Outlook''( LP Eastbound Records, 1972 )Catalog # EB 9001, Eastbound Records – Eastbound 9001This is the 1972 white label promo vinyl lp of the Gary Chandler album called Outlook on Eastbound Records #9001. The album includes the tracks Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms), Flamingo, Kaleidoscope, The Jet Set & Blue Dues. Idris Muhammad plays drums on this album.Tracklisting & Hide

Funk From The Apes: Mandrill's ''Just Outside Of Town'' (1973)

The impossibly funky hit Mango Meat kicks off this classic that charted in October 1973, while the hit Love Song brings the boil back to a simmer.Released in 1973 this album would chart number six on the Billboard Top Soul Albums charts.Mandrill''Just Outside Of Town''( LP Polydor Records, 1973 )Catalog # PD 5059Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Mango MeatWritten-By – Wilson Bros. 4:32A2 Never

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

''Elementary Dear Watson''...Carl ''Sherlock'' Holmes' ''Investigation No.1'' LP (1971) & ''The Pot's Hot'' 7'' (197x)

Carl ''Sherlock'' Holmes''Investigation No.1''( LP CRS Records, 1971 - Re-Issued in '74 )Catalog # CRS 01Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Investigation 4:05A2 Close To YouWritten-By – B.Bacharach/ H. David 5:07A3 Black Bag 3:20A4 Think It Over 3:25B1 Modesa 4:59B2 Your Game 4:16B3 Get Down Philly Town 2:59B4 It Ain't Right 3:07Personnel & Credits:Backing Vocals – Chubby BrownBass – Chico Green,

''Hey Ya'll...We're Miami!'': Miami's ''The Party Freaks'' (1974)

MiamiKiller Florida Funk band Miami. Names like Clarence Reid, Willie Clarke, and Richard Finch are the guys who produced this fantastic LP. Rare album from 1974. Party Funk Rock including the Dancefloor Groover Hey Ya'll Were Miami.Profile:Soul/funk/disco band from Miami, Florida. Formed by producer/songwriter Willie Clarke in 1974, the original line-up comprised of Andrew Curran (guitar),

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Can I Kick It?: A Tribe Called Quest's ''People's Instinctive Travels & The Paths Of Rhythm'' (1990)

A Tribe Called QuestProfile:This US male rap outfit originally comprised Q-Tip (b. Jonathan Davis later changed to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, in the mid-1990's, on conversion to Islam 20 November 1970, New York, USA), DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (b. 11 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, USA), Jarobi and Phife Dawg (b. Malik Taylor, 20 November 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, USA). They formed at

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's ''The Wind Cries Mary'' 7'' (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience''The Wind Cries Mary'' 7''( 7'' Single, Reprise Records, 1967 )Catalog # 0597Notes:Format:Vinyl, 7"Country:USReleased:Aug 1967Side B of Purple HazeWriter: HendrixProducer: Chas ChandlerReleased: May '67, Reprise Records8 weeks; No. 65A dish-smashing argument with his girlfriend left Hendrix alone to scrawl the words to "The Wind Cries Mary" in January 1967. A few days

Funk Compilations: ''Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Forgotten Soul of the 1960's & '70s'' (2004)

Many of those involved in the Seattle scene gathered for a reunion several years ago.From that event, some musicians reconnected and formed the band Wheedle’s Groove.In 1970, the nation was contending with issues of race, gender and war, all the while, as a society, creating music and exploring new sonic territories. While big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York grabbed all the

Friday, November 18, 2011

Latin Disco & Hustle: Eddie Drennon's ''It Don't Mean A Thing'' (1978)

Eddie DrennonBiography by Craig Harris (AMG):Bo Diddley's music director and electric violinist from 1966 until 1967, and a former sideman for Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto and Ike and Tina Turner, Eddie Drennon brought a Latin edge to the disco era of the 1970s. Scoring a major disco hit, in 1975, with "Let's Do The Latin Hustle", Drennon went on to record three dance-inspiring albums with

The Funky Troglodyte: The Jimmy Castor Bunch's ''Maximum Stimulation'' (1977)

The Jimmy Castor BunchJimmy Castor Biography by Ron Wynn (AMG):A master of novelty/disco funk, saxophonist Jimmy Castor started as a doo wop singer in New York. He wrote and recorded "I Promise to Remember" for Wing with the Juniors in 1956, a group whose roster included Al Casey, Jr., Orton Graves, and Johnny Williams. Castor replaced Frankie Lymon in the Teenagers in 1957 before switching to

Thursday, November 17, 2011

De-Luxe Editions: The Kay-Gees' ”Keep On Bumpin’ & Masterplan” Expanded (CD-1993)

