Smooth Sailing: Funky Fishing & Blue Eyed Soul

Picture Joan Smalls: Chanel (Karl Lagerfeld)
"One of Philadelphia's finest groups, the Futures made good music, but Lady Luck refused to work her magic on them. Their single, "Love Is Here," appeared on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Gamble label in 1973. It was a lovely Gamble and Huff song featuring a searing falsetto, McGilberry's deep bass, and weaving harmonies that only got spot play in a few cities; the Dramatics recorded an inferior version on their "10 1/2" album. The Futures made a terrible career move when Gamble Records ended by signing with Buddah Records and missing a golden opportunity with Philadelphia International Records. As they wallowed in obscurity, the O'Jays and Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes bloomed on Philadelphia International and the Spinners and the Stylistics reaped the benefits of their productions. They reunited with Gamble and Huff in 1978 at Philadelphia International Records, but the company's glory days were over. The first release, "Part Time Man," an energetic dancer with a terrific vocal, never charted high, yet was their most successful single." (Quote: Andrew Hamilton)

The funny song by Bret McKenzie is from the movie 'Muppets Most Wanted' and the song by Ned Doheny (covered by Tata Vega on Motown in 1978) is on a new compilation album, called 'Too Slow To Disco volume 1'. It's the first part of a series of high quality Westcoast yacht rock ('music you can almost dance to'), compiled by German DJ Supermarkt. Check out an interview with him on AOR Disco. Enjoy this new episode of Smooth Sailing! Thanks to Jazzface for bringing some of his magic to this mix.

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