Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday 12-inch Flashback: ‘I Love Music’

Guess what? I’ve found a new favorite YouTube vinyl freak. He’s in London. His name is Dave, but he goes by “vinylmorpher.” And he is rocking the 12-inch dance records. Big time.

Which means he’s spinning the music of my high-school and college years. (Still got your 12-inches? I’ll never get rid of mine.)

So... just like I used to do with my Wednesday 45 Flashbacks, I’ll be pulling choice jams out of vinylmorpher’s digital crates and embedding them here. For us old people to enjoy.

What better way to kick it off than with some funky Philly soul from 1975? Ladies and gentlemen... the fabulous O’Jays!


dj said...

I respect and appreciate Philly Soul,but it is too sweet for my main Funky flavor.

Great arrangements,playing and recording,but the moment the strings kick in...

Perhaps in time as I used to think earlier Motown wasn't for me either.

bklyn6 said...

I'm feeling a little guilty about not having any O'Jays joints on my mp3 player inspite of owning a greatest hits comp. :-(

Great arrangements,playing and recording,but the moment the strings kick in...

I love strings especially in Al Green songs (not Philly Soul, I don't think) and MFSB (Philly Soul fo' sho)!

DeAngelo Starnes said...

One of my favorite O'Jays cuts.

The album and/or extended 12-inch, a.k.a the disco, version of cuts were the treasured element to any serious music collection.

Dave, I think you should make a list of favorite disco versions. Be interesting to see how that shakes out.

Robbo said...

Oh man!

Thank you!

I went and checked out all his other shit - that is soooo delicious!

Many many thanks.


Kellybelle said...

(Don Cornelius voice:)The mighty, mighty O'Jays!

The best thing to come out of Northeast Ohio since...er...uh...um..

Undercover Black Man said...

... but the moment the strings kick in...

One word of rebuttal: BAM!

Undercover Black Man said...

Dave, I think you should make a list of favorite disco versions. Be interesting to see how that shakes out.

Next time I'm back east, I should get to rippin', DeAng.

Probably already can tell you the #1 all-time 12-inch in my collection: "One Nation Under a Groove" (feat. Mike Hampton's guitar solos).

With such beloved obscurities as "Jammin' Big Guitar" by Vaughan Mason & Crew (D.C. represent!)

Stevie's 10-minute instrumental mix of "Do I Do."

Kid Creole & the Coconuts' disco version of "Stool Pigeon" (with a Nile Rodgers guitar solo).

I got some goodies.

Undercover Black Man said...

I went and checked out all his other shit - that is soooo delicious!

Robbo, that dude is the absolute truth. I've got 20 of his joints lined up to embed.

DeAngelo Starnes said...

Freak of the Week disco version had a nasty Mike Hampton solo with a baad Phillipe Wynn scat on it.

Liked the Jacksons' Shake Yo' Body to the Ground disco version, too.

Just a couple of the top of my head from the plantation.

DRE said...

Favorite Philiadelphia International 12 inch record ?..................McFadden and Whitehead. I could not do any family reunion without dropping "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now" , matter of fact, I can't think of a better theme song for Sen. Obama!

DeAngelo Starnes said...

I had a brain-freeze earlier. I meant "Knee Deep" as opposed to "Freak of the Week."

mynameismyname said...

You got some goodies, UBM. I also have the 12" of "Jammin' Big Guitar". How rare is that? Worth money?

I also have the 12"s for the inescapable "Rounce Bounce Rock Skate" and of course, Vaughn Mason's house foray "Break 4 Love" under the name "Raze".

How long is the "One Nation" 12" version?

I have the 12" of Kid Creole & The Coconuts' "Dancin' At The Bain Douches" which is extended to include a little extra trumpet and synth action that wasn't on the original.

...Damn, you're making me want to dig in my vinyl collection ...

bklyn6 said...

"Break 4 Love" under the name "Raze".

mynameismyname you did not say, "Break 4 Love"! :-D This has got to be my favorite house music song. Of course I have it on my mp3 player. Somewhere on my computer I've got the Spanish, French and Italian versions too.

I didn't even know there was a video until I saw it posted on youtube a while back.

I've got the 15 minute version of "One Nation Under a Groove" on my player too. I guess it's the 12". UBM, would know. In fact I was inspired to purchase it at iTunes after he mentioned it here some time ago.

btw Funkadelic's "Oh, I" reminds me a lot of ONUG.

Undercover Black Man said...

How long is the "One Nation" 12" version?

Actually, myname, there are two different 12-inch versions. Turns out I already ripped the rarer one, which clocks in at 6 minutes. (Just uploaded it to here.)

The other 12-inch version, if memory serves, is probably no longer than 8 mins.

(Bklyn6, I think you're also confusing "One Nation" with "Knee Deep"... the 15-minute jam of all jams.)

bklyn6 said...

UBM, you're so right. (Mass confusion.) Recently, I watched the Independent Lens documentary "One Nation Under a Groove" so my head's still a bit funked up. I LOVED it!

It was posted in its entirety on youtube, but I can't seem to find it now.

dj said...

"Vaughn Mason's house foray "Break 4 Love" under the name "Raze"."


That is just like Dwight David who did the theme from "Berry Gordy's"The Last Dragon,the real name of Spyder Turner.

Dwight is his real name,but was used in order to pass him off as a hot new artist,instead of one who's biggist hit was in the sixties.

DRE said...

I feel you, UBM on One Nation as well as (not just) Knee Deep, but what about the one sided twelve inch of Aqua Boogie ? Bernie's piano solo was classic!

DRE said...

and as much as I love Kidd Funkadelic, I've never heard anyone play the guitar quite like Eddie Hazel.

That said, If you played disco or House in the mid to late 80's, "I Love Music" was required to be in your crate. The beginning percussion is too hot.