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Little Beaver – Party Down Pt1

By , June 13, 2013 12:36 pm

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Willie “Little Beaver” Hale

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Greetings all

The end of the week has arrived, and so has the Funky16Corners Radio Show, which comes to you this and every Friday night at 9PM on Viva Radio. If you can’tbe there to hear it, you can always subscribe to the show as a podcast in iTunes, or grab an MP3 here at the blog.

The tune I bring you today is just about three and a quarter minutes of perfection, custom made for a weekend night in the summertime.

Willie ‘Little Beaver’ Hale was an Arkansas-born singer/guitarist who laid down some of the finest grooves of the Miami scene in the 1970s.

In addition to his own records, he also played guitar for other TK/Glades/Cat artists like Betty Wright (that’s him on ‘Clean Up Woman’) and George McCrae.

He had recorded 45s for labels like Saadia and Phil-La of Soul before having his first hit (‘Joey’) with Cat in 1972.

‘Party Down’ was a #2 R&B hit in the summer of 1974. It features Little Beaver working it out on the guitar, laying down a mellow, late night, cognac groove, working in a little scat here and there while his friends make a little noise in the background.

Little Beaver waxed more than a dozen 45s and four albums for Cat in the 70s before going into retirement for years, only to reemerge in 2003 to play on Joss Stone’s ‘Soul Sessions’ album.

It is a very groovy tune indeed, and I hope you dig it.

I’ll see you all on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

 

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Mel Torme – Comin’ Home Baby b/w Ben Tucker RIP

By , June 6, 2013 11:07 am

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Ben Tucker (Left) & Bob Dorough (Right) & Mel Torme (Bottom)

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It’s almost that time, by which I mean the time when the Funky16Corners Radio Show takes to the airwaves of the interwebs on Viva Radio. This and every Friday night at 9PM you get to hear my dulcet tones rapping about/alongside the finest in funk, soul, jazz and rare groove, all on original vinyl. If you can’t be there at the time of broadcast, you can always subscribe to the show as a podcast in iTunes or grab an MP3 here at the blog.

I had something else planned for today’s post, but had to push the rest button when one of my jazz inclined Facebook friends (hey, Nick) noted in a post that bassist Ben Tucker had passed away.

I realize that most of you will have no idea who Ben Tucker was, so bear with me.

Tucker was a well-traveled sideman on a wide variety of jazz sessions through the 50s and 60s, working the arco and the pizzicato beside heavies like Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper and a busload of others.

That, despite the obvious quality of his work, is all largely beside the point, because it was as a composer – of one particular song – that has Ben Tucker’s name chiseled into the wall at the Hall of Fame.

That song – which you see before you was written by Tucker and first recorded by the Donald Bailey Quartet in 1961, but really took off the following year after the mighty Bob Dorough (yes, the coolest cat to ever turn the times tables into groovy music) added some lyrics to the tune, and it was recorded by the old Velvet Fog, Mr Mel Torme.

That version of the song (oddly enough, recorded almost exactly a week after my birth) was a hit for Mel, and went on to become a cornerstone of the swinging vibe (as well as a Mod jazz fave).

The song itself became a soul jazz/jazz standard, bipped, bopped, and rearranged countless times by many, many people, in many different guises.  ‘Comin’ Home Baby’ is – along with songs like ‘Listen Here’, ‘Sack’O’Woe’ and ‘Work Song’ – one of the building blocks of the classic era of soul jazz.

No matter how many times you hear it done, though, nobody, but NOBODY dropped it like old Mel.

With a foundation of piano, bass, drums and the insistent chank of a rhythm guitar, you soon get Mr Torme (and some ladies in the background) showing you all how you can be super smooth and cutting in the same breath.

‘Comin’ Home Baby’ is especially groovy, and enduring because along with your jazz (Torme is one of the most respected jazz voices of his time) you get an undercurrent of R&B, in a Ray Charles stylee that gives the record an extra, propulsive kick that never lets up.

It’s one of those 45s that literally pulls people up out of their seats, on account of the groove is so deep and wide that even the moldiest fig can’t help but shake a leg.

