last week – our grand launch – was a rousing success. We had a great, packed house and really enjoy meeting folks.
This week, it’s O-Dub and Murphy’s Law, back together again.
This will be different from the Boogaloo[L.A.] vibe – I’m going to be playing less music to move to and move music to move you, if that makes any sense…basically, a lot of soul, maybe some jazz, a lil Latin, but it’s about the listening experience (hopefully!). I may or may not have a guest that night – could just be me, holding it down the entire time.
If this works out, it might turn into a monthly “Soul Sides Saturday” event so please do come out and hang for a bit if you can.
Checkmates Ltd.: Got To See “U” Soon + I Must Be Dreaming
From F/S/O (Rustic, 1974)
Lead by Sonny Charles, the Checkmates were a Chicago-baesd soul group who recorded with a few labels, including Capitol and A&M before landing in the ’70s on Rustic (at least for this release). It’s a bit of a sleeper LP in my opinion – not expensive or that rare but folks pass on it simply because they’re not knowing. I posted the two best songs above. “Got To See “U” Soon” has been a favorite of Murphy’s Law and I’m glad he’s been spinning it because I forgot how much I liked that song myself: has a slightly Latin sabor and the doo-wop touches are nice as well. It’s not going to tear the roof off but it’s a fun, catchy song, especially for the beginning of the evening.
“I Must Be Dreaming” is a beaut of a sweet soul track – downright dreeeaaaammy. Far as I can tell, this album’s never been reissued on CD – pity.