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Friday
Dec232016

Bobby Marchan - "Just A Little Walk/ Have Mercy" (Aladdin, 1953) 

After stumbling across Bobby Marchan a little while ago, his records and unique story have been top of mind. It's amazing that someone could have so much output, so many records, but still exist in a state of somewhat obscurity. It's a grind out there!

After keeping my eyes peeled, I’ve dug up another Bobby Marchan 45 to share. The A-side "Just A Little Walk" is a driving horn number that sounds like somebody hit the record button during a party. Dirty, raw, and infectious, the sound exudes a very human type of spontaneity that is present in only the best music. The flip contains "Have Mercy" a sauntering guitar driven ballad that digs deep while pulling on the heart strings and to deliver an emotive, everyman expression of yearning. Both sides are simple, fun, and of the moment - a lot of the music from New Orleans exudes a similar energy.

This Bobby Marchan single is a nice example of early rock n roll and clearly illustrates a part of the the origin story and interconnectedness of blues, r&b, rock, and soul. Dig it!

Sunday
Dec182016

New Digs | Late November 2016

Came up on most of this grip while treveling in Kansas City, Missouri. Peep the haul below.

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Bill Evans Trio - Trio '65 (Verve, 1965)

Odell Brown - Plays Otis Redding (Cadet, 1969)

Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns - Say Blow By Blow Backwards (Atlantic, 1979)

The Sylvers - The Sylvers (Pride, 1972)

The Dynatones - Fife Piper (Hanna-Barbera Records, 1966)

Hapshash & The Coloured Coat - Featuring The Human Host And The Heavy Metal Kids (Imperial, 1967)

The Fatback Band - Let's Do It Again (Perception, 1972)

Ray Terrace - Home Of Boogaloo (Tower, 1968)

Southwind - Southwind (Venture, 1968)

Thursday
Nov102016

Dip Dip Dive | November 11th

Party People! Join you and yours high atop the city in the penthouse at the Mount Adams Pavilion for another night of dance, drink, and delight. See you at the top!

Monday
Oct312016

New Digs | Late October 2016

I've had a nice little haul this month! Here's the skinny on what's making the stacks fat.

Debbie Taylor - Comin' Down On You (Today, 1972)

At this point, I'm not wholly convinced the albums released on Today are my cup of tea. I don't dislike what I've heard so far, I'm just not sure I'm as rewarded with their output. Having said that, Comin' Down On You might be my favorite Today album I've heard yet. On the other hand, Perception Records are my jam!

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Booker T. & The MG's - In The Christmas Spirit (Stax, 1967)

So this was one of those, "If I don't buy this now I won't be able to listen to it on Christmas" purchases. You can really do no wrong with anything on Stax, particularly if Booker T. is involved. This record is fairly rare, and is sure to come in handy.

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Dyke & The Blazers - The Funky Broadway (Original Sound, 1967) mono

Amazingly, I had never crossed paths with an OG of this record. I see the 45's all the time and couldn't pass on a chance to bring a VG copy home... Finally!

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Booker T. & The MG's - And Now! (Stax, 1966)

Another original Stax pressing from Booker T. & The MG's! This one fills one of the few holes I still have from Booker T. & The MG's discography. Getting close to rounding out and I always got my eyes peeled for Stax originals. 

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Booker Little - Out Front (Candid, 1961)

And the circle keeps getting bigger. I wasn't familiar with Booker Little before stumbling across this long player... but this might be one of my favorite albums I've brought home in a while. Just enough pace and wild solos to keep me on my toes. 

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Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope (Virgin, 1997) 2lp

This was my JAM back in 1997! Amazingly, this album still holds up and its sound (and even structure) fits right in line with some of the current R&B releases. See Solange's new album :)

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Sunday
Oct302016

Earnest Jackson - "Love And Happiness / Hogwash" (Stone Records, 1973) 

I first became hip to Earnest Jackson after one of his cuts was placed on the game-changing Brainfreeze mix. While Earnest’s few sides on Stone Records aren’t particularly rare, it’s still taken me a while to track down any of his 45's. This single featuring “Love and Happiness” and “Hogwash” was his first record I ever stumbled across in the wild. The A-side features a cover of the ever-ubiquitous Al Green classic "Love and Happiness". Earnest's take is as safe a cover you will ever hear. And why not? Earnest does right to stay close-in to honor the perfection of the original. The B-side is where it gets a little more interesting for me. "Hogwash" is a quick funk instrumental side that features deft guitar and soaring organ and horns. The contrasting sides make this single an ideal cheap-y 45 pick up for any fan or collector. If you'd like a little more information on Earnest, click here and here. Happy hunting!

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