Slipback: Open Up Your Heart

Slipback:  Open Up Your Heart

On tap: The Jacksons, Lace, Junior, Niteflyte and Jean Carne,Hall And Oates, Surface, BarKays, Blackbyrds, Isley Jasper Isley, Mica, Roberta and Donny, Stevie.
Slipback:  Open Up Your Heart.
 

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Tracklisting:

01 – The Jacksons – Loveky One
02 – Lace – Can’t Play Around
03 – Junior – Too Late
04 – Niteflyte featuring Jean Carne – If You Believe
05 – The Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt
05 – Darryl Hall and John Oates – I Can’t Go FOr That (No Can Do)
06 – Surface – Falling In Love
07 – Bar-Kays – Open Up Your Heart
08 – The Blackbyrds – Dreaming About You
09 – Isley Jasper Isley – If You Believe In Love
10 – Mica Paris – My One Temptation
11 – Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway – You Are My Heaven
12 – Stevie Wonder – Do I Do

Starting with The Jacksons, ending with Stevie, and hitting all points in between.  Whole Roberta, Jones Girls and Hall and Oates provide the well known hits, the Bar Kays, Niteflyte and :ace pull some mostly forgotten gems out, which is always a good thing.  My personal favorites are THe Blackbyrds which I sing (by myself, fr fear of being banished), Isley Jasoer Isley, and the classic from Stevie bringing things to a close complete with  rappying and being the hype man. Much love to the geezers Jeffery and Wilson from the UK (bloody hell) and DJ G Dub.   Hope you enjoy.

Drops by DJ Diva, Macedonaia, and G Dub.
Shoutout to Wilson Sam (Geezer), G-Dub, and Jeffery.

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Slipback: Broken Puzzle

Slipback: Broken Puzzle

This podcast is a special one to me.  Here we go:

Slipback: Broken Puzzle

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – After 7 – No Better Love
02 – Sharon Bryant – Let Go
03 – Foster McElroy featuring MC Lyte – Dr. Soul
04 – Michael Cooper – I Want You Bad
05 – Lia – Tell Me It’s Not Too Late
06 – Tara Kemp – Hold You Tight
07 – Chuckii Booker – (Don’t U Know) I Love U
08 – Johnny Kemp – Just Another Lover
09 – Whitney Houston – Thinking About You
10 – Wally Badarou – Chief Inspector
11 – Theresa – Broken Puzzle
12 – Em Vogue – You Don’t Have To Worry
13 – Vertical Hold – Seems You’re Much Too Busy
14 – Intro – So Many Reasons
15 – Portrait – On And On
16 – Tevin Campbell – Alone With You
17 – Donell Jones – You Know That I Love You

This was an absolute joy to put together.  This provides a bit more than music, I also get a little personal about a friendship that was founded because of music.  There are quite a few tracks that are from the producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, including tracks from Lia, Michael Cooper from ConFunkShun, En Vogue, Theresa, and even a track with them featuring MC Lyte.  I also have tracks produced by Chuckii Booker, Dallas Austin, Dave “Jam” Hall,  and Kyle West.  Shoutouts to G-Dub, Macedonaia, DJ Diva, and the one and only Theresa.   Hope you enjoy.  Got requests? Comments? Need to vent? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Take it light.

Slipback: Rain Falls

Slipback: Rain Falls

Changed the name, but not the content. Here we go…..

Slipback: Rain Falls

 

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Tracklisting:
01 – Secret Weapon – Must Be The Music
02 – Curtis Hairston – I Want You (All Tonight)
03 – Thelma Houston – You Used To Hold Me So Tight
04 – Skipworth & Turner – Thinking About Your Love
05 – Bernard Wright – Who Do You Love
06 – High Fashion – Hold On
07 – Peter Jacques Band – All Right, Let’s Go
08 – Kano – I’m Ready
09 – Frankie Knuckles – Rain Falls
10 – David Bendeth – Feel The Real
11 – Joyce Sims – Come Into My Life
12 – Mystic Merlin – Full Moon
13 – Gary Taylor – Tease Me (Featuring Gerald Albright)
14 – Bell And James – Only Make Believe

I’m back in the groove!  After having the name “slipback” on lock for the past 7 years, I decided to rename the Old School Wednesdays to the term as it is more flexible (no longer just Wednesdays) but also allows me to broaden the base a little (not just “old school” tracks.)  Thsnks to Kasey F. for coming up with that term years ago.

