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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Drops from Macedonia, T GrundyFave, and Theresa.
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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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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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Michael Franks: Two

Michael Franks: Two

My apologies for not posting this until now, but better late than never.  Michael Franks, volume 2.

 

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01 – Read My Lips (Skin Dive)
02 – Island Life (The Camera Never Lies)
03 – The Art Of Love (Blue Pacific)
04 – Let Me Count The Ways (Skin Dive)
05 – Somehow Our Love Survives (Abandoned Garden)
06 – He Tells Himself He’s Happy (One Bad Habit)
07 – Mr. Smooth (Barefoot on the Beach)
08 – Wrestle A Live Nude Girl (Burchfield Nines)
09 – Monk’s New Tune (Dragonfly Summer)
10 – When The Cookie Jar Is Empty (Burchfield Nines)
11 – Eggplant (The Art Of Tea)
12 – In Search Of The Perfect Shampoo (Burchfield Nines)
13 – Now You’re In My Dreams (The Camera Never Lies)
14 – Antonio’s Song (The Rainbow) (Sleeping Gypsy)
15 – Dragonfly Summer (Dragonfly Summer)
16 – Rainy Night In Tokyo (Passion Fruit)

This is a continuation from Michel Franks – One, and has been in the podcast feed for about 2 months or so, and I apologize for not officially posting it until now.  It’s literally impossible to say which are my favorite ones from her, but I’m hoping you enjoy it as much as I did.  Shoutouts go to Therea, Lissa, Alethea and  DarrenKeith.  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.

 

Heavy D

Heavy D

 

Dwight Arrington Myers,  AKA Heavy D, has passed on. In tribute:

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01 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Somebody For Me
02 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Now That We Found Love
03 – Michael Jackson featuring Heavy D – Jam
04 – Janet Jackson featuring Heavy D – Alright (12 Inch Version)
05 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Overweight Lover In The House
06 – Heavy D And The Boyz, Big Daddy Kane, CL Smooth, Grand Puba, Kool G. Rap. Q-Tip – Don’t Curse
07 – 2Pac, Grand Puba, Heavy D, Notorious B.I.G – Let’s Get It On
08 – Tyrese Featuring Heavy D – Criminal Mind
09 – Heavy D And The Boyz Black Coffee
10 – Heavy D And The Boyz With Cynthia Johnson – Got Me Waiting
11 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Is It Good To You
12 – Monifah Featuring Heavy D – I Miss You (Come Back Home)
13 – BB King Featuring Heavy D – Keep It Coming
14 – Heavy D Feauring Anthony Hamilton – I Can’t
15 – Soul For Real – Candy Rain
16 – Carl Thomas – Summer Rain
17 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Peaceful Journey

I sat down and tried to figure out just what I would say and realized that I’m pretty speechless that this man has departed, much as I have with the others that have left us  He was one of the kings of hip-hop, no doubt, who held his own  He incorporated pop, jazz, funk, and reggae, and did so with ease. Not only was he a musician, but also the head of Uptown Records, after which he delved into acting.  on television, in film, and even off–Broadway.

This, of course, is the focus on his first love: music.  From his first hit, “The Overweight Lover In The House” to his latest album featuring vocals from Anthony Hamilton, the man did it all.  There’s a great list of people here, however, there are some that weren’t mentioned.  Tammy Lucas is the vocalist in “Is It Good To You” and of course, Aaron Hall in “Now That We Found Love.”  The background vocalists on “Peaceful Journey” are K-Ci and JoJo, and Cynthia Johnson is the vocalist on “Gor Me Waiting.”

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In Rotation, Volume 28

In Rotation, Volume 28


Better late than never.  Glad to be back. Check it.

