Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening!

Re-Re Re

What happened? A couple of months with no music? A brother got sick/busy/and whatever else. That’s the way of the world when you get old; there’s always some shit that gets in your way. The upside is I have a lot of new music to share (new to me is the same as new) plus I have some of my favorites on vinyl that I previously only had on CD or tape.

l’m starting things off with one of my favorite songs. l first got hip to this off of the Nuyorican Soul CD back in 1996. I never looked up the song because I assumed that they did it first. Later on I found out one of my new favorite groups, Rotary Connection, originally did it. Of course I couldn’t find that album because that would be too easy, but I finally came across it back in late June.

Brand New Heavies were the shit in the 90s. I wore this CD out! So when I saw it reissued on album, I jumped right on it. The surprise was, it wasn’t the same. The music was a little different and the singer was completely differently. I thought they re-recorded it for the reissue. Nope, wrong. This was the original recording. They were from England, but when they went to break through stateside, they brought in american singer; N’Dea Davenport, to replace Jay Ella Ruth. I like the N’Dea version better (USA!), but of course, that shit is hard to find too. I finally grabbed it for a dollar at an antique show.

Keeping in line with favorites, the last song is the sample from one of my favorite. Or it inspired the song. Jamiroquai‘s third album is the one that blew them up. Everybody has seen the video for Virtual Insanity, and if you haven’t…

I think every mix I did had that song on there. Later on though, I started getting into Alright. It had this groove that was just…chilled. Music to smoke to. 2 weeks ago, someone must have dumped their jazz collection at one of my stops because there were a bunch of albums I hadn’t seen before. There were runs of artist. One of them were 6 albums by Idris Muhammad, who just recently passed away (29 July 2014). This was right after that, so I guess they didn’t have time to do the Dead Price Rise, and the albums were only $2 each.

Idris drummed with some of the jazz greats: Pharoah Sanders, Lou Donaldson, Gene Ammons, Grant Green, etc., but his solo albums had funk, disco, soul incorporations. The first album I listened too was Turn This Mutha Out, which leads out with the lush Could Heaven Ever Be Like This, which I immediately know Jamiroquai stole. I say stole cuz I don’t believe a sample credit is given to Idris on the CD.

Anyway, Operation Grand Re-Re-Re is on. Keep check.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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l Am the Black Gold of the Sun- Rotary Connection

 

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The Brand New Heavies-  Stay This Way

 

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Could Heaven Ever Be Like This- ldris Muhammad

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So Let The Rain Come Down…

its-gon-rain

lt hasn’t started storming yet, but the very credible threat is there. It’s just a matter of time at this point. Direct TV is starting to fail, and I don’t know how long I can count on Duke Energy, so here are a few quick hits.

The weird one out of these is K.C. & the Sunshine Band‘s Ain’t Nothing Wrong. Don’t front, K.C. Was and still is the shit. They’re much more than just That’s the Way (I Like It). They had plenty of hits, and were sampled over 180 times, including this one. I’ve heard this album plenty of times, and I just recently realized that Digable Planets used this in Where I’m From. Sometimes, I’m dense like that.

The rest of the songs should be just as easily recognized. If you can’t catch them, then welcome to the Osmium Club.

 

 

Beyond This World doesn’t count. I just included that cuz I just saw the video on TV. Probably haven’t heard this song in years, let alone seen the video. This song, this ALBUM, will always be the shit. I’m not going to go into my Jungle Brothers’ rant ( they were always about Afrocentrism and dance music). Just dig the song. It always come back to the Native Tongues

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Aint Nothing Wrong-   KC and the Sunshine Band

 

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Hard Times (The Working Class Hero)- Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band

 

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Open Your Eyes- Bobby Caldwell

 

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Wine Spot- The J.B.’s

 

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Beyond This World- The Jungle Brothers

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Men Chained Together Are Brothers

Chains

I feel like shit. Physically. I’m sick, again. When you take meds that suppress your immune system, and you have a house full of people who are/were sick, it’s best to start the countdown, because that shit will get you. It’s just a matter of “when”. The question is all about severity and time span. I can still function, but I’d really prefer to be asleep at this time. But, my work ethic is to your benefit, because you get a few tight-ass joints. For free.

Just because I feel like shit, doesn’t mean the music has to reflect that. Actually, mentally, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m prepared to be angry here in a bit because I’m watching Roots, but its at the very beginning. Kunta just saw his first white man, but it all goes downhill pretty quickly from there. Roots came about when I was living in Germany, and the German tv stations actually broadcasted it before the armed forces network did. Which was just 1 channel at the time. So we caught it in German, because it was either that or Hee-Haw ( which I did watch, don’t front). Plus, but I was in the middle of reading the book. Yes I was almost 9 at the time, but my Dad was heavy into black pride, so I was well versed in the black experience at this point.

Anyway, I’m chilling my mind to bring a good selection of some stuff to keep me good. And I have to start out with Groove is in the Heart, cuz if that doesn’t make you feel good when you hear it, shit you just need to lay it down and let Death take you, son. God put that shit on Earth for you and me to enjoy. There’s also a couple of disco song, that I make no apology for. If you couldn’t enjoy disco, then there’s something wrong with you, not the music.

Shit! I took too long, they caught Kunta on the beach.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Groove is in the Heart- Deee-Lite

 

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More, More, More- The Andrea True Connection

 

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Love is Alive- Gary Wright

 

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Hercules- Aaron Neville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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