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Monday, February 28, 2011

AudioBlog#21 -- That Mr./Mrs. Jones Thing ...


Laura Lee -- Another Man's Woman
Don Covay -- I Was Checking Out, She Was Checking In
Johnny Adams -- Hell Yes, I Cheated
Willie Walker -- I Love Her
Latimore -- If You Were My Woman
Don Covay -- Leave Him
Smokey Robinson -- The Agony and Ecstasy
Fred Briggs -- Outside Love Affair
The O'Jays -- Your Body's Here With Me


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Reggae Sunday at S.O.T.S


Laurel Aitken, The Godfather of Ska, exclusively.

Who Sey
Something’s Gotta Be Wrong

Also: for a great ReggaeMix ("anti-Valentine's") take a look at Distinctly Jamaican Sounds 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Manhattans -- Devil In The Dark

No doubt, The Manhattans are the right choice if one wants to create a "certain" atmosphere. And when I've first heard this song, I was wondering, if there ever was a love song these guys didn't turn into the epitome of lovers in love.

Devil In The Dark is from their 1979 album Love Talk (Columbia Records)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Webster Lewis -- Go For It

How about some music to dance to? On a Friday that seems to be the natural choice. 
This tune is from Webster Lewis's  8 For The 80's album (1979)
The man has a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, yet Webster Lewis's best known recordings are his mid/late 70's disco tunes. In my opinion,  he is a terrific pianist/keyboardist  who should have been able to establish himself in the Jazz genre.  Instead he worked in the background in various positions.
The most notable musician he's worked with are Barry White, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, and Herbie Hancock, to name a few. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Buddy Guy -- Are You Losing Your Mind

From the album Stone Crazy (Alligator, 1981)

This album is very good. My kind of Blues ... Chicago Blues. As Soultaker would say, it's a "Hennessy" kind of album. Avoid any distraction, just sit down with a glass of your favorite drink to sip on -- and forget about the ordinary things in life.

And just for the fun of it:

Hm ... looks like this post has turned into a spontaneous Special ... Blame the guitar freak in me. 

The Imressions -- I'm So Glad

From The Impressions: 1975 - First Impressions (Curtom 1975) 
This song should be renamed Hymn to the Homemaker. It sure feels good to see our efforts being appreciated ... Yeah, yeah. I know that's been a long time ago. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Clarence Carter -- Next To You

For the longest time didn't like Clarence Carter's songs. Not that I didn't adore his voice -- it was the kind of songs he was singing. He wasn't quite as tasteless as Marvin Sease, but still naughty enough to have me sneer at his music. 
Well, it turned out I had heard his later material before his earlier one. And I must say, I just love the intensity in his rich and full baritone voice. Clarence Carter, as many other soulmen from the 60's, had a difficult time adapting to the disco dominated music of the 70's. And that's when he got into the naughty business so to speak.
Anyway, I'm posting a piece by him that came up during dinner the other night. The intro already caught my attention, and it never ceased throughout the entire song. This is the CC I love ...

 Today's track is from his 1973 album Sixty Minutes With Clarence Carter (Fame)


Monday, February 21, 2011

Clyde Dean -- Can You Keep A Secret

Clyde Dean probably has only released one single of which he wrote both sides. Today's track came up on my playlist, and I thought I should share it. Such umistakable Southern Soul tracks as Can You Keep A Secret always have me hum and dance along. 

Cloudcast#1 -- Straight To The Heart

I'm trying out this mixcloud thing. I thought it would be a good idea to post mixcloud broadcasts in the future because the artists will receive royalties from the songs used.
So, here is my first MixCloud.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Con Funk Shun -- I Promise You Love

Get the album here.

A soft, romantic song from their 1981 album Confunk Shun 7 is this track. One of those songs that makes you want to dance to it forever, almost putting you in a gentle trance. A perfect harmony between voices and instruments ... 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Joe Medwick -- I Came A Long Ways


(Get the album!)

There have been many adaptations to A Change Is Gonna Come, it's difficult to find one that doesn't sound like a mere re-make of the original. But when I heard Joe Medwick's I Came A Long Ways, I considered it special -- don't ask me why. Maybe it's the full sound of the organ and the intensity of the intro line ... I have no clue. But I sure love the song.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

E(a)rnest Jackson -- Why Can't I Love Somebody

(Picture from Ernest Jackson's website.)

According to Sir Shambling's,  Ernest Jackson most likely came from the same place he produced all his recordings: Baton Rouge. His late 60's material was released by BOFUZ, while it was the Stone label that released his 70's cuts. In the 80's, Ernest Jackson had signed with Royal Shield.
Despite his obvious talent, he never made it to the top -- where he definitely belonged. Alas, listen yourself and tell me why a voice like Ernest's should be known only to a few lucky music lovers?
Apparently, the artist is working at a restaurant in Baton Rouge, where he's not only waiting but also singing.
Today's pick is from 1974.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

J. J. Barnes -- Harder You Love

Now, here comes the reminder that love is not always of the Valentine's kind. Here's a bit of Northern Soul by J. J. Barnes. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

V-Day 2011 Songs

I'm not a Valentine's Day afficionado. In my opinion it is a superfluous and hyped-up, somewhat artificial and mostly commercial affair ... But I am all for love and heart and feeling -- and all of it to last forever (if possible.)
For all those who love Valentine's Day and think it deserves Raggedy's special attention, here we go with a list of songs to add some more love to the day (hopefully). 