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01 – Si Tew with Pete Simpson – Room To Grow (Yoruba Soul Mix) [ Si – site | Pete  – myspace ]
02 – The Rurals featuring Jaidene Veda – Into Life [ The Rutals –  wiki | Jaidene – bandcamp ]
03 – Leon Ware – Love On The Beach (AtJazz Love Soul Remix)  [ site]
04 – Deborah Bond featuring Lewis Taylor – If I Didn’t Need You [Deborah –  site ]
05 – Soulpersona – Stretched Thin (featuring Princess Freesia) [ SoulP –  blog ]
06 – Dego – Pushing You To Begin (featuring Ferraz)  [ 2000 black – site ]
07 – Soulpersona – Alright (“Loose Ends” Remix featuring Replife and Princess Freesia)  [ purchase | SoulP –  blog ]
08 – Rahsaan Patterson – 6 AM [ site ]
09 – Heston – Ooh La La [ myspace ]
10 – Deborah Bond – Mr. Day’s Dream
11 – Julie Dexter – Blue Skies [ site ]
12 – DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah – Telephone [ Back For More – site DJ Jazzy Jeff – site ]
13 – Tracy Cruz – Love’s Galaxy [ site ]
14 – Zo! Featuring Phonte – Everything She Wants [ +FE – site  | Phonte – wiki ]
15 – DJ Mitsu The Beats – Promise In Love featuring Jose James [ DJ – myspace | Jose James – site  ]
16 – Emily King – Down [ site ]

New employment and new responsibilities are the cause for the delay of this rotation, but I’m glad to be back in the thick of things. Starting off the set with Si Tew was par for the course. Pete’s vocals sine through this downtempo house track. I continued with the smoothness of the Rurals and Leon Ware, two consummate artists, both in new school and old.

As if things couldn’t get any better, SoulP and Princess Freesia manage to knock it out of the box with an outstanding track from the album The Lapdance, one of the best albums of the year. The same can also be said for the Deborah Bond’s sophomore LP Madame PalindromeThe track If I Didn’t Need You with Lewis Taylor was a nice surprise and a welcome addition to a very, very nice album. The thing that thrills me about rotations is that for me, personally, they hold a lot of surprises. Deborah’s duet with Lewis is the first one. The second one came rather unexpectedly.

I was listening to Kaidi Tathum and loving his latest album (which will be in the next rotation- believe me) and was handed an album from Dego (better known as Dennis McFarlane), whom I had never heard of before but loved the track Pushing You To Begin. To my delight and surprise, it turns out that Dego and Kaidi were the forces behind 2000 Black, who dropped A Next Set Of Rockers, a nice album released in 2008. Then to make matters even better, SoulP decides to take one of my favorite tracks of all time, Hanging On A String (Contemplating) and mix it with Replife’s track Alright (from the album Soulacoaster) and Princess Freesia’s vocals. I’m usually wary of any Loose Ends remixes, but this is one of the best ones produced.

To continue the old school soul, Rahsaan Patterson’s track follows with Lalah Hathaway follows from one of the best albums of the year, Bleuphoria.  After these tracks, it was only natural that the next track Heston, with the soulful Ooh La La. I have a soft spot for original instrumentals, as evidenced by my  inclusin of Deborah’s Mr. Day’s Dream.  This great track is followed by a trac from the underrated artists Julie Dexter from her album New Again, as well as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayuh from the album Back For More.

Tracy Cruz’ nice track Love’s Galaxy is followed by the  remake of Everything She Wants by Zo! and Phonte, a great track from the album …just visiting three.  Finishing the sets off are two great cuts from DJ Mitsu The Beats with Jose James, and a track from Emily King, an artist who I was unfamiliar with, but thanks to my friend DeLo and Soulbounce. I’ve got a chance to hear and appreciate.

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Loose Ends

Loose Ends

Thanks to Unsung, the need to hear more from the members of Loose Ends was apparent. By request from Twitter and Facebook, I present the two sides of Loose Ends.

