Al Green – You Say It

Al Green - You Say It

If you’re a fan of soul music, heck, even if you ain’t but you’re a music fan in general, you gotta dig Al Green. We here at Gazfunk are big fans, in fact he might even be our favourite soul singer ever. I mean, how could you listen to “Let’s Stay Together” or “Tired Of Being Alone” and not get caught up in the emotion that the Rev’s voice provides? So after 7 years of the blog, we have finally decided to pay tribute..

Now of course, we could have brought you either of the 2 aforementioned classics but I’m pretty sure you’ve heard those songs many, many times over and they have been featured on plenty of other blogs. Given that you know Gazfunk is all about the lesser known/underplayed 45s, I though I’d bring you this little treat instead.

Recorded in 1970 “You Say It” is probably Al at his funkiest. There’s swirling organ in there, some wah-wah and plenty of other groovy sounds all washed down with that fantastic voice of his. This one goes to show that the Rev can be damn funky as well as romantic! We hope you enjoy this piece of wax and see Al Green in a slightly different light. Get down!

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.