Warm Excursion – Hang Up (Part I)

Warm Excursion - Hang Up

As I’m sure you’ve noticed today is Sunday and therefore not Saturday (regular readers will know I kinda designated Saturday as the day for me to bring you the funk). Of course, the last few days were super busy for me meaning that this update was pushed back by a day, but hey no-one’s gonna sue me right?

So not to delay things any further I’m going to cut to the chase with today’s selection. I’ll be honest here – I don’t know who Warm Exclusion were. You’ll notice from the label scan that it says “Terrible Three” after their name but that doesn’t shed any further light on the band. Nonetheless, I can say that this 45 released in ’69 was one of 2 records that the band cut (the other being “Phut Ball” issued on the Watts USA label) before disappearing back into obscurity (were they ever anything but obscure?)

The Pzazz label was originally set up as a jazz label in L.A. but did release 45s in other genres including funk. This record straddles both jazz and funk, though I would be hesitant to call it “jazz funk” (excuse the pedantry here!). Either way, what you get is a funky organ workout with horns aplenty. This track featured on a compilation called “California Soul” released on BGP a few years and may explain why it’s become popular with a lot of UK funk heads recently. Anyway, enjoy the selection and I’ll catch up with you all next week (certainly a day that ends with the letter “y”!!)

Lee Dorsey – Four Corners

Regular viewers of the blog will be well aware of my fondness for the hammond organ. In fact, I could post a hammond track every week for 2 or 3 years as there are so many cracking tunes in my collection featuring the mighty hammond, but I’ll try to ration them as I don’t want to bore everyone!

This week’s selection may come as a bit of a surprise to those who don’t know the song. Lee Dorsey is well known for his quirky R&B tracks but few will be aware of his harder funk sound. This cut, taken from 1968 features both Allen Toussaint and The Meters laying down an instrumental groove as funky as anything The Meters or Eddie Bo could muster for themselves.

The song itself is split into 2 parts (as was common back in those days) but it’s part 2 that we feature here. The song references “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells (didn’t everyone back then??) and goes to show that Mr Dorsey wasn’t lying when he claimed “Everything I Do Gon’h Be Funky From Now On!”

Never a truer word spoken..