Stuff I Missed: An Alternate History Of American Popular Music

From the shores of Alabama to the Cape of Mexico and traveling up north, this compilation presents the best of what it means to embody the American Dream.  If you listen to this compilation front to back, you will be changed.

VA: An Alternate History Of American Popular Music, 2011 Numero Group

Disc 1
1. Niela Miller – Baby Don’t Go To Town
2. Fern Jones – Strange Things Are Happening Every Day
3. The Dontells – Moaning And Crying
4. A.C. Jones – Oh Baby
5. Syl Johnson – Try Me
6. Frank Williams & The Rocketeers – Show Me What You Got
7. Stormy – The Devastator
8. Them Two – Am I A Good Man
9. George McGregor & The Bronzettes – Temptation Is Hard To Fight
10. Pisces – Motley Mary Ann
11. Voices Of Conquest – O Yes My Lord
12. The Chantells – World Of Soul
13. Performers – Mini Skirt
14. Shirley Ann Lee – There’s A Light
15. Syl Johnson – Same Kind Of Thing
16. Mourning Sun – Where’s Love Gone Today
17. Mourning Sun – Benashaw Glenn
18. Pisces – A Flower For All Seasons
19. Pisces – Sam (feat. Linda Bruner)
20. Donald Thomas – Calling Me Home
21. Jennie Pearl – Maybe In Another Year
22. Trevor Dandy – Is There Any Love
23. Syl Johnson – Concrete Reservation
24. Lil’ Ed & The Soundmasters – It’s A Dream
25. Marion Black – Who Knows
26. Joe King – Speak On Up
27. Angela Alexander & J.D. Saddler – Don’t Make Me Kill You
28. Annette Poindexter & Pieces Of Peace – Mama
29. Sharon Clark & The Product Of Time – I’m Not Afraid Of Love

Disc 2
1. Eddie Ray – Wait A Minute
2. Pastor T. L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship
3. Deliverance Echoes – Heaven
4. Creations Unlimited – Crystal Illusion
5. Lowlands Studio Band – Lizard
6. Harvey & The Phenomenals – Soul & Sunshine
7. Kool Blues – I’m Gonna Keep On Loving You
8. Father’s Children – Dirt And Grime
9. The Majestic Arrows – If I Had A Little Love
10. Shira Small – Eternal Life
11. Little Chris & The Righteous Singers – I Thank You Lord
12. Promise – I’m Not Ready For Love
13. Wee – Try Me
14. The Procedures – Give Me One More Chance
15. Ebirac All-Stars – Plena Matrimonial (feat. La Calandria & Ramito)
16. Willie Wright – I’m So Happy Now
17. Millionaire At Midnight – Coit Tower
18. Boys – Please Change Your Mind
19. Jackie Stoudemire – Invisible Wind
20. David Kauffman – Kiss Another Day Goodbye
21. Golden Echoes – Packing A Grip

from the press release:

Living in The Age of The Reissue offers a variety of benefits for the musically-minded person. Now, you can get to know Carl Perkins in the same way that the public at large knew Elvis Presley back in the day. The constraints of what is popular now no longer dictate the kinds of music we are familiar with, in spite of sales figures, the proliferation of music videos (distributed through whatever means is popular at the time), or even their inclusion in TV and film. The Age of The Reissue liberates us from the stale conformity of Top 40, and allows our musical dollars the chance to flow in obscure, seldom traveled paths, and in many cases, offer us a chance to excavate the past in a way that was never previously thought possible.

It is with this in mind that The Numero Group persues their catalog. This will not come as a surprise to any of the moderate-to-late-stage Collectors out there; anymore, a well-rounded collection demands at least a passing familiarity with their releases. Which is why when something like this Alternate History collection comes along, it is important to take notice. This is not merely a casual compilation of old musty 45s, nor is it a sort of Sampler Collection that allows you a chance to “get to know” The Numero Group. In fact, the title really does say it all: this compilation allows the listener to experience An Alternate History of Popular Music, taking us from 1959 (with the invention of the blues by a woman named Niela Miller, all the way to 1985, the year that disc died with this swan-song track by Golden Echoes. If those names aren’t familiar to you, don’t worry. The music in between is just as – if not moreso – unheard of.

