So Let The Rain Come Down…

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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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If You Wanted To Buy A Sam Cook A’blum, Where Would You Go?

Wrecka Stow

New year, same shit? Only if you let it be. I’m shooting for different shit this year. I never make New Year Resolutions, but I do make goals that I shoot for. This year, I’m trying to make sure to get a post out every Sunday. I know nobody really reads this at this point, it’s more of something fun for me. I like going through old albums to find something to fit my mood on a post. Plus, it justifies me going to the Wrecka Stows once a week, and buying equipment that I need to be productive. Remember, I do this all for you.

The first song of the new year is one that has been stuck in my head ever since I found the album in the vault. Everyone compared Lisa Stansfield to Tina Marie when she first came out, mainly because she was a white chick that could blow like a black chick. Now I don’t think that Lisa was the all-around musician that Tina was, but she did put out songs that were Soul inspired. Off of her Affection album, everyone remembers All Around the World, and everyone in the rap game sampled it . It’s had a ready-made Hip Hop/House beat, and the girl could blow. The song that’s stuck in my head, though, is You Can’t Deny It. It had the same Hip-House beat of the 90s, but to me it had a more retro-soul vibe to it. It sounds like a Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra production. The word is lush. And even though I haven’t posted anything from him yet, who doesn’t love them some Barry White?

So now that I have exorcised that song from my head, I’m free to bring more covers from Benson and Earland, and a nice acid-funk joint from Paul Humphrey. I bought Billy Larkin & The Delegates solely for his take on the Playboy Theme from Playboy After Dark. I’m assuming most of you have never seen or even know that Playboy used to have a tv show. It only ran from 1969 to 1970, and I was only a year old, but they showed reruns of it when I was 8 and living in Germany. It wasn’t the show I was expecting, it was mainly Hugh Hefner lounging about is his smoking jacket surrounded by young folks while his guest from Hollywood and musicians would talk shit and be served drinks and cigarettes by Playboy Bunnies. Clearly  not the show I was expecting to see, but he would have like Sammy Davis Jr. or Nina Simone on there talking shit and singing, so it sort of made up for my disappointment. Anyway, I always loved the theme from the show, which had the same lush, cool sound to it. I had totally forgot about it till I saw Larkin’s album, so at $1, that was an easy sale.

Happy New Year everyone. I’ll have more of what you’re funkin’ for, this year. And I lied earlier, like Heisenberg, I do this for me.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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You Can’t Deny It- Lisa Stansfield

 

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White Rabbit- George Benson

 

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Sing a Simple Song- Charles Earland

 

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Baby Rice- Paul Humphrey and The Cool Aid Chemists

 

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Playboy Theme- Billy Larkin and The Delegates

 

 

 

 

 

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“Sleep is such a luxury, which I can’t afford.”

Insomnia

I am so tired today. Whenever I blink my eyes, they become longer in duration and I start feeling like I’m falling backwards. This would be cool if it was 23:00 (11:00 p.m. for you civies), but it’s only 14:15 (do the math). My posse is knocked out, and the house is cold and quiet. It’s not a productive environment at the moment. I’m going through the albums just to stay awake.

So I picked and cleaned all the albums and I just sat down for a second. A really long second. Woke up just in time to see Dallas blow the game (cuz they suck), and now I’m watching Cincy putting a clinic on Geno and the Jetssssssss.

Anyway, I’ve picked out a few artist that haven’t had a chance to shine on here yet, which are plenty. I’ve only posted a few from my favorite cats, and have completely passed over others. So today, I’ll hip you to a little Archie Shepp, one of my favorite jazz artist. He blows tenor sax free jazz and was always one of those cats that were Black and proud. He later switched to a hybrid soul/jazz mix of music. Blues for Brother George Jackson is one of his more accessible songs and comes off his Attica Blues album, which is a mournful look at the Attica prison uprising.

Billy Paul is of Me and Mrs. Jones and is mostly known for smokey ballads, but he had a little funky side too. Am I Black Enough For You, sounds like it came out of a blaxploitation movie.

Swahililand sounds just like it’s title. Ahmad Jamal is a sparse player,and only plays the notes that need to be played, like they’re were just waiting for him to pluck them out of the air. Also, this song is sampled by Dilla  for De La Soul‘s Stakes Are High, one of their most underrated songs.

I really don’t know anything about Little Sonny, but I grabbed this because The Bar-Kays play the horns on this cut, and it has the funkiest drum break of any Blues song.

The last song comes from the movie, The Mack, which is a bout this cat, Goldie, getting out of jail and starts big pimpin’ his way to being The pimp. and it brings the attention of dirty cops and the mob. It’s whitey keeping his foot on the neck of the brotherman again. The dialog from the movie at the start of the song really says it all. Willie Hutch puts a positive spin on the song, as did Pubic Enemy on their song of the same title.Brothers are still trying to work it out though, black president and all.

I’m going to sleep. Soon as I can actually upload the music.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Blues for Brother George Jackson- Archie Shepp

 

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Am I Black Enough For You- Billy Paul

 

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Swahililand- Ahmad Jamal

 

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Hung Up- Little Sonny

 

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Brothers Gonna Work It Out- Willie Hutch

 

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