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rip marva whitney

Shux! Just learned from Funky 16 Corners that Marva Whitney (1944-05-01 > 2012-12-22) has left us for that great jam by the Styx!
http://www.wefunkradio.com/extra/marva
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marva_Whitney
http://www.facebook.com/Transatlantics/posts/471999922845858
http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/international/34507/RIP-Marva-Whitney-Soul-Sister-1
http://osakamonaurail.com/discography/2006/12/i-am-what-i-am.html

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all about money and personal space

Hey! how about a reprint of Spontaneous Overthrow’s “All About Money” album (New-Ark 1984)? Urgently!?! Its hazy title track alone is utterly brilliant – and you can hear both Mr Burns and Dr Dylan in it if you listen closely to the outro. Discovered it via Chocolate Industries’ mighty “Personal Space – Electronic Soul 1974-1984” v/a cd / clear vinyl 2lp (2012) – another winner, not just for fans of Sly, Timmy or Shuggie but also for fans of James & Paradinas! Just listen to Starship Commander Woo Woo’s “Master ship (excerpt)” below.
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Spontaneous+Overthrow
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2010/05/spontaneous-overthrow.html
http://www.musicismysanctuary.com/forgotten-treasure-spontaneous-overthrow-all-about-money-1984/
http://www.chocolateindustries.com/blog/2012/02/personal-space/
http://www.chocolateindustries.com/catalogue/personalspace.php

evans’ pyramid not arthur russell’s

Andre Evans’ work with Evans Pyramid (on Belmont, Funk and Smokah records, 1978-1979), Royale (SMS 1980), Sashay (mid ‘8Ts, unreleased) and Deleasha O’Neal (written 198X, recorded ànd released 1994, label unknown) has been compiled by Cultures of Soul on 12 track cd and 8 track vinyl (with free download code for the remaining four at 192 kbps, all previously unreleased material, e.g. “Party like it’s 2001” and “Where love lives”). Cool but not brilliant – just plain funky, discoïd and interesting for Arthur Russell fans as well … [Incidentally: great to see record labels offer free downloads with vinyl, but sad to see them spend no attention at all on the info in those mp3’s of theirs, e.g. date, composer, illustration!]
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Andre+Evans+%283%29
http://www.culturesofsoul.com/2012/04/16/evans-pyramid-album/
http://www.culturesofsoul.com/2012/05/01/evans-pyramid-pre-order-contest-2/
http://www.culturesofsoul.com/2012/01/28/andre-evans-of-evans-pyramid-signed/
http://www.funklopedikproject.com/  [no info yet, remarkably]

a shorty longer shade of pale

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Frederick ‘Shorty’ Long’s Motown recordings – mostly from 1968, including “Here comes the judge”, “Ain’t no justice”, “Night fo’ last”, “Don’t mess with my weekend”, “Here comes Fat Albert”, “Function at the junction”, “Stranded in the jungleànd an awful interpretation of “A whiter shade of pale” (1969 the latter) – have been compiled by Kent on Here Comes… The Complete Motown Stereo Masters(2012-03, cat. no. CDTOP 369).

the one

“James Brown backup singer Marva Whitney discovered that the separation of church and funk was a distinction of tapping from the toe or heel, respectively. “Because tapping from the heel moves your ass” observes RJ Smith. The heel also required a frequent change of socks. One drummer recalls hearing the aquatic squoosh of the JB’s’ footsteps when the band walked offstage every night. A good foot was a sweaty foot. According to the author, Cold Sweatwas “the first hit song about perspiration. […] Nobody had ever thought to sing about an uncomfortable ferment of the body caused by the nearness of other-flesh.” A press release pinpoints how many freshly laundered shirts James Brown would burn through in a single year, while The Onedetermines the first time he cried “Give the drummer some” (May 1967, Cincinnati).” What are you doing, Dave? You’ve just convinced me to purchase RJ Smith’s The one: the life and music of James Brown(Gotham / Penguin 2012-03-15, ISBN 9781592406579)! “Back home, as the Nixon administration pushed its dubious Soul Initiative to rally African American support, Nixon backer James Brown received letters from black soldiers lamenting the absence of soul music on Armed Forces Radio. An owner of several stations himself (good for airplay), the Godfather rectified the situation by bringing the JB’s to Vietnam for a USO tour. “We didn’t do like Bob Hopehe’d say. “We went back there where the lizards wore guns.” While James Brown did the cape act to a backdrop of machine gun patter, Bob Young, future mayor of Augusta, Georgia, was flying a helicopter with the words Mother Popcornscrawled on his helmet. (In the James Brown popcornography, mother was an honorific for a large rear end.) According to Smith, the mere act of federal marshall James Palmer keeping drummer Clyde Stubblefield out of the draft and seated in the JB’s “counts as one of the great unsung patriotic acts of the era”.”
http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7828510/a-review-rj-smith-biography-james-brown
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/books/the-one-james-brown-biography-by-r-j-smith.html
http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-16/arts/31195677_1_james-brown-life-and-music-black-power
http://www.themillions.com/2012/04/becoming-james-brown-on-rj-smiths-the-one.html
http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781592406579,00.html
http://soul-sides.com/2012/08/a-chat-with-rj-smith-author-of-the-one/
http://rockcriticsarchives.com/interviews/rjsmith/rjsmith.html
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=42403
http://www.rjsmiththeone.com/

 

donnie & joe’s blue eyed psych

The utterly wonderful Light in the Attic are rereleasing “Dreamin’ Wild” (Enterprise & Co 1979) by Donnie & Joe Emerson! As championed by Oliver Wang, Chris Swanson, Ariel Pink and many more … Nice album but a tad overrated. Standout track – below – is called “Baby”.
http://www.lightintheattic.net/releases/705-dreamin-wild
http://blog.lightintheattic.net/?tag=donnie-and-joe-emerson
http://soul-sides.com/2010/01/donnie-and-joe-emerson-livin-dream.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/garden/touring-the-farm-where-the-emerson-brothers-recorded-their-1979-album.html

bobby boyd

Ladies & gentlemen, the much overrated Bobby Boyd, as reissued by the otherwise excellent Vadim. And I’m not dissin’ that wonderful label here, nor the mighty Lafayette Afro Rock Band who would evolve out of the Bobby Boyd Congress … I’m just saying that, bar a handful of tracks, these two rare hence overhyped Bobby Boyd albums are actually quite average bar a few highlights:
1971: http://www.vadimmusic.com/fiche.php?id=458
1976: http://www.vadimmusic.com/fiche.php?id=473
Even so, “Straight ahead” by Bobby Boyd Congress (1971) is a funk monster featuring Diana Olverton, Frank Abel, Bobby Boyd, Jerry Joe Beatty, Ronnie Buttacavoli, Arthur Grayson Young, Lawrence Jones, Laffeyette Hudson and Perry Smith, and their “Dig deep in your soul” is cool too. “Happy hooker” (1976) was written by Harvey Fuqua for the Nite-Liters in 1973 with Xaviera Hollander‘s 1971 bestseller in mind, I’m sure, while the album also sports a a fine Tim Hardin cover with How can we hang on to a dream(1976).