I saw this sealed gem the other day but passed it up because I hadn’t heard of them. But after looking them up and learning that this is the second album from producer Norman Connors and featuring vocals by Sylvia Striplin, I returned post-haste to snatch it up.
The title track features a very strong vocal performance by Striplin and showcases Connors’ trademark glittery orchestration. This track is certainly the best three and a half minutes on the album. Enjoy this nice rip made on my new CD recorder from a virgin piece of wax.
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One of the best things about digging for records with friends is that sometimes they find something you might overlook. This is one of those records. After I’d already checked out, Eugene Tambourine handed me this with a glowing recommendation.
This is certainly one of the best discofied cover songs ever, on par with Rosebud’s Have a Cigar.
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Here’s another tasty disco treat I found while down in San Francisco. Tasha Thomas‘ “Shoot Me (With Your Love)” is a track New York Times music critic Robert Palmer called “…one of the grittiest and most rousing disco records of the year destined to become a classic of erotic dance music.”
Tasha got her big break when she was cast in the Broadway musical The Wiz. Having proved her broad vocal talents, producers James R. Glaser (aka Jimmi Hood) and Peter Rugile created this sexually-charged disco hit. Her breathy vocals and lively orchestration make this record a heavy hitting floor-filler.
So I did quite a bit of record shopping while I was down in San Francisco last week. One of my finds was a pristine copy of “Super Sweet” by Wardell Piper. She was once part of the amazing female-fronted band First Choice. My pals the SyntheTigers did an awesome edit of this track, which was actually how I first learned of the song. It’s a fun upbeat soulful number that just makes you wanna smile and shake.
I know it’s been a minute since you’ve heard from me and I apologize. Just to make it up to you, I’d like to share a stomping instrumental disco number by the one and only Isaac Hayes!
You might be familiar with Tammi Terrell from her collaborations with Marvin Gaye on hits like “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Unfortunately she was take from this world too soon at the tender age of 24. The year before she succumbed to brain cancer, she released a phenomenal soul record called Irresistible.
I was fortunate enough to find a copy while digging a few weekends back and wanted to share a cut from the album. While every track is worthy of praise, “What A Good Man He Is” happens to stand out as one of the highlights on the album. And while I’m on the topic of Soul music, I’ll be starting a new monthly this Thursday at my favorite little neighborhood bar, The Bus Stop. It’s called “Salon” and it’ll be a 4 hour tribute to all the soul musicians, known and not so known. Come by to hear some gems like this and other not so familiar hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. And if you want to make any requests ahead of time, please do so on the Facebook event here.
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Tammi Terrell – What A Good Man He Is
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I did a bit of digging over the weekend and found this sweet treat.
Charles Blackwell is a British composer and producer who got his start in the early 60’s and then working with artists such as Engelbert Humperdinck, Taj Mahal, Brigitte Bardot, Tom Jones and David Hassellhoff(!?!).
Boogie Down was the only release to bear his name and be solely comprised of his compositions. It was released in 1978 on the Butterfly Records imprint. The title track is probably the most popular cut from the record. Move Your Ass Gringo is probably the most campy and fun track. But Give It All Ya Got is by far the stand out track on the album IMHO. Check it out for yourself, and go ahead and download it too. My gift to you because it’s the least I can do <3
Blackwell – Give It All Ya Got
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Here’s another track out of the record bag by Whizz, for when your feeling some good old piano upbeat house throwbacks, Daniel Wang saw it in my bag and said he picked up the same vinyl long ago, that’s all the validation I need.
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05 Hypnosis (Judith Piano Mix)
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Here’s a dollar bin great from Tropique (on Midsong International). Hadn’t heard this one before but it has definitely come in handy for an accessible late night disco track with a nice long bongo break down.
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Side B has another great track entitled “Big Business”, kind of reminds me of working in clubland. I’ll post that one later.