When he died, Ben Tucker had long since relocated to Savannah, GA where he became a fixture of the local scene as both a musician and businessman.

He will be missed, but the mighty song he penned will live on.

Have a great weekend.

Keep the faith

Larry

 

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Earl Cosby – Ooh Honey Baby

By , April 11, 2013 12:28 pm

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Earl Cosby aka Jackie Lee aka Earl Nelson

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Greetings all

The end of the week is here, and that means it’s Funky16Corners Radio Show time again. We take to the airwaves of the interwebs every Friday night at 9PM on Viva Radio. If your ears aren’t available then, you can always subscribe to the show as a podcast in iTunes, or grab an MP3 out of the archive here at the blog.

The tune I bring you today is yet another example of the talents of the mighty Earl Nelson, aka Jackie Lee, aka Earl Cosby.

While I have never gotten to the bottom of why Nelson recorded in so many guises during the 60s, I can say with confidence that the sounds he made were always very groovy.

If West Coast Northern Soul is your bag, you already know that Nelson recorded certified classics as part of Bob and Earl (‘Harlem Shuffle’) and as Jackie Lee (‘The Duck’).

The tune I bring you today is a fairy recent addition to my crates. I knew of the Earl Nelson recordings for years, but only found a copy of this particular 45 in the last few months.

‘Ooh Honey Baby’ b/w ‘Land of 1000 Dances’ was released in 1965 on the storied Mira label, then again (with the sides reversed, on Mirwood this time) in 1966.

Despite the record’s obvious charms – it’s a hard charging dance floor killer – it failed to make a mark on the charts either time. It’s got all the hallmarks of top quality Northern Soul, from the driving beat, vibes, classy horns and hooks a plenty.

Released under the name Jackie Lee, ‘The Duck’ was a Top 10 R&B hit in 1965, and it’s possible that the ‘Earl Cosby’ persona fell by the wayside as a result.

That said, both side of this disc are excellent, and well worth seeking out to add to your crates.

I hope you dig the sounds, and I’ll be back on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

 

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Lou Bond RIP

By , February 21, 2013 11:07 am

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Lou Bond

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Listen/Download Lou Bond – To the Establishment

Greetings all

This is the end of another week, so it is – as always – time to remind you to tune in to the Funky16Corners Radio Show. It airs this and every Friday night at 9pm on Viva Radio, and can be subscribed to as a podcast in iTunes or picked up as an MP3 here at the blog.

I was saddened the other day when word came down the line that Lou Bond had passed away.

Bond (born Ronald Edward Lewis) , who in his short career laid down just two 45s and one amazing LP is less a “cult” artist than an unjustly/tragically forgotten one.

Bond recorded two very cool 45s in 1966 and 1967 while in Chicago (rooming with none other than Sidney Barnes!), the groovy midtempo ‘What Have I Done’ for Fontana and the uptempo Northern flavored ‘You Shake Me Up’ for Brainstorm.

He recorded his only LP, the self-titled ‘Lou Bond’ for the short-lived Stax subsidiary We Produce in 1974.

‘Lou Bond’, which was reissued by Light In the Attic in 2010 (there was a brief digital reissued by Stax prior to that) is a truly remarkable piece of work.

Record collectors/music hounds are constantly bombarded with “lost” albums and rediscoveries that – following the flavor of the month pattern – are often less interesting than they first appear.

‘Lou Bond’ is a rare and powerful exception to that rule.

I first heard about the record years ago when it was popping up with regularity in ‘finds’ lists on a message board I used to frequent.

I finally got my hands on a copy of the album back in 2007 and had my mind blown.

Though he was unmistakably a soul singer, one need only look at the pictures of Bond on his album cover to get the message that he was in other bags as well.

Bond was starting off in a soul groove, but also mixing jazz, folk and contemporary pop into his sound.

‘Lou Bond’ draws from a wide range of influences, most notably Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes, but also a variety of early 70s singer songwriters (soul and non).

