Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tony Scott "Manteca" 1973



This LP by Tony Scott was recorded in Sweden summer of 1973, he worked with the cream of swedish jazz musicians at the time on this album (Janne Schaffer, Rune Öfverman, Sture Nordin, Kjell Öhman) and foreign jazz musicians that lived in Sweden in the early to mid seventies (Sabu Martinez, Okay Temiz, Ed Thigpen). The result is a bursting groovy mix of jazz, latin, fusion, funk and soul. The title track may be the highlight but the rest of the album shows that Sweden in the early seventies was such a groovy place!

Enjoy!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Jackie Mittoo "Keep on Dancing" 1969



Jackie Mittoo was probably the grooviest man in Jamaica in the late sixties. He was included in the legendary Studio One's backing band at the time and handle the organ. This LP from 1969 was his third solo effort, and it's bursting of groovy organ driven instrumental jamaican soul. Feelin' groovy!

Enjoy!

VA - Country Groove 5 (1968-1975)



Another mixtape I made inspired by the lovely compilations "Country Got Soul 1 & 2" (Casual Records), "Country Funk 1 & 2" (Light In The Attic) and "Delta Swamp Rock 1 & 2" (Soul Jazz Records). None of the songs appears on the titles I mentioned above. More volumes in this serie will come.

01. Josie & The Pussycats - Voodoo (1970)
02. Elvis Presley - Clean Up Your Own Backyard (1969)
03. Pure Love & Pleasure - Mama Said (1970)
04. Jimmy Curtiss - Where Can I Hide (1969)
05. Glen Campbell - The Repo Man (1970)
06. Borderline - Don't Know Where I'm Going (1975)
07. Thomas & Richard Frost - Fighting My Way (1972)
08. Country Coalition - Life's Little Up's And Downs (1970)
09. Geoff & Maria Muldaur - Havana Moon (1968)
10. Charlie McCoy - Delta Dawn (1972)
11. Jerry Jeff Walker - I Keep Changin' (1968)
12. Chris Darrow - Take Good Care of Yourself (1973)
13. BW Stevenson - Peaceful Easy Feeling (1972)
14. Ricky Nelson - Sing Me A Song (1971)
15. Bobby Womack - Arkansas State Prison (1970)
16. Ohio Knox - Pound or My Dog Dad for Robert Downey (1971)
17. Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge - Dakota (The Dancing Bear) (1974)
18. Eddie Hinton - I Still Wanna Be Your Man (1975)
19. Teegarden & Van Winkle - She Caught The Katie And Left Me A Mule To Ride (1970)
20. Cymbal & Clinger - You Can't Always Get What You Want (1972)


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Alex Puddu "The Golden Age Of Danish Pornography 1970-1974"



The italian artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Alex Puddu moved to Copenhagen in 1967. Puddu started to work with the danish porn director Freddy Weiss in 1970, and they worked together till 1974. The music is very groovy with a psychedelic edge, jazz-funk with a trippy twist. Get groovy! 

Enjoy!

The Bridge "Overdrive" 1972



The Bridge may be one of the first groups of the german organist Kristan Schultze. This LP from 1972 called "Overdrive", and have the lovely subtitle Rock Jazz Party (back then it was released as an budget album by the label Tempo Records). The LP is a dazzling mix of groovy jazz-funk, fusion and easy listening. In 2002 the album got vindicated by a nice reissue, but with a new and different album cover, and renamed as Kristian Shultze Set "Recreation". For this post i choosed the original album cover art and the original title. This sure is a groovy and funky party!

Enjoy!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

VA - Hålligång 2! 20 Cuts From The Groovy Sweden 1969-1972



Well, here is the second mixtape with groovy swedish tunes, this time 1969-1972. Thix mix includes mod beat, psychedelia, samba, fusion, underground, funk, some progressive elements, soul jazz and some pure pop (some sungs in swedish, some in english and some is just instrumental), and much more! This mix is not a try to do a fair overview of the swedish scene from those years - Hålligång 2 is just a try to do a mixtape with good music from Sweden in the joint of sixties and seventies. Sweden was rather groovy back then - så hålligång!

01. Mikael Ramel - Imorron E' En Ny Da (1972)
02. Cornelis Vreeswijk - En Viss Sorts Samba (1970)
03. Heta Linjen - You Shall Find Your Way (1971)
04. Björn Skifs - Get It On (1971)
05. Lasse Fernlöf & His Orchestra - The Party (1969)
06. Splash - High Up North (1970)
07. Tommy Körberg - Igor The Dog (1969)
08. Aunt Sally - She Left Me (1970)
09. Don Curtis - Riding (1970)
10. Grapes Of Wrath  - Pi (1969)
11. Sogmusobil - Arabic In The Morning (1971)
12. Vildkaktus - Limu Limu Lima (1971)
13. Midsommar - Illusionen Av En Färdigskolad Akademiker (1972)
14. Siv Pettersson - Det Är Där Jag Vill Vara (1972)
15. James Hollingworth - Persson Är Lös (1969)
16. Made In Sweden - Snakes In A Hole (1969)
17. Svenne & Lotta - Black Sheep Of The Family (1970)
18. Fire - Sommaren Är Skön (1971)
19. Bless My Soul - Take Care Of Your Heart (1969)
20. Atlantic Ocean - Take A Look Around You (1969)

Enjoy!

VA - Hålligång! 18 Cuts From The Groovy Sweden 1967-1972


The rock/pop scene in Sweden before 1967 is mostly rather crappy (as many other european countries), sure there are a bunch of great garagerock tracks from 1965-1966, but there isn't that many to be honest. Most of the bands were lousy copycats of The Hollies and Beatles, and they handled the english language laughable. But, in the late sixties the creativity blossomed and many great band and instrumentalists were born along with a groovy club scene around Stockholm and Gothenburg. This mixtape is not a try to do a fair overview over the swedish scene from those years, It's just a bunch of groovy tracks (some sung in swedish, some in english and some instrumentals), and a pile of acts and "classic" songs is not represented. But Sweden was sure a groovy place back then - så hålligång!

