BARBARA ACKLIN + JACKIE WILSON: DOING THEIR THING


Barbara Acklin: I Can’t Do My Thing
To Sir, With Love
From I Did It (Brunswick, 1970)

Jackie Wilson: Go Away
I Get Lonely Sometimes
From Beautiful Day (Brunswick, 1973)

If you’re looking for soul records, it’s inevitable that you’re eventually going to cross paths with Brunswick. In the R&B world, the label is best known for its association with Jackie Wilson but at various points in history, they were also home to Young Holt Unlimited, Barbara Acklin, Willie Henderson, the Chi-Lites, The Lost Generation, even Lionel Hampton, […]

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PATTI DREW: STOP AND LISTEN


Patti Drew: Tell Him
From Tell Him (Capitol, 1967)

Fever
From I’ve Been Here All the Time (Capitol, 1969)

Hundreds And Thousands Of Guys
From
Wild Is Love (Capitol, 1970)

All songs also available on Working On a Groovy Thing.

Ok, time to take a break from Gur-eulogies. I could have sworn I had posted about Patti Drew at some point but it was really in passing. Drew’s not exactly obscure but I wouldn’t go as far to call her a household name either. One of the many hopefuls to […]

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THE POSSE + LITTLE DENICE: FLIP SIDES


The Posse: You Better Come Out and Play b/w That’s What Makes Us Happy
From 7″ (EJC, 197?)

Lil’ slice of Michigan funk here; the A-side sounds like something Norman Whitfield might have whipped up for the Temptations in their psychedelic era but then accidentally ended up in the hands of the Jackson 5 (albeit, the Posse’s falsetto lead here is no MJ). The lyrics make it sound innocent but the vibe is so dark that when the singer croons, “you better come out and play,” it sounds like a threat made by an arsonist holding […]

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CAROLYN FRANKLIN: DYNAMITE, BABY


Carolyn Franklin: I Don’t Want to Lose You
From Baby Dynamite (RCA, 1968)

Carolyn Franklin: You Really Didn’t Mean It
From Chain Reaction (RCA, 1970)

Both on Sister Soul: The Best of the RCA Years.

Carolyn Franklin: Deal With It
From If You Want It (RCA, 1976)

(Originally written for Side Dishes)

The fates of the Franklin sisters – Aretha, Erma and Carolyn – comprise a classic American tragedy. One, Aretha, would go onto spectacular fame and worldwide acclaim (big bow and all) while her sisters, Erma and Carolyn, had brief careers as recording artists but […]

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THE YEAR IN MUSIC: PART 1 (THE OLD)


(from l-r, Alton Ellis, Edwin Starr, Labi Siffre, The Impressions
Joe Bataan, Stevie Wonder, the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
Bobby Matos, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Skye 7″)

(This post began life on Side Dishes and has “evolved” since).

I had a strange realization the other week: 2008 might be the first year where I spent more time listening to older music than new music. This hasn’t been out of nowhere – it’s been a long-term shift but it hit me, when I was trying to come up with the standard “Top 10” list that I’m […]

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Q-TIP: THE VIBE IS BACK


Q-Tip: Won’t Trade + Believe (feat. D’Angelo)
From The Renaissance (Motown, 2008)

Ruby Andrews: You Made a Believer Out Of Me
From 7″ (Zodiac, 1969). Also on Casanova.

Large Professor: For My People
From The LP (Geffen, unreleased, 1995)

Having sat with Q-Tip’s new album for a few…I have to say, this is phenomenal. I know I may be biased – like many rap fans who grew up in the 1990s, Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest might very have been to us what the Beatles were to my parents’ generation. Especially given that Q-Tip has been […]

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BLAZE IT UP: FUNK HEATERS



James Brown: The Chicken
From 7″ (King, 1969). Also on Popcorn.

Sugar Pie DeSanto: A Little Taste of Soul
From 7″ (Gedinson’s 100 Wax, 1962).

John Ellison: You’ve Got to Have Rhythm
From 7″ (Phil L.A. of Soul, 1970). Also on Funky, Funky Way of Making Love.

Lou Courtney: Hey Joyce
From 7″ (Pop-Side, 1967)

Toussaint McCall: Shimmy
From 7″ (Ronn, 196?). Also on Nothing Takes the Place of You.

Little Eva Harris: Get Ready – Uptight
From 7″ (Spring, 1968). Also on The Spring Story.

Bonus: Mighty Mo: The Next Message (Version)
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RETRO SOUL SUMMER?


Solange Knowles: I Decided
From Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (Geffen, upcoming 2008)

Estelle feat. Kardinal Offishall: Magnificent
From Shine (Atlantic, 2008)

Little Jackie: One Love + 28 Butts
From The Stoop (S-Curve, upcoming 2008)

Bonus: Tammi Terrell: What a Good Man He Is
From Irresistible (Motown, 1969)

Question: exactly how many “next Amy Winehouses” can there really be? So far, in the last year we’ve heard about: Leona Lewis (more like the new Mariah), Duffy (voice so thin, you could shave with it), Adele (Tracy Chapman meets Madeline […]

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BETTY DAVIS, DONNA SUMMER AND LITTLE BEAVER IN HEP MAGAZINE

I came upon this magazine today: a 1976 issue of Hep, an African American tabloid from the 1970s, published out of Ft. Worth, TX. This particular issue, apart from noting that “Blacks Are More Psychic Than White” and that alarming, banner story about a wild boy raised by monkeys, also had a cover story about Betty Davis, plus stories on Donna Summer’s “new” single (“Love To Love You Baby”) and Miami’s Little Beaver. I scanned in the relevant pages to share with you all (wig ads not included).

Bonus: More scans. These include a feature on […]

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SEXY JAMS


Lloyd Charmers: Let’s Get It On
From Trojan Motor City Reggae (Trojan, 2006)

Little Beaver: Let the Good Times Roll
From Party Down (Cat, 1974)

Betty Wright: Tonight Is the Night
From Danger – High Voltage (Alston, 1974)

My sister-in-law is starting a dance class and is looking for suggestions for suitable music. To be more specific, she’s looking for: “”songs that make you feel like getting your groove on. Sexy slow uptempo or mid tempo, it’s all good we’re just asking for some ideas of what makes you feel sexy.” I’ve thrown some suggestions her […]

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