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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Set List

Geeky me done writ dahn the rekkids I played Friday night. It's not really a set list, cuz I don't know what order they went in... but you get the picture...

Set List December 15, 2006

General stuff:
Al Wilson – Help Me
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals – Purple Haze
Rufus Lumley – I’m Standing
Shirley Ellis – Soul Time
James & Bobby Purify – Shake a Tail Feather
The Impressions – You’ve Been Cheatin’
The Show Stoppers – Ain’t Nothin’ but a House Party
The Vontastics – Day Tripper
Bunny Sigler – Girl Don’t Make Me Wait
The Tranells – Blessed With a Love
Al ‘TNT’ Braggs – Out of the Pan Into the Fire
Little Eva Harris – Get Ready/Uptight
Ike & Tina Turner – Somebody Needs You
The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman
Jr. Walker & The All Stars – Shake & Fingerpop
The Jackson 5 – ABC
The Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Tony Clarke – Landslide
Etta James – Mellow Fellow
Edwin Starr – Back Street
The Fabulous Jades – Come On and Live
The Spellbinders – Help Me
N.F. Porter – Keep On Keeping On
The Capitols – Cool Jerk
Maxine Brown – You Upset My Soul
R. Dean Taylor – Ghost In My House (instrumental)
Brooks O’Dell – The Lively Ones
The Boogie Kings – Philly Walk
Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – 25 Miles
Ben E. King – I Can’t Break the News To Myself
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa

My half of tag-team boogaloo set with Kris:
Bobby Valentin – Bad Breath
Hector Rivera – I Want a Chance for Romance
Bobby Valentin – Use it Before You Lose It

A few R&B bits from that set:
Jackie Wilson – 3 Days 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller
Sugar Pie Desanto – Soulful Dress
Ray Charles – You’re Just About to Lose Your Clown
Anna Belle Caesar with Lionel Hampton – Little Annie
Sam Cooke – Sugar Dumpling

A modern selection:
Lynn Vernado – Wash & Wear Love
Voices of East Harlem – Cashing In
Brother to Brother – In the Bottle

James Brown set by request:
James Brown - Cold Sweat
Marva Whitney – It’s My Thing
James Brown – Give It Up Or Turn It Loose

My favorite night ender:
The New Young Hearts – The Young Hearts Get Lonely Too

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Santa Go Straight to the Eagle

First things first: Soulcialism, Friday, December 15, White Eagle.

OK, so, it’s ridiculous how many brilliant new records have fallen into the lap of the Soulcialist Party Workers over the past few months. And it’s more ridiculous that, like some kind of Soul Scrooges, most of them have been kept huddled away in the dark, miserly recesses of our record boxes.

So this month, at the December 15 meeting of the Soulcialist Party Workers, we’ll be providing a special winter warmer session of hot new soul sounds. Alongside all your newer favorites, and some of your old ones, you’ll hear special selections of some of the very BEST in hot-hot soul records – be they of the Mod, Latin, Funk, or Northern variety!

Check the Soulcialism Myspace site for sound clips of some of these tunes, up later today!

Top-Five New Tracks you’ll hear at this month’s Soulcialism:

The Tranells, “Blessed With a Love”
Uber-rare – until now! Possibly one of the greatest overlooked soul songs of the 60s, a Philly group with (apparently) some bad-boy backgrounds, belied by their sweet, sweet harmonies and uplifting tempo. Brought to you on a beautiful, LEGAL, and great-sounding reissue 45 released by Soulcialism regular Des “The Great Communicator” Parker.

Ben E. King, “I Can’t Break the News To Myself”
The “Stand By Me” singer’s finest effort? Huge, booming vocals, cheesy crescendos, dynamics to die for – if you like Soulcialism standards like Tom Jones’ “Stop Breakin’ My Heart,” you might pass out when this drops.

Bobby Valentin, “Bad Breath”
Boog-A-Loo like you know you do! Latin soul killer in the “Bang Bang” stylee from the guy that brought you crowd-pleasing favorite, “Use it Before You Lose It.” (You’ve clapped your hands to it. A lot.)

Lynn Vernado, “Wash and Wear Love” and “Second Hand Love”
I bought this for the A side, which is a Blackpool Mecca fave (for you Northern geeks – if there are any reading…) and which we heard to brilliant dance-floor effect at the Keb Darge/Andy Smith/Butch night in London in September. Lo and behold, the B side might be better?? You’ll hear ‘em both.

Marie “Queenie” Lyons, “Drown in my Own Tears”
Hotter-than-hell funk from one of James Brown’s protégé’s in the Lyn Collins soul/funk vein. When we funk thangs up a li’l bit, this one’ll pop on and you’ll pop out.