Original Songs-built the sampled tracks we love {Labi Siffre}

26 08 2011
ORIGINAL –  *Labi Siffre ” I Got The (Blues)”

SAMPLED BY….

Jay-Z – Streets is watching

Eminem – My Name Is





Original Songs-built the sampled tracks we love {Daniel Janin}

26 08 2011

Original – *Daniel Janin – Black Night (1975)


Sampled By – *The Beatnuts – Muchacha






Peaches & Herb

22 06 2011

Stunning work from the team of  Peaches & Herb – a male/female soul duo whose work here rivals the greatness of the Marvin Gaye duets over at Motown! The grooves are wonderfully varied here – upbeat and swinging at some points, laidback and a bit more romantic at others – but always beautifully done, with a sense of honest, soulful expression that goes way past the standard pop duet mode.

Tracks
A1 Let’s Fall In Love 2.35
A2 Just One Look 2.13
A3 I’m In The Mood For Love 2.44
A4 Becaues Of You 3.01
A5 Time After Time 3.25
A6 Will You LoveMe Tomorrow 2.24
B1 Close Your Eyes 2.37
B2 True Love 2.30
B3 We Belong Together 2.55
B4 When I Fall In Love 2.32
B5 I Will Watch Over You 2.38

The original Peaches, Francine Hurd Barker, a Washington, D.C., native, earned the childhood nickname “Peaches” because of her genteel manner. She sang in neighborhood groups and in her teens she became the lead singer for a group named the Keynotes. Starting her own group, the Darlettes, they auditioned for and were signed to D.C.-area label Date Records, where their name was changed to the Sweet Things. Herb Fame, born Herbert Feemster  began singing in church at seven and continued singing through the years in neighborhood groups. After high school graduation, Herb began working at a record store. His friend, Howard University student Freddie Perren, worked at another record store, Sabin’s right around the corner. One day in January 1965, producer Van McCoy came into the store Herbworked in to ask about doing in-store promotion for a group he was working with called the Sweet Things. He and Herb began having conversations that lead to Herbauditioning for and signing with Date Records as a solo artist. While in New York recording the two acts, the Sweet Things and Herb Fame, separately, McCoy decided to use some leftover recording time to record Herb and Francine as a duo. The original A-side, “We’re in This Thing Together” failed to generate much interest. Then a disc jockey at St. Louis, MO, radio station KATZ flipped the single over and began playing the B-side, “Let’s Fall in Love“. It became Peaches and Herb’s first hit single; it was a remake of a number one pop hit for Eddy Duchin from 1934 that went to number 11 R&B in December 1966. The follow-up, “Close Your Eyes” written byChuck Willis, hit number four R&B, number eight pop in April 1967.

As the hits continued, the duo earned the nickname the Sweethearts of Soul. Next came “For Your Love” (number ten R&B, July 1967), “Love Is Strange” (a remake ofMickey & Sylvia‘s 1956 hit), and “Two Little Kids” written by Chicago soul stalwartsBarbara AcklinEugene Record, and Carl Davis. The duo released two hit albums in 1967 Let’s Fall in Love” and For Your Love. This same year, Francine “Peaches” Barker tired of the rigors of touring and she was replaced with a succession of “Peacheses” including Marlene Mack, thus initiating a practice that goes on to this day. Voted one of the top soul duos of the day by Cashbox Magazine, Peaches & Herb continued to have hits: “The Ten Commandments of Love“; Gamble & Huff wrote and produced “United” a 1966 R&B hit for the Intruders; and “When He Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)” a number ten R&B hit from spring 1969. The single “It’s Just a Game, Love” (from the Jim Brown movie The Split), which stalled at number 50 R&B and number pop in summer 1970, was Peaches & Herb’s last charting single onDate. Despondent over the act’s failing chart success, Herb abruptly quit Peaches & Herb and got a job with the Washington, D.C. Police Department in July 1970. Then in 1976, Herb decided to re-enter the music business. He found his “new” Peachesin fellow D.C. resident and former model Linda Greene through a mutual introduction by Van McCoy. The duo charted again in June 1977 with “We’re Still Together” on MCA Records from a self-titled album produced by Van McCoy. The following year, they signed with Herb’s old friend, songwriter/producer Freddie Perren‘s production company MVP Productions. Perren had produced and co-written million-selling hits by the Jackson 5the Miracles, and the Sylvers, among others. Through him, the duo inked a deal with Polydor Records. Their first Polydor single, “Shake Your Groove Thing” went gold peaking at number four R&B and number five pop in late 1978. The creamy ballad “Reunited” seemed an unlikely follow-up to the disco-oriented “Shake.” The naysayers watched in shock as “Reunited” earned platinum status, holding on to the number one spot for four weeks on both the R&B and pop charts during spring 1979. Both are on the platinum album 2 Hot (released October 1978). The majority of their Polydor hits were written by PerrenDino Fekaris, Kenny St. Lewis, and Melvin Ragin. Though there were other hits on Polydor, none came close to the success of their early- to mid-’60s Date singles. Though Herb Fame believes it can happen again and employs a new “Peaches” to keep the name current while he holds down a job in the Washington, D.C. police department.

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Hamilton Bohannon

1 06 2011

an American percussionist, band leader and record producer, who was one of the leading figures in 1970s music.

 





Andy Bey

1 06 2011

 





Herbie Hancock – Dedication (1974)

18 05 2011

Dedication is the sixteenth album by Herbie Hancock. It was recorded in Japan in 1974 while Hancock was touring and first released on the Japanese CBS Sony label. Hancock performs “Maiden Voyage” and “Dolphin Dance” acoustically, while “Nobu” and “Cantaloupe Island” were performed on electric keyboards.





Syl Johnson

28 04 2011

Born in Holly Springs, Syl JohnsonMississippi, soul legend Syl Johnson relocated to Chicago at an early age, falling under the spell of Windy City blues men such as his next door neighbor Magic Sam. His brother Mac Thompson was Sam’s bass player and before long Syl was picking guitar and blowing harmonica with Junior Wells, Billy Boy Arnold, Shakey Jake, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed and the Magic Man himself. Having contributed mightily to Junior Wells’ legendary Chief sessions, Johnson debuted with his first solo recordings on Federal Records with Freddie King backing him on guitar but his legacy was to come a few years down the road with the blues-fuelled soul rockers he’d cut for Twilight/ Twinight Records in the mid to late sixties. 1967 was the year Johnson made his presence known with the double whammy of “Come On And Sock It To Me” and “Dresses Too Short.” The latter was not only an explosively raw dance-floor filler, it was a meeting of the musical minds, as Johnson trekked down to Memphis’s Royal Recording to cut the song with Willie Mitchell in the production booth and the Hodges brothers (Hi Rhythm Section) backing him up. After seething social commentary such as 1969’s “Is It Because I’m Black” and 1970’s “Concrete Reservation,” Johnson signed to Hi and cut a trio of fine albums and several singles between 1971 and 1976. Remaining, albeit unfairly, somewhat in the shadow of Green, Johnson never gained the widespread popularity of his label mate, yet has kept his reputation as the king of blistering soul music intact with several albums on his own Shama imprint and a 1995 reunion with the Hodges brothers on Delmark. His reputation as a storming live performer is equaled only by his rightfully royal place in the deep soul pantheon.