The beauty of The Numero Group releases is their careful selection. While the artists may be unfamiliar, these tracks embody the zeitgeist of the era in a way that feels entirely appropriate. You can picture this history unfolding, as black artists dominate the charts, while later white artists integrate into this form of music. A world where funk and soul were the standard pop tunes to arrange yourself around, and where gospel is even more tied to mainstream culture than ever… through music. It is all here, and it is a fascinating document of what could have been. And than, in and of itself, is the primary benefit of living in The Age of The Reissue: experiences like this are possible. The Numero Group understands that collectors are not merely obsessive compulsives with an eye for small pressings and imported vinyl (though that may be the case, too). In collecting, we ourselves are assembling a musical universe all our own, where certain artists loom larger than others, according to our own vision of Popular Music.

In this collection, you can sit back and listen as someone else’s musical universe assembles before your ears. How cool is that? –Austin Rich, KPSU

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Old Skool Mix

It still doesn’t get any better than this…don’t forget.

Cameron Paul-Old School Mix

This is basically still the blueprint for how to get it done.  No DJ has topped this excellence since 1992…peep the specs from this fella, radio DJ legend.

One of the pioneers of remixing – Cameron Paul started mixing in clubs in 1977. Had his first radio mix show on San Francisco’s KSOL in 1983. Moved his show to KMEL in 1987 bringing his high ratings with him and making KMEL #1 in the San Francisco Bay Area. That same year he remixed Salt ‘n Pepa’s “Push It”, turning it into a platinum record. Cameron remixed virtually every hot dance record for his DJ remix service, “Mixx-It”

here’s the 1986 In the Mix Medley for ya

Passed away on March 26, 2018.

Old School Mix 1

Mix 1 25:25
01 – Old School Mix – Intro
02 – Timex Social Club – Rumors
03 – Parliament – Flashlight
04 – Old School Mix – Music Bridge
05 – Prince – D.M.S.R.
06 – Hanson & Davis – Hungry For Your Love
07 – The System – In My System
08 – Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You

Mix 2 24:23
09 – Starpoint – Object Of My Desire
10 – Magazine 60 – Don Quichote
11 – Alicia – All Night Passion
12 – Midnight Star – Freak-A-Zoid
13 – Mary Jane Girls – Candyman
14 – Deodato – Fire In The Sky

Old School Mix 2

Mix 1 26:30
1. Zapp – I Can Make You Dance
2. Medley
3. Barkays – Sexomatic
4. Medley
5. Shannon – Give Me Tonight
6. Medley
7. Isley Brothers – Fight The Power
8. Dazz band – Joystick
9. Michael Jackson – PYT

Mix 2 26:42
1. Classic Hi-NRG Medley
2. Kano – I’m Ready
3. Midnight Star – No Parking
4. Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
5. Talk Talk – It’s My Life
6. The Time – Cool

Old School Mix 3

Mix 1 25:53
1. Gap Band – Burn Rubber
2. Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
3. Funkadelic – Knee Deep
4. Howard Johnson – So Fine
5. Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real
6. Medley
7. Skipworth & Turner – Thinking About Your Love

Mix 2 24:48
1. Dennis Edwards – Don’t Look Any Further
2. Medley
3. Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
4. Princess – Say I’m Your #1
5. Parliament – Flashlight
6. Brick – Dazz
7. Con Funk Shun – FFun

Old School Mix 4

Mix 1
1. Janet Jackson – Janet Medley (10:31)
2. Newcleus – Jam On It (04:03)
3. Shalamar – Second Time Around (04:25)
4. Conway Brothers – Turn It Up (02:59)
5. Whispers – Rock Steady (04:55)

Mix 2
6. Shalamar – Night To Remember (03:30)
7. Parliament – Give Up The Funk (04:59)
8. Patrice Rushen – Feels So Real (04:33)
9. Cameo – Cameo Medley (09:11)
10. Con Funk Shun – Got To Be Enough (05:06)

Old School Mix 5

Mix 1
1 –Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey 2:43
2 –Mary Jane Girls – In My House 4:11
3 –Royalcash – Radioactivity 3:53
4 –Junior – Mama Used To Say 3:50
5 –Cameron Paul – Music Bridge 0:55
6 –Stevie B – Dreaming Of Love 4:32
7 –Con Funk Shun – Too Tight 5:14