The tunes here, in my opinion, some of the masterpiecves of the late 70s, 80s, and early 90s.  from Mystic Merlin (with Freddie Jackson) to Kano (!) to Curits Hairston, among others.  Also, as this podcast was being developed, the house svengali Frankie Knuckes passed away, which is why the mellow house track “Rain Falls” has been featured.  I also need to give special, special thanks to Vox Efx for keeping me going via Spotify. The man knows his music.

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Cupid’s Hunt 2014, Volume 1

Cupid’s Hunt 2014, Volume 1

Brought to you by no other than Belinda Wisdom:

Cupid’s Hunt, Volume 1

 

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Tracklisting:
01 – Intro
02 – Commodores – Sweet Love
03 – The Blackbyrds – Soft N Easy
04 – Switch – There’ll Never Be
05 – Adriana Evans – Love Is All Around
06 – Howard Hewitt – Crystal Clear
07 – Everett B. Watkins – Til I’m Through
08 – Kem – Share My Lofe
09 – Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Sweet Thing
10 – Earth WInd And Fire – Love’s Holiday
11 – Abgela Bofill – Stop, Look, Listen
12 – Lou Rawls – Early Morning Love
13 – Bette Midler – Do You Wanna Dance
14 – Eloise Laws – Love Comes easy
15 – Major Harris – Love Won’t Let Me Wait
16 – Billy Paul – When Love Is New
17 – Stephanie Mills – I’ve Learned To Respect The Power Of Love

The tracklisting speaks for itself.  Sit back, relax and enjoy.  Shoutouts to Belinda for doing it, and doing it well.  Got requests? Comments? Need to vent? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Take it light.

George Duke, Volume 1

George Duke, Volume 1

By the man known as T. Grundy, I’m proud to present:

RIBS – We Remember George Duke, Volume 1.
 

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Tracklisting

01 – From Me To You – George Duke
02 – History (I Remember) – George Duke
03 – Reach For It – George Duke
04 – Dukey Stick – George Duke
05 – Mothership Connection – Stanley Clarke/George Duke
06 – ‘scuse Me Miss – George Duke
07 – I Want You For Myself – George Duke
08 – Fame – George Duke 115.4
09 – Because You Love Me (Feat. George Duke) – Kirk Whalum)
10 – Hip Pockets – Billy Cobham/George Duke
11 – Sweet Baby – Stanley Clarke/George Duke
12 – No Rhyme, No Reason – George Duke
13 – Carry On – George Duke
14 – Sugar Loaf Mountain – George Duke
15 – Inca Roads – Frank Zappa

It’s always a sad and reflective moment when you find out one of your favorite singers or musicians has passed away. However, as music lovers once the sadness ebbs and the reflection takes over, what you’ll probably do next is pretty straight forward.  You’ll go to your music collection of that artist and start playing some of your favorite songs and/or albums that they released during their career, especially the ones that contain those special memories from the “soundtrack of your life”.  If you are on Facebook or one of the other online social networks, you might publish a Status or a Note about your appreciation for the artist and invite your friends to do the same and/or talk about their favorite songs or albums from the artist. If you are a DJ or a podcaster, you’ll probably end up making an “In Memorium” mix (or mixes) from the artist’s catalog in a show of respect and appreciation for their musical talent and the pleasure it has brought you over the years. As I said, pretty straight forward, right?

Unless that particular artist happens to be George Duke.

When George passed away on August 5, 2013, I did exactly as outlined above. Started playing some of my favorite G.D. songs. Posted on Facebook and invited my friends to share some of their memories of George and his music. And then I started to my research on George’s career to gather together his music to make an in memoriam mix.

That is where it became not so straight forward.

To say that George Duke had an amazing career as a musician would probably qualify as one of the top 5 understatements of the year. When I checked out the History section of the George Duke: Online website (http://www.georgeduke.com/history.html) is when I realized that:

1) a single mix to honor his work would not nearly be sufficient
and
2) this project was going to take a lot longer than I originally thought.