It’s important to note that among the album’s six tracks, three of them were written or co-written by Bond, the other three being covers of songs by Bill Withers, Carly Simon and Jimmy Webb.

The album moves effortlessly between intimate moments and lush orchestration, with Bond touching on love, the environment and politics.

The two tracks I bring you today are my favorites from the album.

I’ve always found Carly Simon’s ‘That’s the Way I Always Heard It Should Be’ to be one of the most haunting and uniquely dark singles of the early 70s. Bond’s take on it rinses out some of the darkness, replacing it with a hopeful tone (due in large part to a short, spoken prelude).

The eleven-minute-plus ‘To the Establishment’ bears the influence of Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’, with Bond taking things in a looser, free-form direction that might almost be described as a hippie vibe.

Both tracks are solid stylistic indicators of the sounds that can be found on the rest of the album.

The big mystery in relation to Bond has always been two-fold.

First, how did Stax/We Produce decide to let an unknown commodity like Bond stretch out like he did, with the backing of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra?

Second, why didn’t an album this good make a bigger impression?

The answer to the first question may very well be that this was 1974, and record companies were still taking chances like that all the time. Bond was prodigiously talented, and it’s not hard to imagine someone hearing Bond singing his (and others) songs and handing him a blank check.

The answer to the second question probably has something to do with the impending collapse of Stax.

Bond was already on one of the most sparsely populated Stax sub-labels. We Produce only released albums by three artists – the Temprees, Ernie Hines and Bond, releasing a 45 by one additional artist – Lee Sain (who brought Bond to the attention of Stax), at a time when when the mothership was spreading itself mighty thin.

As far as I can tell ‘Lou Bond’ was poorly promoted/distributed, and Bond himself had to contend with the fact that the concept of a black singer/songwriter (outside of the accepted funk/soul mold) was not an easy fit in the musical landscape of the time.

The sad fact is that after his one LP, Bond never recorded again.

His music was sampled a number of times (by Outkast and Prodigy among others), and the Light In the Attic reissue brought his amazing talent back into the light of day.

If you get the chance, check out the nearly hour-long interview (audio) with Bond posted at the Light In the Attic web site.

You can still get the Light In the Attic reissue (with bonus tracks) on iTunes. If you dig what you’re hearing here today, I assure you that you’ll like the rest just as much.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

 

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Funky16Corners Presents Boogaloo Mardi Gras (Again)!

By , January 31, 2013 1:17 pm

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Roger and the Gypsies – Pass the Hatchet Pt1 (Seven B)
Professor Longhair – Big Chief Pt2 (Watch)
Bobby Marchan – Shake Your Tambourine (Cameo/Parkway)
Diamond Joe – Gossip Gossip (Sansu)
Eddie Bo – Hook and Sling Pt1 (Scram)
Lee Dorsey – Four Corners Pt1 (Amy)
Dixie Cups – Two Way Poc A Way (ABC)
Earl King – Street Parade (Kansu)
Meters – Cardova (Josie)
David Batiste and the Gladiators – Funky Soul Pt2 (Instant)
Bobby Williams – Boogaloo Mardi Gras Pt2 (Capitol)
Curly Moore – Sophisticated Cissy (Instant)
Ernie K Doe – Here Come the Girls (Janus)
Larry Darnell – Son of a Son of a Slave (Instant)
Explosions – Hip Drop Pt1 (Gold Cup)
Rubaiyats – Omar Khayyam (Sansu)
Warren Lee – Funky Belly (Wand)
Willie Tee – Sweet Thing (Gatur)
Danny White – Natural Soul Brother (SSS Intl)
Lee Dorsey – Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further (Polydor)
Oliver Morgan – Roll Call (Seven B)
Eddie Bo – Can You Handle It (Bo Sound)

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Greetings all.

I hope you all are well.

I should start by reminding you that the Funky16Corners Radio Show will air (as it does every week) Friday night at 9PM on Viva Radio. If you can’t be there at airtime you can subscribe to the show as a podcast in iTunes or grab yourself an MP3 here at the blog.

