Bunny Sigler – Great Big Liar

Bunny Sigler - Great Big Liar

Much like last week, the record I bring you today is something that I had to double-check to ensure I hadn’t featured it before. Luckily for you, my dedicated readers, I haven’t, so you get to enjoy it today!

If you’ve ever heard The Corner Boys’ “Take It Easy Soul Brother” you’ll recognise the music from this track. Released on the Neptune label in 1970 (issued a year after The Corner Boys “original”) you get the added bonus of some great vocals combined with the lush arrangement that you’d expect from a Gamble & Huff production. This release was probably around the time of my favourite G&H sound before it went a bit too modern soul/disco for my liking.

Sigler himself had a pretty long and distinguished career – he was instrumental in working with Gamble & Huff to create the “Philly Sound” as well as releasing around 50 singles across labels such as Decca & Parkway. His credits run into the hundreds and he has even co-wrote songs with Jay-Z (not that, that impresses me because I think he’s rubbish. Ha!)

Before I go, I really should indulge in a little bit of self promotion (it is my blog after all). I’ll be dj’ing this Bank Holiday Sunday on a boat. Yes, on a boat. In Belfast. I’ll be spinning the usual funk & soul on vinyl alongside my soul brother Pete, with a live instrumental funk set courtesy of the Freedom 35s. If you’re coming along, you’re guaranteed a great night out. As far as I know all the tickets have been sold, so if you’re one of the lucky ones, I’ll see you there. In the meantime, enjoy Bunny Sigler’s “Great Big Liar”

 

Betty Adams – Make It Real (Ride On)

Betty Adams - Make It Real

Every now and then you look through your record collection and happen upon  a track that you haven’t listened to in ages. Today’s selection is one such tune. Because I’ve known this song for so long I had to check back through my previous posts for the 7 years or so I’ve been writing Gazfunk to make sure I hadn’t featured it before. As I hadn’t, I thought now was as good a time as any.

I first heard this song many moons ago – I can’t even remember when exactly but it must have been almost 20 years ago now. From the first listen I really enjoyed it but had no idea what it was called or who it was by. As I wasn’t much of an expert of soul music back then, I thought it could have been a lesser known cut by Aretha Franklin. I’m sure when you listen to the song, you’ll get what I mean.

Some years later David Holmes released “Come Get It, I Got It” and featured Make It Real which brought the song to a wider audience. Betty only recorded 2 singles in total (both released in 1971) before returning to her gospel heritage with her local church and leaving behind the pop music business. We should all rejoice however for this great 45.

Bobby Jones – I Got A Habit (Of Lovin’ You)

Bobby Jones - I Got A Habit

Something a bit short and sweet for you this week (both in track length and accompanying text). Bobby Jones was an r&b singer born in 1936 in Louisiana who relocated to Chicago in 1959. As well as recording under Bobby Jones he also cut records using Bobby Jonz and was part of the Bobby Jones Trio & Pauline & Bobby. All told he recorded around 10 singles under his “proper” name of which this is one.

Some of his other 45s are a little bit too “Northern” for my liking (yeah I know he would’ve had no concept of such a tag, especially as it wasn’t even really a term until the 70s). What I feature for you today is an uptempo soul record with r&b overtones. There’s some pretty raw vocals there and I’d say would be perfect for a mod/r&b club (though maybe a little too fast for the r&b heads!) Enjoy, and I’ll be back next week with another quality cut from my collection.

The Capitols – We Got A Thing That’s In The Groove

The Capitols - We Got A Thing That's In The Groove

Yes, I know I’m waay later than normal with my update but this running your own business lark really takes up a lot more of your time. I know you guys all wait with bated breath on that little notification telling you that I’ve published a new post, so I’ll endeavour to have it on a weekly basis as much as possible – promise!

So onto today’s selection. Whilst I mostly bring something that’s obscure (to all but the serious collectors), I think it’s worth it once in a while to return to the classics. OK, so we’re never gonna bring you Superstition or Shaft or something like that but a track that you’ve most likely heard before that hasn’t been played to death. With that in mind, I could’ve brought you the Capitols’ other “big” song – “Cool Jerk” but I’ve always preferred this and it does get played slightly less often.

There’s probably not that much point in saying a lot about this record really other than it’s one of the first soul tracks I remember diggin’ when I was really beginning my journey into all things mod around the age of 15/16. The opening few bars still get me going even today and when I played it earlier when preparing this update it brought back good memories. I hope it does the same for you!