01. Hansson & Karlsson - Pick-up (1969)
02. Doris - Did You Give the World Some Love Today, Baby (1970)
03. Stardust International & Tayfun - As'i Es La Vida (1972)
04. Acke - I Feel (1971)
05. Slam Creepers - I Just Couldn't Get You Out Of My Mind (1967)
06. Örjan Ramberg - Balladen Om Killen (1969)
07. Tom & Mick - Surrender (1967)
08. Attractions - 5th February 1968 (1968)
09. Steampacket - Fruitseller Oldman's Song (1968)
10. Berndt Egerblahd - Lena's Theme (1970)
11. Svenska Löd Ab! - Right On - Kliv På (1971)
12. Charlie & Esdor - Dagen Är Över (1970)
13. Contact - She Is Impossible To See (1970)
14. King George Discovery - Love Emotions (1968)
15. Reco - Molly Cow Teddy Puff (1971)
16. Sound Express - Ebb & Flod (1969)
17. BIB Set - Pythagorian Child No 2; Arrival In Time (1969)
18. International Harvester - Sommarlåten (1968)

Enjoy!

Friday, May 27, 2016

VA - Blues Groove 3 (1968-1975)



Here is a third mixtape with the groovier and funkier side of the blues from the years 1968-1975. More in this serie will come. Do the boogaloo!

01. Big Joe Williams - Southern Whistle Blues (1974)
02. Ike Turner - Later For You Baby (1973)
03. Fenton Robinson - Smokestack Lightning (1972)
04. B.B. King - That's Wrong Little Mama (1968)
05. Koko Taylor - Voodoo Woman (1975)
06. Earl Hooker - Two Bugs In A Rug (1974)
07. Freddie King - Living On The Highway (1971)
08. Big Moose Walker - Moose Huntin' (1969)
09. Johnny Young - Keep On Drinking (1974)
10. Jimmy Reed - World's Got A Problem (1973)
11. Tina Britt - Who Was That (1969)
12. Bo Diddley -  Hey Jerome (1972)
13. Z.Z. Hill - Am I Groovin' You (1974)
14. Hubert Sumlin - Minor Feelings (1973)
15. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Packin' Up, Gettin' Ready (1969)
16. Bukka White - Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues (1969)
17. John Lee Hooker - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (1974)
18. Mel Brown - 18 Pounds of Unclean Chitlins (1968)



Eddie Harris "I Need Some Money" 1975



Well, this must be one of the most funky and groovy jazz albums of the mid seventies. Eddie Harris was an extreme productive artist and performer in the late sixties and seventies, he made his LP debut already in 1961 (sadly he died way too early in 1996 at the age of 62). Just like his friend Miles Davis he was flirting a lot with the rock and hippie audience and early went electric, Harris loved to experiment in the joint to a more spiritual and free jazz. Almost every album from Eddie Harris is a joy and they are all very soulful from this period - but this one is something special (to me). Sometimes it actually sounds like an instrumental funk effort from groups like War or Fatback Band. It's so damned groovy and funky!


Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Vendors "Evening Time" 1968



Jackie Mittoo was probably the grooviest man in Jamaica in the late sixties. He was included in the legendary Studio One's backing band at the time and handle the organ. This LP from 1968 was his second solo effort, and it's bursting of groovy organ driven instrumental jamaican soul. Feelin' groovy!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

VA - Do The Reggae 2! 20 Splashes 1980-1982



Well, here is the second mixtape a made with reggae from the years 1980-1982. I choosed the single versions of the tracks below, no dub versions or 12inch versions. I think those  years is poorly represented when it comes to retrospective reggae compilations - too often is focus on the early to mid seventies and even earlier. It's not a try to do a fair overview of this part in the history of reggae, this is just a groovy mixtape i made wich sounds good in the ears. Do the reggae!

01. Papa Bruce - Style & Style (1982)
02. Kiddus I - Harder (1980)
03. Michael Prophet - Gunman (1981)
04. Papa Michigan & General Smiley - Diseases (1981)
05. Boom Back - Ghetto Life (1982)
06. Hugh Porter - Didn't Come Out To Groove (1982)
07. Ranking Dread - Shut My Mouth (1982)
08. Triston Palmer - Joker Smoker (1982)
09. Dennis Brown - I Dont Want To Be No General (1980)
10. Lacksley Castell - Jah Is Watching You (1981)
11. Cornell Campell & Trinity - Two Timer (1980)
12. Sister Nancy - One Two (1982)
13. Eek-A-Mouse - Sensimenia (1982)
14. Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love (1980)
15. Yellowman - Night Flight (1982)
16. Junior Reid - If I (1981)
17. Anthony Chambers - Jah Foundation (1982)
18. Charlie Chaplin - Fussing And Fighting (1982)
19. Black Council - Ghetto Tribulation (1980)
20. Sugar Minott - Jasmine (1981)

Enjoy!

VA - Do The Reggae! 20 Splashes 1980-1982


Well, here is the first mixtape a made with reggae from the years 1980-1982. I choosed the single versions of the tracks below, no dub versions or 12inch versions. I think those  years is poorly represented when it comes to retrospective reggae compilations - too often is focus on the early to mid seventies and even earlier. It's not a try to do a fair overview of this part in the history of reggae, this is just a groovy mixtape i made wich sounds good in the ears. Do the reggae!