The mix you see before you is something I put together last year to commemorate Mardi Gras, and in a rare show of foresight on my part I got it up and ready to go on time this year.

It is packed with old faves including some stellar Mardi Gras-specific numbers with which you can second line to your heart’s content.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back with some more groovy stuff on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

 

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James Spencer – Take This Woman Off the Corner

By , August 2, 2012 1:09 pm

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Greetings all.

The end of the week is here, and so it’s time for me to remind you to check out the Funky16Corners Radio Show. Join us at 9PM this and every Friday night on Viva Radio or fall by the blog over the weekend to pick yourself up an MP3 of the broadcast.

The tune I bring you this fine day is one of those things where I “knew of” a record, whether by reputation, or another collectors finds list or some such. A few years back, when I was down in DC spinning and digging, I had a very good day at the DC Record Show where I managed to bag several long time want list items, as well as a couple of other gems, one of which you see before you now.

When I got the record home, I discovered not only a very groovy, very funky tune, but also a nice, fat drumbreak opening up the whole thing.

James Spencer had a nice, raspy voice, and the arrangement – with production by Roosevelt Jamison – is very cool.
Though I don’t know anything about James Spencer (Sir Shambling lists two 45s at Deep Soul Heaven, but acknowledges that there is some controversy as to whether or not they are by the same James Spencer) but the Memphis label has an interesting story.

My first experience with the imprint was via a non-soul group, that being the New Zealand Trading Company.

On the soul tip, Memphis released sides by Ollie Nightingale, the Girls, and most importantly (at least to this story) Billy Butler and Infinity.

As it turns out, Memphis – despite the name, and the fact that some of it’s sides were in fact recorded in that city – was co-owned by Chitown giants (and brothers) Jerry Butler and Billy Butler.

In fact, Jerry Butler would team up with Gene Chandler (as Gene and Jerry) to record their own version of this song as “Ten and Two (Take This Woman Off the Corner)” for Mercury in 1971.

I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

 

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Willie Hutch – Brother’s Gonna Work It Out / Vampin’

By , July 26, 2012 12:13 pm

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Listen/Download Willie Hutch – Vampin’ (from The Mack OST)

Greetings all

The week is coming to a close so I’ll remind you that the Funky16Corners Radio Show will be hitting the airwaves of the interwebs Friday night at 9PM on Viva Radio. The following day you can pick up an MP3 of the show via iTunes or over at the Funky16Corners Blog.

The tunes I bring you today are prime examples of the finest sounds being made during the apex of the ‘Blaxploitation’ era.

A few years back I was down digging/spinning at the DC record show and was lucky enough to have an exceptionally good day in the stacks, walking away with several long-time wants on 45 and LP, among them, the soundtrack to the 1973 film (one of the finest of the genre) ‘The Mack’.

The flick starred Max Julien and Richard Pryor, and had the great good fortune of having its soundtrack composed by the mighty Willie Hutch.

Born in LA but raised in Texas, Willie Hutch (born William McKinley Hutchinson) returned to the West Coast in the mid-60s, eventually finding work as an writer/producer/arranger for the 5th Dimension.

He was later called in to write lyrics for the song that would become ‘I’ll Be There’ and after the song became a hit for the Jackson Five, Hutch went to work for Motown.

While at the label he recorded several albums under his own name, as well as the soundtracks for ‘The Mack’ and ‘Foxy Brown’.

The two tunes I bring you today both hail from the soundtrack to ‘The Mack’.

The first is the 45 edit/hit version (R&B Top 20 in 1973) of ‘Brother’s Gonna Work It Out’. A great feature for Hutch as both vocalist and guitarist, it’s also hard not to compare it to Curtis Mayfield’s award winning work on the ‘Superfly’ soundtrack from the previous year.
While Hutch’s production is more dense and hard-hitting than Mayfield’s, ‘Brother’s Gonna Work It Out’ has that Curtis vibe to it.

That said, it is a dynamite track, with classy strings (and harp!), wah wah guitar and a great falsetto vocal by Hutch.

