Daily Discovery - Soul Train b/w Go 'Head On by Aces Of Soul - Funk Soul 45 on TRC Texas Record Company # #2084
Cow bells, a funky bass line, mellow but raw vocals, horns that sound like a train is coming. What pops and crackles? This song gets me in the zone, and I find myself transported back in time to a club in Waco Texas, where this was recorded. A band groovin', the crowd movin', sweat drippin', a dance floor packed with bodies movin' in a train like motion. I just got chills running up my spine picturing what an Aces Of Soul show would have been like. Did they ever do local shows? The world may never know!
Daily Discovery - El Lobo b/w Top of Ol Smokie by Ricardo Lewis - Latin Mod Soul 45 on In Records #6303
Latin Mod tune straight from Berkeley California. In Records has some sought after Northern Soul tunes, including the Eddie Foster tunes "I Never Knew" (In Records #6311) and "Do I Love You" (In Records #6326) which Ricardo Lewis produced. I don't know much else about this label, other than everything that I have ever heard on it is good. If you have anymore info on this label please feel free to share!
Daily Discovery - 'Tis Your Kind Of Music b/w Release Yourself by Graham Central Station - Funk Soul 45 on Warner Bros. Records #8025
This is dedicated to one of my mentors Stephen Tisdale from Vinylshuffle.com. Tis, you have made such a difference in my life and I will forever be grateful to you! When I saw this title, I knew I would use it as a moment to acknowledge you for the contribution you have made in my life and others lives as well. It had to be a Daily Discovery! As I told you before, Tis, you are the man! Keep it funky and keep it on the ONE! Thank you! Peace, Love & Possibilities, Robert Rodriguez
Daily Discovery - The Skate b/w Come Back Baby by THE LARKS - Northern Soul 45 on Money Records #127
The Larks (aka The Meadowlarks) are a classic Los Angeles Soul group led by Don Julian. He is my favorite Los Angeles soul singer and I could have chosen any song to showcase him, he is that good! Amazing singer from the 50's and even was a part of music into the 90's when he collaborated with Too Short on his album Shorty The Pimp, which sampled Don Julian's song of the same title. An influential singer/writer/producer from his early days until his death in the late 1990's. I was lucky enough to speak to him on a call in show put on by the Doo Wop Society in the late 80's. I felt privileged and honored to speak to this Doowop, R&B, Soul, Funk legend before his passing.
Daily Discovery - Honky Tonk Popcorn by Bill Doggett featuring James Brown - Funk Soul 45 on King Records #6239. Flip side is "Honky Tonk". Great Funk double sider.
Sampled on "Are You Ready" by The Beatnuts featuring Grand Puba. Also sampled and twisted on Funky Acid Stuff by Luke Vibert. Both cool versions. Put some funk in your trunk. James Brown productions were ahead of their time in my opinion.
Daily Find – You Can’t Love Me, If You Don’t Respect Me by The Female Preacher Lyn Collins – Funk Soul 45
Daily Discovery - You Can't Love Me, If You Don't Respect Me by The Female Preacher Lyn Collins - Funk Soul 45 on People #650. A James Brown prouduction. This is not your everyday Lyn Collins record. It's a little more obscure but every bit as funky as her other stuff. You hear break beats, the JB's announcer, some funky middle eastern style horn in the middle, background singers, tempo changes, and of course Lyn's deep soul vocals.
Daily Discovery - Peace Love & Happiness by Peace Love & Happiness. Killer Los Angeles Group Soul 45 on the Abab label. Possibly sampled by Tupac or Dr. Dre for 2pac. Anyone have any info on this?
Daily Discovery - Harper Valley P.T.A. by Bobbie Dee. Snotty R&B Soul Dancer. On the independent Los Angeles Megatone Record label. Cover of the classic by Jeanie C. Riley. I like this version more than the original. What can I say, I'm a sucker for the snotty vocals.
Daily Discovery - Humpin' by Bar-Kays. Funk Soul tune that was sampled by Ice Cube in "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" and by Black Sheep in "The Choice Is Yours". In other words, Humpin' will forever live in Rap/Hip Hop junky's mind. If you didn't know that, know you know.