For those of you who don’t know, George Duke was so much more than a prolific keyboard musician. He was also a composer, singer and producer in just about every mainstream musical genre you can think of. In addition, he worked with numerous acclaimed artists as an arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and also (early in his career) as a professor of music. George has over 30 solo albums to his credit, let alone his work as a sideman (playing in another artist’s band) or as a writer and/or producer of other artist’s songs or albums. And I have not even mentioned his work scoring music for films and TV shows! He’s played with everybody from Miles Davis to Frank Zappa, and he’s produced a very diverse collection of artists, not only people like (his cousin) Dianne Reeves, Rachelle Ferrell, Joe Sample and Al Jarreau but also artists like Denise Williams, Jeffery Osborne, Raul De Souza, gospel group Take 6, Marilyn Scott, Flora Purim, Iyanla Vanzant and Kirk Whalum just to name a few.

Just like we could all listen to George’s music for hours (and never hear the same thing twice), I could write/talk about his music for hours. However, I’ll conclude with this: “Thanks for the music and the memories, George. You’ll always be a part of the soundtrack of my life.”

– TGrundy

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MPC Volume 3

MPC Volume 3

Proud to represent, by no one other than T. Grundy, Volume 1.

We remember George Duke, Volume 1.
 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
02 – ABC – The Look Of Love
03 – Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination
04 – Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
05 – Chicago – Street Player
06 – The Cars – Shake It Up
07 – J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame
08 – Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield
09 – Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman
10 – Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
11 – Fleetwood Mac – Hold Me
12 – Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E’s In Love
13 – Journey – Who’s Crying Now
14 – Hall And Oates – One On One
15 – Ambrosa – You”re The Only Woman
16 – Eagles – I Can’t Tell You Why
17 – Gino Vannelli – Wheels Of Life

I’m sure there are a few of your favorites in this one. Enjoy.

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MPC Volume 2

MPC Volume 2

Round 2, brought to you by no other than by KB.

MPC (Music Podcast Consortium), Volume 2.
 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind
02 – Elton John – Bennie And The Jets
03 – Gary Wright – Love Is Alive
04 – Foreigner – Urgent
05 – David Bowie – Fame
06 – Sergio Mendes – Alibis
07 – Toto – Georgy Porgy
08 – Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out
09 – Blood Sweat And Tears – Spinning Wheel
10 – Average White Band – Love Your Life
11 – KC And The Sunshine Band – I Get Lifted
12 – Paul Simon – Late In The Evening
13 – Pabli Cruise – Love Will Find A Way
14 – Billy Joel – Stiletto
15 – Darryl Hall and John Oates – Sara Smile
16 – Ambrsia – Biggest Part Of Me
17 – Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
18 – Gino Vannelli – Living Inside Myself

I don’;t believe that there’s much that can be said – the tracklisting speaks for itself.  This gives homage to blue eyed soul and a demonstration of the influence that old school tracks have had on hip hop.  Hats off again to KB for throwing it down.

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MPC Volume 1

MPC Volume 1

It started out as a general comment on Facebook between podcasters, leading to an all-out admission we loved while we were younger.  This set off a stream of tracks we all know and loved and eventually turned into podcasts- the first of what you see here.  Presenting:

MPC (Music Podcast Consortium), Volume 1.
 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Phil Collins – I Missed Again
02 – Steve Winwood – Higher Love
03 – Kenny Loggins – This Is It
04 – Daryl Hall & John Oates – Out Of Touch
05 – Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
06 – The Doobie Brothers – Black Water
07 – Toto – Africa
08 – Steely Dan – Deacon Blues
09 – Yes – Roundabout
10 – Chicago – Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
11 – Gary Wright – Really Want To Know You
12 – England Dan & John Ford Coley – I’d Really Love To See You Tonight
13 – Carly Simon – Haven’t Got Time for the Pain
14 – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
15 – Cutting Crew – I’ve Been In Love Before
16 – Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
17 – Gino Vannelli – I Just Wanna Stop

Which started out as a general comment from DarrenKeith instantly morphed into a full-time confession of music we owned and had a passion for.  From Neil Sedaka to soft rock to Traffic, we listed music, absolutely no hoilds barred.  The above list is the first volume of our love of music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Suffice it to say there will be more, so stay tuned.

