Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lil' Red Ridin' Hood - The Undisputed Truth

The Undisputed Truth may have had some of the most ridiculous costumes, afros and makeup during the dawn of the disco funk era, but man, they could bust a funky jam like nobody's business. One of my favorites is their ghetto take on Little Red Riding Hood, 1974's "Lil' Red Ridin' Hood". Enjoy.

Lil' Red Ridin' Hood

"Smiling Faces" from one of Motown's more eccentric acts.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke) - Asha Bhosle

"Dum Maro Dum" is an often sampled and remixed stoner track featuring the one and only Asha Bhosle. It's taken from the Burman composed soundtrack for the 1971 film Hare Rama Hare Krishna. It's a really hypnotic song that her frequent co-star, Kishore Kumar, said was powerful enough to bring back the dead. So turn on, tune in and trip out, man...

Dum Maro Dum

The "Dum Maro Dum" scene from Hare Rama Hare Krishna.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Maybe We've Been Loving Too Long - The Flying Machine

"Maybe We've Been Loving Too Long" is the bubblegum b-side to The Flying Machine's gooey pop hit "Smile A Little Smile For Me". The single was released in 1969 and this accompanying flip is its non-album exclusive. Don't be surprised or embarrassed if you find yourself humming along. I'm not a huge psychedelic pop fan, but this perky little breakup song is decidedly catchy.

Maybe We've Been Loving Too Long

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Good Old Candy - Lucky Peterson Blues Band

"Good Old Candy" is a passionate celebration of all things sweet and delicious, namely candy. It's an adorable single from five year old Lucky Peterson, as he screams and wails on about his favorite confections. Hey, after that much sugar overload you'd probably wanna start your own blues band too. Enjoy.

Good Old Candy

Friday, March 11, 2011

Georgia Morning Dew - Johnny Adams

Nicknamed the Tan Canary for his ability to sing in a multi-octave range, Johnny Adams was a staple of the New Orleans soul scene until passing in 1998. He possessed the raw talent, the stage presence, and the golden, or rather tan voice to become the next potential Otis Redding or Wilson Picket until his minor hits ran dry in the early seventies. It's a genuine shame too because Adams always seemed just one megahit shy from reaching achievable stardom.

"Georgia Morning Dew" is the opening track on his debut LP Heart & Soul. It was released in 1969, and then reissued again by Vampisoul in 2004.

Georgia Morning Dew

Monday, March 7, 2011

Whole Lot Of Woman - Jo Jo & The Outcast

1971's "Whole Lot Of Woman"  by Jo Jo & The Outcast is a masterpiece of deep Chicago funk. Listen and learn kiddies because it doesn't get any deeper or funkier than this ace 45 right here. It's simply too groovy not to share so enjoy.

Whole Lot Of Woman

"Why Baby" is the soulfully sad flip to "Whole Lot Of Woman".

You Got It B/W Fire - Etta James

Here's a double-sided dose of funky soul pickings that never made the cut on Etta's 1968 record Tell Mama. Miss Peaches was in ripe form that year having released another commercially successful LP with several supporting singles such as Otis Redding's "Security" and her other signature song "I'd Rather Go Blind." You can also hear her supremely enjoyable reworking of Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" here. All of these great non-album tracks were produced from the same Muscle Shoals recording sessions. This goes to prove one thing : back in 68' the matriarch of blues was most definitely on fire.

You Got It


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

See And Don't See - Maxine Brown

"See And Don't See" is a hidden cowbell gem off Maxine Brown's 1969 LP We'll Cry Together. I had only heard of the newer Big Daddy Moochin' version a few years back (compiled on Hot Funky & Sweaty). I believe this version is the original, however Marie Queenie Lyons also recorded the song for her Soul Fever album around that same time, so it's anybody's guess. Enjoy.

See And Don't See

It's a great track, with or without the cowbell...