01. Clair McLean - Back Together Again (1980)
02. George Allison - Hard Times (1980)
03. Nianatty - One Love Stylee (1981)
04. Pablo Gad - Hard Times (1980)
05. Don Carlos - Can't Waste Time (1982)
06. Melody Beecher - Illusions (1982)
07. Sharon Little - Don't Mash Up Creation (1981)
08. Negro - Unite (1980)
09. Pablo Moses - Music Is My Desire (1982)
10. Little John & Billy Boyo - Janet Sinclair (1982)
11. Glen Adams - A Beat For You (1982)
12. Keith Hudson - Healing Of The Nation (1982)
13. Blood Sisters - What About Me (1980)
14. General Saint & Clint Eastwood - Young Lovers (1981)
15. Tony Clarke - Going Home (1982)
16. Barrington Levy - Tomorrow Is Another Day (1982)
17. Jennifer Lara - I Am In Love (1981)
18. Ronnie Davis - Strange Things (1981)
19. Carol Cole - Ethiopia (1980)
20. Sonya Spence - Let Love Flow On (1981)

Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mulatu Astatke featuring Fekade Amde Maskal ‎"Ethio Jazz" (1974)




Well, this LP from 1974 by Mulatu Astatke is a very dopey and groovy ethiopique soul jazz thing. Most of us discovered this guy with Jim Jarmusch fantastic movie Broken Flowers (the song Yèkèrmèw Sèw from the soundtrack appears on this album). I really love this LP - hope you can dig it!


Clifford Jordan "In The World" 1972



This first class jazz LP was recorded in 1969 but were released in 1972 by the "free spirit" and adventurous Strata-East label. Clifford Jordan has some nice company of Don Cherry, Kenny Dorham and Roy Haynes on those sessions. The result is a groovy mix of soul jazz and post boppin', and of course some "free spirit".

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

VA - Country Groove 4 (1967-1974)



Another mixtape I made inspired by the lovely compilations "Country Got Soul 1 & 2" (Casual Records), "Country Funk 1 & 2" (Light In The Attic) and "Delta Swamp Rock 1 & 2" (Soul Jazz Records). None of the songs appears on the titles I mentioned above. More volumes in this serie will come.

01. John Braheny - Don't Cry For Me (1968)
02. Hoyt Axton - Telephone Booth (1974)
03. Jim Stafford - Spiders and Snakes (1973)
04. Delbert McClinton & Glen Clark - Ain't What You Eat but the Way How You Chew It (1972)
05. Bob Dylan - Days Of 49 (1970)
06. John Pisano & Willie Ruff - Slim (1970)
07. Danny James - Soul And Wine (1970)
08. Dick Curless ‎- Loser's Cocktail (1971)
09. Bobby Charles - Save Me Jesus (1972)
10. Roy Orbison - She Won't Hang Her Love Out (On The Line) (1970)
11. Skip Battin - St. Louis Browns (1972)
12. Bob Martin - Midwest Farm Disaster (1972)
13. Brewer And Shipley - Time And Changes (1968)
14. Wayne Carson - All Night Feeling (1972)
15. The Hour Glass - Nothing But Tears (1967)
16. Paul Slade - Everybody's (1971)
17. The Ventures - Swamp Rock (1969)
18. Barbara Clawson - One Mr. Budwiser (1970)
19. Bobbie Gentry - Son of a Preacher Man (1969)
20. John Randolph Marr - Free (1970)

Enjoy!

VA - Country Groove 3 (1969-1978)



Another mixtape I made inspired by the lovely compilations "Country Got Soul 1 & 2" (Casual Records), "Country Funk 1 & 2" (Light In The Attic) and "Delta Swamp Rock 1 & 2" (Soul Jazz Records). None of the songs appears on the titles I mentioned above. More volumes in this serie will come.

01. Larry Jon Wilson - Life of a Good Man (1976)
02. Lonnie Mack - Asphalt Outlaw Hero (1971)
03. James Luther Dickinson - John Brown (1972)
04. Jerry Merrick - Just Like A Spirit Shroud (1969)
05. Hoover - All That Keeps Ya Going (1969)
06. Gene Vincent - Oh Lonesome Me (1970)
07. John Kay - I'm Movin' On (1972)
08. Carl Perkins - Four Letter Word (1969)
09. Jim Stafford - Last Chant (1974)
10. Alex Harvey - Tulsa Turnaround (1971)
11. Cowboy - Long Ride (1974)
12. Don Nix - In God We Trust (1971)
13. Jesse Ed Davis - Red Dirt Boogie, Brother (1972)
14. Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird - Lonesome Valley (1972)
15. John Buck Wilkin - Apocalypse 1969 (1970)
16. Terry Melcher - Roll In My Sweet Babys Arms (1974)
17. Jessie Colter - Roll On (1978)
18. The Everly Brothers - Del Rio Dan (1972)
19. Lee Clayton - Carnival Balloon (1973)
20. John Hartford - I Won't Know Why I Went Till After I Get Back (1970)


Toots Thielemans "Toots!" 1968



1968 may be the grooviest year in popular culture, personally I don't know cause I'm way too young to have experienced that at the place. Even the harmonica och guitar virtuoso Toots Thielemans felt groovy this year. Command Records released this LP 1968 with a typical hipster sound, the music is a kind of soul jazz thing, and it includes a handful of funky tunes. And, like everybody else at the time he recorded a version of  Jimmy Webb's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Feelin' groovy!

Enjoy!

Big Youth "Hit The Road Jack" 1976



This is my favorite album with the DJ Big Youth, and it was recorded at Randy's in Kingston with the aces Errol Thompson and Karl Pitterson 1976. This LP includes some fantastic versions of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and the Tosh/Marley classic "Get Up, Stand Up". The title track became a minor hit, and once again the Ray Charles tune smash the world. Do the reggae! 

Enjoy!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bobby Hutton "Piece Of The Action" 1973



A really nice and highly regarded soul LP from 1973 on ABC Records. The album is full of groovy mid-tempo soul, the song "Lend A Hand" is often categorized as a Northern Soul Stomper. There is also a couple of songs written by the legendary Larry Wade & Terry Collier. Groovy indeed!



