Jackie Hairston – Hijack

Jackie Hairston - Hijack

I’ve got something rather different and unusual for you to enjoy today. This is a release by a jazz pianist called Jackie Hairston on the Atco label in 1967. What makes it so special (apart from it being a great tune) is the fact that it was written and produced by none other than the legend himself, Mr Otis Redding. What possessed the great man to pen a track like this is anyone’s guess and certainly given that Booker T & The MG’s played the music on almost all of his releases you’d wonder why it wasn’t them who he wrote the song for (you could imagine Booker T’s hammond all over this!!)

So, you’ve got a nice little organ led instrumental to feast your ears on. This is by no means a stomper or indeed one for the dancefloor but has a laid back cool groove about it. Recent times have seen this 45 gain a bit more populairty again (I’m led to believe it was popular enough in the 80s/early 90s mod scene but being too young I wouldn’t remember. ha!) As far as I know, Jackie Hairston played as a session musician for a number of artists but only released this one single under his own name. Thank god then for subsidiaries like Atco putting a 45 like this out as there would be plenty of great tracks we wouldn’t have the pleasure of hearing/owning otherwise!!

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

The Capitols – We Got A Thing That’s In The Groove

The Capitols - We Got A Thing That's In The Groove

Yes, I know I’m waay later than normal with my update but this running your own business lark really takes up a lot more of your time. I know you guys all wait with bated breath on that little notification telling you that I’ve published a new post, so I’ll endeavour to have it on a weekly basis as much as possible – promise!

So onto today’s selection. Whilst I mostly bring something that’s obscure (to all but the serious collectors), I think it’s worth it once in a while to return to the classics. OK, so we’re never gonna bring you Superstition or Shaft or something like that but a track that you’ve most likely heard before that hasn’t been played to death. With that in mind, I could’ve brought you the Capitols’ other “big” song – “Cool Jerk” but I’ve always preferred this and it does get played slightly less often.

There’s probably not that much point in saying a lot about this record really other than it’s one of the first soul tracks I remember diggin’ when I was really beginning my journey into all things mod around the age of 15/16. The opening few bars still get me going even today and when I played it earlier when preparing this update it brought back good memories. I hope it does the same for you!

Black Heat – The Jungle

Black Heat - The Jungle

The Jungle by Black Heat is one of those 45s that often gets overlooked in my collection, rather unfairly. There’s definitely a nice groove going on in this one and it has a kind of tempo that could still work earlier on in a club. Unfortunately when I dj these days it tends to be with tracks that are quicker and with heavier drums so there are plenty of great funky 7″ records that get passed by in the sifting process that are great tracks in their own right. This is one such example of that…

Black Heat were a funk group out of NYC who recorded 3 albums from ’72-’75 and then disappeared into obscurity. However in spite of not being too well-known, they did manage to have a “hit” on the Billboard Black Singles chart with a song called “No Time To Burn” but that was to prove to be their only success single wise. However some years later crate diggers who were searching for samples for hip-hop records came upon the band and their long forgotten music was given a new lease of life on tracks by Schooly D, Wu-Tang Clan and The Notorious B.I.G.

Let’s hope today’s feature might lead some of you on to more of the group’s music as there is still plenty left to get your groove on to!