Toots & the Maytals – Funky Kingston
Island 1976


This is Frederick Nathaniel hibbert, better known as Toots
Hibbert from Toots & the Maytals. The elpee we’ve got today
has been released in many forms. Island originally came with
it in 1973. My copy concerns the 1976 re-release. It has the
same tracks as the original one. Some other versions contain
more songs. As the title suggests the reggae is slightly funky,
typical ’73 sound from the caribbean island when a lot of soul
was made . Always loved Funky Kingston, get it and spread it..

Dit is Frederick Nathaniel hibbert, beter bekend als Toots
Hibbert van Toots & the Maytals. De plaat die we vandaag
hebben is in veel verschillende uitgaven verschenen. Island
kwam er eerst mee in 1973. Mijn kopie is een heruitgave uit
1976. Hij bevat dezelfde nummers als de eerste. Sommige
versies hebben meer liedjes. Zoals reeds in de titel gesug-
gereerd bevat de elpee een iets funkiër soort reggae.
Typisch ’73 geluid van het caribbisch eiland waar in die
periode veel soul werd gemaakt. Funky Kingston is een
hit die altijd goed blijft, pak hem en pass hem..

tracks ;

01 – Sit right down
02 – Pomp and pride
03 – Louie louie
04 – I can’t believe
05 – Redemption song
06 – Daddy
07 – Funky kingston
08 – It was written down


Don Covay – Super Dude I
Mercury 1973

Don Covay, front

Don Covay, back

This sunday soulbrothers we’ve got an album by one
of the most influential singers in the field. Even his
weepies are different and breathe a certain coolness.
His work was an inspirational source for many to
follow. I am a fan, that’s for sure. Listen
to the great Don Covay, sweeet..
..and what a title, do you think
the ‘I’ thing refers to reggae
track ‘Memphis’ ?
I and I do..


01 – Overtime man
02 – Leave him pt.1
03 – I stayed away too long
04 – I was checkin’ out, she was chenkin’ in
05 – Hold you to your promise
06 – Memphis
07 – The pinch hitters
08 – Somebody’s been enjoying my home
09 – Bad mouthing
10 – Leave him pt.2
11 – Money ( that’s what I want )
12 – Don’t step on a man when he’s down


George Clinton – a Parliafunkadelicment thang

George Clinton, front

Some time ago I made this compilation of Pfunk tracks.
I tried to pick some of the numbers you don’t hear that
much. When driving your car this is music that makes
time pass easily, grooving on.., enjoy a
Parliafunkadelicment thang.


01 – Parliament – Wizard of finance
02 – Funkadelic – Philmore
03 – Parliament – Handcuffs
04 – Funkadelic – Cholly ( funk get ready to roll )
05 – Parliament – Theme from the blackhole
06 – Funkadelic – Nappy dugout
07 – Funkadelic – No compute
08 – Bootsy’s Rubber Band – What’s a telephone bill
09 – Parliament – Dr. Funkenstein
10 – Parliament – Red Hot Mama
11 – Funkadelic – I’ll stay
12 – Funkadelic – Standing on the verge of getting it on
13 – Funkadelic – Field maneuvers
14 – Funkadelic – Back in our minds
15 – Funkadelic – Hit it and quit it
16 – Funkadelic – Can you get to that
17 – Funkadelic – Loose booty
18 – Funkadelic – A joyful process


Johnny Guitar Watson – A Real Mother
Kessler-Grass 1977

Johnny Guitar Watson, front

Johnny Guitar Watson, backdetail

I was 19 years old when this came out, I remember so well.
The deep underground funky sound of Johnny Guitar Watson
made a huge impression and I must say, I still love it. Back
then we were hanging out in dark smokey seller discotheques
and youthcenters. When listening to it again I can see images
of those days, the girls, the atmosphere, damn, good thoughts.
Let’s take a dive back into the seventies and play this sucker
till we can’t take it no more, the vinyl got hurt a tiny bit over
the years and has a few jumps in the last track, sorry ‘bout
being so careless..


