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NY Night Train Soul Clap Classics Volume 2 (Sloppy Summer Live Mix)

New York Night Train on May 24, 2011 20:34

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I just plopped back in NYC after a month long tour with my Soul Clap and Dance-Off party and let the tapes roll during this set - resulting in this informal r&b-heavy summer mix featuring some of the best music of all time exclusively on the 7-inch 45rpm vinyl format. It's much sloppier, quieter, and lower fidelity than i'd prefer (lotsa technical difficulties, substandard equipment, and a rush for time - hence the press record and stop aesthetic - i hope to make a higher quality version in the coming days..) - but whatever, if you wanna hear the big warm glow of the 45s, come see me live - particularly tomorrow at my Summer Soul Shindig at Brooklyn Bowl - where you'll hear these and more. Also, some of the best stuff is at the end - like my two personal favorites of late Willie West's "Willie Knows How" and Joe and Ann "Runnin' and Foolin'". Anyhow, I hope you like these as much as I do - share this everywhere and play at your own dance parties, at work, at home, etc. - a guaranteed party!

L-U-V,
Jonathan Toubin, May 24, 2011

1. Bobby Parker "Watch Your Step" (V-Tone, 1961) - For some reason I only just recently picked this one up. Not only was this in the Beatles' early repertoire, but, as you can here, they lifted the riff for "I Feel Fine". An exciting guitar crusher!
2. Nathaniel Mayer "I Had A Dream" (Fortune, 1963) - I first heard this one regularly from Billy and Miriam at Norton and Ian Svenonius. Definitely one of the wildest and best songs out there. The Gories' Danny Kroha said the backing band became Black Merda
3. The Orlons "Don't You Want My Lovin' (Cameo, 1965) - This "Green Onions" rip-off isn't only my favorite Orlons song, but only one of my favorite girl group songs ever. Something I picked up from WFMU's Todd-O-Phonic Todd a couple of years back...
4. Bill Thomas and the Fendells "Southern Fried Chicken" (Savoy, 1966) - I just picked this one up on tour in Kansas City from collector/DJ legend Jimmy Trotter - unbeatable groove!
5. Little Ray "Come Swim With Me" (Faro, 1964) - This breezy obscurity was definitely the hit of my "Ya Ya" Yacht last summer and i'm busing it out again...
6. Ray Charles "The Train" (abc, 1966) - an under-appreciated genius track by the genius that's one of my theme songs. I was actually thinking of starting this recording with this one but it somehow found itself a few tracks back - a perfect intro... But now's as good a time as any to begin the second part of the mix...
7. Louis Jordan "What I Say" (Tangerine, 1964) - A clever bouncy take on Ray Charles' label by one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century - who probably would get even more credit than he does if his material wasn't so much fun..
8. The Monograms "That's What He Said" (Safire, 1960) - Also based on the "What'd I Say" motif. A killer beat and flute jam! Also obtained from Todd O Phonic
9. Dee Clark "That's My Girl" (Constellation, 1964) - Another favorite kick-off track. The uncommon riff is based on "Sugar Shack" and another generously seasoned with a swinging' flute! He and his girl are going to a Saturday night dance competition to show 'em who's the best. The legendary Mr. Fine Wine hipped me to this one.
10. Les Chambers Brothers "I Can't Stand It" (CBS, 1968) - The flip of the French issue of "Uptown" - a real cowbell, clapping, and harmony killer
11. Bobby Powell "Funky Broadway '69" (Whit, 1969) - The craziest and best of the many great "Funky Broadway" remakes - even better than Chris Kenner's "Fumigate Funky Broadway"
12. Gene Burks "Monkey Man" (Arock, 1963) - wow! Aeavy song for 1963! Screaming heart-stopping breaks and wild rhythm!
13. J.C. Davis "Monkey" (Chess, 1963) - JB's early saxman made a number of fine instrumentals and this latin-flavored one with the monkey chant is my favorite. That was a last minute decision to match the sax with Gene Burk's voice and never done by me before...
14. WIllie Baby "Hot Buns" (Ding Dong) - This one's been my favorite boogaloo of late... Loose and sexy! The breaks go way down and the guitar leads are very rock'n'roll for Latin soul…
15. Don Gardner (w/Dee Dee Ford) and Band "Dog Eat Dog" (Tiffin, 1965) - A staple of my set for some time - heavy blues with these two masterful soul legends hitting transcendent harmonies
16. Nick Waterhouse and the Turn-keys "Some Place" (Pres, 2010) - This wild r&b pounder is actually from a young talented fella that judged the Soul Clap in San Francisco a couple weeks back. Unbelievable! Look out for him!
17. Big Maybelle "That's A Pretty Good Love (Savoy, 1956) - this is too early to be in a soul mix but its way ahead of its time, one of my favorite tracks ever, and fits fine
18. James Ray "I've Got My Mind Set on You" (Dynamic Sound, 1962) - An obscure original that was turned into a hit years later by George Harrison. Vocalist James Ray, whose career was just getting into gear when this side was made, died of a heroin overdose at 23.
19. The Corvells "He's So Fine" (Lu Pine, 1962) - this Detroit girl group's answer song to the Falcon's hit "She's So Fine". Obtained from Detroit's Hello Records and turns up in my sets more than i would've expected
20. Willie West "Willie Knows How" (Rustone, 1961) - what more do you want? hands down one of the best vocal performances ever - executed in a Ted Taylor-esque minor key falsetto gliding across a supremely gritty Big Easy rock and roll shaker with slashing Texas style guitar leads
21. Eddie Kirk "Monkey Tonight" (King, 1964) - also known as Eddie Kirkland, this prolific bluesman who's best known for his greasy Hawg songs, also made this smoothie in the mid-1960s. He just passed on a few months ago in a car wreck on the way home from a gig - deep into his 80s he was still at it...
22. Joe and Ann "Runnin' and Foolin'" (Hermitage) - i accidentally came across this New Orleans harmony beaut and, a couple of months later, still can't get it out of my head or off of my decks
23. Dave "Baby" Cortez "Summertime" (Clock 1966) - this pop/soul organ man's avant garde take on Gershwin that wouldn't be out of place on a Residents record creepy, weird, and wonderful...

Released by: New York Night Train
Release/catalogue number: nynt 013
Release date: May 25, 2011

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