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250 (Twofiddy)

250 (Twofiddy)

Starting in March of 2006….taking up 16.8 GB of space and 12.3 days of audio, it’s here.

#250 aka TwoFiddy.
 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Pointer Sisters – Pinball Number Count | `1976
02 – Ralf Gun Featuring Caron Wheeler – So Good | 2012  [site]
03 – Beef Wellington – Dedication featuring Mellissa Mya | 2010  [amazon]
04 – Mark DeClive Lowe featuring Nia Andrews – Hooligans } 2011 [amazon]
05 – Funkommunity – The Light  | 2012 [site]
06 – Bah Samba – It Tastes Good (DJ Spinna Vocal) | 2003 [amazon]
07 – 45 AKA Swing-O – Underground Superstar featuring Yu Sakai } 2008 [site]
08 – Alice Russell – Drinking Song Interlude | 2013 [amazon]
09 – Cooly’s Hot Box – Lose Your Friends | 2004  [amazon]
10 – D-Influence – Shake It | 1997  [amazon]
11 – DJ Kemit – Digital Connection featuring Carl McIntosh | 2012  [site]
12 – Swing Out Sister – Who’s Been Sleeping | 2004 [amazon]
13 – Bill Cosby – A Simple Love Affair | 1977 [amazon]
14 – Beady Belle – Saved | 2013  [facebook]
15 – Positive Flow – Stronger Than A Mountain featuring Heidi Vogel | 2012 [site]
16 – Jose James – Heaven On The Ground featuring Emily King | 2013 [iTunes]

If you told me several years ago that I would make it this far, Id probably back slowly away from you for fear you might be insane….but it looks like I’m actually here at #250 a place I would have thought I would never be.  If the music these days is any indication, I see no reason to stop now…and who knows, 300 may be here before you know it.

I decided to lift the rules on song selections for this podcast and just provide tracks I know and love.    The Pointer Sisters and Bill Cosby, in addition to being old-school tracks from the late 70’s, also make me smile and laugh, and that’s a good thing.  Shoutots to TGrundy, James Madison, Theresa and Joaquino with providing me the laughter.  Shouting out to my friend Mario Mixmaster McQuay, I was also able to provide house music he hadn’t even heard yet, from arguably one of the best albums of 2012, Ralf Gum’s “Never Leave You.”  What puts this track as my favorite one is the fact that the vocals are from the one and only Caron Wheeler.

I also wanted to roll back and drop some tracks that were my favorite tracks between 2000 and early 2006.  These tracks were discovered as I was listening to music and unable to put it into podcasts since they were not from the same year. I was a huge fan of Bah Samba (vocalist Alice Russell), Cooly’s Hot Box (with Angela Johnson and Chris Ullrich from Tortured Soul on vocals) , D-Influence   and Beef Wellington –  and continue to be a huge fan of 45  and Swing Out Sister- and actually found about them years after they came upon the scene. For this reason, I wanted to make up for lost time and represent their goodness. I’ll continue to do so in podcasts in the future as well.

Last year, Ralf Gum, Funkommunity, Mark deClive Lowe, Positive Flow, and DJ Kemit were four of my favorite albums of the year, and they are included here for just that reason. They have so many strong songs, it’s near impossible to figure out what tracks to place into podcasts, they’re so good.  This year also starts off with a strong start with Beady Belle and Alice Russell. With the year starting off with such a great  flow, I believe that this year will be as good as, if not better than, last year.

There are so many people I wanted to thank in the podcast but I didn’t have enough time left to doso, so I’m going to send my shoutouts here and on Facebook.  I have to thank the past podcasters Honey Soul, Lisa Stanton, KB, and Luv Sels for pushing me forward.   Much appreciation to Vivrant ThangSoul Afrodisiac, AG, Claudia Hyps, and  Alethea  for   having my back even during the radio blog days (wow).   Many thanks to Grant Love and Trent for giving me inspiration and invaluable music assessments.  The ones from the UK who really keep me flowing are Michael Welsh, Ricky McCarthy, and Paul Eversley.