01 – A real mother
02 – Nothing left to be desired
03 – Your love is my love
04 – The real deal
05 – Tarzan
06 – I wanna thank you
07 – Lover Jones


Shuggie Otis – Freedom Flight
Epic 1971

Shuggie Otis, front

Shuggie Otis

Some nice soulmusic to change the mood, today’s sound is
one that sticks. Once you’ve heard these tracks a couple of
times, there’s no turning back. They are in your head to stay.
It was only decades later I got to hear these songs again. In
2001 Luaka Bop Inc. came with the cd, ‘Inspiration Information’.
It was when I heard ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ again first time. In
1971 when it first came out it ran the charts in my little country
and when hearing it again, it brought back lots of memories of
those days. On this lp, Shuggie is accompanied by his father
Johnny Otis who also produced the album. Next we have
George Duke who died way to early age 67,in august 2013.
We find Wilton Felder on bass and Aynsley Dunbar on drums
to call a few. Wonderful atmospheric drifting off sounds,
Shuggie wrote Strawberry Letter 23 and played all instru-
ments on it, give it a try and you wont be sorry,
get it & spread it..


01 – Ice cold daydream
02 – Strawberry letter 23
03 – Sweet thang
04 – Me and my woman
05 – Someone’s always singing
06 – Purple
07 – Freedom flight

Bonus tracks;

08 – Inspiration information
09 – Sparkle city
10 – Aht uh mi hed


King Floyd – Groove Me
Chimneyville / Cotillion 1971

King Floyd, front

King Floyd

Hello folks, goodmorning, last week I posted an album by the
Impressions telling you I was gonna do some more rare soul
and such. Well today I have an lp by one of the funkiest of all.
The title matches this page as no other, ‘Groove me’ is truly
one of the finest songs in the genre. I remember discovering
King Floyd, his music hit me instantly when listening to him
first time. So don’t hesitate and get this, you wont be sorry.


1 Groove me
2 Let us be
3 Woman don’t go astray
4 Baby let me kiss you
5 Messing up my mind
6 It’s wonderful
7 So glad I found you
8 Don’t leave me lonely
9 Day in the life of a fool
10 What our love needs


The Impressions – Times have Changed
Curtom / Buddha Records 1972

Impressions, front

Curtom label

‘Times have changed’, a statement still appropriate..
It could be you think I only collect tropical music
but that isn’t the case at all. I started my hobby
long time ago during the seventies and began with
collecting pop, soul, jazz and many other styles.
Today I want to bring you an album by a soulgroup
I have always loved a lot. The Impressions with the
late and great Curtis Mayfield have always been one
of my favourite bands. Last week while meeting with
one of the GG’s music providers, we listened to a
‘Best of’ album by the Impressions and I decided to
post some of those obscure soul albums I collected
over the years. This one is for you Alex, enjoy it..


1 Stop the war
2 Times have changed
3 Inner city blues
4 Our love goes on and on
5 Potent love
6 I need to belong to someone
7 This loves for real
8 Love me


E.T. Mensah and his Tempos Band
Mensah’s African Rhythms
Decca West Africa 1969

E.T. Mensah, front

This lp on Decca West Africa is from 1969. It managed to
remain fully intact for 45 years and plays just wonderful.
Trumpeteer E.T. Mensah’s and his Tempos Band played in
various styles, but the traditionals, calypsos and even
soul takes come with highlife toppings. Highlife is his
main thing but E.T. Mensah loved to broaden his horizons.
On this album he gives us some examples of that very
appreciated variety. Get it, spread it
and give it a spin..


1 Medzi medzi
2 Abodzin
3 Daavi loloto
4 Save me
5 Bibiara wone bre
6 Mee bei obaaba
7 205
8 Kaa no wa
9 Señorita
10 Gbee bleo
11 Day by day
12 1914


Tagrijn Reünie 2013 – De Hits van Vroeger

Tagrijn Reünie 2013 - De Hits van Vroeger

Something special tonight, a compilation of songs we used
to play a whole lot in the past. Tagrijn was a youthcenter I
frequented at the end of the 70’s and early 80’s. Tonight’s
reünion made me compile this little collector for those who
are interested. Some songs are younger but they breathe the
atmosphere we all loved in those days, hope U like..


