Artie Christopher – Stoned Soul

Artie Christopher - Stoned Soul

Forgive me followers, for I have sinned. It has been 3 weeks since my last post. This is my update.. As I’ve spoken about in the past, life has got much, much busier for me over the last 6+ months and so I simply don’t have the time to provide content as often as I’d like. I’ve set a bit of time specifically to ensure that I can at least bring you this post and not let things drag on for a month between updates. Here’s hoping things settle down a bit and these posts become more frequent…

The piece of wax I’ve chosen for you today is by a guy called Artie Christopher. It seems that his brother Johnnie is the more well-known of the two siblings (I’m guessing in part due to the fact that he wrote Elvis’ “Always On My Mind”). As for Artie, it appears that he only cut two 45s – this one (which is actually the b-side of a track called “Hello L.A., Bye, Bye Birmingham”) and another more “soul” effort entitled “My Baby’s Crying”, both of which were released on Atlantic in 1968.

So there you have it, a rare update from me featuring a pretty rare artist. Hopefully the records remain rare but the posts less so. Enjoy! Stoned Soul

Funk Machine – Soul Santa

Funk Machine - Soul Santa

Yes indeed ladies and gentlemen, it is of course that time of the year that I delve into my sack of funky goodies and treat you to a little piece of funky festive inspired wax. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the “big” Christmas tunes by the likes of James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Clarence Carter so as is our style here at Gazfunk we’ve gone for something a little less well-known.

With that in mind I’ve gone for a nice piece of deep funk from 1973 on the Creative Funk label. There’s quite a few funky Christmas themed tracks out there but in my opinion, this arguably tops the lot. Some great horn work, funky guitar, organ and bongos make this one a killer. As far as I’m aware this is the only 45 put out by the group (unless some of you guys know otherwise) and so is relatively rare.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and have a funky and peaceful Christmas!

 

Tony Jackson – Cause My Baby

Tony Jackson - Cause My Baby

So I’m back, and with something of a rather odd selection for you this week after an almost 2 week hiatus (busy personal life these days!). The artist in question is one Tony Jackson. Now I thought that was a name I had heard of before but it certainly wasn’t down to any solo releases and after a little digging it all became clear – Mr Jackson was a former member of reggae legends The Skatalites.

You probably don’t know, but we here at Gazfunk love our original ska and reggae (as well as some Two-Tone) but because were are a funk and soul blog, we’ve never featured anything like that before, so please indulge me in this rather flimsy link… Anyway, I’ve saw some people describe this tune as “Brit Funk” which is rather taking liberties a little as Tony Jackson only moved to the UK in 1966. One thing that can’t be argued though is that it is funky, damn funky. Released in 1972 it’s a mid-tempo groove with nice distortion/wah-wah going on and best about it is that it’s super cheap to pick up as well (I think my copy was actually bought for me as a Christmas present!!)

I’ll definitely be back at some point next week and will be digging in my sack to bring you some nice Christmas funk to kick off the holiday season.

 

Mill Edwards – Use What You Got

Mill Edwards - Use What You Got

UNDERPLAYED CHEAPIE ALERT!!! Yes, what I bring you today ladies and gentlemen is a high quality unknown/underplayed stormer of a 45. O.K., I’m guessing some of you guys may have heard this record before but it’s not something I’ve heard many people talk about or indeed play out anywhere. Maybe this is one of those tracks I should keep to myself, but you know it’s all about sharing the music as far as I am concerned.

Rather unsurprisingly, there’s not a lot that I know about this artist and song. I know that Mill Edwards (or Millard Edwards to give him his full title) was a soul/r&b singer from the Chicago area and also had a part to play in another band called The Esquires that I have a couple of 45s of but that apart, the only other piece of information I have is that he cut another single on the Cutlass Records label in 1972 titled “I Found Myself”. So then, you’ll just have to do a bit of diggin for yo’self if you want more info. In the meantime, enjoy!!