There will be more to thank and around 5 podcasts in the queue, so keep your eyes and ears open.

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Swing Out Sister

Swing Out Sister

By request, and quite a bit of brain power, internal struggles, and lot of time, I present to you:

Swing Out Sister: One

 

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01 – Twilight World [Superb, Superb Mix] (It’s Better To Travel)
02 – Surrender (It’s Better To Travel)
03 – Am I The Same Girl (Get In Touch With Yourself)
04 – My State Of Mind (Beautiful Mess)
05 – Get In Touch With Yourself (Get In Touch With Yourself)
06 – Everyday Crime (Get In Touch With Yourself)
07 – Ordinary People (Living Return)
08 – Better Make It Better (The Living Return)
09 – All I Say, All I Do (Beautiful Mess)
10 – Where In The World (Kaleidoscope World)
11 – Forever Blue (Kaleidoscope World)
12 – Happy When You’re High (Filth And Dreams)
13 – That’s The Way It Goes (Living Return)
14 – Out There (Beautiful Mess)
15 – Certain Shade Of Limelight (Where Our Love Grows)
16 – After Hours (It’s Better To Travel)

Swing  Out Sister: Two

 

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01 – Breakout (It’s Better To Travel)
03 – Stoned Soul Picnic (Shapes And Patterns)
03 – Somewhere In The World – (Shapes And Patterns)
04 – Don’t Let Yourself Down (Lving Return)
05 – Something Every Day (Beautiful Mess)
06 – La La [Means I Love You] (Living Return)
07 – Beautiful Mess (Beautiful Mess)
08 – Incomplete ithout You (Get In Touch With Yourself)
09 – Happy Ending (Where Our Love Grows)
10 – Notgonnachange (Get In Touch With Yourself)
11 – Heaven Only Knows (The Best Of)
12 – Butterfly (Beautiful Mess)
13 – Stop And Think It Over (Living Return)
14 – You Already Know (Shapes And Patterns)
15 – Something Out Of This World (Shapes And Patterns)
16 – Where Do I Go (Somewhere Deep In The Night)
17 – Shapes And Patterns [Reprise] (Shapes And Patterns)

This took quite a bit of time and thought to put together, as with any great group. Having time constraints and placing the best known cuts along with the absolutely sublime can be an intensive process – but is well woth it. Having been around since 1985, Swing Out Sister’s Corrinne Drewery and Andy Connell (and former member Martin Jackson, who left after the first album “It’s Better To Travel”) have been consistently releasing albums soulful and jazzy, sunny and somber, with the old school vibes infused with new techniques- and they all work flawlessly.

I could not have done this alone, of course, to try to maintain my sanity. Shoutouts go to Shim, Joaquino, Macedonia, DJ Diva, James Madison, Alethea, Lisa, Ricky Mac, Paul E., TGrundy, Damone! and The BlacqueHoney Lounge for seeing me through this ordeal – well worth it.

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OSW: Places And Spaces

OSW: Places And Spaces

Here we go.

Places And Spacecs

 

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01 – Billy Ocean – Stay The Night
02 – Klique – I Can’t Shake This Feeling
03 – The Strikers – Body Music
04 – Instant Funk – I Got My Mind Made Up
05 – Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces
06 – Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information
07 – Stevie Wonder – Smile, Please
08 – Brainstorm – We Know A Place
09 – Swing Out Sister – Breakout
10 – Kid Creole – I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby
11 – Boz Scaggs – JoJo
12 – Isley Jasper Isley – If You Believe In Love
13 – Deniece Williams – Cause You Love Me Baby
14 – Tania Marie – Come With Me Now
15 – LaToya Jackson – Lovely Is She

This is probably going to go down as one of my favorites, as I had so many tracks that I wanted to drop in that were so diverse.  “Stay The Night” has always been one of my all-time favorites, while Klique’s “I Can’t Shake This Feeling” and The Strikers’ “Body Music” had not been heard in quite a while, and put me in the mind of Instant Funk’s “I Got My Mind Made Up” which is also included.

