Monday, July 25, 2005

No Sunday Lie-in for this Lion

Sunday Morning - Manu Dibango

Recorded in Paris whilst the Atlantic Revue was on tour, this tune showed Manu Dibango picking up the Stax baton and running with it

Carolyn Franklin, Aretha's sister is belting out the vocals on this 1969 track - with the Cameroonian Lion showing off not only his sax skills but chipping in with some very fat hammond playing too

Originally from 'Saxy Party' it can now be found on African Soul - The Very Best of Manu Dibango

Louis sings Lennon

Give Peace A Chance - Louis Armstrong

From his last recording session in New York, May 1970, before his death a year later from heart problems

This cover of The Beatles anti-war classic has Louis and Friends lift this into a street gospel stormer!

The album also contains an priceless version of the Pharaoh Sanders/ Leon Thomas song 'The Creator Has a Masterplan' with Leon Thomas duetting with Satchmo

Pure soul from the Godfather

Mama's Dead - James Brown

From the Black Caesar soundtrack - composed alongside Fred Wesley - the album that proclaimed JB to be 'The Godfather of Soul'

This is one of his most soulfull renditions and shows a surprising tenderness from one usually so full of the funk

The rest of the album is pure '70s Blaxploitation and is a must for fans

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Tweet gets the booty treatment

Tweet's Theme - Tweet vs Jimi Entley Sound (Soundhog bootleg)

One of the best bootlegs ever mashed together as far as I'm concerned - couldn't believe it wasn't a pukka tune!

Fusing the lush vocals of 'Oops (Oh my)' from New York's Tweet with the Jimi Entley Sound's instrumental 'Charlie's Theme' this is Soundhog's finest moment!

If it sounds a bit like Portishead that's because the Jimi Entley Sound was a Geoff Barrow project

Monday, July 04, 2005

Need some lovin'?

Just A Little Lovin' - Irfane

This got a white lable release a couple of years ago now and promised to be the tune of 2003

It got bogged down in sample clearances though and it took until earlier this year for a re-recorded version under the name Outlines to finally make an appearance!

Here's the re-issue!

Who turned the lights out?

Loves To Do It - Lights Out: San Francisco

Voco did - a Bay Area DJ who had a weekly show on KMPX and KSAN in the '60s called 'Lights Out'

He was given a chance by Blue Thumb records to record a concept album based on the music he played on his show and came up with 'Lights Out:San Francisco' featuring John Lee Hooker, Tower Of Power and The Pointer Sisters amongst others.

This is one of the stand-out funk-rock tracks on the album - enjoy!