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
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.