Quintessential classics from Donald Byrd and Shuggie Otis are followed by a track from Stevie’s “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” that I literally played 4 times in a row, it was so infectious. “Smile, Please” is graced by the vocal improvisations of Stevie and background vocalists by Jim Gilstrap and Deniece Williams.  This is followed by 2 uplifting tracks by Brainstorm and Swing Out Sister. Kid Creole then keeps the tempo going with the hilarious track “I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby” which is followed by the soulful track from the one and only Boz Scaggs, “JoJo.”

After Boz Scaggs, I keep with he downempo theme with the Isley Jasper Isley track, “If You Believe In Love” which is one of my favorites from them. It’s followed by Deneice Williams’ “Cause You Love Me Baby” (which, coincidentally, is the second track here which she was a vocalist).  This is followed by the smoothness of Brazilian artist Tania Marie, with “Come With Me Now” and is followed by a very nice track from LaToya Jackson which I happened to run across.  The track “Lovely Is She” was written by her and her sister Janet Jackson, and in addition, has Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar, and Nathan Watts on bass.

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OSW: Love Seasons

OSW: Love Seasons

This was an absolute blast. Let’s do it.

Love Seasons

 

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01 – First Choice – Love Thang
02 – Sharon Brown – I Specialize In Love
03 – Leroy Burgess – Heartbreaker
04 – Odyssey – Inside Out
05 – Skyy – High
06 – Rene And Angela – I Love You More
07 – BB&Q Band – Genie
08 – Manzel – Midnight Theme
09 – Groove Theory – Baby Love (Summer Groove Mix)
10 – Liz Hogue – Dream Lover
11 – Zoom – Love Seasons
12 – Twennynine – Morning Sunrise
13 – Angela Bofill – Under The Moon And Over The Sky
14 – Brainstorm – If You Ever Need To Cry

It’s impossible to say which track stands out as there are so many. Hope you enjoy. Special thanks to Michael Anatole, Helm Holz, and Todd Grundy for their thoughts and inspiring me to do a follow-up very soon.

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Workshy

Workshy

If you are familiar with Swing Out Sister, Basia, or Matt Bianco, then I believe that you’re going to like this.  As described on one of the fan websites, they are “somewhere in between Matt Bianco and Swing Out Sister, with a little bit of Sade and Burt Bacharach thrown in” which I agree with wholeheartedly – and personally I’d throw some Michael Franks lyricism and Incognito sensibility as well.

Workshy: One

 

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01 – Sleepwalking (The Golden Mile)
02 – I Saw The Light (The Golden Mile)
03 – Love Is The Place To Be (The Golden Mile)
04 – Never The Same (Ocean)
05 – Half A Mind (Ocean)
06 – Master Plan (Ocean)
07 – But Alive (Heaven)
08 – Finding The Feeling (Coast)
09 – Too Late (Under The Workshy Influence)
10 – Blue Murder (Coast)
11 – All In The Mind (Under The Workshy Influence)
12 – Something Sweeter (Under The Workshy Influence)
13 – I Get High (Under The Workshy Influence)
14 – True To Life (Under The Workshy Influence)
15 – Way I Feel Today (Unforgettable Collection)
16 – Light Of Day (Unforgettable Collection)
17 – Never The Same (Coast)
18 – All Or Nothing (Allure)

Workshy: Two

 

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19 – Got It All Together (Allure)
20 – Dive Into Love (Allure)
21 – Somebody (Allure)
22 – Love Squall (Clear)
23 – End Up Here (Clear)
24 – Let It All Go (Clear)
25 – Got It All Clear (Clear)
26 – The Reason (Clear)
27 – You Want It, You Got It (Clear)
28 – Get It On (Clear)
29 – Forever (Mood)
30 – How It Is (Mood)
31 – The Girl In Question (Mood)
32 – The Penny Drops (Mood)
33 – Call On Me (Smile Again)
34 – Throw Away The Key (Bittersweet)
35 – Better Days (Bittersweet)
36 – Out Of The Cold (Smile Again)
37 – You Go Your Own Sweet Way (Heaven)

During an IM conversation from the one and only Ricky Mac from the UK, he pointed me to  the Youtube video for “Half A Mind,” which unfortunately has since been removed.  The song affected me so much that I went to Spotify and was even more impressed by them and then went to Amazon and promptly purchased everything I could from them. With the assistance of Joaquino, I was able to find and purchase even more.  The biggest impact that they had upon me was the fact that they have been out as long as Swing Out Sister and Matt Bianco, but I had never heard about them until now, more than 15 years.  They’ve managed to infuse acid jazz, pop, lite soul, and jazz as well seamlessly.  It was extremely, extremely difficult to pull this and keep the limit to 2 podcasts, which means that you will be hearing more from them as time goes on.