Karin Krog "We Could Be Flying" 1974



This may be the grooviest LP by the norwegian jazz vocalist Karin Krog. It was recorded in the summer of 1974 with Steve Kuhn on keyboards, Jon Christensen on drums/percussion and Steve Swallow on bass. It's a soul jazz love affair fom start to finnish, some songs are a bit more funky, others just groovy ballads. The version of Joni Mitchell's "All I Want" must be the definitive. Groovy!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

VA - This Funky Thing! 20 Raw & Funky Groovers 1967-1973



Well, this is the 1st of 2 mixtapes with funk from the golden years 1967-1973. It is a wide genre, and I choose to include some funky soul jazz, raw instrumentals, female popcorns, groovy gentlemen, funky R&B and a few in the blaxploitation way. This was not a try to do a fair overview of those funky years, just some good mixtapes for the ears. Sure I could have included Gil Scott-Heron and Fatback Band for example, but you can't include 'em all. James Brown and his diverse constilations, record lable and projects are not included, maybe because I heard them in absurdity. And, I will also share some mixtapes with James Browns singers, groups, projects and productions later on. Feel the funk!

01. The Nu People - I`d Be Nowhere Today (1969)
02. Chuck Edwards - Downtown Soulville (1968)
03. Robert Jay - Alcohol (1973)
04. Frankie Beverly's Raw Soul - Color Blind (1971)
05. Jackie Hairston - Hijack (1967)
06. Johnny Otis - Banana Peels (1967)
07. Earnest Jackson - Joy And Affection  (1971)
08. Rhetta Hughes - You're Doing It With Her (When It Should Be Me) (1968)
09. The PCs LTD - Fast Man (1970)
10. Davy Jr. And The Guess Who - Party In Joe Craig's Bar (1969)
11. Pearl Dowell - Good Things (1970)
12. The US - Let's Do It Today (1970)
13. Delores Ealy & The Roadrunners Band - It's About Time I Made A Change (1973)
14. Judson Moore - Everybody Push and Pull (1970)
15. The Dynamic Tints - Be My Lady (1971)
16. Kenneth Wells - Contagious (1967)
17. Original Soul Senders - Soul Brothers Testify Part 1 (1968)
18. B.W. Souls - Marvin's Groove (1969)
19. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds - Trying To Survive (1969)
20. S.O.U.L. - Burning Spear (1971)

VA - This Funky Thing 2! 20 More Raw & Funky Groovers 1967-1973



The 2nd mixtape with funk, soul jazz breaks and groovy soul popcorns 1967-1973. And, this is not a try to do a fair overview of those funky years, just some great mixtapes for the ears. James Brown may be one of my all time favorite artists, and his lable People Records didn't record a bad damned handclap, but I have already heard those in absurdity, that's why I not included them. I will also share some mixtapes with my favorites from James Browns side projects, singers, etc later on. Feel the funk!

01. The Soul Lifters - Hot, Funky and Sweaty (1972)
02. Wayne Carter - Mad Mouth Woman (1973)
03. Brothers Seven - Evil Ways (1969)
04. Jimmy McGriff - Chris Cross (1970)
05. Thomas East - Sister Funk (1973)
06. The Interpretations - Jason Pew Mosso, Part 1 (1970)
07. Madeline Bell - Comin' Atcha (1973)
08. The Chubukos - House Of Rising Funk (1973)
09. U.S. Warren and The Genghis Pea - Hard Headed Woman (1972)
10. Billy Byrd - Lost In The Crowd (1973)
11. Don Pierce - This Funky Thing (1968)
12. Gus 'The Groove' Lewis - Let The Groove Move You (1967)
13. Willie West - Fairchild (1970)
14. Salt - Hung Up (1972)
15. Honey & The Bees - Love Addict (1969)
16. Chuck Womack & The Sweet Souls - Ham Hocks & Beans Pt. 1 (1971)
17. Chestnut Tree - Super Lovin' (1972)
18. Messengers Incorporated - Soulful Proclamation (1970)
19. Junior Mance - Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (1970)
20. Lee Mason - Shady Blues (1971)


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Big Joe Williams "Don't Your Plums Look Mellow Hanging on Your Tree" 1974



To be honest I have mixed emotions for the american blues revival from the early to mid sixties, when they rediscovered old legends like Skip James, Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Bukka White and many others. The bluesmen obviously deserved it. But in my opinion many of the acoustic albums those legends recorded back then are totaly wrong produced, and seriously quite boring. They are so indistinct and harmless. If they for example had a small band backed them up it was produced as it was a homely jazz record for cocktail parties. To me those legends were the first true rockers, not some jazzmen. Of course there are tons of great recordings by those artists i mentioned from that era too. But, to me the above record by Big Joe Williams from 1974 is a great example of how you should have treated a bluesman. Williams strange nine-stringed guitar is half electric and cracky, a nice echo effect on his aged and fragile voice, backed by a tight drummer and a bass player wich groovin' as they were recorded a funky rock album. I believe this album could have been a benchmark when R.L. Burnside hooked up with Jon Spencer in the mid nineties, and for the Fat Possum lable in general. This was the last proper album Big Joe Williams recorded (he made some sprinkle recordings in the late seventies, and died 1982) and it sure kick some ass!

Enjoy!

Bobby Hatfield "Messin' in Muscle Shoals" 1971



This LP is a true ace, if you love blue eyed country soul, country funk and the groovier side of country from the early seventies. Bobby Hatfield was one of the guys in the duo Righteous Brothers, they made some really great recordings in the mid sixties. Most famous for their work with Phil Spector and the smash hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". Hatfield recorded this solo LP (sadly his only) 1971 in the highly rated Muscle Shoals studio, the sound on this album is really the essence of that typical sound. Some of the songwriters on the album are Dan Penn, George Jackson and Mickey Buckins - I think you got it. Please give this a try, it's so groovy!

Enjoy!

Friday, May 20, 2016

VA - Street Justice! Early Hip Hop, Rap & Beyond 1979-1981



The first of two mixtapes with some groovy early rap. This one includes cuts from 1979-1981. Many of the choices here are 12inch versions. And, this is not a try to do some serious overview of the scene - It's just a bunch of favorites! Sure I like Grandmaster Flash and most releases from Sugar Hill, but I have heard them too much already I guess. Some of the tunes on those mixes of course has a touch of the late disco era, some with the funk and electronica for sure, some just freestyle. If you want, you can do some break dance too!