1   Big Youth – Marcus Garvey dread
2   Mink Deville – Spanish stroll
3   Black Uhuru – Sponji reggae
4   Ian Dury & the Blockheads – Billericay Dickey
5   Jimmy Cliff – The harder they come
6   The Clash – Armageddon time
7   Althia and Donna – Uptown top ranking
8   Elvis Costello – Watching the detectives
9   Barrington Levy – Black roses
10  Iggy Pop The passenger
11  Prince Buster – Al Capone
12  The Meters – Jungle man
13  Dave and Ansell Collins – Double barrel
14  Allen Toussaint – Everything I do gonna be funky
15  Linton Kwesi Johnson – Want fi goh rave
16  Cypress Hill – Hits from the bong
17  Junior Byles – Demonstration
18  Booker-T & the MG’s – Green onions
19  The Maytals – Broadway jungle
20  Shabba Ranks – Wicked inna bed



Ann Peebles – Tellin’ it, Hi 1974/1975

Ann Peebles, front, cd size

Last sunday we had an LP by Syl Johnson on Hi records, now we’re
back with Ann Peebles. If you compare the backcovers of these two
LP’s, we see exactly the same line-up. Both LP’s are produced and
engineered by Willie Mitchell and they both have that fantastic
Hi-sound of the early 70’s. When I play this music, I’m still
impressed like I was first time I heard it. Great soul.


1 Come to mama
2 I don’t lend my man
3 I needed somebody
4 Stand by woman
5 It was jealousy
6 Doctor love power
7 You can’t hold a man
8 Beware
9 Put yourself in my place
10 Love played a game


Syl Johnson – Diamond in the Rough, Hi 1974

Syl Johnson, front

To increase the variety today, we’ll have us a soul album.
This is Syl Johnson, one of the biggest stars at the ‘Hi-stable’.
Like most albums at ‘Hi’, it is produced by Willie Mitchell,
the man who made Al Green sign up at Hi. He produced Green’s
best work. The sound of this album is typical for Hi records
of this era. Another big star at Hi was ofcourse ‘Ann Peebles’,
we’ll see her back later. Now it’s time for the raw soul of
our man Syl Johnson, get down to it !


1 Let yourself go
2 Don’t do it
3 I want to take you home ( to see mama )
4 Could I be falling in love
5 Stuck in Chicago
6 Diamond in the rough
7 Keeping down confusion
8 Please, don’t give up on me
9 Music to my ears
10 I hear the love chimes


Curtis Mayfield – O.S.T. Superfly, Curtom 1972

If you ask me ?
This is one of the best albums ever !
I am sure all senior blackmusic lovers already have this LP.
Maybe some youngsters don’t have it YET.
I don’t want to say to much, but if you do not have it, you’re
supposed to download it right now !
This album is a very important document in the history of blackmusic.


1 Little child runnin wild
2 Pusherman
3 Freddie’s dead
4 Junkie chase
5 Give me your love
6 Eddie you should know better
7 No thing on me
8 Think
9 Superfly


The Impressions – The Young Mods’ Forgotten Story, Curtom 1969

Impressions, front, cd size

From 1969, this is one of the last albums of ‘The Impressions’.
In 1970, Curtis Mayfield was to leave the Impressions and on the album’s
last track, he gives an example of what he’s about to go doing.
This is one of the first records to appear on Curtis’ label ‘Curtom’.


1 The Young Mods’ forgotten story
2 Choice of colors
3 The girl I find
4 Wherever you leadeth me
5 My deceiving heart
6 Seven years
7 Love’s miracle
8 Jealous man
9 Soulful love
10 Mighty mighty ( Space & Whitey )


Otis Redding – Tell the Truth, Atco 1970

Otis Redding, front, cd size

If you are a soulmusic lover, you can’t miss this here LP.
‘Otis Redding’, who died far too young, is one of my biggest idols.
With, Andrew Love and Joe Arnold on tenor saxes,
Wayne Jackson on trumpet,
Steve Cropper on guitar,
Booker T Jones and Isaac Hayes on organ & piano,
Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn on bass
and Al Jackson Jr. on drums, this is a fantastic recording.
Produced by Steve Cropper


1 Demonstration
2 Tell the truth
3 Out of sight
4 Give away none of my love
5 Wholesale love
6 I got the will
7 Johnny’s heartbreak
8 Snatch a little piece
9 Slippin’ and slidin’
10 The match game
11 A little time
12 Swinging on a string