While packing for a trip I was throwing on records to nice up the vibes and to have a mix to listen to while traveling. It is mostly newish R&B, Funky House type stuff. I recall jotting down the tracks, to really up the multi-tasking game, I guess. But paper is nowhere to be found, so there may or may not be an update. There is always Shazaam.
A friend asked me a to make a mix to play at a fall party / cookout. Being during the day and an older skewing crowd, I stacked up jazzy, mellow ,funky, type records. But as always, it is some free form funkified filth. And, as always, all vinyl.
It is more of a free association type mix, pulling records out just before playing, and few rough spots happen along the way (especially when I was making coffee). All fun though.
Gover Washington – Mister Magic / Grant Green – Sookie Sookie / Yusef Lateef – The Hump / Tribe Called Quest – Excursions / J. Rawls – A Tribute To TROY / Yesterdays New Quintet / Arroyo / Nas – The World is Yours (Tip Mix) / Bobbi Humphrey – Jasper County Men / Cal Tjader – Soul Sauce / Sabu Martinez – Wounded Knee / Black Sugar – Fuego / Joe Bataan – Regresso / Willie Colon and Ruden Blades – Buscando Guayaba / Eddie Palmieri – Harlem River Drive / Power House – Late Start / Allan Moorehouse – Soul Skimmer / Ersen – Gonese Don Cicegim / Erkin Koray – Esterebim / Husni Ozkartal Orkestrasi – Su Deremin Sulari / Metin Alatli -Meulana Boyle dede / Erkin Koray – Turku
Oliveire E Seus – My Boy Lollipop / Brian Bennet – Solstice / David Axelrod – Mucho Chupar / Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Everybody Loves The Sunshine / Dorothy Ashby – Come Live With Me / Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – Must Be Something / Donny Hathaway – Everything is Everything / Earth, Wind, and Fire – Everything is Everything / Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up / Isaac Hayes – Hung Up On My Baby / Geto Boys – Minds Playing Tricks on Me / Alliance – Cupids Holding / El Michaels Affair – Creation / El Michaels Affair – Shimmy Shimmy Ya / Camp Lo – Luchini / DJ Premier – Unreleased White Label / The Winchester Seven – The Next Message / Betty Wright – Clean Up Woman / Linda Lyndell – What a Man / Lynn Taitt – Stepping Up / Chakachas – Jungle Fever / Mighty Tom Cats – Soul Makossa / Afrique – House of The Rising Funk / Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drum Allstars – Do Your Thing / Public Enemy – Shut ‘Em Down (Pete Rock Mix) / Nice & Smooth – Sometimes I Rhyme Slow / Fugees – Ready or Not / De La Soul – Itzsowezee (De La Mix) / Jimmy Ross – First True Love / Rufus Feat. Chaka Khan – Ooh I Like Your Lovin / Donna Summer – Spring Reprise / Diana Ross – Upside Down / Billy Frazier & Friends – Billy Who? / Jimmy Bo Horne – Spank (re-edit) / Le Stache – African Ole (rmx) / Common Sense – Voices Inside My Head / Bobby Pickett – Monster Mash
I suppose a Navy recruitment squad masquerading as a funk band is a good way to get people to join the military. I have no idea if the armed forces field such groups now as an official recruiting tool but I can imagine that some image softening might have been needed in the post-Vietnam 70′s. Each of the armed forces divisions had bands and many were recorded and pressed to vinyl. The most legendary example is the East of the Underground records, which has been repressed in a box set by Stones Throw if you don’t want to spend a bomb on an original press.
I copped Port Authority a while back at Iris Records in Jersey City. There is a bit of surface noise but nothing that stops me from listening. The LP is 3/4 original material and a handful of covers, including The Letter by the Box Tops, one of two songs with vocals. There is a nice drum break on Port Authority Blues but nothing that’s going to send Ultimate Beats and Breaks calling.
This is a record that calls to be judged by its cover. It even comes with a recipe on the back for curried soul that is an actual dish!
Turns out that Moe Koffman was a Toronto based jazz horn player who often incorporated pop into his repertoire. This album is one of those 1970s instrumental-covers-with-a-smattering-of- originals records. There is a real Memphis soul influence on this Buddah Records release.