01. Lonnie Love - Young Ladies (1980)
02. Family - Family Rap (1979)
03. Funky 4+1 - Thats The Joint (1980)
04. The Evasions - Wikka Wrap (1981)
05. Disco Four - Do It Do It (1981)
06. Eddie Cheba - Lookin Good (Shake Your Body) (1979)
07. The Outlaw Four - Million Dollar Legs (1980)
08. The Sequence - Funk You Up (1979)
09. Bumblebee Unlimited - Bumble Bee Rap (1980)
10. Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde - Genius Rap (1981)
11. Kool Kyle The Starchild & The Disco Dolls - Do You Like That Funky Beat (1980)
12. Treacherous Three - Feel The Heartbeat (1981)


VA - Street Justice 2! Early Hip Hop, Rap & Beyond 1981-1983



The second mixtape I made with some groovy early rap. This one includes cuts from 1981-1983. Some of the choices here are 12inch versions. And remember, this is not a try to do some serious overview of the scene - It's just a bunch of favorites! I like Grandmaster Flash and most of the releases from Sugar Hill for sure, but I have already heard them a thousand times. Please remember you can do some break dance to this one!

01. Fly Guy - Fly Guy Rap (1981)
02. C.O.D. ‎- In The Bottle (1983)
03. Chapter III ‎- Real Rocking Groove (Rap & Breaks) (1982)
04. G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid - Play That Beat Mr. D.J (1983)
05. Man Parrish - Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) (1982)
06. Debbie Deb - When I Hear Music (1983)
07. One Way - Cutie Pie (1982)
08. T-Ski Valley - Cut It Up (1983)
09. Super-Wolf - Super Wolf Can Do It (1981)
10. The Chillie 3 MCs - Shake Your Boody (1982)
11. Pee Wee Mel And Barry B. - Life On Planet Earth (1982)
12. Cold Crush Brothers - Punk Rock Rap (1982)
13. The Rake - Street Justice (1983)
14. The Fearless Four - Rockin' It (1982)

Enjoy!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

VA - Naughty Times (Soulful Disco 1980-1984)



Well, here is two mixtapes of groovy disco music from the golden age 1980-1984, some are more in the soulful way, some a bit more funky (some may actually flirting with rap). Most of the tracks here are the 12inch versions, but some are the 7inch/radio edits. Feel the groove!

01. Cutty - Naughty Times (1984)
02. Finesse - Feel It (1982)
03. Ozone  ‎- Strutt My Thang (1982)
04. Second Image ‎- Can't Keep Holding On (1981)
05. The Reddings - Remote Control (1980)
06. Kwick - I Want To Dance With You (1980)
07. Rainbow Team - Bite The Apple (1982)
08. The Pinch - Shot Out (1984)
09. James Otis White Jr. - Baby Come On (1983)
10. Khemistry - Can You Feel My Love (1982)
11. Gino Soccio - Try It Out (w. Claudja Barry) (1981)
12. Shock - Got To Have Your Love (1981)
13. Touche - Wrap It Up (1983)
14. Howard Johnson - So Fine (1982)
15. T.S. Monk - Can't Keep My Hands To Myself (1980)


VA - More Naughty Times (Soulful Disco 1980-1983)



The 2nd mixtape with soulful and funky disco music from the golden age 1980-1983. Feel the groove!

01. Ahzz - New York's Movin (1981)
02. T.J. Johnson Band - I Can Make It (Good For You) (1983)
03. Unlimited Touch - I Hear Music In The Street (1980)
04. The Strikers - Inch By Inch (1981)
05. Skyy - Show Me The Way (1983)
06. Revelation - Feel it (1980)
07. Orlando Johnson & Trance ‎- Turn The Music On (1983)
08. One On One - Body Music (1981)
09. Boeing - Dance To The Beat (1982)
10. Plush - Free And Easy (1982)
11. Stargaze - You Can't Have It (1982)
12. Cheryl Lynn - If You'll Be True To Me (1981)
13. Unique - What I Got Is What You Need (1983)
14. Melba Moore - Loves Comin' At Ya (1982)


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sabu Martinez "Groovin' With" 1968


This LP Sabu Martinez recorded in Sweden april 1968 with Rune Gustafsson on guitar and Sture Nordin on bass, and it wasn't planned at all. Martinez and the two swedes were recorded an LP in Stockholm with the troubadour Cornelis Vreeswijk called "Tio Vackra Visor Och Personliga Persson", and the legend says that this LP was made in the studio either while Vreswijk was too drunk to sing, or didn't show up at all in the studio. The highlights of the album may be the covers of "The Beat Goes On", "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" and "Groovin'".

Enjoy!

Richie Havens "The Great Blind Degree" 1971



To me it's still a mystery why "The Great Blind Degree" from 1971 never has been reissued on CD. The only song from the LP that's been on a compact disc is "What About Me" (sure it's the most catchy one from the album) on Rhinos "The Best Of" from 1993. Personally I love almost everything this dude recorded in the sixties and seventies, but I think this album it's the smoothest one from him, and it's so groovy and gentle. I hope his spirit feelin' fine wherever he are.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

VA - Feelin' Groovy! 20 Cuts From The Soft & Sunny America 1966-1970




A really groovy era for sure. Sometimes a bit too hippy dippy and silly in my opinion (too many strawberries, suns and popsicles?). This mixtape was not a try to do a complete overview of the american sunshine genre at all. I'ts a just my picture of the groovy happening 1966-1970, just a bunch of favorite tunes. There's no Beach Boys, Left Banke or Grass Roots here but I dig 'em for sure! I really respect the people who made the enourmous series in this genre full of raspy cracky obscure singles, but to be honest I ain't that obsessed with the scene. This music makes it better (in my opinion) with a great and crispy sound quality, so the harmonies, orchestration och groove really fill the mind. Feelin' Groovy!

