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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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.

 

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.

 

Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Lost And Found: The Lost

Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Lost And Found: The Lost

I have to admit, this was a lot of  work (and a lot of fun) to put together.   Theresa and I spent a lot of time exploring both sides of love, much like the Lost and Found.  Here’s our exchange in just how to present this:

me:  writing up this mix, should have it published in an hour.
you got anythjing special you want to say?
Theresa:  First off giving Thanks to God
I would like to thank my mom
my adoring fans
and my record company
Thank you
*kisses mic**
This is just a sample of just how laborious but hilarious this was to try to put together, and I owe it to her to keep me focused on it. Presenting the first side:

 

Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Lost And Found: The Lost. [Click to play or right click-save as to download.
 

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01 - D-Influence - Lonely
02 - Brian McKnight - One Last Cry
03 - Angela Bofill - I Try
04 - Maxwell - Whenever, Wherever, Whatever
05 - Rose Royce - Love Don't Live Here Anymore
06 - The Family - Nothing Compares 2 U
07 - A Taste Of Honey - Sukiyaki
08 - Babyface - And Out Feelings
09 - Alicia Keys - Lesson Learned
10 - Patti Austin - Summer Is The Coldest Time of Year
11 - Rotary Corporation - We're Going Wrong
12 - Lalah Hathaway - I'm Not Over You
13 - Michael Jackson - She's Out Of My Lie
14 - Cameo - Hangin' Downtown
15 - I Wish I wasn't - Heather Headley
16 - Chrisette Michele - Blame It On Me
17 - Swing Out Sister - Forever Blue

Although Valentines Day is normally thought of as the beginning and continuation of love, we wanted to address both sides of love, love that has been lost and the start (and continuance) of love.  Look out for the Found side of love, coming soon.  Many thanks to Theresa again for helping put this together.

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