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This Side:

01 – Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating) [A Little Spice]
02 – Slow Down [Zagora]
03 – Mr. Bachelor [The Best Of Loose Ends]
04 – Watching You [The Real Chuckeeboo]
05 – Life [The Real Chuckeeboo]
06 – Choose Me [A Little Spice]
07 – A Litttle Spice [A Little Spice]
08 – Stay a Little While, Child (Remix) [Zagora]
09 – Nights of Pleasure [Zagora]
10 – You Can’t Stop the Rain [So Where Are You?]
11 – The Sweetest Pain [So Where Are You?]
12 – Be Thankful (Mama’s Song) [Zagora]
13 – I Can’t Wait (Another Minute) [Zagora]
14 – So Where Are You? [So Where Are You?]


 

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The Other Side:

15 – My Way (Main Stay)
16 – Don’t Be A Fool (Extended Vers [Look How Long]
17 – Tell Me What You Want (Extended Version) [A Little Spice]
18 – Gratitude [The Real Chuckeeboo]
19 – Gonna Make You Mine [Tighten Up, Vol. 1]
20 – Who Are You? [Zagora]
21 – Ooh, You Make Me Feel [Zagora]
22 – In The Sky
23 – Love’s Got Me [Look How Long]
24 – Don’t Worry [Tighten Up, Vol. 1]
25 – Time Is Ticking [Look How Long]
26 – Cheap Talk [Look How Long]
27 – Hold Tight [Look How Long]

Devising one podcast for all of Loose Ends’ material proved to be impossible, so I decided to pull them into two podcast – one with the well known tracks, and one with the lesser known tracks that were unreleased, and tracks specifically from Tighten Up, Vol. 1 and Look How Long, which  were sonically different from the previous albums.  Shoutouts to Ricky and Theresa.  Got 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. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

 

 

01 – The Whispers – In The Raw
02 – Earth Wind & Fire – Fall In Love With Me
03 – Prince & The Revolution – Anotherloverholenyohead
04 – Cameo – She’s Strange
05 – SOS Band – Looking For You
06 – Tom Browne – Brighter Tomorrow
07 – Evelyn Champagne King – Betcha She Don’t Love You
08 – Angela Bofill – What I Wouldn’t Do (For the Love of You)
09 – GQ – I Love The Skin You’re In
10 – The System – Supernatural
11 – The Sylvers – Wish That I Could Talk To You
12 – Deniece Williams – Free
13 – Atlantic Starr – Touch A Four Leaf Clover
14 – Steve Arrington – Sugar Momma Baby
15 – Patrice Rushen – Settle For My Love

OSW: Brighter Tomorrow

OSW: Brighter Tomorrow

By request, one from pre-podcasting vault.

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01 – The Whispers – In The Raw
02 – Earth Wind & Fire – Fall In Love With Me
03 – O’Bryan – Lovelite
04 – Prince & The Revolution – Anotherloverholenyohead
05 – Cameo – She’s Strange
06 – Tom Browne – Brighter Tomorrow
07 – Evelyn Champagne King – Betcha She Don’t Love You [12″ Version]
08 – Angela Bofill – What I Wouldn’t Do (For the Love of You)
09 – GQ – I Love The Skin You’re In
10 – The System – Supernatural
11 – Deniece Williams – Free
12 – Atlantic Starr – Touch A Four Leaf Clover
13 – Steve Arrington – Sugar Momma Baby
14 – Patrice Rushen – Settle For My Love

Thanks to Mr. James Madison, I pulled a playlist back from 2006 back when we used radio.blogs  and before the days of podcasts and  resurrected it with a couple of touches here and there .  Using a previous playlist was easy, but what made it even more of a blast to do was my friend Theresa , who adds her spin on it throughout the mix as well.  From Whispers to Tom Browne to the Sylvers, there’s tracks from the 80s to enjoy.  Shoutouts to all of the podcasters, both old and new.