Daily Discovery - Let It Crawl by Society's Bag. Mellow 1972 Funk Soul out of Los Angeles on (WB) Warner Brothers records. Produced by Fred Smith and written by Fred Smith - Earl Nelson - Gene Page - Robert Relf.
Millie Jackson Back To The Shit Lp better known as Back To The Seat was voted as one of the worst Lp Covers ever. Gotta love the song title "Love Stinks" on this Lp. Trippy!
Daily Discovery - I'll Never Forget You by Mystic. Extremely Rare Chicano Soul Lp from Chicago on A.R.T. records #100. That's The Kind Of Love is another Sweet Soul must have of this Lp. Has a couple Modern Soul Boogie cuts also.
Daily Discovery - Leaving Rome by Jo Jo Bennett & Mudies All Stars. Classic Reggae on Moodisc. Sounds a lot like Stranger At My Door by the Fuller Bros. Reggae and Soul music go hand in hand. I didn't realize I had this gem until today. Groovin!
Daily Discovery - Topics by G.C. Cameron. Funk Soul from the artist who started out as the Spinners lead singer on the major hit "It's A Shame". Funky horns that leads into a short rap by G.C. followed by some soulful vocals. He talks about the political happenings of the day. One amazing, talented Motown artist.
Daily Discovery - Give It To Me by Mike James Kirkland. This is Mike from the Los Angeles 60's Soul Group Mike & The Censations that sang "There's Nothing I Can Do About It". Nice Modern Soul cut from the rare Lp Hang On In There on the Bryan label.
Daily Discovery - She's Alright by Roy Brown. R&B Soul 45 on Summit. Love the screming intro, then when the Mid Tempo beat kicks in. Makes for a nice dancer. His voice reminds me of the man the myth the legend, Jackie Wilson.
Daily Discovery - Later Summer Love by Grand Prixs. Extremely Rare Los Angeles Doowop on the Poncho label. As far as I know it was the only release on Poncho. Released in 1963 at the tail end of the Doowop era but epitomizes the classic Doowop sound. The flip side "No Good Woman" is more of a Doowop transitional Soul record, as Soul music was on the cusp of coming into the foreground.
Daily Discovery - Don't Whistle Woman (Don't Crow Hen) by Jess Bolero. Rare practically unkown Funk on the Jackson label that says it's from New York but it sounds a lot more like a something from the the deep south. The flip side is a killer deep soul side. The shouting voice that Jess brings to this record sounds like a voice on the brink of breaking and he makes you feel his pain. He is pouring out of emotions like most of us only wish we had the guts too. If someone was to ask me what is Soul, it is this, pure raw emotion with no fear of who is listening.
I spoke to Jesse Bolero recently and he gave me a little more information about the the record. Robert Banks on piano, Bernard Purdie was on drums and Donny Stokes on guitar & bass, Buddy Lucas was on harmonica & sax, Jess Levy on cello and The Rose on vocals.
The producers (Rose McCoy) of "Don't Whistle Woman" wanted to promote Jesse as the black Mick Jagger. The idea was shopped to Motown producers, and after hearing his record they told Jesse that he was "too soulful". I had to laugh when Jesse told me this story, because that is what drew me to the song in the first place. Even though he doesn't think about what could have been, I wonder what his life would have been like to become a part of the Motown machine. The world will never know. Today Jesse is full of life and is still sharp, and a true showman. He is constantly thinking of new ways to reinvent himself. I am blessed to call Mr. Bolero a friend.
Daily Discovery - Elijah Rockin' With Soul by Hank Jacobs. Killer Northern Soul Instrumental. This is one of my favorite songs of all time. The piano, sax and bass swing and come together to make it a Soul dj's dream because it packs the dance floor as soon as the first note hits. This record was so sought after that someone made a bootleg of it in the 70's but as a collector of course the prize is to have an original copy. Great Los Angeles soul from the Call Me label.I recently heard that instrumental music is the highest form of abstract creativity. I love it because it is open for interpretation. What it means to me may not be what it means to you and vice versa. This record was written by Bettye Swann who's hit song "Make Me Yours" was #21 in US and #1 in the R&B charts in 1967.
Daily Discovery - We're Working Hard by Highway Q.C.'s. Group Gospel at it's finest, right on the cusp of Group Soul. I love the vocal harmony even in the grunts and groans. Beautiful!