Mix 2
8 –Heatwave – Boogie Nights 3:57
9 –Jesse Johnson – Free World 3:17
10 –Cameron Paul – Rockberry Bridge 1:08
11 –Cameo – Be Yourself 2:48
12 –Midnight Star – Electricity 4:24
13 –Trinere – They’re Playing Our Song 3:14
14 –Klymaxx – The Men All Pause 3:25
15 –Vanity 6 – Nasty Girl 5:04

Old School Mix 6

Mix 1
1 –Jesse Johnson – Free World 3:25
2 –Prince – 1999 2:58
3 –Sister Sledge – We Are Family 4:06
4 –The S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time 2:23
5 –Brothers Johnson – Stomp 3:04
6 –Rick James – Give It To Me Baby 3:09
7 –Frankie Smith – Double Dutch Bus 2:30
8 –Cameron Paul – Medley 1:08
9 –Cameo – Shake Your Pants 3:20
10 –Cameron Paul – Medley 1:32
11 –Cynthia – Endless Night 4:26

Mix 2
12 –Brick – Dazz 4:41
13 –Cameron Paul – Old School Medley 6:56
14 –Chic – Good Times 2:49
15 –Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked) 3:48
16 –Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real 5:24
17 –The Emotions – Best Of My Love 4:29
18 –Zapp – So Ruff So Tuff 4:39

Old School Mix 7 – not

Old School Mix 8

Mix 1
1. Art Attack – Mandolay (04:34)
2. Evelyn King – Shame (03:58)
3. Dazz Band – Joystick (03:51)
4. Cameron Paul – Medley (02:33)
5. Timmy T – Time After Time (03:47)
6. Sexual Harrassment – I Need A Freak (02:04)
7. Salt ‘N’ Pepa – Do You Want Me (03:20)
8. Cameron Paul – Medley (03:05)
9. Corina – Temptation (03:34)

Mix 2
10. Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove (02:35)
11. Cameron Paul – Medley (01:17)
12. Prince – Let’s Work (01:58)
13. Cameron Paul – Medley (02:54)
14. Midnight Star – No Parking (04:04)
15. Cameron Paul – Medley (02:32)
16. Anita Ward – Ring My Bell (02:47)
17. Teena Marie – Lovergirl (02:37)
18. Cameron Paul – Medley (03:54)
19. Dazz Band – Let It Whip (05:48)

Old School Mix 9

Mix 1
1. Evelyn King – Love Come Down (03:22)
2. Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage (04:44)
3. Invisible Man’s Band – All Night Thing (04:01)
4. Cheryl Lynn – Shake It Up (05:45)
5. Nocera – Summertime, Summertime (03:00)
6. Sweet Sensation – Sincerely Yours (03:55)
7. Cameron Paul – Medley (05:19)

Mix 2
8. Twilight 22 – Electric Kingdom (03:26)
9. Stevie B – In My Eyes (03:22)
10. Pajama Party – Yo No Se (03:57)
11. Shannon – Give Me Tonight (03:43)
12. Cameron Paul – Oldschool Megamedley (16:53)

Old School Mix 10

Mix 1
1. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message (03:18)
2. Cameron Paul – Medley (04:11)
3. Zapp – Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) (04:08)
4. Bar-Kays – Sexomatic (04:25)
5. Cameron Paul – Medley (05:45)
6. Freestyle – Don’t Stop The Rock (03:33)
7. The Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me (04:34)

Mix 2
8. Cameron Paul – Oldschool Megamedley (17:37)
9. Connie – Funky Little Beat (03:30)
10. Young MC – Bust A Move (04:02)
11. Cameron Paul – Medley (02:54)
12. The Gap Band – Party Train (04:37)

Old School Mix 11

Mix 1
1. LTD – Back In Love Again (03:34)
2. Parliament – Give Up The Funk (03:27)
3. George Clinton – Atomic Dog (03:18)
4. Medley (01:37)
5. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (03:13)
6. Funkadelic – One Nation (04:44)
7. Cameo – Shake Your Pants (03:28)
8. Barkays – Do It (04:46)

