HI RECORDS RARITIES VOLUME 2: FUNKY AND GROOVY – HARLEM SHUFFLE
The funky side of Hi Records – music that goes way past the mellow burning soul you might normally know from the label – served up here in a wealth of rare singles from the Memphis powerhouse of soul! Hi had a lot more going on in the 70s than just the big hits and classic albums that most people know – and the cuts here show a version of the label that was working every bit as hard as Stax to come up with fresh grooves and unusual ways of mixing southern soul and funk for the new generation! The set list is huge – 25 numbers, many of which should be pretty fresh to your ears – and titles include "Sweet Thing" by Willie Walker, "Slidin In & Out" by The Memphians, "Got To Find My Baby" by James Gadson, "Fried Chicken" by Rufus Thomas, "Everybody Got Soul" by Gene Miller, "Disco Hustle" by Heinsight, "If You Can't Please Your Woman" by Tuxedo, "Love Map" by Lyndon, "You Made Me What I Am" by Erma Coffee, and "Patricia" by George Jackson. ~ Dusty Groove
MARK ELF MARK ELF RETURNS 2014 FEATURING DAVID HAZELTINE, PETER WASHINTON & LEWIS NASH
After an 8 year hiatus Mark Elf Returns in great form performing 7 original compositions and 3 standards. This album was originally scheduled to be recorded in 2012 but Mother Nature, in the form of Super Storm Sandy, had other plans. After the flooding of his home Elf picked up the pieces and forged ahead with this inspired project playing with the fire, heart and soul that he's known for. Two of the compositions on this recording were written specifically for the baritone guitar which he plays producing a truly unique sound. Nine of Mark's previous recordings climbed to #1 on National Jazz Radio Charts. He has performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson and many others. Songs include: A Little Diddy, It Was So Beautiful, Jacky’s Jaunt, Time On My Hands, Michellie’s Mambi, Low Blow (Baritone Guitar), Titillating, The Bottom Line (Baritone Guitar), People Will Say We’re In Love, and The sandy Effect.
ROTARY CONNECTION - SONGS
Amazing soul from Rotary Connection – and one of their greatest albums! The "songs" concept has the group working over a bunch of tunes by other folks – and the record features many late 60s rock titles, redone with the group's incredible baroque soul sound. Charles Stepney did the arrangements, and the music has that airy eerie quality that worked perfectly for Minnie Riperton's amazing voice. Includes a stellar cover of "Respect", with a slow trippy groove that has been sampled over the years – plus a wild cover of "Tales of Brave Ulysses" that virtually defines the term "psychedelic soul". Other tracks include "The Weight", "This Town", "The Salt Of The Earth", and "Sunshine Of Your Love". ~ Dusty Groove