The Kay-Gees”Keep On Bumpin’ & Masterplan”–Expanded –( Unidisc Records, Canada, 1993 )Catalog # SPLK-7100Tracklisting:1 Get Down (4:30)2 Let’s Boogie (5:07)3 My Favorite Song (2:36)4 You’ve Got To Keep On Bumpin’ (8:09)5 Hustle Wit Every Muscle (Theme From “Party” T.V. Show) (3:10)6 Master Plan (2:49)7 Who’s The Man? (With The Master Plan) (1:53)8 Ain’t No Time (Part 1) (1:47)9 Wondering (4:16)10

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pink Hair & Hard Funk: Lalomie 'Lomie' Washburn's ''My Music Is Hot'' (1977)

Lalomie 'Lomie' WashburnBiography:American Funk/Soul/Disco singer and songwriter.b. Lalomie Marion 'Lomie' Washburn, 25th August 1941, North Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.d. 18th September 2004, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A..Lalomie Washburn was a talented performer and songwriter and had the nickname 'Lomie'.She was signed to the Parachute label in 1977, where she released her first album, entitled '

Monday, November 14, 2011

Legendary Tribe: Phil Ranelin & The Tribe's “The Time Is Now!” (1973-'74)

Phil Ranelin & The Tribe“The Time Is Now!”( LP Tribe Records, 1973-'74 )Catalog # TRCD4006Tracklisting:A1 The Time Is Now For Change (13:29)A2 Time Is Running Out (4:37)B1 Of Times Gone By (8:41)B2 Black Destiny (4:01)B3 13th And Senate (6:02)B4 He, The One We All Knew, Pt.1 (3:09)C1 The Time Is Now For Change (Outtake) (11:32)D1 Time Is Running Out (Extended) (5:50)D2 He The One We All Knew (

Sophisticated, Complex, & Grooved: Yusef Lateef's ''The Doctor Is In ...And Out'' (1976)

Yusef Lateef''The Doctor Is In ...And Out''( LP Atlantic Records 1976 )Catalog # SD 1685Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 The Improvisers 7:54A2 Hellbound 6:37A3 Mystique 7:37B1 Mississipi Mud 2:51B2 Mushmouth 6:30B3 Technological HomosapienNarrator – Robert CunninghamBacking Vocals – Cissy Houston, Judy Clay 5:16B4 Street MusiciansViolin – David Nadien 2:54B5 In A Little Spanish Town (T'was On A

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Info - MFS Radio Presents: ''Queens Of The Night - Salsoul Disco Divas'' A Tribute To The Salsoul Fantastic Female Singers

MFS Radio Presents:''Queens Of The Night - Salsoul Disco Divas''A Tribute To The Salsoul Fantastic Female SingersTracklisting:1. First Choice - Love Freeze2. Claudja Barry - Sweet Dynamite3. Carol Williams - Come Back4. Carol Williams - Love Is You5. Charo - Dance A Little Bit Closer6. First Choice - Newsy Neighbours7. First Choice - Double Cross8. Loleatta Holloway - Catch Me On The Rebound9.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Jazz Giant: Yusef Lateef's ''The Gentle Giant'' (1972)

Yusef Lateef''The Gentle Giant''( LP Atlantic Records, 1972 )Catalog # SD 1602Tracklisting:01 Nubian Lady (6:38)02 Lowland Lullaby (2:12)03 Hey Jude (9:10)04 Jungle Plum (4:57)05 Poor Fishermen (3:39)06 African Song (4:49)07 Queen of the Night (2:12)08 Below Yellow Bell (5:02)Personnel & Credits:Kermit Moore CelloBill Salter Bass (Electric)Jimmy Johnson, Jr. DrumsLew Hanh Engineer, RemixingIra

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jazz Multi-instrumentalism: Yusef Lateef's ''Hush ‘N’ Thunder” (1973)

Yusef LateefYusef Lateef (b. 1920), a multi-instrumentalist who is equally skilled on tenor saxophone, flute, and oboe, is also a multiculturalist whose musical interests have long gone beyond jazz, a word he disdains. An innovator in mixing world music influences into jazz, Lateef is in his own musical category.Originally an altoist, Lateef switched to tenor while in high school. He worked early

Friday, November 4, 2011

Philly Sound: Jean Carn's ''Happy To Be With You'' (1978)

Jean CarnJean Carn (born Sarah Jean Perkins on March 15, 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States) is an American jazz and pop singer known for her unique vocalising and her impressive interpretative and improvisational skills. Early in her career, her name was spelled as Jean Carn before she added an e under the advice of a numerologist.Carn is a vocalist credited with a five octave vocal range.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Your Body Won't Move, If You Can't Feel The Groove: Mr. Leon Huff's ''Here To Create Music'' (1980)

Leon Huff''Here To Create Music''( LP Philadelphia International Records, 1980 )Catalog # NJZ 36758Tracklisting:A1 Your Body Won't Move, If You Can't Feel The Groove (6:08)A2 I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin (5:48)A3 No Greater Love (6:12)B1 Tight Money (4:45)B2 Low Down, Hard Times Blues (2:47)B3 Tasty (2:53)B4 This One's For Us (2:50)B5 Latin Spirit (3:51)Personnel & Credits:Bass – Derrick