Mix 2
9. Candyman – Knockin Boots (03:28)
10. One Way – Cutie Pie (03:09)
11. Gap Band – Oops Upside Your Head (03:21)
12. Prince – Hot Thing (04:48)
13. Cover Girls – Show Me (04:22)
14. Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight (04:12)
15. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam & Full Force – I Wonder If I Take You Home (05:52)

Old School Mix 12

Mix 1
1. Cameron Paul – Medley (01:04)
2. Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love (03:50)
3. Cameron Paul – Bridge (00:42)
4. Zapp – More Bounce To The Ounce (02:55)
5. Parliament – Flash Light (03:23)
6. Cameron Paul – Oldschool Medley (02:55)
7. Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music (05:01)
8. Cameron Paul – Oldschool Medley (02:30)
9. Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica (02:34)
10. Cameron Paul – Oldschool Medley (02:41)
11. The Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) (04:15)

Mix 2
12. A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie (04:07)
13. Gary’s Gang – Keep On Dancin’ (04:10)
14. Planet Patrol – Play At Your Own Risk (03:57)
15. Debbie Deb – When I Hear Music (03:54)
16. Exposé – Point Of No Return (05:08)
17. Shannon – Let The Music Play (03:56)
18. Cynthia – Change On Me (05:26)

Old School Mix 13

Mix 1
1. Vanity 6 – Nasty Girl (03:56)
2. Emotions – Best Of My Love (03:45)
3. Invisible Man’s Band – All Night Thing (02:04)
4. Shalamar – Second Time Around (03:11)
5. Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage (04:59)
6. Midnight Star – Freak-A-Zoid (04:23)
7. Shannon – Let The Music Play (05:06)
8. Gap Band – Early In The Morning (05:08)

Mix 2
9. Sugarhill Gang – 8th Wonder (03:11)
10. Medley (04:23)
11. Cover Girls – Show Me (03:13)
12. Zapp – I Can Make You Dance (03:35)
13. Gap Band – Burn Rubber (03:28)
14. Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real (03:57)
15. Medley (03:28)
16. Shannon – Give Me Tongiht (06:32)

Old School Mix 14

Mix 1
1. Cameron Paul – Medley (04:43)
2. The S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) (03:25)
3. Kano – I’m Ready (04:02)
4. Cameron Paul – Miami Bass Medley (08:52)
5. Twilight 22 – Electric Kingdom (03:16)
6. Johnny O – Fantasy Girl (04:39)

Mix 2
7. Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica (04:03)
8. Zapp – Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) (04:31)
9. Con Funk Shun – Ffun (03:55)
10. Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked) (03:40)
11. Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real (03:06)
12. Bar-Kays – Sexomatic (03:34)
13. Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots (04:52)

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Finesse it!!!


01. (0:03:55) Michael Jackson – I Wanna Be Where You Are (Underboss Remix)
02. (0:02:57) Michael Jackson – I Wanna Be Where You Are
03. (0:04:00) Marvin Gaye – I Want You (Underboss Remix)
04. (0:04:31) Marvin Gaye – I Want Youd Mix) [Instrumental]
05. (0:04:22) DeBarge – I Like It (Soul Synopsis Mix)
06. (0:03:41) DeBarge – I Like It
07. (0:03:11) Switch – There’ll Never Be (Solidified Soul Mix)
08. (0:03:33) Switch – There’ll Never Be
09. (0:04:40) Eddie Kendricks – Body Talk (TBG Mix)
10. (0:04:25) Eddie Kendricks – Body Talk
11. (0:03:18) Sisters Love – Now Is The Time (The Mack Revisited Mix) [Instrumental]
12. (0:03:19) Sisters Love – Now Is The Time
13. (0:03:55) Jackson 5 – Tribute Medley (Underboss Remix)
14. (0:03:03) Jackson 5 – Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save

Legendary rapper, hip-hop producer, and founding member of the influential collective Diggin’ In The Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.), a set of handpicked Motown classics remixed and reimagined. The inspired new remix album will feature containing seven 7-inch Single LPs on black vinyl featuring the remixed version on Side A and the classic original on Side B. Featuring remixes of Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” “I Want You,” by Marvin Gaye and Debarge’s “I Like It.”