The second cut, ‘Vampin’ (from the soundtrack album) is a change of pace, almost more of a musical interlude than a proper song, but a groovy one indeed. The horns almost have a touch of Norman Whitfield to them, and Hutch lays down some exceptional guitar lines throughout.

As I said, Hutch went on to record several albums for Motown, leaving Motown in 1977 to work with Norman Whitfield, then returning to the label in 1982. He eventually left the label and returned to Texas in the 1990s.

I hope you dig the tracks, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

 

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The Pioneers – At the Discotheque

By , July 19, 2012 2:15 pm

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Greetings all.

The end of the week is here, and so is your weekly dose of soul with the Funky16Corners Radio Show. Join us at 9PM this and every Friday night on Viva Radio or fall by the blog over the weekend to pick yourself up an MP3 of the broadcast.

The tune I bring you today was one of those happy, completely unexpected discoveries that make record collecting such a gas.

I had long been a fan of Chubby Checker’s 1964 soul classic ‘(At the) Discotheque’.

If you haven’t heard it, don’t let yourself be put off by the name Chubby Checker. Though he’s best known for earlier fair like ‘The Twist’ (and countless iterations thereof) the Chub-ster acquitted himself quite nicely during his later years, and ‘(At the) Discotheque’ is one of his best.

That said, imagine my surprise when years after first grabbing a copy of Monsieur Checker’s magnum opus, I should stumble upon a reggae cover of the song by one of the greatest Jamaican groups (who had been featured in this space before) the Pioneers.

Known to fans of rock steady for records like ‘Long Shot Kick De Bucket’ and ‘Let Your Yeah Be Yeah’ and to soul heads for their incredible cover of the Temptations ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’, the Pioneers laid down their cover of ‘(At the) Discoptheque’ in 1973.

As far as I can tell the Pioneers excellent version of the tune wasn’t a hit anywhere, though it was released in the Netherlands (which is where my copy originated).

It’s another very cool version of cool song, and here at Funky16Corners, that’s all we need.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

 

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Derek Martin – Soul Power

By , July 12, 2012 12:18 pm

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Greetings all.

The end of another week is here, and so is your weekly helping of soulful goodness in the form of the Funky16Corners Radio Show. We take to the airwaves of the interwebs this – and every – Friday night at 9PM on Viva Radio. If you can’t be there at the time of broadcast you can always fall by the blog and grab the show (or any of the previous 100 episodes) in MP3 form.

I’ll start by assuming that as fans of soul, most of you will already be aware of the undeniable awesomeness of Derek Martin’s ‘Daddy Rolling Stone’, one of the ur documents of the mod soul sound and a dynamite record on its own merits.

Derek Martin was himself a fantastic example of the kind of journeyman soul artist that made the 60s great.

He got his start in the R&B era, recording with the Sheiks and the Pearls (both groups also featured Dave Clowney, aka Dave ‘Baby Cortez’), then the Top Notes and Jimmy Ricks and the Raves (with whom he first recorded ‘Daddy Rolling Stone’ for Atco in 1962).

He recorded his own version of Otis Blackwell’s ‘Daddy Rolling Stone’ for Crackerjack in 1963, and then spent the rest of the 60s and the early 70s bouncing from label to label, recording for Festival, Roulette, Tuba, Volt, Buttercup, Vibration and All Platinum.

Today’s selection, ‘Soul Power’ was recorded and first released for the Detroit label Tuba in 1967, and later issued on Volt.

The tune, written and produced by Teddy Randazzo, is a funky number that quotes the Parliaments ‘Testify’ in the lead-up to the chorus.

Like pretty much everything else he did (with the exception of 1965’s ‘You Better Go’ which grazed the R&B Top 20) the excellent ‘Soul Power’ did not make a dent on the charts.

I’d be very interested in seeing someone put together a multi-label retrospective of Martin’s 60s and 70s singles. What I’ve heard shows not only a lot of talent, but also somewhat adventurous tastes.

