THE OZONE SHOW: SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

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Had some time to kill this afternoon while waiting on some ribs to cook up on the grill. Decided to jump on the tables and put together an impromptu radio show on ustream.tv. 75 minutes, mixing up some new arrivals, some classics, and some stuff I literally just grabbed randomly off the wall.

The Ozone Show: Saturday Night Special (1-26-13)
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Bolivar Blues Band: Speaker Equilibrium (Bolivar Speaker Works, 1977)
Asha Puthli and the Surfers: Sunny (Columbia India, 1960s)
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BACK TO “THE ONE”

I’m rather overdue on this one; apologies.

I mentioned back in August that I was the moderator for a fantastic conversation with author RJ Smith and drummer James Gadson about the life, times and influence of James Brown. This was hosted at the Crawford Family Forum and while there’s no video from the event, there is audio and I’ve uploaded it as a podcast for you all.

The One: James Brown’s life, music, legacy. August 14, 2012
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By the way, this seems somehow apropos: Mystikal channels […]

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JAMES BROWN: RHYTHMS THAT HE MANIFESTS


James Brown: Bring It Up
From 7″ (King, 1967)

Throw out that Xmas music and get down with the Godfather.

Two years gone but like it says above, his groove never dies.

JAMES BROWN AND JOE BATAAN: DOCUMENTED


I Got The Feelin’: James Brown in the ’60s (Shout Factory, 2008)

Joe Bataan: Mr. New York Is Back (Vampisoul, 2008)

Finally took some time recently to look at two music-related DVDs.

The first is I Got the Feelin’: James Brown In the ’60s, a 3-DVD set comprised of two concerts (Boston Gardens, 4/5/68 & the Apollo Theater, 3/68), plus a documentary, The Night James Brown Saved Boston.

The latter is in reference to one of the astounding cultural moments of the turbulent late ’60s: the day after MLK’s assassination, Brown came to […]

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THE SOUL SIDES’ "UNDER COVERS" MIX FOR DUBLAB.COM


I recorded this mix for Dublab.com back in June and is now available on their website archive. I originally created it as a promo mix for Deep Covers 2 (though the timing was off since Dublab was back-logged over the summer). Still, I put in a nice selection of different cover songs here – some you’ve heard, some you haven’t. Here’s the tracklisting:

Simply Red – I Know You Got Soul – You’ve Got It – WEA

 

James Brown: Your Cheatin’ Heart – Soul On Top – King

 

Jimmy McGriff – Ain’t […]

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THE EXCITERS AND MARGIE JOSEPH: DEEPER AND DEEPER


The Exciters: Yo, Que Nada Tengo + Let Your Self Go
From S/T (Tamayo, late ’60s?)

Margie Joseph: I Can’t Move No Mountains + The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
From Margie (Atlantic, 1975)

I was thinking of something Murphy’s Law wrote a few weeks back: “THE DEEPER YOU GET, THE DEEPER THE MUSIC GET. There is more ill music out there than you and I can wrap our sorry little heads around.”

To me, the second statement actually refutes the former because really, there’s an incredibly, unfathomable amount of “ill […]

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Another Soul Sides Space Filler

James Brown in Paris, 1971

(Sorry, too busy to post right now but I’m working on some big things I’ll share soon).

JAMES BROWN: FUNK FOUNDATIONS



James Brown: Night Train
From 7″ (King, 1962)

James Brown: I’ve Got Money
From 7″ (B-side of “Three Hearts In a Tangle”) (King, 1963)

James Brown: Out of Sight
From 7″ (Smash, 1964)

All available on Star Time.

I’ve been working on a JB appreciation essay for MTV’s URGE site and in the course of doing research, I got into this tangential query of my own: where exactly did Brown and the JBs’ innovations for funk begin? Depending on who you ask, different scholars/critics have varying opinions. This what most agree upon: […]

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THROW IT DOWN FOR JAMES BROWN



James Brown: Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’ (Original Rock Version)
From 7″ (King promo-only, 1970). Also available on: James Brown’s Funky People 3.

James Brown: Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (Remix)
From In the Jungle Groove (Polydor, 1986)

Bonus: James Brown: Turn the Break Loose (soul-sides.com edit)

I’m genuinely honored that people expect the site to have something poignant to say about James Brown but honestly, I don’t really have much to add besides 1) what I’ve already noted and 2) what other writers I respect have had to say about it. […]

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THE GODFATHER, GONE


5/3/33 – 12/25/06

I’ve said this before but we are living through an era where many of the legends of soul music are quickly passing away. There were many we lost far before their time – Otis Redding or Marvin Gaye for example – but in the last few years, age (and poor health) is beginning to claim more and more. It’s inevitable that we all die, of course, but who thought that we’d ever lose James Brown (especially at age 73)?

It’s inevitable that I, amongst millions of others, will probably think about when they last […]

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