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Kalevala - Boogie jungle

December 30th, 2010

Kalevala - Boogie jungleKALEVALA

  • Boogie jungle
  • Hi-Hat
  • 1975
  • Finland

Kalevala was a Finnish rock group whose musical style evolved from strict rock n’ roll to progressive and back to basic rock. The band was formed in 1969 as a trio - Juha Salonen on bass, Remu Aaltonen on drums/vocals and Albert Järvinen on guitar. A year later Aaltonen and Järvinen left the band to form a Finnish rock n’ roll supergroup The Hurriganes and were replaced in Kalevala by Markku Luukkanen (drums), Matti Kurkinen (guitar) and Harri Saksala (vocals). With this line-up they released one album in 1972, nowadays really rare and in demand People no names. Their second album Boogie jungle came out 1975 and the style was changed to straight up basic rock. Of course there was some changes inside the band too, Saksala on vocals was replaced by Zape “Limousine” Leppänen and Luukkanen on drums was replaced by Beaver Aitto-oja. There was also Ari Vaahtera on bass and Moog synthesizer as an addition to the line-up and Lido Salonen again on guitar. Finnish prog rock all-around-guy Jim Pembroke was also involved with this one, he did some backing vocals and wrote the lyrics.

As mentioned, the music itself is quite strict classic uptempo rock, with a slight hint of progressive elements left. All the tracks have pretty strong guitarwork which disturbs me a little though. Of course it’s not that bad if you’re into rock music. There’s some nice drumming all the way through too. “Mind the fly hunter” and “Snow Bill” are both nice breakbeat’ish rock songs. “While the fire’s warm” starts off with a drum break and continues as a pretty regular rock song. There’s also an uptempo bboy drumbreak in the middle of “Boogie” played by Limousine Leppänen. This album is not as rare as their debut, but really scarce even here in Finland. Good thing is that “Boogie” also appears on Hi-Hat’s Hat Rock 1 compilation from 1976.


Mind the fly hunter


While the fire’s warm


Boogie

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Charles Kynard - Your mama don’t dance

December 28th, 2010

Charles Kynard - Your Mama Don't DanceCHARLES KYNARD

  • Your mama don’t dance
  • Mainstream Records
  • 1973
  • USA

As the last one of the ten albums Charles Kynard did, Your mama don’t dance is clearly the most funky. It’s an all instrumental album that starts and ends with a Stevie Wonder cover. The musicians on this album are basically the who’s who of the funky jazzers; On bass there’s Chuck Rainey that we know from the co-operation with Jiro Inagaki on the great Blockbuster album. On drums there’s two really funky jazz drummers - Paul Humphrey and Ray Pounds. The cover doesn’t say who plays on which track though. There’s also Arthur Adams on guitar and of course Charles Kynard on Hammond B3 organ.

First up on the album is a nice jazzfunk take of the big Stevie Wonder hit “Superstition” that starts off with a basic superstition-break and continues as a mid-tempo organ groover. The last song instead is a mellow take of the Wonder song “You’ve got it bad girl”. Generally the songs on this album are nice down-tempo or mid-tempo jazzfunk numbers like “Your mama don’t dance”, Momma jive”, “Summer Breeze” and the melacholic War-cover “The world is a ghetto”. Best tracks on this one however are the jazzfunk groover “Zambesi” and the magnificent version of the Sir Joe Quarterman hit “I got so much trouble”. This is not exactly a rare one, should be quite easy to get.


Superstition


The world is a ghetto


Zambesi


I got so much trouble

Written by Mista Tibbz, at 18.00, filed under jazzfunk, north america | 2 Comments »

Various - It’s Christmas time again

December 26th, 2010

va-itschristmastimeagainVARIOUS

  • It’s Christmas time again
  • Stax
  • 1982
  • USA

Even Stax did their Cristmas album. Or what was left from Stax. The famous Memphis soul label was collapsed and bankcupted in 1975. In 1977 Fantasy bought the rights to the master tapes and unreleased material of Stax and its subsidiary Volt. Fantasy kept the label alive by reissuing the Stax catalog and releasing unrelased songs. This album therefore is basically a compilation of existing and unreleased Christmas songs from the vaults of Stax records.