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New Jazz 2019

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School-Aftermath

2019 was a year.  A year with new Jazz music releases believe it or not?!  Here’s a quick rundown of some of those new releases I been diggin’ on, and for you to check out.


Organ Explosion-La Bomba


Teri Lyne Carrington-Social Science Waiting Game

Matthew Halsall-Sending My Love

Echo Boomer-Aliens on Board

Joe Armon-Jones-Turn To Clear View

Richard Andersson, Rudi Mahall & Henrik Walsdorff-What’s New?

DriftGlass-Seed Ensemble

Organ Free-S/T

Kenny Pore-A Place Across Town

Tomeka Reid Quartet-Old New

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Ironing Board Sam

Mini-documentary about obscure R&B musician Ironing Board Sam

Y’all gotta check this lil doc about a long forgotten blues-man who left his mark on the Nashville, New Orleans and chitlin circuit scene before being nearly lost to the world.   While being mostly known for his incredible stage antics this mini-doc shows us the enormous talent and gift that was the real man Iron Board Sam.

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Revenge of the Showcase

Regular readers of the Soul Donuts will already be familiar with Sherman’s Showcase, and they are back with an all-star magnificent cast for their new special!  Keep your eyes peeled cool cats!


01. Opening Dance Theme
02. Lift Every Trap And Sing
03. Whoop De Kids
04. The Funtie Song
05. Sing Me A Lullabye
06. Add Some Kente
07. Get Ya Boy
08. Nuff’s Ballad
09. Pressure Points
10. Twerk The Other Cheek
11. Sherman’s Black History Month Finale
12. Drop It Low (For Jesus) (2DLQTZ Remix)
13. Runnin’ (Diallo & X-Medium Remix)
14. Venice Pier Futbol Club Anthem (Jayceeoh & Equal Remix)
15. Time Loop (Daisy O’Dell Remix)

“Created by and starring Bashir Salahuddin (Top Gun: Maverick, South Side) and Diallo Riddle (Marlon, South Side), and executive-produced by Get Lifted Film Co. and RadicalMedia, the witty, irreverent and wholly original Sherman’s Showcase “Black History Month Spectacular” will feature more of the sketches, A-list guest stars, and original award-winning songs that, all together, earned the series a 100 percent Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and inclusion on numerous Best of 2019 lists.

“Sherman’s Showcase host Sherman McDaniels has dreamed of doing a Black History Month episode for decades,” said creators and stars Salahuddin and Riddle in a statement. “Thanks to IFC and AMC, he’s finally got the chance. Granted, Black History Month was in February. But Sherman said ‘No, trust me, let’s hold off until the world undergoes some fundamental change that forces everyone to stay at home and watch the Showcase.’ And Sherman got his wish. He’d also like to ask Tiger King’s Carole Baskin to stop using his signature phrase ‘cats and kittens,’ which he’s been using on the Showcase since 1973.”

The acclaimed Sherman’s Showcase will roll out its “Black History Month Spectacular” by honoring historic African-American icons both past and present, alongside superheroes, period dramas, vampires, and a very special re-imagining of the cult film The Last Dragon. Guest stars in the “Black History Month Spectacular” include (in alphabetical order) rapper Phonte Coleman, Michael Ealy (Stumptown, Westworld), journalist Jemele Hill, Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Rel), actor and TV host Terrence J, series executive producer and Emmy-, GRAMMY-, Oscar- and Tony-winner John Legend, rapper and activist Vic Mensa, GRAMMY winner Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Bresha Webb (Marlon, The Last O.G.), Vanderpump Rules’ Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz, GRAMMY® winner Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Tyrin Turner (Menace II Society), Mario Van Peebles (Heartbreak Ridge) and more.

Sherman’s Showcase Season 1 is currently available to watch on Hulu, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and XBOX. Full-length versions of the songs from the series are available via digital release and vinyl from Mad Decent, the Los Angeles-based record label founded by Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo.

Creators and stars Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin serve as executive producers on the series, along with John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious through their Get Lifted Film Co. (La La Land, Underground, Jesus Christ Superstar). Pete Aronson serves as executive producer, and Frank Scherma and Jim Bouvet of RadicalMedia (Stan Against Evil, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes) also executive-produce.”

