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Folk, Funk and Heavy Soul Compilation
November 29, 2009, 12:25 pm
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Your perfect summer travelling companion has arrived. Every track is essential – in a non-essential kind of way. Beautiful acoustic sounds, trippy beats, haunting vocals and intense production. The Soulsides Claude Mono Deluxe Edition as played live on November 20 2009. Completely re-recorded and enhanced with extra tracks and a complete new Part 3 which never went to air as the show is only 2 hours. No ads and no talking – just the music – download all three parts @256 kpbs for your iPod or Sony cassette walkman – music for pleasure.

Stream the original show here or download below.

Part 1

Gary Far – Don’t Know Why You Bother Child – Feber Folk Compilation

Rotary Connection – Want You to Know – Songs

Terry Callier- Song Of The Sun – What Colour is Love

Christine Harwood – Wooden Ships – Feel the Spirit Compilation

Pierre Duchamp – Beach Buggy – Mighty Mellow Volume 2

Phil Upchurch – Crosstown Traffic – Upchurch

Phil Upchurch – Black Gold – Upchurch

David Axelrod – Pula Yette – The Edge

Barbara and Ernie – My Love and I – Prelude

Nick Drake and Marvin Gaye – Northern Soul – White Label

Richard Evans – Angela My Sister – Right On Volume 3

David Snell – Crab Apple Jam – Mighty Mellow Volume 1

Earth Wind and Fire – Power  – Last Days and Time

Earth Wind and Fire – Bad Tune – Right On Volume 1

Part 2

Linda Lewis – Waterbaby – Lark

Linda Lewis – Spring Rain – Lark

Ouutkast – Prototype – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

The Impressions – Potent Love – Time Have Changed

Eddie Kendricks – Date With The Rain – People Hold On

Pete Jolly – Plummer Park – Mighty Mellow Volume 2

Wee – Aeroplane – You Can Fly On My Aeroplane

Chairman of The Board – Morning Glory – Heavy Soul Compilation

Prince – Mountains – Extended Remix

Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23 – As We Travel Compilation

The Isley Brothers – Lay Lady Lay – Givin It Back

Minnie Riperton – Lovin You – Perfect Angel

Part 3

Kenny Rankin – In The name Of Love – From Burbank to The Bay Area Compilation

Batteaux – High Tide – Batteaux

Jackie and Roy – Didn’t Want To Have To Do It – Love Compilation

Ashley Slater – Private Sunshine – Secret Love Vol 1 Compilation

Thief – If There was a Love – Sunchild

Donovan – Get Thy Bearings – The Hurdy Gurdy Man

Fifty Foot House – Rose – Might Mellow

Tonio Rubio – Bass In Action No 7 – Mighty Mellow 3

The Tempatatiosn – Message from a Black Man – Psychedelic Soul

Lou Rawls/David Axelrod – Lifetime Monologue – The Edge

Broths Johnson – Come Together – Greatest Hits

Ramsay Lewis – Les Fleur – Maiden Voyage

Minnie Riperton – Les Fleur – Come to my Garden

Minnie Riperton Gets a Sonic Love Letter

by John Murph

For a commercial flop from 1970, Minnie Riperton’s solo debut album, Come to My Garden, has made a considerable impact, serving as a signature touchstone for one of today’s most celebrated electronica acts. The disc picked up on the heady psychedelic soul Riperton had concocted with Rotary Connection — and, more significantly, producer Charles Stepney, who went on to produce some of Earth, Wind & Fire’s finest mid-’70s classics.

Distinguished by haunting string and brass orchestrations and a soulful bottom end, Come to My Garden was roundly dismissed at the time of its release. But, thanks in large part to the British duo 4Hero, it has become a cult classic. In 1998, 4Hero made a pivotal artistic turn with Two Pages by complementing menacing drum ‘n’ bass rhythms with lush, transportive orchestrations. The band admitted that Come to My Garden served as a key influence. Then, five years later, 4Hero paid a magnificent tribute to that album with its rendition of Riperton’s “Le Fleur,” a trippy tune sung from a flower’s point of view.

The majestic “Morning Child” continues in 4Hero’s tradition of writing sonic love letters to Riperton. As with “Le Fleur,” it features Carina Andersson, whose crystalline soprano and remarkable control make her Riperton’s heir apparent. Lyrically, “Morning Child” hearkens to early-’70s “Age of Aquarius” sentiments, as Andersson expounds on the joys of being an infant. The song sounds surprisingly optimistic when placed alongside some of the disc’s darker material. But when channeling a voice as incandescent as Riperton’s, sanguinity is almost guaranteed.


charles stepney – jazzanova’s mash up
November 8, 2009, 12:36 pm
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Charles Stepney and family

I am on a bit of a Stepney thing right now and I discovered this. Not so much a ‘mashup’ – more a little bit of studio magic with some nice drum patterns added on top of what was already perfection thanks to Mr Stepney’s original production work. It is an amazing mix but almost impossibe to find to buy so here is a link where you at least have a listen.

Not much additional widsom at Discogs

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