Though it’s discography was relatively brief – less than 20 singles in its catalog – Tuba was a very interesting label, releasing soul, funk (Richard’s People’s mighty ‘Yo Yo’) and garage pop (the Cartoons and Friday Night and Saturday), gospel (Clara Ward) and soul jazz (Johnny Lytle).

I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

 

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Bobby Byrd – Back From the Dead

By , April 5, 2012 4:24 pm

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Greetings all.

The end of another week is here, and so is your weekly helping of soulful goodness in the form of the Funky16Corners Radio Show. We take to the airwaves of the interwebs this – and every – Friday night at 9PM on Viva Radio. If you can’t be there at the time of broadcast you can always fall by the blog and grab the show (or any of the previous 100 episodes) in MP3 form.

The tune I bring you today comes from late in the career of one of my favorite funky singers, Mr Bobby Byrd.

Though he is best known as a part of the James Brown galaxy of stars, Byrd recorded today’s selection under the auspices of Henry Stone’s Florida-based TK label.

Byrd recorded some of the finest non-James Brown JB-related 45s of the 60s and early 70s.

Among them was the epic, hard charging and undeniably ass-kicking ‘I Know You Got Soul’ (later flipped and reworked by no less than Eric B and Rakim) ‘Hot Pants – I’m Coming, I’m Coming’ as well as all manner of right-hand-man-isms alongside the Godfather himself (‘What you g’on play now? Bobby I don’t know, by whatsoever I play it’s got to be funky!).

Byrd was an original member of the Famous Flames, a pianist and a great, rough-edged singer.

It’s almost impossible to separate Bobby Byrd from the mighty James Brown, but that that’s what happened in 1973 when Byrd left the fold and went out on his own.

He recorded for a few different labels before ending up on the TK subsidiary International Brothers in 1974.

‘Back From the Dead’, co-written and produced by none other than Clarence Reid is a slightly slicker confection than folk used to his King sides might expect. It is a little jarring to hear Byrd working outside of the familiar James Brown aural landscape, but he works well with the proto-disco of the TK crew.

You also get to hear Bobby drop gems like

‘Like a vampire from a horror movie, girl you gave me something groovy!’
‘Brought me back from the dead!’

Whether or not the title of the song was supposed to be prophetic is tough to say. Byrd either entered or orbited near the Top 40 more than half a dozen times during the James Brown years. After leaving his last two charting singles (of which ‘Back From the Dead’ was the final one) hit #82 and #57 respectively.

Bobby Byrd (who was married to another JB stalwart, Vicki Anderson) passed away not long after Brown in September of 2007.

I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll be back on Monday.

 

Peace

Larry

 

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Fatback Band – (Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop

By , March 22, 2012 3:11 pm

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Listen/Download Fatback Band – (Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop

Greetings all.

I hope you all find yourselves in a groovy place (literal, figurative or both).

It is – as always – time to remind you that the Funky16Corners Radio Show returns to the airwaves of the interwebs this Friday night at 9PM on Viva Radio. If you can’t join us at airtime, make sure to fall by the blog and pick yourself up an MP3 of the show (or dip into the extensive Radio Show archives with almost 100 past episodes).

I was wandering around inside my iPod the other night and fell upon a couple of rather hypnotic grooves, one provided by the Krautrockers Neu, and the other one you see before you today, as laid (very heavily) into the groove by the mighty Fatback Band.

Though I knew their name, they first entered my ears via my man DJ Prestige who whipped ‘I’m Going To See My Baby’ on me back in the day during our collaborative mix Beat Combination Pts 1&2.

If that is a record with which you lack familiarity, might I suggest you grab said mix.

That said, I became hip to Fatback’s Perception stuff, but it was only last year, whilts down in DC that my man DJ Birdman delivered unto me a stack of funky records, some of which I’d asked he grab in his travels, and some he just laid on me because he is the very personification of a righteous dude, who never lets me visit without sending me away with some new sounds.

The Fatback record he gave me that day was 1975’s ‘Raising Hell’.

I’d heard of (but not heard) a couple of the tracks therein, but once I dropped the needle, the one that really stuck with me was today’s selection ‘(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop’.