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Gospel Styles

Rarely do any musicians have a sixty year career but these ladies have managed to do just that. This disc serves as a legacy to Maggie Ingram the longtime gospel troubadour, as her daughter Almeta takes up the helm and draws forth their carriage, spreading the gospel through soul and old fashioned signing quartets riding into the future.

check out the title track from the album below

The Legendary Ingramettes-Take a Look in the Book

The Legendary Ingramettes

Take A Look In the Book, 2020 (Virginia Folklife Records)


01. The Family Prayer (4:49)
02. Take A Look In the Book (4:28)
03. Grandma’s Hands (5:08)
04. When Jesus Comes (6:18)
05. Rock of Ages (4:01)
06. I’ve Endured (8:16)
07. Time is Winding Up (3:42)
08. Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand (4:35)
09. Beulah Land/I Wanna Go There (12:21)
10. Until I Die (4:57)

This from the press release.

“Six decades of music, sixty-five years of song, generations tied together through the force of will of a matriarchy of powerful women. This is the story of African-American gospel quintet The Legendary Ingramettes, founded by Maggie Ingram (who passed away in 2015) as a way to keep her family together through hardship, and taken up by her daughter Almeta Ingram-Miller as a way to continue Maggie’s legacy. Inspired by the black gospel male quartets of the 1940s and 50s, The Legendary Ingramettes bring roof raising harmonies and explosively powerful vocals, all driven by the voices of women. Based for many years out of Richmond, Virginia, they were led by the indomitable will of the woman they all called “Mama,” but now that Mama is gone, Take A Look in the Book is the group’s first efforts with Almeta at the head. The album showcases Almeta’s bold new vision and towering vocal abilities, drawing songs from new Appalachian sources like Ola Belle Reed and Bill Withers, and reworking family favorites, some of which date back to old spirituals. Produced by state folklorist Jon Lohman as part of the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, Take A Look in the Book was recorded over just three days in Richmond, with most songs being cut in one take to keep the power of the group’s incendiary live performances. A live show from The Legendary Ingramettes is a house-rocking affair, with audiences literally getting whipped to a gospel fervor, and the recording seeks to capture the electrifying nature of the group’s performances.”

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Listen Whitey!

No compilation seems more prescient than this one right now!

have a taste, get more here

Elaine Brown-Until We’re Free

Amiri Baraka-Who Will Survive America

Various artists: Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974 (2012 ) Light In The Attic Rec

01. Shahid Quintet – Invitation To Black Power (Parts 1 & 2) (6:07)
02. Stokely Carmichael – Free Huey (4:51)
03. Eddie Harris – Silent Majority (Live At Newport) (5:50)
04. Elaine Brown – Until We’re Free (2:15)
05. The Watts Prophets – Dem Niggers Ain’t Playing (1:54)
06. Marlena Shaw – Woman Of The Ghetto (Live At Montreux) (10:06)
07. Gregory Dick – Black Power (2:50)
08. Kain – I Ain’t Black (5:51)
09. Roy Harper – I Hate The White Man (8:05)
10. Gil Scott-Heron – Winter In America (Solo Version) (6:28)
11. Eldridge Cleaver – Tim Leary (5:32)
12. John Lennon – Angela (4:09)
13. The Lumpen – Free Bobby Now (2:23)
14. The Original Last Poets – Die Nigga!!! (3:18)
15. Amiri Baraka – Who Will Survive America (3:06)

“Over a five year period in Oakland, CA – archivist Pat Thomas befriended key leaders of the seminal Black Power Movement, dug through Huey Newton’s archives at Stanford University, spent countless hours and thousands of dollars on eBay, and talked to rank and file Black Panther Party members, uncovering dozens of obscure albums, singles, and stray tapes. Along the way, he began to piece together a time period (1967-1974) when revolutionaries were seen as pop culture icons: Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael – and musicians were seen as revolutionaries; Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and others. As a result, Thomas wrote a 70,000-word hardcover book entitled Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975 (published by Fantagraphics) which also includes some 200 full color images of obscure recordings that encompass rock, soul, jazz, comedy, poetry, and even religious sermons blended with Black Nationalism.

