The Impressions – People Get Ready
Kent 1965

The first encounter I had with Curtis Mayfield was through his
splendid album ‘Superfly’. Before Curtis’ solo career he perfor-
med with the Impressions. They made a bunch of nice records
of which today their 1965 album ‘People Get Ready’. Delightful
vocal harmonies, atmospheric soul sound, I love it ..

De eerste keer dat ik Curtis Mayfield hoorde was via zijn geweldige
‘Superfly’ album. Voordat hij in 1970 solo ging was hij deel van de
Impressions. Zij maakten een stapel heerlijke platen waarvan van-
daag hun in 1965 uitgebrachte ‘People Get Ready’. prachtige
vokalen, atmosferische soul sound, ik ben er dol op ..

Curtis Mayfield – Superfly from 1972
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tracks ;

01 – Woman’s got soul
02 – Emotions
03 – Sometimes I wonder
04 – We’re in love
05 – Just another dance
06 – Can’t work no longer
07 – People get ready
08 – I’ve found that I’ve lost
09 – Hard to believe
10 – See the real me
11 – Get up and move
12 – You must believe me

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Ann Peebles – The Handwriting is on the Wall
Hi Records 1978

Good morning groovers, this sunday we’ll do something
else for a change. I was in the mood for soul music. An
artist I’ve always loved is Ann Peebles, together with the
works of Willie Mitchell of Hi Records. Just a perfect com-
bination. This is an album from 1978, Ann’s voice, Willie’s
production skills, a 100% score to my humble opinion ..

Goeiemorgen mensen, op deze zondag morgen had ik eens
zin in wat soul. Iemand die ik altijd al hoog had zitten is Ann
Peebles. Samen met het onvergetelijke werk van Willie Mitchell
en zijn Hi Records, een perfecte combinatie. Deze is uit
1978, Ann’s prachtige stem, Willie’s ‘producing’, naar mijn
bescheiden mening een 100% score ..

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tracks ;

01 – Old man with young ideas
02 – Bip bam thank you mam
03 – The handwriting is on the wall
04 – I didn’t take your man
05 – You’ve got the papers (I’ve got the man)
06 – Lookin’ for a lovin’
07 – You’re more than I can stand
08 – Livin’ in, lovin’ out
09 – If I can’t see you
10 – Let your love light shine

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Tony Joe White – Black and White
Monument 1969

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Hij heet White maar klinkt meer zwart dan wit naar mijn mening.
Ook deze kwam weer eens uit de platenkast i.v.m. de komende
Record Store Day. Lekker een dagje oude vinyl draaien op 14 april
aanstaande. Tony Joe White maakte tijdloze muziek die tot ver in
de toekomst te luisteren zal zijn. Deze mag dan ook niet ontbreken
volgende maand. Hier alvast een voorproefje dus ..

His name is White but to my opinion he sounds more black than
white. This record was pulled from the cupboard to be played at
Record Store Day in april to come as well. Tony Joe White made
timeless music which will be listened to till the far future for sure.
He can’t remain absent next month, a taste upfront ..

tracks ;

01 – Willie and laura mae jones
02 – Soul francisco
03 – Aspen colorado
04 – Whompt out on you
05 – Don’t steal my love
06 – Polk salad annie
07 – Who’s making love
08 – Scratch my back
09 – Little green apples
10 – Wichita lineman
11 – Look of love

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Bobby Bland – The Soul of The Man
MCA Records 1980

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I was listening some old soul records to play in my buddy’s record store
on Record Store Day in april to come when I stumbled on this one.
What a huge impact it had after such a long time not playing it.
Bobby Bland’s ‘The Soul of The Man’ is a killer without a filler ..
originally released in 1966.

“Once in a lifetime an artist is able to emote…to project the power
and beauty…to share the innermost depth and passion of himself
…with a listener. Rarely is the occasion opportune for such powerfully
communicative communion, amd even rarer is the miracle that it could
be captured on a record. …” ( sleeve notes )

Ik was wat oude soul platen aan het luisteren om te draaien op Record Store
Day in de platenzaak van mijn vriend Gerard half april a.s., toen ik op deze
stuitte. Wat een machtig mooie elpee en wat een verpletterende indruk maakte
hij, ik had hem jaren niet gehoord. Bobby Bland’s ‘The Soul of The Man, wat
een killer .. Oorspronkelijk uitgebracht in 1966.

tracks ;

01 – I can’t stop
02 – Back in the same old bag
03 – Deep in my soul
04 – Reach right out
05 – Ain’t nobody’s business
06 – Fever
07 – Too late for tears
08 – Let’s get together
09 – Soul stretch
10 – Dear bobby (the note)
11 – Playgirl

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Super Eagles – Viva Super Eagles
Decca 1969

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This Gambian group appears here with their debut album from
1969 on Decca. They play a mixture of styles from pop and soul
to rumba, bolero, pachanga and highlife, happy sound.
Unfortunately track nine has some nasty pops..

Super Eagles is een band uit Gambia die hier verschijnt met hun
eerste plaat uit 1969 op Decca. Ze spelen een bonte mix van pop
en soul tot rumba, bolero pachanga en highlife, happy sound.
Helaas heeft nummer negen wat lelijke tikken..

tracks ;

01 – Viva super eagles
02 – Dohi gudi bahut
03 – Gambia su nous raew
04 – Aduna poti ndala
05 – Love’s a real thing
06 – Hey jude
07 – Gambia zambia – african unity
08 – Don’t do that to me
09 – Tagu nein lein
10 – Alieu gori-mami
11 – False love
12 – Gail gain chi rabi

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Aretha Franklin – Spirit in the Dark
Atlantic Recording Corporation 1970

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R E S P E C T !
RIP Aretha..

tracks ;

01 – Don’t play that song
02 – The thrill is gone ( from yesterday’s kiss )
03 – Pullin’
04 – You and me
05 – Honest I do
06 – Spirit in the dark
07 – When the battle is over
08 – One way ticket
09 – Try matty’s
10 – That’s all I want from you
11 – Oh no not my baby
12 – Why I sing the blues

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Toots & the Maytals – Funky Kingston
Island 1976

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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

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Don Covay – Super Dude I
Mercury 1973

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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..

tracks;

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

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George Clinton – a Parliafunkadelicment thang

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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.

tracks;

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

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Johnny Guitar Watson – A Real Mother
Kessler-Grass 1977

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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..

tracks;

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

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Shuggie Otis – Freedom Flight
Epic 1971

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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..

tracks;

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

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King Floyd – Groove Me
Chimneyville / Cotillion 1971

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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.

tracks;

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

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The Impressions – Times have Changed
Curtom / Buddha Records 1972

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‘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..

tracks;

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

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

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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..

tracks;

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

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