EASTSIDE SOUL

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Thee Midniters: Come Back Baby
From S/T (Whittier, 1965). Also on Thee Complete Midniters

Ronnie and the Pomona Casuals: Slow Jerk
From Everybody Jerk (Donna, 1965)

Bonus: Sunny and the Sunliners: Run Away + The One Who’s Hurtin’ Is You
From Live in Hollywood (Key-Loc, 1966)

Having moved back to the eastside of L.A., I’m definitely always open to soaking in the musical heritage of the region and given the ridiculous richness to be found in R&B/soul, I know I’ve barely scraped the tippy-tip of an iceberg thus […]

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BARBARA LYNN MIXES IT UP

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Barbara Lynn: Why Can’t You Love Me + Mix It Up Baby
From Here Is Barbara Lynn (Atlantic, 1968)

I first heard this LP at The Groove Merchant and then ended up getting a copy through The Record Jungle: my two favorite CA stores, making the indirect connect!

This was Lynn’s first album for Atlantic, having already landed in the spotlight five years prior with “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” (which this album also includes…and odd, if not calculated move on Atlantic’s part). The LP didn’t really yield any […]

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FUNK DEL MEXICO

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Los Socios Del Ritmo: Frijol Con Puerco
From S/T (EMI, 1971)

Los Lazos: La Rola
From Como Has Hecho (Orfeon, 1970)

I’m not saying, “if you see a record by a Mexican band from the early 1970s where the band members are standing next to or leaning against a wood paneled wall, you should definitely pick it up.”But really, what do you have to lose?

Just be forewarned – with both these LPs, the two tracks I […]

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AWWWW, DESMADRARSE!

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Sabroso: Freak-Out
From 7″ (Mystic, 1979)

Extra special shout out to Andy at Record Jungle for the hook-up on this. Talk about random: Mystic Records was a Hollywood-based label that, by far, is best known for a slew of 1980s releases by punk and thrash bands; it has a strong cult following. Sabroso’s recording here, a Spanish-language cover of Chic’s “La Freak,” clearly predates Mystic’s shift towards the punk world (and not surprisingly, the recording doesn’t seem to show up on discographies for the label).

I think “novelty” […]

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PRIVATE PILE: BOB ZELLIN TAKES US FOR A WHIRL

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Bob Zellin: Sunny + The Shadow Of Your Smile
From In a Whirl (Di No, 196?)

Sometimes, all it takes is a good cover. Add to that a 20-something organ prodigy, stroking the B-3, H-100 and a harpsichord, recording for a custom label, and covering a slew of jazz standards. This may border on lounge kitschy (not an unfair characterization) but a B-3 has such a distinctive, playful character that I’m willing to forgive a lot to hear someone who knows what they’re doing. Both of these covers are […]

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THE FAB APAT: PINOY BEATLES

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Dyna Souls: Do You Want To Know a Secret
I Will
From Pinoy Beatles (Zodiac, 197?)

I love the Beatles, I’m interested in American pop music made by Asian/Asian American artists…how am I not going to cop this when I see it at the Record Jungle?

This came out of Manila in what I can only guess would be the early 1970s. Assuming the band stuck the same assignments as the original Beatles, then Vick Generoso would have been John, Tony Generoso was Paul, Walter Pennington was […]

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SCHOOL DAZE

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Gary Gassell and Pam Tims: School’s Out – Let’s Shout
Let’s Count
Ba Ba Ba “B”
From School Days (Melody House, 197?)

Let’s just get this out of the way…this is not one of “those” Melody House LPs, i.e. chock full of funky breaks and loops. That said, I almost never pass up a MH title simply because their approach to kids’ music was so deeply informed by pop conventions in a way that seems “very ’70s” and as a ’70s baby myself, I feel a kinship […]

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SINGLE SERVINGS: RICK HOLMES + ROY AYERS

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Rick Holmes: Remember to Remember + The Unknowledgeable One
From 12″ (Gold Mink, 1981)

Picked this up at Record Jungle the other week: a really strange 12″ produced by Roy Ayers, featuring L.A. radio DJ Rick Holmes. Some of you might already be familiar with Holmes since his voice graces the Cannonball Adderley Love, Sex, and the Zodiac album but I didn’t realize he went onto record something with Ayers, a decade later.

Musically, this is vintage post-disco Ayers; very groovy and soulful. Holmes though… He’s ok […]

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’60S POP EN ESPAÑOL

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Los Freddy’s: Vuelve Mi Amor (Never My Love)
From 7″ (Peerless, 196?)

Los Xochimilcas: Y La Amo (And I Love Her)
From Cumbias y Dengues (Eco, 196?)

I recently got the Los Freddy’s in…I always did love the original version by The Association and the Los Freddy’s pull off a pretty loyal cover musically. I could be wrong but doesn’t this sound like a bunch of teenagers? Either that or the lead has a naturally “young” sounding voice.

The Los Xochimilcas’ cumbia flip on “And I […]

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LAMONT DOZIER + RICHIE HAVENS: BACK TO THEIR ROOTS

In honor of Richie Havens, who passed away earlier this week, I’m bringing back this 2010 post. -O.W.


Lamont Dozier: Going Back To My Roots
From Peddlin’ Music On The Side (WB, 1977)

Richie Havens: Going Back To My Roots
From Connections (Elektra, 1980)

One of my best moments in a club came back in the ’00s when I was at APT during a night that Chairman Mao was spinning. I had never heard Lamont Dozier’s “Going Back To My Roots” before and I was just marveling at now just how […]

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