Johnny Pate – Theme From Bucktown [1975]
July 19, 2011

From Africa to Bucktown and the heyday of Blaxsploitation tracks. Another banger from Pate, definately more on the pure funk tip this time around. But in classic Pate style, he’s serving that funk with a nice big chunk of soul.

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – Bad Luck [1975]
December 28, 2010

RIP Bernie Wilson, one of the founding members of the Blue Notes. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes pretty much single handedly defined the burgeoning Philly sound in the late sixties, this track however comes from their funkier early seventies sounds. Still featuring Teddy and Bernie on vocals.

Bernard Wilson, a member of R&B vocal group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, died Dec. 26 in New Jersey, Variety reports. A specific cause of death has not been disclosed.
Wilson was the group’s baritone singer until 1977. During those years, the Blue Notes became one of the biggest Philly Soul acts, well known for their immaculate harmonies. Wilson helped back late lead singer Teddy Pendergrass on many classic hits from this era, including “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (listen after the jump) and “Wake Up Everybody.”

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Wake Up Everybody [1975]
September 2, 2010

Jesus, is there a more conscious funk/soul track out there? Something only the Philly sound could manage social conscious lyrics mixed with a hugely uplifting melody. The Blue Notes et Al remain one of the most covered bands of all time, not to mention sampled and who could say they were surprised? This track is incredible. Awesome melody, sing along lyrics, the arrangement is perfect. Absolutely amazing tune with some points, more than a little relevant today.

From Wikipedia
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were an American singing group, one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. The group’s repertoire included soul, R&B, doo-wop, and disco. Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the early 1950s as The Charlemagnes, the group is most noted for several hits on Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International label between 1972 and 1976, although they performed and recorded until Melvin’s death in 1997. Despite group founder and original lead singer Harold Melvin’s top billing, the Blue Notes’ most famous member was Teddy Pendergrass, their lead singer during the successful years at Philadelphia International.

Desmond Dekker – The Isralites [1975]
January 24, 2010

This got dropped on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on Friday morning, I hadnt heard it in so long I went off. Enjoying myself so much I almost drove the wrong way down a 1 way street. Such is the power of this track. Likely known by any British man or woman over 20 years old as the Vitalite track. For some a little older, it’ll be because of just how MASSIVE Desmond Dekker was in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Cited as one of the first truly commercial stars of Reggae, Dekker released a massive back catalogue of truly great hits. But this’ll always rank at the top for me, I still have my Trojan compilation LP with this as the title track. Farking awesome.

And cause you can find just about anything on youTube nowadays, here’s the commercial too 🙂
Vitalite Commercial – Late 80’s

Fatback Band – (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop (1975)
January 16, 2010

Taken from 1975 7inch on Polydor Records

Funkin like it’s going out of fashion, the fatback band doing “the bus stop” Get your groove on!