Dennis Coffey And The Lyman Woodard Trio – Its Your Thing [1969]
January 9, 2013

Same Year. Same Tune. TOTALLY different sound.

Taking it down the instrumental route with this one, Coffey et al turn this into the filthyest, grimyest, sweaty psychedelic funk tune ive heard in ages. A track so slick, it’ll cause your monitors to leak, awesome.

The Isley Brothers – Its Your Thing [1969]
January 9, 2013

Gwaan! Happy New Year one and all. Getting back on the proverbial posting horse, lets kick 2013 off with this monster from The Isley Brothers. A 1969 pumping Funk and Soul assault on the senses with a simple but effective message for a New Year. Its your thing people, do what you wanna do.

Amen to that!

Jackie Mittoo – Hang ’em High [1969]
March 21, 2011

Basslines like only the Jamaicans can, Jackie Mittoo released this as part of his “Keep On Dancing” album back in ’69. Absolutely crackin’ funk number that was sampled pretty much in its entirety for The Freestylers’ “Hard To Stay” on the “Adventures in Freestyle Album”.

From Wikipedia
Jackie Mittoo (3 March 1948 — 16 December 1990) was a Jamaican keyboardist, songwriter and musical director. He was a founding member of The Skatalites and was a mentor to many younger performers, primarily through his work as musical director for the Studio One record label. He was born Donat Roy Mittoo in Browns Town, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, and began learning to play the piano when he was four under the tutelage of his grandmother.

In the 1960s he was a member of The Skatalites, The Rivals, The Sheiks, The Soul Brothers and The Soul Vendors. Among Mittoo’s contributions in the mid to late 1960s were “Darker Shade of Black” (the basis for Frankie Paul’s “Pass the Tu Sheng Peng”), Freddie McGregor’s “Bobby Babylon”, Alton Ellis’ “I’m Still in Love with You”, The Cables’ rocksteady anthem “Baby Why” and Marcia Griffiths’ first hit, “Feel Like Jumping”. He played for Lloyd “Matador” Daley in 1968 and 1969.

Dandy – Reggae In Your Jeggae [1969]
November 12, 2010

Classic reggae cut from Dandy. I originally clocked this being mixed into an Easygroove NYE Fantazia mix. However, on its own, its a stellar track. Whimsically dancehall oriented, made for shakin’ your ass and thats all!

David Axelrod – Holy Thursday (1969)
March 3, 2010

Taken from 1969 Lp “songs of innocence”

Jazz? Fusion? Thursday? Holy thursday!!


Marlena Shaw – Woman of the Ghetto (Album Version) [1969]
January 12, 2010

What the hell, its fabulous. Probably Shaw’s signature tune and with good reason. Some era defining lyrics pertaining to the civil rights movement, heavy jazz influenced beats and that vocal …. unbelievable. 10 minutes of bliss.

“Puts me in the mind of, comming across the water, in a boat, chained…tied…together. No No they’re not really men & women”

‘Woman of the Ghetto’ is not only a departure for Shaw musically, but marked a move into “topical” material. Co-written by Shaw, Evans and Bobby Lee Miller, the lyrics are a powerful social/political statement, and unusual in her Cadet catalogue. She lays down a soulful vocal with bits of improvisational spice. The tune has a slightly menacing edge, with some cool, echoey background vocals. The arrangement builds slowly, with a pulsing bass line and new sounds being added as the record (which clocks in at over five minutes) moves along. At one point Evans seems to run the kalimba through a wah-wah pedal which makes for an interesting effect. The recording stands out as an epic of sorts, and is one of the finest that Evans ever had a hand in (and that’s really saying something). Though the record didn’t chart, it was influential, garnering cover versions in the US by Doris Duke and in Jamaica by Marcia Griffiths, Hortense Ellis and Phyllis Dillon (Shaw’s version appears to have been released in Jamaica). ‘Woman of the Ghetto’ has been sampled a few times as well by both Lyrics Born and No ID

Marlena Shaw – California Soul [1969]
January 10, 2010

Speaking of Marlena Shaw, she is by far one of my all time favourite vocalists. He voice is so smooth and powerful when needed its bloody fabulous. The track itself is taken from Marlena’s 1969 album “Spice Of Life” and your doing yourself a serious disservice by not owning it as its absolutely fantastic. The tune itself, for me at least, is the best on the album – a classic slice of soul with a melody that warms just like the sun out here does. Awesome.

From Wikipedia
“California Soul” is a pop-soul tune written by Ashford & Simpson, issued originally as a single by American pop quintet The Fifth Dimension in late 1968. It was also covered by Motown vocal duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell the next year and was the duo’s last single together when released in early 1970. In 1969 Marlena Shaw also did a version of the song (on the album The Spice of Life, Cadet records) which is now featured in a Dockers commercial circa 2008 and an advert for Kentucky Fried Chicken in the UK .
The song is sampled by Gang Starr in their song “Check the Technique.”

Amen Brother – The Wilsons [1969]
October 13, 2009

Does it REALLY need an intro?

The “Amen Break”, “Amen”, or imitations thereof, are frequently used as sampled drum loops in hip hop, jungle, breakcore and drum and bass music. It is 5.20 seconds long and consists of four bars of the drum-solo sampled from the song “Amen, Brother” as performed by the 1960s funk and soul outfit The Winstons. The song is an up-tempo instrumental rendition of an older gospel music classic. The Winstons’ version was released as a B-side of the 45 RPM 7-inch vinyl single “Color Him Father” in 1969 on Metromedia (MMS-117), and is currently available on several compilations and on a 12-inch vinyl re-release together with other songs by The Winstons.