The Voices Of East Harlem – Right On Be Free

The Voices Of East Harlem - Right On Be Free

Unfortunately this week’s update has come just a little too soon for our next guest contributor due to circumstances beyond mine (and their control) Don’t worry though it’s in the process and I hope to be able to bring it to you in the coming weeks.

This week’s selection is inspired in no small part to a gig I’ll be playing this coming weekend – the 10th Anniversary Doctor Crippen’s Weekender. Dr Crippen’s is a psychedelic funk club run by 2 long-term friends of mine, Paddy & Sarge. Any of you who happen to know anything about the psych scene in the U.K. (or indeed Europe) will probably have crossed paths with the guys at one time or another. As well as running Dr Crippen’s, they have also dj’d at Le Beat Bespoke & Mousetrap in London and are regular visitors to Glasgow where they have also guested at Double Sight & Eyes Wide Open.

This will be my first time dj’ing at the club and my set will feature more of a psychedelic soul/funk vibe. For more information about the event you can visit the facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/575983695818254/ and you can listen to some of the tunes you can expect to hear at the night(s).

Any soul/funk fans out there will undoubtedly be aware of The Voices Of East Harlem. Their high energy gospel-style vocals are the stuff of legend and they featured up to 20 different vocalists between the ages of 12 – 21 at any one time. Today’s featured song is the title track from their debut LP released in 1970. The album also features great covers of tracks like For What It’s Worth & Run, Shaker Life. They recorded 4 albums in total, the final being released in 1974. In 1971 the group appeared at the Soul To Soul concert in Ghana where they performed this track and a rousing version of Run, Shaker Life. You can see footage of the show by doing a simple search on youtube… 

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