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Various - Gapô vol. 1

November 23rd, 2011

VA - Gapo Volume 1VARIOUS

  • Gapô vol. 1
  • Ace records
  • 1978
  • Philippines

The previous post was about some Filipinos hanging out in West Germany and doing music there. Now it’s time to introduce a bunch of Filipinos hanging out in Philippines and doing music there. Although I have almost nothing to say about these bands, this is still one magnificent compilation. And it’s most likely published in 1978. It seems that there has been a quite strong influence from American soul and funk music when it comes to the Pinoy stuff. I think the US troops based there during the Vietnam war were one strong influence in their special genre called Manila sound. Even the names of the bands reflect that. There’s Soul Jugglers, Frictions, Our Daily Bread, Poor Immigrants, Hangmen, Brown Sugar, etc. The music itself is very much western style, half of the songs are some sort of funky disco or disco’ish soul. And the rest are ballads and pop rock.

There are several tracks to mention, so this is definitely not a one track album. Funky midtempo pop tune “Sabi-sabi, haka-haka” by Brown Sugar is one. Midtempo disco funk track “Hanggang magdamag” by Soul Jugglers is another. It’s a very nice groover in a strong BT Express or Kool & The Gang way. Downtempo funk track “Happening sa gapô” by We Inc is also a really nice one. Last ones to mention are strong disco funk track “Let’s boogie now” by The Hangmen and the funky pop rock track “Perwisyo sa lipunan” by Frictions. Latter has a break in the beginning, some electric guitar work and even a short harmonica solo in the middle. All the mentioned are vocal numbers and needless to say they’re all sung in Filipino.


Brown Sugar - Sabi-sabi, haka-haka


Soul Jugglers - Hanggang magdamag


We Inc - Happening sa gapô


The Hangmen - Let’s boogie now


Frictions - Perwisyo sa lipunan

Written by Mista Tibbz, at 18.00, filed under asia, disco, funk | No Comments »

Various - Disco sound special vol. 3

September 18th, 2011

VA - Disco Sound Special Vol. 3VARIOUS

  • Disco sound special vol. 3
  • Victor musical industries
  • 1976
  • Japan

This is the third volume of the Disco sound special series. Maybe it isn’t as strong as the second volume, but it also has it’s moments. It’s only a single LP release and it follows the line of the series except there’s no songs by any local bands. There’s some basic good disco tracks like “Save me”, “I like it” and “Fly, Robin, fly” by Silver Convention, “Lady pump” by Penny McLean, “Ooh what a night” by Linda G. Thompson and “Sexy lady” by Jumbo 76. What’s weird, there’s “Bump the bump pt. 2″ by Black Buster and “Bump me baby pt. 1″ by Dooley Silverspoon that both appear also on the second volume.

The best ones on this album include funky disco tracks “Funky lovin’” and “Hi fi woman” by the French group Ice - a band that used also names Lafayette afro-rock band, Bobby Boyd congress and Crispy & co. among some others. Ice tracks are both taken from their album Frisco disco (US release was named Import/export) from 1975. The Japanese also seem to have loved the Philippine group Black Buster a lot as there’s again three songs from them in this compilation. Besides the mentioned “Bump the bump pt. 2″, there’s funky midtempo song “Hassle pt. 1″ and quite similar “Old man”, that starts with a nice break. Latter is propably their best known track and have been reissued several times. All the three songs from Black Buster are originally released on their Bump the bump album from 1975. Can’t help it, I just got to love these Japanese compilations.


Ice - Funky lovin’


Ice - Hi fi woman


Black Buster - Hassle pt. 1


Black Buster - Old man


Black Buster - Bump the bump pt. 2

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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’

Written by Mista Tibbz, at 19.00, filed under christmas, north america | No Comments »

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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