Oscar Harris And The Twinkle Stars – Wientie Groove

Oscar Harris - Wientie Groove

What I have for you today is a record that is the most recent addition to my collection. I have been eyeing this for a while but for one reason or another I never got round to buying one. It’s not especially expensive or that hard to come by but I guess it isn’t all that well-known.

Unsurprisingly there’s not a lot I can say about this track. It was released in the Netherlands in 1970 on the Blue Elephant label, a label that I have quite a few other releases on including Ray Barretto. The Oscar Harris in question was from Surinam (this is the first and I guess, only artist I’ll feature from Surinam!) There’s a reference to James Brown as well as some rather cheesy lyrics but the song opens up with a nice drum break and great horns. The b-side is more of an instrumental track and arguably a bit funkier but if you ever get round to buying the 45 you’ll have 2 great tracks to choose from. That’s your lot – enjoy the track!

Carolyn Champion – Track

 

Carolyn Champion - Track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s record is something that has resided in my collection for quite some time. I don’t know why I haven’t featured it before now – I guess sometimes I’ve focused on newer discoveries or felt in the form for something a little funkier. Rest assured though, this is one hell of a tune!

I don’t remember when or where I was when I first heard this song, but after the first listen I was hooked and had to “track” down a copy (sorry!). I know one thing – I’ve never heard another dj play it. Whether it’s still a little bit under the radar or doesn’t quite have the sound that a lot of djs favour at the moment, I’m not quite sure.

So what of the song itself? Well, it was released in 1974 on the Soul-Po-Tion label and has quite an unusual sound for it’s time. The drums are very central to the sound but it’s certainly not a funk record, there’s also quite a beautiful piano sound with nice horns running through it and quite clearly sounds like it was a backing arrangement for a vocal soul song, which is exactly what it was. The a-side is called “I Feel It Comin” and has fantastic vocals but for some reason, I don’t think it works as well as the instrumental version. Perhaps if you ever get a chance to listen, you can judge for yourself. Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll catch up with you all next week. Peace!

Johnny Adams – You Make A New Man Out Of Me

Johnny Adams - You Make A New Man Out Of Me

Good evening ladies & gentleman, I hope today finds you all in good form. It’s been a pretty depressing day here with rain virtually non-stop for almost 24 hours – pretty typical Belfast summer weather in truth. Hopefully this great little piece of funky soul from NOLA might brighten things up for you a little bit…

Today’s selection was released in 1968 and featured as the b-side to a track called “Release Me”. You’ll notice that this song was issued on the SSS International label – a label that we’ve previously showcased with tracks by Clifford Curry and another New Orleans artist, the legendary Betty Harris. There’s not a lot more that I can say about this record other than it’s a mid-tempo funky soul number in a style that you’ve come to be familiar with here on Gazfunk. I hope you dig it and I’ll see you all next week for yet another quality piece of ear candy.

Mary Holmes – Soul Brother

Mary Holmes - Soul Brother

We’re bringing you a quality piece of Sister Funk to get your ears round this week, courtesy of Mary Holmes. I’m guessing this record was made sometime around ’69/70 because of it’s sound (though I could be wrong as there’s no release date on the label and precious little info about the record). The label “Nassau” was based in New York but I guess they didn’t release too many other singles as this is the only record I’ve ever seen on the label. I’m aware of another couple of singles released by Mary Holmes on different labels with “Soul Brother” being her last release.

So with so little info to tell you about the track it’s probably best if I just leave you to press that little play button…