Now, trying to come up with an explanation of each track is extremely difficult as I like all of the tracks in the mix.  “Half A Mind” started the ball rolling for me, “Sleepwalking” kept it moving, and tracks like “Somebody,” “Got It All Together” and “I Get High” are just three of the tracks that keep me going. As you can see, the list goes on and on.  I’d invite you to sit back, relax, and take a listen, and let me know what you think.

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OSW: Secrets

OSW: Secrets

I get by with a little help from my friends. Here we go….

Old School Wednesday: Secrets

 

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01 – Jeanette Lady Day – Come Let Me Love You
02 – Angela Bofill – Too Tough
03 – Brainstorm – Journey To The Light
04 – Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby
05 – Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
06 – Herbie Hancock – Stars In Your Eyes
07 – Vesta Williams – Once Bitten Twice Shy
08 – Babyface – Faithful
09 – Jones Girls – Knockin’
10 – Con Funk Shun – Secrets
11 – SOS Band – High Hopes
12 – Cherrelle – When You Look In My Eyes
13 – Dynasty – The Only One
14 – Sade – Kiss Of Life
15 – Workshy – I Get High
16 – Sounds Of Blackness – Black Butterfly

There is a lot of good stuff here, as you can tell. Thanks to Mike Gee and Garfield, I was able to start this mix off with a cut I wasn’t familiar with, Come Let Me Love You from Jeanette Lady Day. That got me the push I needed to get this mix out that had been in progress with for a good while. The list actually has a couple of interesting vibes ths go-round. First, there are tracks there that are a tribute to late, but great, performers that passes on, as Vesta, Brainstorm (for Belita Woods), Babyface (for Deah Dame of Damian Dame) and Jones Girls (for Valorie Jones) are on here. Jam And Lewis are also prevalent here as there are three tracks they wrote from SOS Band, Cherrelle (which they also produced), Dynasty, and Sounds Of Blackness (which they produced as well). Two tracks from Britain are also represented by Sade and Workshy, which is a very little known group that you will hearing in quite a few podcasts in the near future, so stay tuned. I was even able to pull up some good cuts from Hugh Masekela, Con Funk Shun, Fatback Band, and of course Angela Bofill. Hope you enjoy.

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Brand New Day

Brand New Day

Old school is back (about time, right?)

Old School Wednesday: Brand New Day

 

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01 – Earth Wind And Fire – Spread Your Love
02 – Vesta – Don’t Blow A Good Thing
03 – Cameo – Back And Forth
04 – Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
05 – Sun – Dance (Do What You Wanna Do)
06 – Tammi Terrell – All I Do Is Think About You
07 – Jackson 5 – Ooh, I’d Love To Be With You
08 – The Sylvers – Wish That I Could Talk To You
09 – Brainstorm – Brand New Day
10 – Tony! Toni! Tone! – Loving You
11 – Mac Band – Love U 2 The Limit
12 – Vanessa Williams – You Can’t Run
13 – Sade – Keep Looking
14 – Anita Baker – Will You Be Mine?

After not being around for a while, it took a while to get over this hump of creating one that would appeal to the masses. I’m holding a positive light on this podcast.  It pays homage to those who are gone but not forgotten, in particular Vesta and Belitta Woods from Brainstorm. Both were amazing vocalists who were, in my opinion, under-appreciated.  I’ll continue to feature more tracks from those two in upcoming ‘casts.

Favorites from Donald Byrd (with a little help from the Mizell Brothers), Vanessa Williams (and yes, that is Babyface’s vocals AND acoustic guitar you hear on this fantastic track),  Mac Band, Cameo,  and Tony! Toni! Tone are featured.  In addition, classics from Jackson 5 and The Sylveers precede one of my many favorite tracks from Brainstorm, the aptly titled Brand New Day.    Have requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Take it light.