Slipback: All In The Way You Get Down

Slipback: All In  The Way You Get Down

On deck:  Cherrelle, The System, Prince, Jesse Johnson, Kenny G with Elias Hall, Jeffrey Osborne, Fatback Band, Brothers Johnson, Kashif, Lee RItenour and Eric Tugg, Sade, The Family, DeBarge, ConFunkShun, Gap Band, Loose Ends.

Slipback:  All In The Way You Get Down

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Cherrelle – I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
02 – The System – I Just Wanna Make You Feel Good
03 – Prince – Anotherloverholeinyohead
04 – Jesse Johnson – Can You Help Me
05 – Keny G and Elias Tate – What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
06 – Jeffrey Osborne – Plane Love
07 – Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
08 – The Brothers Johnson – Celebrations
09 – Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio – It’s All In The Way You Get Down
10 – Kashif – Say Something Love
11 – Lee Ritenour and Eric Tugg – Is It You
12 – The Family – River Run Dry
13 – Sade – Give It Up
14 – DeBarge – I Like It
15 – Con Funk Shun – Straight From The Heart
16 – The Gap Band – Yearning For Your Love
17 – Loose Ends – Stay A Little While, Child

I should be calling this the VT mix, since one of the longest running fans of old school Wednesday podcasts, VT,had a birthday a couple of months ago. THe death of Aretha, as well aslife in general, made it more challenging to get it out of the door. I am finally, funally satisfied (what can I say I am mmy own worst critic!)

Cherrelle and THe System were the easiest to pull out (I’m still amazed at how that video looked when I first heard it Still waiting for the breakdancing King Kong to appear in the neighborhood.) Prince and Jesse following them was easy too.

And then I got into that music rut which doesn’t happen very ofteh but this time that and the desth of Aretha followed suit. it took me a while to locate some gems. “What Does It Take” is one of a very select few remakes tht are vclassics, and this makes it my favorite Kenny G cut, and John Elias a force to be reckoned with.

I was listening to a podcast featuring Jeffrey Osborne last week and as the people interviewing him were talking abiout their fsvorite cuts from him, I realized that my favorite track was the one he mentoned Plane Love. The classc Fatback Band cut was followed by an instrumental from THe Brothers Joihnson, which provides as a segue into the submime Raydio cut. If you listen to the lyrics, you’ll you see this smooth cut is a cold reality0check. Whew!

Kashif’s nice track is followed by the long forgotten track from Lee Ritenour, which was played on the R&B stations in the south in the early 80s.The Family blends perfectly into Sade, which slides right into DeBarge, ConFunkShun, The Gap Band, and Loose Ends. Hope you enjoy ‘

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Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul

Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul

On deck:  Aretha Louise Franklin,
Slipback:  Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul

 

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Tracklisting:

01. Wonderful
02. Spanish Harlem
03. Chain Of Fools
04. Rock Steady
05. Respect
06. Think
07. Daydreaming
08. Until You Come Back To Me
09. Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You)
10. Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)
11. Pullin’
12. I Never Loved Man (The Wy I Love You)
13. Angel
14. I’m In Love
15. Call Me
16. Ain’t No Way
17. Sparkle
18. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
19. Something He Can Feel
20. Hooked On Your Love
21. Rock With Me
22. Take Me With You
23. Rollin’ In The Deep
24. Freeway Of Love
25. Get It Right
26. Jump To It
27. Who’s Zomin’ Who
28. Love All The Hurt Away (with George Benson)
29. A Rose Is Still A Rose
30. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)

This time, I’m going to let the music do the talking.  Share your thoughts- I know I will.  Special special thanks go to NT Grundy, Mike Seneadza, Buford Durr, Craig Washington,  Mike W., and Sharon Robinson for making this experience far easier than I thought it would be, and much more richer  than I imagined.  Hope you  enjoy.

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Slipback: Hanging On A String

Slipback: Hanging On A String

On deck: Blue Magic, Donna McGhee, The Jones Girls, George Duke, Loose Ends, Rene and Angela, Billy Griffin, Slave, Patrice Rushen,m Hall And Oates, Lisa Stansfied, Chaka, Cameo, Joyce Sims.


Slipback:  Hanging On A String

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Blue Magic – Welcome To The Club (Uptown Soul Version)
02 – Donna McGhee – It Ain’t No Big Thing
03 – The Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
04 – George Duke – I Want You For Myself0
05 – Loose Ends – Hanging On A String
06 – Rene & Angela – I Love You More
07 – Billy Griffin – Serious
08 – Slave – Dreaming
09 – Patrice Rushen To Each His Own
10 – Hall And Oates – One On One
11 – Lisa Stansfield – Real Love
12 – Chaka Khan – Night Moods
13 – Cameo – Feel Me
14 – Joyce Sims – Come Into My Life

I started on  this in February and meant to get it done by St. Patrick’s Day, but time wasn’t on my side.  When I finally got a chance to do this thigh, there were so many thoughts in my head that it took a while to get it perfected the way I wanted to; however, because of all that, I believe I have  enough tracks for two more, so  expect a couple more of them soon.

Loose Ends’ Hanging On A String is one of my favorite  tracks of all time, so I had t to  include it.  In fact, this track was released on the US side 33 years ago.  If  that is not considered old-school, then I don;t know what it is.  Welcome To The Club  by Blue Magic was inspired by the Unsung episode about the band.  I had just happened top hear  this version on one of the CDs I purchased which had a  lot of great tracks, this included.

I’m sure that the old school aficionados will love George Duke and Slave, in addition to Donna McGhee, which is a nice mellow groove with some very direct lyrics.   The instrumental Dreaming has an incredible bass line which makes me smile each time I listen to it, and the Joyce Sims track is a smooth track to end with, since it never gets old.   I could go on and on about the other tracks, but I am sure most will agree that this is a nice summertime mix to groove.

Drops from DJ Diva, Macedonia, and G-Dub. Much love to the geezers Wilson (no pressure!), AR Hamilton, Theresa, Alana, and DJ G Dub. Hope ou enjoy.

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