Saturday, December 13, 2008

Rare Grooves Vol.1 - The Originals

This is an incredible collection of jazz works during a very brief era, where the innovators were turning out exceptionally funky tunes, probably inspired by both Motown, and the Bossa. It has a very mellow groove, undisturbed except for the more raucous Ohio Players track (Fopp). The 15-song collection contains certain classics that can never be overplayed: Sweet Thing by Chaka Khan & Rufus, Cruisin by Smokey Robinson, and For the Love of You by the Isley Brothers; but also the rarer Riding High by Faze-O and Be Thankful for What You've Got by William DeVaughn. It’s great to listen to on a sunny afternoon at home or behind the wheel. The Al Green track's intricate opening beat was sampled by Notorious BIG. Other songs have been sampled and re-made, but these are the ORIGINALS. You won't be disappointed! Unfortunately, this phase didn't last very long - some of the artists went back to more traditional jazz, others to fusion, and yet others to slippery sweet disco (unbelievable but true). Man, I wish there were more of these...

1. Riding High - Harrison, Keith 2. Oh Honey - Denne, Michael 3. Playing Your Game, Baby - Johnson, Austin 4. Be Thankful for What You Got - DeVaughn, William 5. Everybody Loves the Sunshine - Ayers, Roy 6. In the Mood - Richmond, Paul 7. Mister Magic - MacDonald, Ralph 8. Fopp - Wiliams, F. 9. Cruisin' - Robinson, Smokey 10. I'm Glad You're Mine - Green, Al 11. Sweet Thing - Maiden, Tony 12. Remind Me - Rushen, Patrice 13. For the Love of You, Pts. 1 & 2 - Isley, Ernie

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4 comments:

Diving Dwarf said...

Hi man,

Being one of followers, shame on me I have not dropped more often recently. I have not posted a single comment for ages, although you're in my blogroll from the early beginning.

Many thanks for the music you post. I'd be happy if you happen to visit mine any time. I have some surf as well: check out THE VIBRANTS and LOS CORONAS.

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navigator70 said...

i can guarantee that the album with that name and that track listing - IS NOT the same as what will be downloaded.. sounds like its tracks from one off those all organ compilations: "So Blue So Funky" - please rectify that mistake :)

you can email me if you get the real album up :) thanks for all the great posts especially those on megaupload

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