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01 – The Whispers – In The Raw
02 – Earth Wind & Fire – Fall In Love With Me
03 – Prince & The Revolution – Anotherloverholenyohead
04 – Cameo – She’s Strange
05 – SOS Band – Looking For You
06 – Tom Browne – Brighter Tomorrow
07 – Evelyn Champagne King – Betcha She Don’t Love You
08 – Angela Bofill – What I Wouldn’t Do (For the Love of You)
09 – GQ – I Love The Skin You’re In
10 – The System – Supernatural
11 – The Sylvers – Wish That I Could Talk To You
12 – Deniece Williams – Free
13 – Atlantic Starr – Touch A Four Leaf Clover
14 – Steve Arrington – Sugar Momma Baby
15 – Patrice Rushen – Settle For My Love

Michael Franks: One

Michael Franks: One

The man who was one of the largest influences of new styles of music when I got into college, and is one of the finest singers of adult contemporary music, all with his own unique style.

 

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01 – Your Secret’s Safe With Me (Skin Dive)
02 – Alone At Night (Passion Fruit)
03 – All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go (One Bad Habit)
04 – Soul Mate with Eric Benet (Dragonfly Summer)
05 – Ladies’ Night with Bonnie Raitt (Objects Of Desire)
06 – The Art Of Love (Blue Pacific)
07 – When Sly Calls (Don’t Touch That Phone) (Passion Fruit)
08 – When it’s Over (Tiger in the Rain)
09 – Popsicle Toes (The Art Of Tea)
10 – Now I Know Why (They Call It Falling) (Skin Dive)
11 – Every Time She Whispers (Barefoot on the Beach)
12 – One Bad Habit (One Bad Habit)
13 – Tell Me All About It (Passion Fruit)
14 – When I Give My Love To You with Brenda Russll (Skin Dive)
15 – Wonderland (Objects Of Desire)
16 – The Lady Wants To Know (Sleeping Gypsy)
17 – Tiger in the Rain (Tiger in the Rain)

While I was in college, I was listening to a variety of music- anywhere from The Police to Pebbles to Peter Gabriel.  During this time I started getting into more mellow music and New Age music was being payed, and I started vibing to artists like Spyro Gyra, Najee, Hiroshima, and others- so much so I wrote a term paper entitled “Cool Soul” and managed to get an A (I still wish I had that paper, and the tape that I put together for the professor.)   I heard the track “Your Secret’s Safe With Me” on one of the radio stations, and from that point on, I became an instant Michael Franks fan and still continue to be one to this day.  His style was unique – very mellow- so much so that when you’re listening to his music you think the topics are all mellow and soothing- that is, until you listen to the words. That is when you realize that the man’s lyrics and vocal arrangements are slick. Titles like “When Sly Calls,” “One Bad Habit,” and “Popsicle Toes” are perfect examples.

“When Sly Calls,” “Popsicle Toes,” “When I Give My Love To You,” and “The Art Of Love” are  four of the most popular tracks from Michael particularly “When I Give My Love To You” with vocals by Brenda Russell. The track “Ladies Night” is a nice duet with Bonnie Raitt.  Michael Franks has used various other vocalists (like Luther Vandross) and instrumentalists (like Marcus Miller, Nathan East)- and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Shoutouts go to Theresa, Aleathea, Jayson,  and ASCENDANT, with a huge, huge thanks to DarrenKeith.  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. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT, always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

 

UK Mix, Volume 5

UK Mix, Volume 5

Going across the Atlantic Ocean for this one. Let’s do it.

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01 – Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)
02 – Savanna – Never Let You Go
03 – David Joseph – You Can’t Hide Your Love
04 – Linx – You’re Lying
05 – Light Of The World – Famous Faces
06 – Second Image – Starting Again
07 – D-Influence – Good Life
08 – Carleen Anderson – Mama Said
09 – Nu Colours – Fallin’ Down
10 – Touchdown – Ease Your Mind
11 – The Limit – Say Yeah
12 – Culture Club – Time (Clock Of The Heart)
13 – Omar – It Don’t Mean A Thing
14 – Rae  And Christian – Spellbound
15 – Level 42 – Love Meeting Love
16 – Lynden David Hall – Do I Qualify?

