Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 29 Post Summer Edition
|Isaac Hayes in good company|
These are the linernotes for ‘Groovy, sexy & soulful: post summer edition':
Ozark Henry – It Was A Queer Sultry Summer (2013)
Wonderful sounds from Belgium.
Bebe Black – I’ll Wait (2013)
A great track and a great video as well! Official release is plannend in October.
Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft (1971)
“Although the original Shaft is a cool Blaxploitation movie, most critics agree that aside from its historical significance, it doesn't hold up as well as its soundtrack. But regardless of the quality of the film, it's no mean feat when a composer's opening theme song captures the essence of a film's main character better than the movie itself.” (Steve Huey/Allmusic.com)
T.S. Monk – Candidate For Love (1981)
T.S. Monk is the son of jazz legend Thelonious Monk. He made some very nice jazz-disco tracks in the early eighties. I heard this one for the first time on ‘After the Playboy Mansion’ from French dj genius Dimitri From Paris. ‘Candidate for love’ was an underground disco hit at the time and very popular at Studio 54, the legendary club in New York.
A Taste Of Honey - World Spin [Scratchandsniff Re-Rub] (1978)
A magical production from the Mizell Brothers.
MFSB – Summertime And I’m Feeling Mellow (1976)
The house band of the Sigma Sound Studios in excellent shape! MFSB backed many artists on the Philadelphia International label, founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
The Voices Of East Harlem – Can You Feel It [Jski Extended] (1974)
Jay Negron made this brilliant edit.
Marvin Gaye – In Our Lifetime (1981)
The title track from his last Motown album. It wasn’t a commercial success at all, but I think it’s one of his best albums ever. There are some very good soul/funk/disco tracks on it, but perhaps it sounded a bit old-fashioned at the time. Nowadays it sounds timeless and very solid.
David Bendeth – Feel The Real [12”] (1979)
British singer and multi-instrumentalist David Bendeth scored a number 44 U.K. hit in 1979 with this nice piece of jazz-funk.
Ramsey Lewis – Caribbean Blue (1980)
A jazz-pop crossover from keyboard player Ramsey Lewis (who initiated Earth, Wind & Fire). I like the summer feel of it.
Average White Band – School Boy Crush (1976)
True funk from Scotland! Their name is a bit of a joke, of course. Sampled by Eric B. & Rakim (‘Microphone fiend’).
Joe Simon – Love Vibration (1978)
I discovered this soulful disco track on ‘Latenighttales’, compiled by Friendy Fires.
The Trammps – Soul Searching Time (1976)
They are best known for their disco classic ‘Disco inferno’ from the movie ‘Saturday night fever’. But the Trammps are more than just a disco band. They made some terrific soul / early disco tracks in the mid-seventies, backed by the famous Philadelphian rhythm section Earl Young (drums), Norman Harris (guitar) and Ronnie Baker (bass).
The Jacksons – Everybody (1980)
This is from their excellent ‘Triumph’ album. They recorded it between the ‘Off the wall’ and ‘Thriller’ sessions of youngest brother Michael. In the early eighties he reached the peak of his creativity and ‘Triumph’ was a result of it.
Chic – My Forbidden Lover (1979)
A classic from Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. Nile Rodgers produced many artists, like Madonna, David Bowie and Duran Duran. He also plays on the new Daft Punk album.
Luther Vandross - Shine [Foefur’s Delegation Mash Up] (2006)
Soul legend, original member of Chic, backing singer of David Bowie and favourite singer of Ajax soccer coach Frank de Boer. You can hear pieces of ‘Heartache no 9’ from Delegation in this great mash-up as well.
Dionne Warwick – We Never Said Goodbye (1980)
From her album ‘No night so long’ and it's also on a nice, recently released compilation album, called ‘Lay back & chill’ (out on Harmless records). The song reached #22 R&B and #23 on the pop charts.
Enjoy this 29th edition of ‘Groovy, sexy & soulful’!