25 Aug 2010
in America, JazzFunk, Rare Groove, themusicologist
Tags: 1974, Badal Roy, Cecil McBee, Chris Hill, David Lee, Expansions mp3, Geeta Vashi, George Barron, James Mtume, JazzFunk mp3, Joe Beck, Jr, Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes mp3, rare groove mp3, Sonny Morgan, The Soul Patrol, themusicologist mp3, Vintage Goodwood
Down The Road A Piece #5
(Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – Expansions)
So, down to this the final cut of the ‘Vintage Goodwood’ selection..which I’m laying down first in tribute to Chris Hill, (foundation Selector on the Jazz Funk scene and part of the ‘Soul Patrol’ back in the mid – late 70’s), who played it on Sunday night in the Casino. Secondly to all the original Rare Groove massive. There was NO way I thought I would be able to hold out for his midnight – 2am set considering I had to drive back to the ‘Smoke but it was well worth the wait and I shook and fingerpopped from start to finish…the perfect end to a great weekend.
Today’s cut needs no introduction..absolute classic Jazz Funk/Rare Groove slice from the Legend Lonnie Liston Smith and his band of monumental players Cecil McBee, George Barron, Joe Beck, David Lee, Jr, James Mtume, Sonny Morgan, Badal Roy and Geeta Vashi A.K.A ‘The Cosmic Echoes’. The introduction, (and the cut), NEVER fails to send shivers down my spine. BIG tune going out to ‘The Anthill Mob’. London clubland memories are made of this.
“Expaaaaand your mind…..”
23 Aug 2010
in America, Curtis Mayfield, Funk, mod/ern/ist, Soul, themusicologist
Tags: 1976, curtis mayfield, curtom, funk mp3, Hutson II, leroy hutson mp3, Love The Feeling mp3, rare groove mp3, soul mp3, themusicologist, Vintage Goodwood
Down The Road A Piece #4
(Leroy Hutson – Love The Feeling)
Saturday night at Vintage was B.I.G. The Soul Casino was rocking..Andy Weatherall threw down at the ‘Warehouse’ and the company kept was SUPERB. I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to make it through to see Leroy Hutson on Sunday night? but it was one of the main reasons for attending so I thought that if I stumbled around the festival into the early evening then I had a chance…
Why is Leroy such a legend?, (other than his musical genius), for those of us who had the pleasure to be ‘on the, (Rare Groove), scene’ back in the day (85-87), Leroy Hutson was one of the primary artists. His ‘Hutson II’ LP was IN DEMAND to say the least. If you were there you know what I’m talking about and to hear him perform today’s slice of the musicology pie Live and Direct was an experience never to be forgotten.
The legend wasn’t due on until 9pm so it was touch and go but I managed it, (due in part to Craig Charles who was on fire for the two and a half hours leading up to Leroy coming on). As soon as he walked on though I was buzzing and immediately found my second wind. The man proceeded to tear it up and wove his magic leaving the crowd screaming for more especially when he enticed a call and response session on today’s slice the Rare Groove classic ‘Love The Feeling’ getting the Kittens to sing “Love I Love I Love” and the Cats to sing “The way you make me feel” was as good as it gets and anyone who was there knows what I’m talking about. For me it will always be a cherished memory..Recorded for and released on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label in 1976.
30 Oct 2009
in America, Funk
Tags: Bobby Byrd, funk mp3, James Brown mp3, rare groove mp3, The JB's, themusicologist
Butterfly Mind #4
(James Brown – I Got To Move)
BIG tune on London’s rare groove scene back in 1986 when first released. amazingly this cut was previously unissued but Soul Brother Number 1 and full crew, (The Jb’s), had already been tearing up the dancefloors of London’s underground movement for a year or more along with the cream of the soul and funk that came out of America during the late sixties and early 70’s. music which had largely gone unnoticed before it’s London revival. Not suggesting that it was unknown but guess what…it wasn’t called rare groove for nothing and no matter what is said it was in London that it sprung forth and multiplied. themusicologist was there and remembers it well. Great times, cherished memories.
07 Dec 2008
in 80's Boogie, America, Soul, themusicologist
Tags: 1981, 80's boogie mp3, 80's soul mp3, moving in the right direction mp3, rare groove mp3, steve parks mp3, themusicologist
(Steve Parks – Moving In The Right Direction)
Final cut from the birthdaybash rare groove selection and I’m finishing up with a top ranking piece of 80’s soul from a cat called Steve Parks. As far as I know he only waxed one set for the Solid Smoke label from which this, the title track, is taken. First heard by themusicologist in 1986 whilst raving out and about in London Town. Last ‘played ‘out’ by themusicologist at the birthdaybash on November 29th.
Tomorrow begins the Christmas selection. One a day to put us in the mood for when the sleigh bells ring…….
04 Dec 2008
in Funk, Jamaica, themusicologist, UKPressure, World
Tags: Derv Gordon, funk mp3, funky like a train mp3, John Hall, Lincoln Gordon, London, Pat Lloyd, rare groove mp3, the equals mp3, themusicologist
(The Equals – Funky Like A Train)
you know what … life is sweet like sugar at the moment and I’m enjoying it to the max. I would even go so far as to say it’s all good. I’ve got my mind right and it’s time for action. Over the past few weeks things and time have been synchronising harmoniously and ‘opportunity’ has been knocking hard on my door.
Iv’e let the kid in, we have sat down and reasoned, allowed our’self’ to let go and moved on, together, to face the dawning of the new day…where the sun is shining.
Today’s cut is courtesy of another London based group, The Equals, whose original members came from as far afield as Jamaica and Guyana but also included two local kids from Holloway and Islington, (hence the name ‘Equals’) . Hooking up in 1965 they tasted success in 1968 with a pop tune ‘Baby Come Back’, (about as far away from today’s cut as could be imagined).
Another BIG tune on the Rare Groove scene that was, for a while, one of the most sought after pieces of the day changing hands for around £50 which was a lot of money 20 odd years ago. themusicologist unearthed a copy of the 7″ in a ‘Junk-Shop’ in London’s ‘salubrious’ New Cross for the princely sum of 10 pence !!! and rinsed it for the next couple of years. Can’t remember if it was ever on a LP and like I said this was LONG before the days of CD’s, Ebay and of course MP3’s so to find a copy was true to the genre’s name, RARE.
Can’t remember exactly but from memory I think that the year of release was 1976 maybe even 1974.
02 Dec 2008
in America, Soul, themusicologist
Tags: Bobby Reed mp3, communication, musical diary, rare groove mp3, Rare Soul mp3, the time is right for love mp3, themusicologist
(Bobby Reed – The Time Is Right For Love)
been waiting almost two years to lay this one down on themusicologist and in true musicology style the ‘time’ has come. One of my all time TOP tunes that never fails to touch me DEEP
“Ooooooh baby, here we are alone at last,
together just the two of us, with no one else in sight….“
03 Jul 2008
in America, Funk, themusicologist
Tags: funk mp3, GSF label, Joe Quaterman and Free Soul mp3, New York funk, rare groove mp3, themusicologist, Vinyl 45
(Joe Quarterman & Free Soul – I Got So Much Trouble In My Mind Pt1)
‘rare groove’ funk screamer heard, played and thrown shapes to by themusicologist for more than twenty years. always been one of my personal favourites. being blessed/cursed with a troubled mind this is one of them cuts that often plays in the jukebox of my thoughts in times like these.
a 1972 New York release on the GSF label produced by Bill Tate, Cotter Wells and Cory Pearson.