The Gilberto Sextet – Good Lovin'

Gilberto Sextet - Good Lovin'

The record I bring you today is a nice latin boogaloo take on an old hit for the Young Rascals back in 1966. Written by Rudy Clark & Arthur Resnick it was originally recorded by an R&B singer called Limme Snell in 1965 but the single sold very few copies and a short time later was re-recorded (with substantially different lyrics) by Northern Soul favourites, The Olympics. I, like a lot of others was first aware of the Young Rascals version but as my interest in all things mod increased, I came across the Olympics’ version which I far preferred.

Fast forward a few years and as my penchant for latin grew, I stumbled upon this version. In it’s own way it fits into the mod sound just as much as the Olympics’ version. A reissue of this record was put out a few years back by one of our favourite reissue labels/compilers Vampisoul. It seemed to be to be a bit of an odd selection to me as this version isn’t particularly hard to come by or indeed beyond the resources of collectors due to it’s price. Nevertheless, it’s a great song so I don’t have any issue with them re-releasing it.

As well as the versions I mentioned above there were other takes on the song by popular 60s beat combo, The Tremeloes as well as mod favourites The Who (thus enhancing the song’s mod credentials ever further). One of the things I particularly enjoy about this song is the odd laughing at various stages – it certainly gives it a unique flavour! Enjoy! 

Jimmie Willis – Soul Power

Regular viewers of the blog will be aware that I’ve previously mentioned about my vast collection of hammond tracks. Well, in recent weeks I’ve had a number of requests to delve into my record box and showcase another one of these grooves. As a result I’ve bowed to the public pressure and decided to bring y’all this nugget.

This track is something that I’ve only actually bought relatively recently. I had been aware of it for a while but either forgot to look for it or occasionally was outbid for it on that popular auction website (you all know the one I’m taking about).

I’ve seen this record described as many things in the past – r&b, mod jazz, boogaloo, funk etc. The truth is it’s none of them but, it’s all of them. From the opening line you know you’re gonna be in for a treat and it certainly does not disappoint.

So ladies and gentlemen – for your information…… this is Soul Power!!

A.C. Reed – Boogaloo Tramp

So last week we brought you something a little bit different in the shape of Gabb Coolson – I imagine that track might have split some of you but there should be no such issues with this week’s selection. Boogaloo Tramp is a pretty well-known track amongst funk collectors and was also pretty popular on the mod scene (in the UK at least).

Reed himself was originally from Missouri but moved to Chicago as a young man and that’s where his musical story begins. A saxophonist, Reed played with many Chicago blues acts in the early 60’s whilst recording a small number of singles under his own name. By the late sixties Reed had joined the legendary Buddy Guy whom he toured with extensively.

This cut was released (I think) in 66 and features a very distinctive guitar style not to mention crashing drums and an almost ska/reggae sounding saxophone. This is definitely one to turn up loud and get the dancefloors shaking!