Thursday, October 25, 2007

Name this recording artist, win a prize.

A quick reminder: The documentary “Mr. Untouchable,” about former Harlem drug kingpin Nicky Barnes, opens tomorrow in and around New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

This puts me in a nostaligic 1970s headspace. So... time for another contest. (Haven’t had one in a while.)

Click here and listen to the mystery track... an obscure one from the early ’70s.

The first person to put the recording artist’s name in the comments section will win a prize.

That prize is the official promotional “mix tape” for “Mr. Untouchable.” It includes vintage music by James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Bootsy Collins, Willie Hutch and others. Hip-hop producer Hi-Tek did the mix, overseen by Damon Dash. This CD will not be available commercially.

Have fun. (Only one guess per person.)

UPDATE (10/27/07): I’ll have to give away that “Mr. Untouchable” mix tape some other way. This track is “Scoop” from the 1973 LP “The Man From the East” by Red Buddha Theatre. I would’ve also accepted Stomu Yamashta, whose brainchild this was.

Yamashta went on to contribute music to the David Bowie film “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” and he collaborated with Steve Winwood, Al DiMeola and others on the 1976 concept album “Go.”

13 comments:

Dougfp said...

I have no idea who this song is, but Nicky Barnes is making news on another front today. He's apparently backing Rudolph Guiliani for President. Seems Rudy recommended heroin kingpin Barnes for communtation back in the day and that's why Barnes is in the Witness Protection Program now.

With this and Bernie Kerik, Rudy has the Mob vote all locked up.

Well, not locked up exactly...

jena6 said...

Stumped.

Undercover Black Man said...

Doug: Interesting tidbit. Got me wondering why the hell Nicky Barnes would endorse anyone for president. One, as a convicted felon, he can't vote (unless he also got his voting rights restored when he ratted out 75 of his closest friends). Two, he's supposed to be living in the Caymans or some shit.

dez said...

I can't decide whether to guess War or Tierra so...Tierra! They're probably both wrong anyway, heh.

bumpster said...

Eddie Hazel

msl said...

Tower of Power?

Schottzie03 said...

Crap...I was gonna guess TOP, so I'll give a longshot guess of Earth, Wind and Fire...maybe on a soundtrack or something

Undercover Black Man said...

If any of y'all know a full-time "crate-digger"... it's time to consult him. (Or her.)

Wanda said...

dag david! can we get a clue? At least the song could have had lyrics! ;)

estiv said...

My friends think I know a lot of obscure music. Not compared to you, UBM. This is out there. About all I can say is that it sounds like a Bollywood vocalist in a studio with an early-seventies funk/soul band.

Undercover Black Man said...

Here's a clue: The guy is Japanese.

Capt Shat said...

George Takai

Wanda said...

yea i was thinking that was the answer, but I didn't want to embarrass everyone with my superior music knowledge and whatnot. Next time I'll answer much faster, so the contest won't go on for so long. I just wanted to give others a chance to guess.

We know you are a busy man, David. ;)
/lol