As usual, it was an absolute blast.  This was a blast to put together.  Two of the tracks, Savanna’s vocals were from David Osborne (Sade) on “Never Let You Go.”  There was also a vocalist on “Say Yeah” that came as a surprise to me – you’ll have to check the podcast to know exactly who she is.  I had never heard of any tracks from Rae and Christian, but thanks to the UK geniuses, I was exposed to them – and gladly so. Volume 6 is definitely on it’s way.

Shoutouts and much love go to Bajanrascals, Paul E., Michael W, Mario Mixmaster McQuay, Claudia H, and Sammy W.   Got 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. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

01 – Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)
02 – Savanna – Never Let You Go
03 – David Joseph – You Can’t Hide Your Love
04 – Linx – You’re Lying
05 – Light Of The World – Famous Faces
06 – Second Image – Starting Again
07 – D-Influence – Good Life
08 – Carleen Anderson – Mama Said
09 – Nu Colours – Fallin’ Down
10 – Touchdown – Ease Your Mind
11 – The Limit – Say Yeah
12 – Culture Club – Time (Clock Of The Heart)
13 – Omar – It Don’t Mean A Thing
14 – Rae  And Christian – Spellbound
15 – Level 42 – Love Meeting Love
16 – Lynden David Hall – Do I Qualify

OSW: Don’t Stop The Feeling

OSW: Don’t Stop The Feeling

And now we’re back to our regularly scheduled podcasts. Springtime is here, just in time for Roy Ayers and company.

 

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1 – And Love Goes On – Earth Wind & Fire
2 – Got To Be Enough – Con Funk Shun
3 – Take It To The Limit – Norman Connors
4 – Now I’m Fine – Grey & Hanks
5 – Twilight Zone – Manhattan Transfer
6 – No Stoppin’ That Rockin’ – Instant Funk
7 – Don’t Stop the Feeling – Roy Ayers
8 – So You Wanna Be A Star – Mtume
9 – Never Give Up On A Good Thing – George Benson
10 – Under Your Spell – Phyllis Hyman
11 – Rescue Me – A Taste Of Honey
12 – Soul Shadows – Crusaders
13 – Two Places At The Same Tmei – Raydio
14 – So Good So Right – Brenda Russell
15 – My Love Song For You – Nile Rodgers f/ Sarah Dash

This blend of tracks gives a little of everything.  Norman Connors is paired with Ada Dyer.  The Rod Serling- infused track from Manhattan Transfer was regularly played on the R&B stations so it was a nice surprise to rediscover that track again.  It was also good to pull tracks not remembered, like Mtume and Gray and Hanks.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that every time I hear the track from A Taste Of Honey, I can’t help but think of Positive K’s I Got A Man (and I’m sure I’m not alone). All in all, a good way to start the springtime, yes?  Of course, input is always welcome. Take it light.

Seq – Name – Artist
1 – Notgonnachange – Swing Out Sister
2 – Laugh Together – Peter Hadar
3 – Love Is Blind – Metropolitan
4 – Outta Love featuring Omar – Reel People
5 – Game Over – Quintessence
6 – No Love – Little Dragon
7 – Whoever – Lewis Taylor
8 – Ordinary Pain – Stevie Wonder
9 – My Baby Don’t Love Me – Everything But The Girl
10 – She Just Wants To Know – Giovanca
12 – Crying Overtime – Alexander O’Neal
13 – River Run Dry – The Family
11 – If She Breaks Your Heart – Foreign Exchange
14 – Everybody Here Wants You – Lewis Taylor
15 – Maybe I – Cooly’s Hot Box
16 – Mind Blowing Decisions – Heatwave
17 – That Girl (LP Vocal Version) – Georg Levin

Mark Adams

Mark Adams

Mark “Hansolo” Adams, the bassist of Slave, and quite possibly the funkiest bass player of all time, has transitioned. He is gone, but will never be forgotten.