Fatback were one of those bands that straddled the funk and disco eras with ease, providing some transitional grease for those so inclined to take that particular trip.

They are memorable because they managed to keep the funk burning while spreading things out enough that the bellbottomed, wide lapelled folk would follow them out onto the disco dance floor.

‘(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop’ (which grazed the R&B Top 40) has one of the pumping-est bass lines you’re ever likely to hear, as well as some of that delicious clavinet partisans of 70s funk know and love.

The lyrics – as they are – are fairly dance floor chant-y, and the groove is as much late night drive through the city as they are bump it on the dance floor, thus the previous description as hypnotic.

You can feel free to swing your ass about, or just nod your head, depending on your situation/locale.

Either way you will be compelled to move.

I hope you dig the cut as much as I do, and I’ll see you all on Monday.

 

Peace

Larry

 

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F16C Soul Club Presents: The Wiz – mixed by Tarik Thornton

By , March 8, 2012 5:14 pm

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Playlist

Jenny Misty – Nature Boy- Breakout
Earnest Jackson – Funky Blackman (Stone)
Bill Withers – Kissing My Love (Sussex)
Talmadge Armstrong – You’ve Got So Much Feeling (In Your Love) (Love Records)
Sir Wales Wallace- Whatever you Want (Innovations 2)
Big John Hamilton – Just Seeing You Again (Minaret)
Alex Williams & The Mustangs – Thrill Aint Gone ( Jewel)
Ernest Johnson – Old Man Blues (Steph and Lee)
Rickey Calloway – Paid My Dues Part. 1 (Super Records)
Fabulous Counts – Rhythm Changes (Westbound)
Jimmie (The Shiek) Green – Let Yourself Go (Stringer)
Stage Three- Don’t Ever Go Home (Zelia)
Wisdom – Nefertiti (Adelia)

 

Listen/Download -The Wiz – Mixed by Tarik Thornton – 48MB Mixed Mp3/160K

Greetings all.

The end of the week is here and I have a very special treat for you all.

But first – as is always the custom – I simply must remind you that the Funky16Corners Radio Show will be blowing up the intertubes this Friday night at 9PM on Viva Radio. Or, should you be unable to attend at the time of broadcast, you can always drop by this very spot to grab yourselves an MP3 of this (or any of the previous ninety-some) week’s show.

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Also, I don’t usually do a whole ot of plugs here, but I got word that the BBC is doing an hour-long radio documentary on one of my all-time faves, the mighty Wilson Pickett, featuring interviews with folks like Bobby Womack, Steve Cropper, Bobby Eli, Willie Schofield, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice, Rick Hall, and Spooner Oldham and the whole thing is narrated by none other than Roger Daltrey.

It will be broadcast on BBC2 (for you good folks in the UK) on Monday March 12th at 10pm and will also be available on their listen again feature on their website for the following 7 days.

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Now, back to the treats.

If you are a regular attendee of the festivities here at the Funky16Corners you will already be familiar with the mixing/digging prowess of my man Tarik Thornton.

Tarik has contributed to both of the previous Funky16Corners Soul Club Allnighters, as well as dropping one of his live sets from the Hip Drop.

Tarik is a very solid cat and it should go without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that I hold his musical taste in high esteem.

The mix he brings us today is his latest excursion, this in a down-to-mid-tempo style, entitled ‘The Wiz’.

I’m always down to listen to any of Tarik’s mixes, but this one is extra groovy.

Despite my obvious love for hard charging bangers (funk and/or soul) I have a highly developed taste for the somewhat more laid back side of funk (see ‘Easy Mover’ just added to the Guest Mix Archive), in the “it doesn’t have to crack you over the head to bring the funk” school of thought.

That is the vibe of ‘The Wiz’ with some stuff straight out of the old school, some of slightly later – how the kids say “modern soul’ bag – and some very tasty breaks as well.

He doesn’t belabor the point either, bringing the whole thing in at around a tight 40 minutes.

Give this one a spin with the lights down low.

I know you’ll dig it.

See you on Monday.

 

Peace

Larry

 

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