The tune I bring you today can probably be best described as a bona fide classic. This record became huge on the Acid Jazz/Rare Groove scene in the late 80s/early 90s and since then has been reissued many, many times. My first introduction to it came around that time as well – however it wasn’t as a result of hearing it in clubs, I was introduced to it by way of it being sampled on a hip-hop track that was a particular favourite of mine back then.
Mc Duke was the artist in question – a British rapper from the East End who became one of the pioneers of the British Hip-Hop sound. Duke (as he became later known) was probably best remembered for “I’m Riffin'” which was a minor hit in the U.K. charts. It was however his 1988 single “Miracles” that really grabbed me and had me searching to find out just what the groovy music sampled was called. Now remember, this was in the days before the internet so it wasn’t that easy to find a reference point to tell you who had sampled what (not like today when you can just visit sites like “whosampled.com”)
Fast forward a number of years to when my record collecting habit was in full swing and The Jackson Sisters’ original made it’s way to the top of my wish list. After quite a long time chasing a copy, I finally managed to pick one up for quite a reasonable price (original copies these days aren’t easy to come by and regularly reach £100+). The song itself just has such a great groove about it and would be just at home in a funk club as it would at a more “disco” night. Now I must admit – I’m not at all a fan of disco, however this is probably the one tune that has a disco feel to it that I actually like – that shows you how good it is!!
I’ve already talked about this record being the original sample on Mc Duke’s “Miracles” which may have led you to believe that The Jackson Sisters was the original release, well some of you may be aware that even this was a cover of a track by a guy called Mark Capanni. So rare is the original that Jazzman Records reissued it on 7″ a few years back.