01. The Moon - Someday Girl (1968)
02. The Tokens - Portrait Of My Love (1967)
03. The Gentle Soul - Our National Anthem (1968)
04. Mamas & The Papas - Somebody Groovy (1966)
05. The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band - Antagonizing Friend (1967)
06. The Association - Never My Love (1967)
07. The Happenings - Go Away, Little Girl (1966)
08. The Vogues - Just What I've Been Looking For (1968)
09. The Millenium - It's You (1968)
10. Buckinghams - You Are Gone (1967)
11. Brian Hyland - On the East Side (1970)
12. American Breed - Don't Forget About Me (1967)
13. Blades Of Grass - Satin Slipper (1968)
14. Montage - I Shall Call Her Mary (1968)
15. The Cowsills - The Rain, The Park & Other Things (1967)
16. West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Queen Nymphet (1967)
17. Fun & Games - The Way She Smiles (1968)
18. The Clique - I'll Hold Out My Hand (1969)
19. Love Generation - Love Is A Rainy Sunday (1968)
20. The Sunshine Company - Back On The Street Again (1967)

Enjoy!

VA - Feelin' Groovy 2! Another 20 Cuts From The Soft & Sunny America 1966-1969



Just another mixtape with soft, sunny and groovy tunes from the american hippie happening 1966-1969. Feelin' groovy!

01. Margo Guryan - Sun (1968)
02. Mark Eric - Night Of The Lions (1969)
03. The Arbors - Just Let It Happen (1967)
04. Sagittarius - Another Time (1968)
05. Harpers Bizarre - Blackbird (1969)
06. Strawberry Alarm Clock - Home Sweet Home (1969)
07. Spanky & Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You (1967)
08. Southwest F.O.B. - All One Big Game (1968)
09. Kaleidoscope - Please (1967)
10. The Free Design - My Brother Woody (1967)
11. Nino Tempo & April Stevens - You'll Be Needing Me Baby (1967)
12. Sandpipers - Reason To Believe (1968)
13. Janis Ian - Friends Again (1968)
14. Sundowners - Edge of Love (1968)
15. The Cyrkle - Cloudy (1966)
16. Orange Colored Sky - L.A. (Los Angeles) (1968)
17. The Feminine Complex - Now I Need You (1969)
18. 5th Dimension - California Soul (1967)
19. Laura Nyro - Stoned Soul Picnic (1968)
20. Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends - Didn't Want to Have to Do It (1968)


Monday, May 16, 2016

VA - Blues Groove 2 (1969-1983)



Just another mixtape I made with the groovier and funkier side of the blues from the years 1969-1983. More in this serie will come. Do the boogaloo!

01. Jimmy Reed - Got To Be A Reason (1973)
02. John Littlejohn - Worried Head (1973)
03. Little Joe Blue - You Got to Come to Me (1978)
04. Ray Charles - Every Saturday Night (1972)
05. Koko Taylor - Yes, It's Good For You (1969)
06. Big Maybelle - Winnie Widow Brown (1973)
07. Shuggie Otis - Bootie Cooler (1970)
08. Son Seals - How Could She Leave Me (1974)
09. Sunset Blues Band - Got My Mojo Working (1969)
10. Willie Williams - Detroit Blues (1973)
11. Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful (1969)
12. John Dummer Famous Music Band - Lady Luck (1970)
13. Lincoln Chase - The Woods Are Full (1973)
14. Jimmy Witherspoon & Eric Burdon - Laws Must Change (1971)
15. Chicken Shack - A Woman Is the Blues (1969)
16. Canned Heat - I Don't Care What You Tell Me (1972)
17. Fenton Robinson - Blue Monday Blues (1974)
18. Geater Davis- Wrapped Up In You (1971)
19. Byther Smith - You Ought to Be Ashamed (1983)
20. John & Sylvia Embry With The Blues Kings - Mustang Sally (1980)

Enjoy!


VA - Blues Groove (1968-1977)



Just a mixtape I made with the groovier och funkier side of the blues from the years 1968-1977. More in this serie will come. Do the boogaloo!

01. Otis Spann - I'm A Dues Payin' Man (1969)
02. Luther Allison - Why I Love The Blues (1969)
03. Andrew McMahon - I Can't Stay Here (1973)
04. Eddie Kirkland - Mother-In-Law (with the Black Cat Bone) (1974)
05. Chuck Berry - Don't You Lie To Me (1975)
06. Bob Kirkpatrick - I Don't Know Why (1973)
07. John Lee Hooker - Make it Funky (1974)
08. Mighty Joe Young - Just a Minute (1972)
09. Big Mama Thornton - Funky Broadway (1969)
10. Otis Rush - Me (1969)
11. Alexis Korner - Mary, Open the Door (1968)
12. Christine Perfect - Let Me Go (Leave Me Alone) (1970)
13. Jimmy Dawkins - It Serves Me Right To Suffer (1969)
14. James Cotton - Cut You Lose (1968)
15. Harmonica Slim - Love (1969)
16. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Messin With The Kid (1972)
17. Lowell Fulson - Teach Me (1973)
18. Phillip Walker - Breakin' Up Somebody's Home (1977)
19. George Smith - Fire Exit (1971)
20. Muddy Waters - Rollin' and Tumblin' (1969)


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lasse Fernlöf And His Orchestra "The Chameleon" 1969



This is probably the grooviest and most funky soundtrack ever made in Sweden. The film itself is a kind of crime b-movie played in Stockholm 1969. The music is some sort of soul jazz, sometimes with a groovy sitar, sometimes with a pop-oriented library beat. This is really a true classic made by the legendary Lasse Fernlöf.  

Enjoy!

Scott Walker "We Had It All" 1974



Well, Scott Walker may not be one of my favorite artists, I really enjoy his ballads from the late sixties - so moody. But, the theatrical and bombastic orchestred tunes he so often did is not my cup of tea at all. This LP from 1974 was he's last album before he retired for some years (he did a short reunion with The Walker Brothers?). As the previous albums from the early seventies this is a more laid back and folky country tinged album. A bunch of the songs were written by the country artist Billy Joe Shaver, then some covers of Gordon Lightfoot (Sundown) and Alex Harvey (Delta Dawn) amog others. To me rather unexpectedly, his voice fits perfect for this soft singer-sonwriter oriented kind of project. This LP definitely deserves more attention!

