I first posted this song over four years ago; it was left off (I think) the Panama 3 comp by Soundway and the compiler, Beto, was kind enough to share a copy of the song with me. Four years later and I couldn’t help but throw down to buy one of the scarce copies to come available (not the least of which, a really clean one).
It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of this Tyrone Davis tune so it says a lot that this cover is probably my favorite cover of it. The way it opens is so monster; it floors me every time. Honestly, I’m amazed this wasn’t comped already – it’d definitely have a starring role on any covers mix I might work on in the future (hmmm…say…)
This Jackson LP has one of easier gospel funk cuts to track down; a slick, Southern soul influenced cooker (this is on Gospel Truth, which means that the rhythm section was likely drawn from Stax/Volt session players). The original LP version does have a little breakbeat to open it plus that groovin’ bridge but in case I ever wanted to DJ out with this, I did a quick/dirty edit to extend the intro break into 8 bars instead of 4 and did the same with the bridge. It doesn’t sound forced (hopefully). I call it…enhanced.
Just another reminder that I’m getting old but Digable Planets’ sophomore album, Blowout Comb is almost 20 years old (damn!) and just ahead of its anniversary, Light in the Attic has commissioned a full vinyl reissue of the album. Included is a special embossed cover and 18″×24″ fold-out poster plus a liner notes booklet by Larry Mizell Jr. (They have some cool white and lavender special vinyl versions but the white are out and the lavender are for LITA subscribers exclusively).
LITA is generous enough to sponsor a copy of the album for us to giveaway. To enter, send an email to us, subject line “DP me!” and include the answers to these following questions:
We’re done with the giveaway, thanks to all who entered!
1. Which of the album’s songs samples this Grant Green tune?
2. What is Butterfly’s new group called?
3. If one time is for your mind and three times is their Brooklyn dimes, what is two times for?
The slow build on this is fantastic…I’m not sure if Johnson’s falsetto isn’t just a little pitchy but you can’t ask for a more dramatic crescendo to kicking off the rhythm section to launch into what’s essentially a crossover-style gospel jam. This one’s out of Newark, NJ.1
By the way, I have an extra, stock copy of this 7″ if anyone’s interested. Drop me an email. ↩