My Love Is True -- The Temptations
Wrapped Up In Your Warm and Tender Love -- Tyrone Davis
Oh My Love, Sweet Love -- Hill Sisters
Baby, Baby, Baby -- Percy Sledge
So Deep In Love -- Eddie Giles
No Stronger Love -- Floaters
I Will Love You Always -- Stylistics
Without Your Love I'll Be Nothing -- Lavorn Smith
Love Is Magic -- Greg Perry

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Fiestas -- Thanks For The Sweet Memories

The Fiestas, originally from Newark, NJ., had their first and biggest hit in 1959 with So Fine reaching number 3 on the R and B charts. They kept recording for the Old Town label until the 60's and scored another success with the title Broken Heart in 1962.  Broken Heart reached number 18 on the R and B charts. During the 60's they switched labels and signed first to Strand, NY and later to Vigor where they kept recording into the seventies without being successful again.

The Fiestas -- Broken Heart:  Jackie Wilson's influence cannot be denied ...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Denise LaSalle -- Trying To Forget

Denise is best known for her Southern Soul recordings focusing on extramarital issues, so to speak. She, like Millie Jackson, got stuck in a rut, singing about the rather unsavory aspects of love and love-like relationships. Nevertheless, I love both of these singers for their great voices. After all, music not only offers the means to escape from reality but often it also portrays quite accurately the not so glorious sides of life.
Today's pick is from Denise LaSalle's album Here I Am Again (1975). On this song she showcases  her ability to control her strong, expressive voice, presenting a softer, less raw style than she usually applies to her material.
I just love her.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Ovations -- Pure Natural Love

When I first heard this song, I was thinking that that's what we all should have in our lives. Pure and natural love. No artificial anything, so to speak.  Honest emotions. No schemes. No romanticized expectations. Many a relationship might have profited from such an attitude.

The Ovations were one of the very few groups that managed to deliver quite a few great 45's for Goldwax. They propbably owed much of that success to their lead singer, Louis Williams jr., whose voice could be mistaken for Sam Cooke's. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Bucketful of the Blues

Blues on Thursday ... Blues on Thursday ... Blues on Thursday ...


I've Been Hurt -- Big Lucky Carter
Dog Man -- Big Amos Patton
Trouble Is My Name -- Don Hines

The album from which the songs were taken is available here.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Charlie Wilson -- You Are

Sorry. The post/links are no longer available. I forgot that I am not supposed to support artists affiliated with Sony or its subsidiaries w/o getting visits from the Record Industry.  

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Soultaker's Tresure Chest: Random Goodness

Posted By Soultaker

Hope everyone is doing good. It's the day before the Superbowl, basiclly the calm before the storm. Neither The Packers or Steelers are my team, but I am going to go with the Packers(besides the first song in my set is by a group called the Packers so why not. LOL) I'm probably going to just stay around here this year and watch the game at home. So today I'm just laying back and being thankful that it's raining outside instead of snow. Tired of the white stuff already. I'm normally a fall/winter person, but this year is just crazy with amount of snow we have had already. So I just say enough of it and lets just move onto Spring already.

Today's set I bring to you is just something I kind of threw together. Normally I have in mind of what I want to play, but today I'm just going to pick whatever I see that comes up as I go through my stuff. Some of this I haven't heard in many years and forgotton that I had. Some cases I forgot what the song sounds like, but I know its good stuff. So come along and check out what I got in store


1. Hole In The Wall – The Packers – Pure Soul Music
2. Steal Away – Jimmy Hughes – Fame
3. I’ll Never Leave You Lonely – Roy C – Alaga Records
4. Oh! Baby – Barbara Lynn – Jamie
5. Why Did You Lie To Me – Tony Fox – Tri Spin
6. Every Night, Every Day – Jimmy Mc Cracklin – Imperial
7. Seven Letters – Ben E. King – Atco
8. When He Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters) – Peaches and Herb – Date
9. Gretest Love – Willie West – Deesu
10. Love In The Streets (Aint Good As The Love At Home) – Johnnie Taylor – Stax
11. Wayward Dream – Annette Poindexter – Twinight
12. How Long – Charles Bradley - Daptone

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Ultimate Starlight Mix (or so) Part One -- Sweaty

Having just read Larry's article (over at Funky16corners) on the phenomenon disco music, I felt like listening to some of the tunes that were considered Disco before some smart alecs created the genre that disgraced the entire disco era. Discotheques did not start out as the circus arenas they degenerated into.

Being a disco survivor myself, I can only say that discos (at least in Germany) started out as dance clubs where danceable music with a great beat and rhythm was played. Stevie Wonder, The O'Jays, The Temptations, Four Tops, James Brown, Aretha etc. supplied all the fantastic tunes to dance to. Honestly, how much better could music possibly get?

I think the genre "Disco" was created to make extra bugs. The afore mentioned artists and their music were going to sell anyhow, so why not create an additional need for special dance tunes and make even more money? 

I knew the disco era was over as soon as Donna Summers arrived on the scene and such high carat vocalists like Gloria Gaynor or Thelma Houston had to sing disco garbage ... I'm glad I was discoing in the middle of the best of disco. 

Alright, here is the music that was the "real stuff." 

Since my favorite disco back in the day was The Starligh,  I dubbed the following mix

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Phillip Mitchell -- That's What A Man Is For

Yeah. Yeah. That's what men usually tell us women -- and then, when you really, really need them because a storm rages outside and the lights go out, and you are afraid the roof over your head will go "up up and away," he's somewhere on a business trip, returning of course the day after the storm ... 
Last night was one long stormy nightmare. On the other hand, that storm took care of some of the yard work I was getting ready to do. 

Today's post is from Hi Records: The 45's Collection (Disc 2) Phillip Mitchell began his career in the late 50's singing with The Checkmates and The Premiers. (The Checkmates' are best known for their hymn to the beauty of black women, Black Pearl.) Phillip Mitchell released several albums on the Atlantic and Ichiban labels as well as  a few singles. 

This is actually a fovorite of mine by Phillipp Mitchell ...

Okay, here is today's pick now.