RECORD WHEEL #7: DISCO FEVER

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Been promising this one for a minute. I am, by no means, a deep disco head (that particular well runs incredibly deep) but I do respect/appreciate it. These aren’t my absolute favorite cuts but randomly selected ones that I think do a good job of showcasing the diversity of the genre.


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Playlist:

  • Charanga 76: Good Times (TR, 1979)
  • Ernie Story: The E Groove (Legend, 1976)
  • Manzel: Space Funk (Fraternity, 1977)
  • Gospel Soul Revivals: If Jesus Came Today (Sonic, 1982)
  • Frankie Gee: Date With the Rain (Claridge, 1975)
  • The Bee-Gee’s: Too Much Heaven (RSO, 1979)
  • Wild Sugar: Bring It Here (TSOB, 1981)
  • Belle Epoque: Miss Broadway (Shadybrook, 1977)
  • T.C. James and the Funk-O-Fist Orchestra: Dance All Over the World (Funk-O-Fist, 1977)
  • B&G Rhythm: Hibaros (Polydor, 1978)

FANIA ALL STARS: LOOSE CHANGE

Fania All Stars (Joe Bataan and La La): If This World Were Mine
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 Live at the Red Garter Vol. 2 (Fania, 1972)

There’s something quite enjoyable about finding surprises within your own collection. True, maybe you should have caught them the first time but in the end, you end up with a great new song that you didn’t even need to go track down.

Case in point: I’ve had this Fania All Stars LP for ages but I never realized that Side B had Joe Bataan and La La dueting on the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell classic, “If This World Were Mine.” The cover here isn’t better than the original but it’s still fun as hell to hear Joe singing Marvin.

SOUL SIDES LATIN SALE


In my never-ending quest to whittle down my collection, I’ve spent the last few weeks going through my Latin records and I’ve come up with a few dozen solid, great condition titles to list on Discogs.

If anyone you reads this is interested, email me a list of what you want and I’ll try to hit you with at least a 15% discount on everything (this only applies if you email me vs. conventional orders on the site).

RECORD WHEEL #6: BAKER’S DOZEN

Sorry for the long hiatus. After getting back from New Orleans, I got hammered with work and am only now getting back ahead of it. To make up for the prolonged absence, I super-sized this episode with 13 tracks, including songs I brought home from NOLA.

As I mentioned in the show, here’s the Guardian playlist I prepped re: David Axelrod and you can see the cover of Afreaka! above.


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Playlist:

  • The Electric Prunes (prod. by David Axelrod): General Confessional (Reprise, 1968)
  • Computa Games: Computer Rock (Superjock, 2017)
  • Lonnie Russ: Something Old, Something New (4 J, 1962)
  • Chris Bartley: The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven (Vando, 1967)
  • The Vibrations: Watusi Time (OKeh, 1965)
  • Southern University Stage Band: Ain’t No Way (Whit, 1968)
  • Demon Fuzz: Another Country (Janus, 1970)
  • Carla Thomas: I’ve Fallen In Love (Stqx, 1968)
  • Pratt & Moody: Lost Lost Lost (Stylart, 2017)
  • Ruly Garcia: Sol Latino (Colonial Discos Latinos, 196?)
  • We All Together: Children (MAG, 1972)
  • The Ohio Players (feat. Junie Morrison): Funky Worm (Westbound, 1972)
  • James Brown (feat. Clyde Stubblefield): Give It Up or Turn It Loose (remix) (Polydor, 1986)

 

REST IN POWER TO DAVID AXELROD

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Sad news: David Axelrod has passed.

I’ve written about him many times on this site and it’d be hard for me to do him any better justice than when I tried back in 2002.

RECORD WHEEL #5 NOLA PICK-SIX

Jim Russell Records, RIP

I’m headed back to NOLA this week and decided to dedicate a shorter episode to some of my favorite Crescent City songs.


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Playlist:

  • Robert Parker: Caught You In a Lie (NOLA, 1967)
  • Willie Harper: I Don’t Need You Anymore (Tou-Sea, 1968)
  • Allen Toussaint: Louie (Scepter, 1970)
  • Eddie Bo and Inez Cheathem (Seven 7, 1968)
  • Inell Young: What Do You See In Her? (Libra, 1972)
  • Floyd Anckle and the Majestic Brass Band (C&E, 197?)Intro/Outro: King Herbert and the Knights: Cissy Strut

RECORD WHEEL #4/SIDEBAR #37: LATIN BOOGALOO WITH FILMMAKER MATHEW RAMIREZ WARREN

We Like It Like That – Official Trailer from Mathew Ramirez Warren on Vimeo.

I promised (threatened?) that I’d drop some Latin on you all for a future podcast and what better than to bring in We Like It Like That filmmaker Mathew Ramirez Warren to come in and talk boogaloo with me. We chatted about the inspiration behind the film, tracking down Latin music old-timers, and the importance of public-funded arts (save the NEA!) Then Mathew joined me in running down a playlist of some of our favorite boogaloo jams.