Enjoy!

VA - French Revolution 2! 20 More Explosive Cuts From France 1965-1971




Everybody knows Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg and the boom of  the Yé-Yé girls, but there were so much more in the land of the "erotic sound". Here's the second mixtape of La Révolution Française. Vive la France!

01. Eric Charden - Amour Limite Zéro (1965)
02. Adèle - C’est Bon (1966)
03. Danyel Gerard - Sexologie (1970)
04. Pascale & Suzie - Le Rendez-Vous Menier (1966)
05. Gillian Hills - Rentre Sans Moi (1965)
06. Philippe Nicaud - C'ex (1971)
07. Richard David ‎- Mes Yeux Sont Fermés (1968)
08. Brigitte Fontaine - Je Suis Inadaptée (1968)
09. Sophie Makhno - Obsessions 68 (1968)
10. Michel Jasmin - Dernier Aventurier (1971)
11. Les Flechettes - Je Vends Du Rêve (1969)
12. Gilles & Dominique ‎- Ça M’est Égal (1967)
13. Douglas - Si Je Buvais Moins (1968)
14. David Alexandre Winter - Qu'est-Ce Que J'ai Dance (1969)
15. Jean Pierre Mirouze - Sexopolis (1971)
16. Christine Delaroche - La Fille Du Soleil (1966)
17. Berthe - Comment Passer À La Télé (1966)
18. Les Pros - Patrick - Jerk (1967)
19. Jean Ferrat - Intox (1969)
20. Les Charlots - Quand Je Pense À Toi (1966)

Enjoy!

VA - French Revolution! 20 Explosive Cuts From France 1965-1971



The french music scene from this period may best be known for the Ye-Ye girls, with the singers Francoise Hardy, France Gall, Sylvie Vartan and Brigitte Bardot. And, of course Serge Gainsbourg. I really dig the Ye-Ye's in part, but I sometimes think it's a bit too much, and a little bit to giggly in parts to be honest. The french scene was so much more at the time. There were groovy instrumentalists, hard kickin' rockers, psychedelics and mad visionaries. Here's my interpretations of France. Vive la France!

01. Antoine - Le Marchand Du Temps (1967)
02. Delphine - Les Prisons De Sa Majesté (1967)
03. Cleo - Madame La Terre (1966)
04. Dani - La Coupe Est Pleine (1966)
05. F.R. David - La Vie C’Est Comme Ci, Comme Ca (1970)
06. Francois Wertheimer - L'Automne (1971)
07. Jean Lecomte - Le Pince Fesses (1967)
08. Ricky Gomez - Mais Quoi, Oui Quoi, Pourquoi  (1967)
09. Dominique Grange - Panurge (1967)
10. Pop Club De France - Château Des Rèves (Dreamy Castle) (1971)
11. Inter-Groupie Psychotherapeutic Elastic Band ‎- Floating (1971)
12. La Révolution Française - Et La Terre Tournera (1969)
13. Les Musiciens - Katmandou (1968)
14. Patricia - Mes Rêves De Satin (1968)
15. Vetty - Nicolas (1969)
16. Jacky Gordon - Un Monsieur Respect (1966)
17. Les Intrigantes - Faut Savoir (1965)
18. Zouzou - Tu Fais Partie Du Passé (1967)
19. Stephane Varegues - Le Pape Du Pop (1967)
20. Patrick Abrial - Le Diable (1966)

Enjoy!


Saturday, May 14, 2016

VA - When Blues Comes Around (20 Interpretations Of Blues 1952-2016)



Blues is such a big genre, it's a very individual term, it is what it is - just a feeling - like a moody figure inside your brain. Artist from the 1920s till today has their own interpretation - that's what I try to create and mediate with this mixtape, NOT to made and satisfy with just another compilation for puritans, chronologists or hysterical collectors. For me, this is what blues about.

01 Lucinda Williams - Doors Of Heaven (2016)
02 R.L. Burnside - Got Messed Up (2000)
03 Bobby Bland - St. James Infirmary (1961)
04 Oscar Brown Jr. - Somebody Buy Me A Drink (1960)
05 Otis Spann - Half Ain't Been Told (1960)
06 Jimmy Dawkins - It Serves Me Right To Suffer (1969)
07 Johnny Shines - Walkin' Blues (1966)
08 Bukka White - Bed Spring Blues (1969)
09 Odetta - Chevrolet (1964)
10 Bridget Saint John - Lazarus (1972)
11 Nick Cave - Ramblin' Mind (2009)
12 Tom Jones - Run On (2010)
13 Tarheel Slim - Weeping Willow (1974)
14 John Lee Hooker - Down Child (1953)
15 Rev. Roger L. Worthy & Bonnie Woodstock - Get Back Satan (1965)
16 David Johansen & Larry Saltzman - The Last Kind Words (2002)
17 Dr. Ross - Industrial Boogie (1958)
18 Jimmy Rogers - Out On The Road (1952)
19 Be Good Tanyas - The Coo Coo Bird (2000)
20 Gillian Welch - Beulah Land (2001)

Enjoy!

Bob Lind "Since There Were Circles" 1971



Singer songwriter Bob Lind never got the attention he deserved back in the days. "Since There Were Circles" from 1971 were produced by the legendary Doug Westson (owner of the Troubadour in L.A.). With a little help from friends like Bernie Leadon, Doug Dillard, Carol Kaye and Gene Clark he made this wonderful record full of groovy folky country.

Enjoy!


Sylvia Telles "The Face I Love" 1966



With a nice mix of brasilian songs of acts like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Marcos Valle Sylvia Telles also includes some american standards of George & Ira Gershwin on this LP, but put them in a more latin jazz groove. This album from 1966 is her last album, sadly she died in a car accident the same year - but the amazing voice of her will live forever.

Enjoy!

