Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
The Rhine Oaks - Tampin'
Here’s an interesting one. A few weeks back on Soulstrut.com, someone let on that they had scored a 45 that was supposed to be the Meters recording under an assumed name. Instantly my seventh-sense (that’s the one that all diggers have) began to work. It starts to kick in when word of an interesting new record sets in motion the innate digging “instinct”. The brain starts buzzing, the fingers get itchy, the Google starts a-Googling. You know how it is…. Anyway…. I start looking and in about 5 minutes I track down a copy, listen to a sample and decide that the stars are aligned, the price is right and my crates are crying out for such an addition. Fast forward a couple of days and the 45 drops through the mail slot and onto the deck of the old GP3. I listened to the flip side (‘Oleancler’) first, and was greeted by a pleasant slice of Bacharach-inflected pop. I flipped the disk over and was more than pleasantly surprised. The sounds on ‘Tampin’’ would suggest a few things to me. A. The Meters could very well be involved. The drums they are snappy- the clavinet she’s a clavinetty, and the guitar is Nocentelli…
B. If it’s not ALL the Meters, it would appear that some of them, along with Monsieur Toussaint sitting in for Mr. Neville on the keys were definitely involved. I'd be willing to bet that someone who had access to session logs would find that this was recorded around the time of Willie West's 'Fair Child' or Eldridge Holmes' 'Pop Popcorn Children'.
C. This is the only record the ‘Rhine Oaks’ ever made (and where in the name of all that is holy did Toussaint come up with that name???) The tune has a humid, swampy groove, like the soundtrack of someone poling a boat along, pushing Spanish moss out of the way, and sucking on the business end of a big, fat joint. A close look at the label, listing Allen Toussaint as the writer and producer (along with Marshal Sehorn) of both sides, and the tell-tale instrumentalizing, suggests to me that this is indeed a one-off studio project from the extremely fertile mind and fingers of the Great Tousan. Either way, it’s a groove…
Friday, June 24, 2005
Bobbie Gentry - Mississippi Delta
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Georgie Woods - Potato Salad Pt1
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Mable John - Your Good Thing (Is About To End)
How Do You Spell Relief?
Monday, June 20, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
The Radars - Finger Licking Chicken
Why this tune hasn’t been resurrected in the UK for a KFC ad (like so many others) is beyond me. Picture – if you will – Colonel Sanders (or the cartoon approximation thereof) getting hot, funky and sweaty on the dancefloor, drumstick clutched in his hand, grease running down his crisp, white sleeve as his glasses fog up. It’d make me buy a bucket of extra crispy (like I need coaxing….). One of my fave Philly funkers (I like to spin it next to the NY Jets ‘Funky Chicken’ on Tamboo), this record initially saw release on the Leoso label with the group listed as ‘The Radors’ (I have a copy of that too, but I like the Yew label so much I had to post it). The tune was written by Sonny Fulton who recorded for a number of small labels in the 60’s also had a single on Leoso, “CBL Pts 1&2” (which, though I’ve never heard it is rumored to share an instrumental track with this 45). Other than that not much is known about the Radars/Radors, other than the obvious fact that they laid down a supremely funky 45. The tune opens with a ‘Harlem Shuffle’-esque fanfare, and the band cranks out a funky beat (with some nice crisp, funky drums). The singer can’t stop going on about the delicious “chicken”, which must have been really amazing It was:
A. Good to the bone (ok) B. Moan inducing (hmmmmm) C. Really kickin’ (I hope not in the literal sense) D. Finger Lickin’ (of course) E. Worth pickin’
I think you’ll agree that any such chicken (if it is being described accurately) would move even the most stolid person to break into song. Maybe not to the orgasmic extremes of the Radars, but honestly, can you blame them? The Yew label was also home to the sweet soul sounds of the Intrigues.
NOTE: Some people seem to have gotten the impression that the Colonel Sanders cover above is the picture sleeve for the Radars 45 (I wish...). It is in fact the jacket for an actual Colonel Sanders LP (God only knows what it sounds like). It was included here because of the Finger Lickin'-ness of the Radars 45...
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Lee Dorsey - Four Corners Pt1
Part two is equally hard hitting. The tune was never released on a US LP, though it did appear on a UK issue EMI ‘Greatest Hits’ as well as being tacked onto the US CD release of the ‘Ride Your Pony/Get Out Of My Life Woman’ album. Also highly recommended are Dorsey’s LP and 45s from his association with the Polydor label. Allen Toussaint was still twiddling the knobs and providing stellar material like ‘Yes We Can’, ‘Who’ll Help Brother Get Further’ and ‘Gator Tail’, and Dorsey was in rare form. I can’t say as much for his ABC album.“Now gimme that shake-a make-a! Shake-a make-a make-a shake-a HULA! Awwright! What’d I Say? Fee Fi Fo Fam! Give some to the guitar man!”