More Funky Chillin' On The Westcoast

Let's take another ride to California and enjoy some more 'Funky chillin' on the Westcoast'! One of the key songs is '(Sitting on) the dock of the bay' from Otis Redding. While on tour with the Bar-Kays in August 1967, Redding wrote the first verse of the song, under the abbreviated title "Dock of the Bay," on a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito, California. He had come off his famed performance at the Monterey Pop Festival just months earlier in June 1967. While touring in support of the albums King & Queen and his live set Live in Europe, he continued to scribble lines of the song on napkins and hotel paper. In November of that year he joined producer and guitarist Steve Cropper at the Stax recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee. In a 1990 interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Cropper explained the origins of the song:

"Otis was one of those kind of guys who had 100 ideas. Anytime he came in to record he always had 10 or 15 different intros or titles, or whatever. He had been at San Francisco playing The Fillmore, and he was staying at a boathouse, which is where he got the idea of the ship coming in. That's about all he had: "I watch the ships come in and I watch them roll away again." I took that and finished the lyrics. If you listen to the songs I wrote with Otis, most of the lyrics are about him. He didn't usually write about himself, but I did. "Mr. Pitiful," "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)"; they were about Otis' life. "Dock Of The Bay" was exactly that: "I left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay" was all about him going out to San Francisco to perform."

The song features a machine sounding like the ocean waves, coming and going, as well as Redding's familiar whistling tune, heard before the song's fade. Redding had intended to return to the studio at a later date to add words in place of the whistling (source: Wikipedia).

The track from V.I.P. Connection is from a brand new deluxe edition of 'Voyage ', which is the first one on the Disco Recharge Series from Harmless Records.

The inspiration for this mix came partly from Poolside, two dj's who live in L.A. After watching their video 'Slow down', I wanted to go to California myself to enjoy the sunshine! When I saw them I knew that you don't have to be a heavy weight champion to enjoy the summer life... ;-) You can download their single for FREE from their Soundcloud page. Their debut album 'Pacific Standard Time' is out next week. "Pacific Standard Time's shimmering synths, slo-mo bass grooves and gauzy vocals will instantly transport you to the sunny climes of an idealized Southern California afternoon where the faint wafts of suntan lotion, sweat and chlorine mix together with the distant patter of wet footsteps and beers being cracked open..."

A brand new exclusive Westcoast mix in AOR Disco style, called 'Hitch a funky ride to the Westcoast' is on my Soundcloud page. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

Quiet Village – Pacific Rhythm (2008)
Morcheeba – The Sea (1998)
Sherry Dyanne – Little Boat (2011)
Diana Ross & the Supremes with The Temptations – Do You Know The Way To San Jose (1968)
Four Mints ‎– Row-Row-Row My Boat (1971)
Father's Children – Hollywood Dreaming (1979)
Con Funk Shun – California 1 (1981)
Eastside Connection - Frisco Disco (1978)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Hollywood (1985)
Kool & the Gang – Hollywood Swinging (1974)
L.T.D. - Back In Love Again [Itsphizzle Westcoast Pop Lockin' Remix] (2011)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – California Soul (1969)
The Mamas & the Papas – Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) (1969)
Albert Hammond ‎– It Never Rains In Southern California (1973)
Lloyd Cole – Like A Broken Record (2010)
Otis Redding - (Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay (1968)
Jason Mraz – Curbside Prophet (2002)
McGuinn, Clark & Hillman – Backstage Pass (1979)
Joey Negro & the Sunburst Band – Monterey (2008)
V.I.P. Connection – West Coast Drive (1976)
James Walsh Gypsy Band – I've Got The Feelin' (1978)

More Funky Chillin' On The Westcoast by Professor Eddy on Mixcloud

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