01 – Slide
02 – Spice Of Life
03 – Party Lites
04 – Wait For Me
05 – Inside Out – Odyssey
06 – Watching You
07 – Just A Touch Of Love
08 – Dreamin’
09 – Snapshot
10 – Steal Your Heart

 

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I can remember the bassline from back in elementary school  when Slide was released, and carries me until this day.  Inside Out is poissibly my most used track in Old School Wednesdays, and Dreamin’ is my ringtone on my cell phone. That should tell you something, right there.   If nothing else should grab you in this mix, it’s the transition between Inside Out and Watching You.  Mark, you’re gone, but will never be forgotten.  Of course, input is always welcome.  Take it light.

Seq – Name – Artist
1 – Notgonnachange – Swing Out Sister
2 – Laugh Together – Peter Hadar
3 – Love Is Blind – Metropolitan
4 – Outta Love featuring Omar – Reel People
5 – Game Over – Quintessence
6 – No Love – Little Dragon
7 – Whoever – Lewis Taylor
8 – Ordinary Pain – Stevie Wonder
9 – My Baby Don’t Love Me – Everything But The Girl
10 – She Just Wants To Know – Giovanca
12 – Crying Overtime – Alexander O’Neal
13 – River Run Dry – The Family
11 – If She Breaks Your Heart – Foreign Exchange
14 – Everybody Here Wants You – Lewis Taylor
15 – Maybe I – Cooly’s Hot Box
16 – Mind Blowing Decisions – Heatwave
17 – That Girl (LP Vocal Version) – Georg Levin

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers

*Note: please pardon the pictorial issues we seem to be having. I’m hoping to have them fixed shortly- meanwhile, the music must go on…*

First it was Leon Sylvers…then Bluey…and then we continued on with Temperton.  Now we can add a fourth one to the list of prolific writers/producers – Nile Rodgers..

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Nile: One

01 – Upside Down – Diana Ross
02 – He’s The Greatest D – Sister Sledge
03 – Good Times – Chic
04 – We Are Family – Sister Sledge
05 – I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You) – Grace Jones
06 – Notorious – Duran Duran
07 – Let’s Dance – David Bowie
08 – Original Sin – Inxs
09 – Le Freak – Chic
10 – I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
11 – Jump Jump – Debbie Harry
12 – Dress You Up – Madonna
13 – Tenderness – Diana Ross
14 – Chic Mystique – Chic
15 – The Jam Was Moving – Debbie Harry
16 – Roam – The B-52s

 

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Niles: Two

01 – Backfired – Debbie Harry
02 – The Reflex – Duran Duran
03 – China Girl – David Bowie
04 – Camouflage – Out Load
05 – Pleasure – Al Jarreau
06 – I Want Your Love – Chic
07 – (Funny) Bone (Instrumental) – Chic
08 – State Your Mind – Nile Rodgers
09 – High Society – Norma Jean (Wright)
10 – Rebels Are We – Chic
11 – Open Up  (Instrumental) – Chic
12 – Doin’ That Thing To Me – Chic
13 – My Old Piano – Diana Ross
14 – Angel – Madonna
15 – Thinking Of You – Sister Sledge
16 – Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician – Grace Jones

 

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I got the attention of Niles when Wayne A. pointed me to Walking On Planet C about a month ago, when Nile detailed about his bout with cancer.  This got started my mind in a tailspin (as news like this always does), which prompted me to pull all of his music together and listen to him a bit more.  Of course, pulling the music together of a man who has far-reaching influences took more than a little time.  I had mentioned this to Greg S., one of the sharpest men on the west coast, and he ran with it.  Not only did I get quite a bit of feedback, but he presented me with one his playlist specifically concentrating on Nile. which you see on Nile: One.  This had the desired effect which to bring me out of anral funk and was a direct influence on Nine: Two, a list of my favorite tracks by him.  Besides Chic, B-52s, Diana Ross, and Norma Jean Wright, you’re treated to Inxs, Out Loud, David Bowie, and Grace Jones.  Please believe me when I tell you that a third one can be generated (and quite possibly a fourth).  Enjoy, and expect to see more of him in 2011.

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