Bong Penera "A Samba Song" 1976




Bong Penera's album "A Samba Song" from 1976 (some argue it's from 1974) is a fantastic LP full with gentle and groovy brasilian jazz - bossa nova (and philippine jazz maybe). Recorded in a very primitive studio in Manilla, Philippine, heavy Influenced by the likes of Sergio Mendez, Tom Jobim and Bill Evans he made this album with a trio (but sounds like a sextet), and what I recently read, only 100 copies were made.

Enjoy!   

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Awakening "Mirage" 1973



A jazzy sextet based in Chicago in the early seventies with Sunny Murray. This was their second and final effort from 1973 on the ultra hip label Black Jazz. They played a very gentle kind of funky soul jazz, sometimes with hard boppin' touch. This groovy  LP is nowadays a collectors item. 


Denny Doherty "Watcha Gonna Do" 1971



Everybody knows the story about Mamas & The Papas. In 1970 his once sideman John Phillips released a solo album (sometimes called "John, The Wolfking Of L.A."), and in 1971 Denny Doherty released his own LP. The two album covers are very familiar and so are the music. "Watcha Gonna Do" is a soft folky country tinged affair. John Phillips album may be a little bit stronger, but this album is very good and deserves more attention I think. Very groovy!


VA - Groover's Paradise (20 Global Grooves 1966-2014)



A mixtape full of grooves 1966-2014 (mostly from the seventies I guess). It includes a little bit of soul, cheezy funk, african and tukish stompers, dopey breaks, reggae, library music and much more groovy stuff from round the world!

01. Paikan & The Mighty Mocambos - The Ballad Of The Bombay Sapphires (2010)
02. Sahara All Stars Of Jos - Take Your Soul (1976)
03. Horace Andy - Cuss Cuss (1983)
04. Janko Nilovic - Drug Song (1975)
05. Harlem Pop Trotters - Penwick (1975)
06. Ray Sharpe With The King Curtis Orchestra ‎- Help Me (Get The Feeling) (1966)
07. Spiritual Movements - Serious Time (1976)
08. Ahmed Fakroun - Nisyan (Unknown French Artist Edit) (2007)
09. All Points Bulletin Band - Sexy Ways, Pretty Legs (1975)
10. James Polk & The Brothers - Just Plain Funk (1969)
11. Memmedov Vuqar - Cilli Bom (1978)
12. Keith Mansfield - Sun Goddess (1976)
13. Martin Campbell - Got To Pray (1991)
14. Funky Nassau - Bahama Soul Stew (1972)
15. Pamoja - Oooh, Baby (1975)
16. Özel Türkbas - Özel's Dance Routine (Mr Thing Re-Edit) (2014)
17. Mac Davis - I'm Just In Love (1976)
18. Gunars Rozenbergs - Disko Roze (1979)
19. Tadayuki Harada & His Group - Cinnamon And Clove (1968)
20. Gert Wilden - Hot Dance 1969 (1969)



VA - Groover's Paradise 2 (20 Global Grooves 1967-1981)



A mixtape full of grooves 1967-1981 (mostly from the seventies I guess). It includes a little bit of soul, mambo, cumbia beats, cheezy cocktails, Latvian funk, tukish disco, bossa, reggae, library music and much more groovy stuff from round the world!

01. Mirdza Zivere - Zozefino (1979)
02. Lunar Funk - Slip The Drummer One (1972)
03. Sonya Spence - Let Love Flow On (1981)
04. Lou Courtney - Hey Joyce (1967)
05. Los Hijos Del Sol - Linda Muequita (1978)
06. Horst Jankowski - Dreamflight (1969)
07. Salome - Soy Muy Poca Cosa (1969)
08. Sheila Hylton - House On The Rock (1981)
09. Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra - Opium (1976)
10. Lito Barrientos - Cumbia en do Menor (1981)
11. Rose Lynch - I Dont Need No Help (1968)
12. Selda Bagcan - Yaz Gazeteci Yaz Dewrim Ozgur (1976)
13. Metin H. Alatli - Lorke (1975)
14. Hard Rock - Jah Send Rain (1980)
15. Henry Franklin - Plastic Creek Stomp (1972)
16. Manfredo Fest - Madalena (1972)
17. Los Destellos - Guajira Sicodelica (1968)
18. Reuben Bell - Super Jock (1975)
19. Stephaine Samuels - Africa We Want To Go (1978)
20. Eddie Simpson - Big Black Funky Slave (1972)


Thursday, May 12, 2016

VA - Country Groove 2: 1969-1978



A second mixtape I made inspired by the lovely compilations "Country Got Soul 1 & 2" (Casual Records), "Country Funk 1 & 2" (Light In The Attic) and "Delta Swamp Rock 1 & 2" (Soul Jazz Records). None of the songs appears on the titles I mentioned above. More volumes in this serie will come.

01. Mac Davis - A Little Less Conversation (1972)
02. Wanda Jackson - Everything's Leaving (1970)
03. Delaney & Bonnie and Friends - Dirty Old Man (1969)
04. Travis Wammack - Put On Your Shoes And Walk (1972)
05. Willie Nelson - Wake Me When It's Over (1972)
06. Carl Perkins - Power Of My Soul (1969)
07. The Amazing Rhythm Aces - The 'Ella B' (1975)
08. Chris Smither - Mail Order Mystics (1972)
09. Susan Christie - Ghost Riders in the Sky (1969)
10. Townes Van Zandt - Where I Lead Me (1972)
11. Tammy Wynette - Baby, Come Home (1971)
12. Lulu - Move To My Rhythm (1970)
13. Charlie Daniels - Life Goes On (1970)
14. Chip Taylor - I've Been Tied (1975)
15. David Allan Coe - Living On The Run (1975)
16. Bobby Bare - Hot Afternoon (1978)
17. Steve Young - Light of My Life (1976)
18. Jessi Colter - I Ain't The One (with Waylon Jennings) (1969)
19. Tony Joe White - 300 Pounds of Hongry (1972)
20. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen - Watch My .38 (1972)