 

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Included songs:

  • Ray Barretto: New York Soul (Fania, 1968)
  • Willie Rosario: Watusi Boogaloo (ATCO, 1968)
  • Louie Ramirez: New Breed (Mercury, 1967)
  • Joe Bataan: Subway Joe (Fania, 1968)
  • Ray Barretto: Together (Fania, 1969)
  • Tony Pabon/La Protesta: Free (Rico, 1970)
  • Jimmy Sabater: Times Are Changing (Tico, 1969)
  • Willie Colon: Skinny Papa (Fania, 1968)
  • Pedrito Ramirez: Micaela (Popo, 196?)
  • El Gran Combo: Kiss My Nose (Gema, 1967)
  • Kanté Manfla: Mosso Gnouma (Djima, 1969)
  • Bobby Matos: El Casa De Alfredo (Philips, 1967)Outro: Sunlightsquare Combo: I Believe In Miracles (Sunlightsquare, 2010)

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RECORD WHEEL #3 – THE MERCHANT OF GROOVES

In honor of the Groove Merchant’s recent pop-up at RappCats in L.A., this week’s playlist is built around songs from that sale and a couple of other GM gems collected over the years.

 

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Playlist:

  • Spanish Fly: Soy 18 With a Bullet (Familia, 1992)
  • The Luscious Three: Say What You Mean (T’Suga Rays, 197?)
  • Nora Aunur: I’ve Found Someone On My Own (Alpha, 1972)
  • Mac Five: A Song For My Father (Century, 1975)
  • The Royals: Summertime (Vagabond, 196?)
  • Steve Parks: All In A Day (Reynolds, 197?)
  • Dawn & Sunset: Include Me (DT&V, 1972)
  • Rovi: Proposal (Omicron, 1975)
  • Magico: Vino Rojo (Fuerza, 1985)
  • Johnny Dankworth: Return From Ashes (RCA, 1972)
  • Intro/Outro Music: Sonny Stitt: Turn It On (Prestige, 1971)

RECORD WHEEL #2 – AIN’T NO HALF SLIPPIN’

Just uploaded my latest episode of the Record Wheel; thanks for the positive feedback! I’m serious: I don’t do this stuff to hear myself talk so as long as folks out there enjoy it, I’m happy to do it.

I put up a poll on the Facebook group and folks wanted hip-hop, so that’s what I served up.

 

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Playlist

  • Nikki D: Your Man Is My Man (1990)
  • Blackalicious: Changes (1994)
  • O.G. Style: Catch ‘Em Slippin’ (1990)
  • Jewel T: County Blues-Rikers Island Mix (1992)
  • Fam-Bam Clicc: Fam-Bam Thang (1995)
  • Jupitersciples: Reach Out (2004)
  • J-Zone: Just a Friendly Game of Basketball (2004)
  • Marco Polo feat. Large Professor: Radar-Remix (2007)
  • People Under the Stairs: The Dig (2002)
  • Diamond D: Best Kept Secret – 45 King Remix (1993)Intro Music: Pierre-Alain Dahan: Phasing Drums No. 3 (1972)
    Outro Music: Joe Quijano: El Loco (Cesta, 1964)

SPINNING THE RECORD WHEEL

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For those of you who subscribe to my (old) Sidebar podcast, you may (or shortly will) discover a new episode awaiting you, the first in nearly two years. One of my ambitions for this year is to produce more audio content and while I’m working on a more ambitious podcast idea, I decided, in the short run, to create something that was simple to throw together at home: an annotated playlist.

Record Wheel #1

The conceit is simple: pick one of my iTunes thematic playlists, hit “random,” pluck out the first 10 songs and talk about them. I started with my “Favorites and Recent” playlist, which I use on my phone for either 1) recent digitizations or 2) favorite songs. As such, this particular spin of the wheel yielded some obvious hits but in the future, I’ll likely pick other playlists that are filled with songs off the beaten path.

This is an experiment. I’m basically taking what could have been a 10-song Soul Sides post and turned it into a podcast instead. Maybe people will prefer just reading the same content vs. listening to me yammer on about them. Send me some feedback and let me know your preference. If enough folks like it, I’d be happy to do more down the road.

Playlist:

  • Ohio Players: Ecstasy (Matthew Africa Edit) (Westbound, 1973/2012)
  • Jack McDuff: Shadow Of Your Smile (Atlantic, 1967)
  • Leo Sayer: Magdelena (Warner Bros, 1976)
  • Chi-Lites: Oh Girl (Brunswick, 1972)
  • Joni Mitchell: All I Want (Reprise, 1971)
  • The Ethics: I Want My Baby Back (Vent, 1969)
  • Francois Rauber: Improvisation (Unidisc, 197?)
  • The Relatives: More Time To Explain (Archway, 196?)
  • The Pharycde: She Said (Jay Dee Remix) (Delicious Vinyl, 1976)
  • The Hassles: 4 O’Clock in the Morning (United Artists, 1968)

Intro: Tonio Rubio: Slowrama (Tele-Music, 1973)