Light In The Attic present the companion ‘soundtrack’ to the book, “Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967 – 1974”. For the time first ever, Black and White artists share space on a definitive anthology of the Black Power era. A cross-cultural overview that sees Bob Dylan’s out of print 1971 single “George Jackson” reissued for the first time along with several selections from Motown’s long forgotten ‘Black Forum’ label – Motown’s early 70’s Black Power militant imprint that has never been documented until now with provocative recordings from SNCC spokesman Stokely Carmichael, outspoken African-American poet Amiri Baraka, and Black Panther Party singer/songwriter Elaine Brown.”

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Eddy Giles-Southern Soul Brother

Eddy Giles- Southern Soul Brother: The Murco Recordings 1967-1969

01. Losin’ Boy
02. I Got The Blues
03. Don’t Let Me Suffer
04. While I’m Away (Baby, Keep The Faith)
05. Eddy’s Go-Go Train
06. Happy Man
07. Music
08. Baby Be Mine
09. Love With A Feeling
10. Soul Feeling, Pt. 1
11. Soul Feeling, Pt. 2
12. Ain’t Gonna Worry No More
13. Tingling
14. That’s How Strong My Love Is
15. So Deep In Love
16. Pins And Needles
17. It Takes More
18. Ain’t Gonna Worry No More (Alternate version)

this from the press release

“Shreveport, Louisiana’s Eddy Giles was the star of Dee Marais’ Murco label, on which he released a handful of singles between 1967 and 1969, scoring with the regional hit ‘Losin’ Boy’. “Southern Soul Brother” gathers together all his recordings for the label, for the first time ever, including the single that was licensed out to Silver Fox. It highlights a talented artist who was adept at covering all the bases required of soul singers of the time, from ballads such as ‘Happy Man’ and ‘While I’m Away (Baby, Keep The Faith)’ to the up-tempo dance style of ‘Eddy’s Go Go Train’.

Access to the Murco master tapes allows us to include three previously unreleased recordings: a bluesy alternative version of his final Murco single ‘Ain’t Gonna Worry No More’, the wistful ‘It Takes More’, and ‘Pins And Needles’, a country song given an exemplary soul treatment. ‘Love With A Feeling’ also verges on the blues, while ‘Soul Feeling’ is revered by fans of southern funk.

To hear Eddy’s voice at its best, we have decided, in the main, against adding the echo and reverb that featured on the majority of his singles, clouding some splendid soul singing. The notable exception is ‘Losin’ Boy’, where the studio techniques added to the dynamics of the performance.

The booklet notes document Eddy’s life, in particular his time at Murco, and the photo of a smiling Reverend Giles outside his Shreveport church indicates the story has a more than happy ending.”

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Stuff I Missed: Ikebe Shakedown

Kings Left Behind | Ikebe Shakedown

Ikebe Shakedown-Kings Left Behind

1. Not Another Drop
2. Unqualified
3. The Witness
4. Mary’s Corner
5. Horses
6. Hammer Into Anvil
7. Over My Head
8. No Going Back
9. Kings Left Behind
10. Not Another Drop (Reprise)

SOMEHOW, and I mean that, because I am big fans of these dudes, this album flew under my radar.  I knew of a slew of single releases over the past year or two, but wasn’t fully aware of the album release.  Honestly it may be their best effort to date imo.  I’m sad I missed it.  Press release below.

“Ten years ago, Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of instrumental music. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper into combining the primal elements of 70s soul, raw psychedelic style, and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and soaring melodies. Now, with their new release, Kings Left Behind (Colemine Records), the band is giving listeners more mystery and majesty than ever before. The album features the entire group collaborating to produce tracks that deliver punches right to the gut, even as dreamy guitars and lush horn melodies and string arrangements capture the imagination.

The album was recorded by Ikebe’s bassist, Vince Chiarito, at Hive Mind Recording. Opened with Ikebe’s saxophonist, Mike Buckley, and another collaborator in 2017, Hive Mind has become a home base for the band, leading to more experimentation with the textures and sounds of a genre they define as Instrumental Soul.”

Anyway y’all know the routine, I missed something that I would’ve otherwise featured!

check out more reviews of the album here and here, it is fire!

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