Much like last week, the record I bring you today is something that I had to double-check to ensure I hadn’t featured it before. Luckily for you, my dedicated readers, I haven’t, so you get to enjoy it today!
If you’ve ever heard The Corner Boys’ “Take It Easy Soul Brother” you’ll recognise the music from this track. Released on the Neptune label in 1970 (issued a year after The Corner Boys “original”) you get the added bonus of some great vocals combined with the lush arrangement that you’d expect from a Gamble & Huff production. This release was probably around the time of my favourite G&H sound before it went a bit too modern soul/disco for my liking.
Sigler himself had a pretty long and distinguished career – he was instrumental in working with Gamble & Huff to create the “Philly Sound” as well as releasing around 50 singles across labels such as Decca & Parkway. His credits run into the hundreds and he has even co-wrote songs with Jay-Z (not that, that impresses me because I think he’s rubbish. Ha!)
Before I go, I really should indulge in a little bit of self promotion (it is my blog after all). I’ll be dj’ing this Bank Holiday Sunday on a boat. Yes, on a boat. In Belfast. I’ll be spinning the usual funk & soul on vinyl alongside my soul brother Pete, with a live instrumental funk set courtesy of the Freedom 35s. If you’re coming along, you’re guaranteed a great night out. As far as I know all the tickets have been sold, so if you’re one of the lucky ones, I’ll see you there. In the meantime, enjoy Bunny Sigler’s “Great Big Liar”