Whatever the story behind this album is and despite the late release date, it’s one of the best funky Christmas albums ever made. It’s a great mixture from mellow and groovy soul to some naughty funk tracks. Tunes include some original compositions and some new renditions of old Christmas standards - all done with the famous Memphis soul twist. One of the most mellow is Isaac Hayes‘ wail of loneliness in “The mistletoe and me”. There’s some other bluesy soul tracks to mention too. “Please come home for Christmas” by Little Johnny Taylor, “Who took the merry out of Christmas?” by Staple Singers, “It’s Christmas time again (the Christmas song)” by The Temprees and “What do the lonely do at Christmas?” by The Emotions are all nice mellow soul stuff. Real standout tracks in this album are however the raunchy adult songs, “I’ll be your Santa, baby” by Rufus Thomas and “Santa Claus wants some lovin’” by both Mack Rice and Albert King. All suitable for dancefloors when slightly pitched up. This one’s also really easy to find, pick it up without hesitation!


Rufus Thomas - I’ll be your Santa baby


Mack Rice - Santa Claus wants some lovin’


Albert King - Santa Claus wants some lovin’

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Various - Funky Christmas

December 26th, 2010

va-funkychristmasVARIOUS

  • Funky Christmas
  • Cotillion
  • 1976
  • USA

Also Cotillion - a subsidiary of Atlantic records - did their share on Christmas Records. Funky Christmas was released at the Christmas season 1976 and continued the series of Christmas soul recordings that were started by James Brown with his James Brown sings Christmas songs in 1966. Funky Christmas teamed up a great number of stars from the Cotillion stable, including Impressions (without Curtis Mayfield tho), Margie Joseph, John Edwards, Willis Jackson, Lou Donaldson and the great Luther Vandross. They all have got two songs on this album. The title of the album is a little misleading, it’s more like soulful Christmas than funky. Maybe they wanted to make a difference to those numerous albums entitled Soul Christmas that were released by many other soul labels.

For those who are fans of soul music, this is one of the nicest Christmas albums around. The titles like “May Christmas bring you happiness” and “At christmas time” by Luther Vandross, “Christmas song (chestnuts roasting on an open fire)” and “White Christmas” by John Edwards, “Feeling like Christmas” by Margie Joseph, “I’ll be home for Christmas” by Willis Jackson, “Silent Night” and the epic six minute take of “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus” by Impressions among others act as a perfect soundtrack for the Christmas times. The only really break’ish song however is the jazzfunk take of the Christmas standard “Jingle Bells” by the maestro himself Lou Donaldson. This nice breakbeat jazz song suits even for the dancefloors and was of course included in my Christmas mix. This album is quite easy to find, so listen and judge yourself if it’s worth getting.

 

Margie Joseph - Feeling like Christmas


Willis Jackson - I’ll be home for Christmas


Lou Donaldson - Jingle Bells

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James Brown - Soulful Christmas

December 22nd, 2010

James Brown - Soulful ChristmasJAMES BROWN

  • Soulful Christmas
  • King Records
  • 1968
  • USA

Like many others, also James Brown did his share on Christmas albums and this one is definitely the best of all the three he did. Even Jazzman reissued two of the tracks from this album on his 2004 Christmas 7″ release - the title track “Soulful Christmas” and the other uptempo breakbeat Christmas groover “Christmas is Coming”. And these are not the only seasonal pearls on this album, there’s plenty of other good ones too. The uptempo Christmas’ish “In the middle”, several down-tempo soul songs about Christmas in the projects and the mid-tempo hit song “Santa Claus goes straight to the ghetto” - that has also been an obvious inspiration for Snoop Doggy Dogg’s song with the same name from Christmas on Death Row in 1996.

But wait, there’s even more. Not all the songs are Christmas related. There’s “Say it loud (I’m black and I’m proud)” that’s also released on the album with the same name. Besides “Soulful Christmas” and “Christmas is coming” the standout track is the uptempo funk monster “Tit for tat (ain’t no taking back)” that is suitable for the dancefloors everywhere, anytime. Soulful Christmas is definitely among the best Christmas funk albums ever made. Nuff said. It’s quite hard to find so get it if you can.


Soulful Christmas


Christmas is coming


Tit for tat (ain’t no taking back)


Santa Claus goes straight to the ghetto


Santa Claus, Santa Claus


Let’s unite the whole world at Christmas

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Gettin down fo’ Christmas - A special Christmas funk mixtape

December 19th, 2010

Gettin Down 'Fo Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas everybody and ho ho ho!

With this special mix of old and new Christmas related funk songs I finally got my own blog online. The idea of the blog is to introduce records that have breaks, beats, grooves or that are otherwise good somehow.  This blog has been “under construction” for over a year now and the idea is actually more than two years old. It just seems to be quite hard to get things started. Or at least it’s hard to figure out the subject of the first post… Also this Christmas mix was about to be done last year but then I ran out of time. As usual. Time seems to be really limited these days. I just hope that I find time to update this blog frequently enough..

Anyways.. For all the people that didn’t get the physical copy of the mixtape at the Saiffa xmas jam, here’s a download link for it. Enjoy your Christmas times!

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