Pauline Chivers – Tough Stuff

Henry Food - I Love You, And Need You

Sometimes there’s a track that you hear and it instantly connects with you  – well today’s selection is a perfect example of that. I’ve mentioned before that I sometimes have difficulty trying to figure out which records sell for big money and why others are cheap and overlooked. Is this a case of collectors going for “big” tunes? I don’t know, but what I do know is, if you are into collecting funk & soul records, this song is a must own in my opinion (especially when you can pick one up for somewhere in the region of £15!!)

This fits in well with plenty of the other “sister funk” tracks I’ve brought you over the years with great vocals, uptempo, piano break and an absolute killer horn intro – oh and the backing vocals aren’t bad either! What’s particularly surprising about this piece of wax is just how short it is – it clocks in and around the 1min 30secs mark. Short and sweet indeed!

It’s been a while since I’ve had a guest contributor select a track for me and that’s something I hope to put right over the next couple of weeks (think of it as an early Christmas present). 

 

Pat Stallings – Everybody Knows

Pat Stallings - Everybody Knows

Every now and then a song comes along and just grabs you and you want to find out more info about the artist and any other releases. Today’s selection is a track that certainly fits that description courtesy of the little-known “Pat Stallings”. Upon further investigation it appears that Stallings only released one single and disappeared into obscurity (if she wasn’t obscure enough prior to this 45!)

Needless to say then, this little number has passed under the radar of all but the biggest diggers out there. Released in ’72 this is heavy-duty sister funk of the highest calibre and made me wonder why the musical adventure for Pat Stallings began and ended with this one release. I suppose we’ll never know the answer to all of life’s little mysteries, we just have to enjoy them for what they are…

Irene Reid – Dirty Old Man

Irene Reid - Dirty Old Man

I’m a day late with my update this week as I was in Amsterdam over the weekend enjoying the Kings Day celebrations (their first king since 1890!!) so didn’t arrive back to good old Belfast until late yesterday. Alas tiredness amongst other things meant that I had to postpone this week’s post by a day (though I’m sure you will all have managed to struggle through Monday without hearing something from my collection!!)

Some of you may already be aware of Irene Reid, but I’m guessing that, that’s probably more down to her recording career as a jazz artist rather than someone you’d associate with such a funky sound. Well this track shows that Reid was versatile enough to sing bluesy funk as well as jazz, I’m guessing her background as a gospel singer in her younger days no doubt shaped her ability to belt out a soul record that rates with the best of them.

This song was originally released back in 1967 but like many other sought after funk & soul 45s, was reissued a few years back on the “Soulelujah” label – a collaboration between indie label “Culture of Soul” and a popular club night in the Boston area called (fittingly) Soulelujah.

I can’t remember exactly when I first came across this track but I was hooked almost immediately upon hearing it. It has that cool sister funk vibe that you know we love here on Gazfunk and it sounds even better when played loud at a club. Plus, it’s a great name for a song! 

 

T-Connection – Do What You Wanna Do

Ian Wright

So we’re on to another week and we have yet another quality tune for you, however this selection isn’t one from the Gazfunk vaults, but from the collection of our next very special  guest contributor – MR IAN WRIGHT

For those of you who don’t know Ian (and trust me, you really should!) he is recognised as a world authority on funk music and is widely regarded as having the largest/greatest collection of funk vinyl on the planet. This has enabled him to travel the globe dj’ing – from London to Paris, Berlin to St Petersburg, you name it, he’s funked it.

However his talents aren’t just restricted to dj’ing – oh no! Ian has also been responsible for being behind some of the best funk compilations around including the rather excellent “Sister Funk” series. As well as producing his own comps, he also spends a lot of time working with the legendary Jazzman records to unearth some nuggets for release.

With a pedigree like that, it’s no wonder we were so keen for Ian to dig through his crates and treat us to one of his favourite tunes. Ian, over to you:

O.K. – so as all collectors of rare and obscure 45’s know nothing really beats the feeling of a newly purchased 45 hitting the turntable, especially if its undiscovered and a blinder! Perhaps it seems to be a rarer occurrence these days than say 10-15 years ago tho? Anyway maybe in our quest for the holy grail and unobtainable we overlook some of the more easily available tunes at our disposal (a common trait of scenes built around rare records) so I always try and slip some of these into a set when I can.

T-Connection - Do What You Wanna Do

My first pick when it comes to ‘cheapies’ (and one of my all-time faves) will often be ‘DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO’ by T-CONNECTION on DASH records, part of Henry Stone’s famous TK label when it was originally released in 1977. I actually remember this making the national UK pop charts back in the day, so it goes to show some good stuff did make it occasionally! This track never fails to get a reaction when played out these days though – and it still surprises me how many people will ask what it is!”