Friday, March 16, 2012

"Off The Shelves 2" : THE WEEKEND MIX

The first "Off The Shelves" was a hit. You can find it HERE.  For "Volume 2," the mix is a little less arbitrary, but no less inspired. Again, it is based on the idea that sometimes you get so wrapped up in what you think you "need" to listen to, you forget all the great tunes you simply "want" to listen to.

All songs included have spent some hot time in the ol' rotation here at Casa de Madera En Fuego.


The Jocelyn Brown tune was a big club hit in the 80s, and all these years later I still get a thrill out of the intro, the power in Miss Brown's voice and that bass line.

Paul Pena's "Jet Airliner" was huge for Steve Miller, but I love his original version and its funkier groove.

The Philadelphia Experiment was a one-off that featured pianist Uri Caine, bassist Christian McBride and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson on drums. The record was good, but this version of Elton's hit knocks me out.

I am really not a fan of Quentin "Can You Please Just Shut The Fuck Up" Tarentino's films, but I did really like Jackie Brown. It was that soundtrack where I first heard Pam Grier's super-sexy and badass "Long Time Woman," which, sorry to say, Q.T. simply snagged from Jack Hill's blaxploitation classic, "The Big Doll House," where it works even better.

Big Bill Broonzy's voice on "When Did You Leave Heaven" is a thing of beauty.

And so is Teddy Randazzo's production on The Royalettes hit.

As is Sammy's voice on the final number.


Somebody Else's Guy- Jocelyn Brown
Trick Or Treat- Otis Redding
Trouble- Foxy
Bad Boy- Jive Bombers
It's Gonna Take A Miracle- The Royalettes
Tanqueray- Johnnie Johnson
Philadelphia Freedom- The Philadelphia Experiment
Jesus On the Mainline- Tate County Singers featuring Othar Turner
Jungle Jazz- Kool & The Gang
Long Time Woman- Pam Grier
Jet Airliner- Paul Pena
When Did You Leave Heaven- Big Bill Broonzy
Soul Strokes- Sidney Pinchback
Surrender- Terence Trent D'Arby
Gut Bucket- James Brown
Stormy- The Supremes
Let Love Live- The Velvelettes
'Bout The Break Of Day- Junior Wells
X Temporaneous Boogie- Camille Howard
Begin The Beguine- Sammy Davis Jr.



soundsource said...

wow two full length mixes in one week, thanks Mr. Wood and I'll be sure to listen to them with shuffle off.

Robin said...

You've outdone yourself this week. Especially Song of the Day...Arthur Alexander and now Herb Alpert, a version of The Happening I didn't know existed, it's so good too. Thank you...enjoy the weekend.

J. Loslo said...

Thanks, Sal. The big revelation for me in this list is Paul Pena. I knew nothing about him, so I just read his Wikipedia entry, and it's a jaw-dropper. The man was a genius, and not just musically. Anyone unfamiliar with his life story should check it out.

steve simels said...

I am really not a fan of Quentin "Can You Please Just Shut The Fuck Up" Tarentino's films, but I did really like Jackie Brown.

I go hot and cold on Tarantino, but Jackie Brown was flat out great -- the chemistry between Pam Grier and Bob Forster is irresistible, and the movie has more heart than all his others combined. And the soundtrack -- particularly the use of Bobby Womack's "Across 110th Street", which is a little masterpiece of musical storytelling -- is as good as it gets.

Jerry Lee said...

"Jackie Brown" was a great movie; it's a far superior piece of filmmaking than Tarantino's other work. I always thought it bombed because it didn't have great catch phrases like "Pulp Fiction", but I admired Tarantino for making a "straight" movie for a followup. STFU is right- his talk show appearances are asinine, and he's the only director who would give himself even a bit part.

ken49 said...

Been listening to this mix all morning. I just really enjoy a mix where one song leads you into another. Reminds me of the enjoyment I used to get from DJ's on KSAN back in the day. I saw that BB King lp cover and was hoping to hear something from him. He would have fit in perfectly, next time.

Sal Nunziato said...


Sorry no BB. I was listening to that album when I decided to just snap a shot for the post. Glad you still like the mix.

jeff k said...

any mix with the jive bombers' "bad boy" works for me. these tunes are a blast.

FD13NYC said...

Another fine mix as usual. More cool finds. I had forgotten about the Paul Pena song, I knew he wrote it and Steve Miller did it, but I don't think I've ever heard his version, until now. Some super stuff. Will there be a short Songs Of The Week mix tomorrow? Hope so. Thanks Sal, have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

I'm such an ignoramus that I didn't even know Jet Airliner wasn't a Steve Miller tune - doh! Kudos for educating me. Plus the opening track of this mix really is a blast. Many thanks...

Anonymous said...

"Begin the Beguine"--Sammy's finest moment on record, to my taste. Great mix, thanks!

Bruce H