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..

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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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..

tracks;

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

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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.

tracks;

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

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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 !

tracks;

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

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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.

tracks;

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

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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’.

tracks;

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 )

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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
I LOVE IT !

tracks;

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

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Dyke & the Blazers – the Funky Broadway, Original Sound Records 1967

Dyke & the Blazers, front cd size

I remember I discovered ‘Dyke & the Blazers’, back in the eighties
when I was going through my ‘Soulrevival’.
It was in a little old recordstore at the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.
And it struck me !
Back in those days I bought me a re-release, later I found this
Original. Very groovy funky soul from 1967, a killer !

tracks;

1 Funky Broadway pt. 1
2 Funky Broadway pt. 2
3 UHH pt. 1
4 UHH pt. 2
5 Broadway combination
6 City dump
7 The wrong house
8 So sharp
9 Don’t bug me

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