Black Ivory – Surrender

Black Ivory- Surrender

Well that was another excellent weekend in old London Town! Friday night saw us travel to the legendary Ronnie Scott’s to see The James Taylor Quartet perform a rare gig which was most enjoyable before a trip to Madame Jojos for The Good Foot. Saturday night we ventured to Peckham for the hugely popular South London Soul Train at the Bussey Building for 3 rooms of all manner of soul & funk. Sunday morning was my guest appearance on Dr Krueger’s House Call radio show – you can listen again if you missed it here: http://www.mixcloud.com/NTSRadio/house-call-7th-september-2014/

So, on to today’s selection and this one is a little bit rare though when you hear the song it’ll sound like something that you think you might’ve heard before. I say that because in my opinion it is very reminiscent of the Jackson 5. Anyone out there who is a fan of Lil B (I’d be pretty surprised if any of my readers were a fan of his if I’m honest) will recognize the track from his 2012 release entitled “Surrender To Me”

I don’t know an awful lot about the group, save for the fact that they started out in Harlem in 1969 as a vocal group featuring Leroy Burgess who became a fairly prolific writer/producer on the 70s & 80s disco scene. This particular selection was released in 1972 and was the b-side of the record – something not uncommon to us here on Gazfunk. The group continued to record right through to the mid 80s before a comeback album was released in 2011 after the band got back together for an oldies tour.

Bobby Shad & The Bad Men – I Want You Back

So this weekend sees Record Store Day 2013. As you know, we here at Gazfunk have been an avid supporter of RSD since it’s inception back in 2007. There will be a number of special events up & down the country and Belfast will be no different!

I will be dj’ing in one of the local record stores – Head, in the city centre on Saturday afternoon between 1 & 3pm before joining up with my buddies in the Garrick Bar later that evening for an all vinyl marathon from 6pm – late. I know that some people don’t really like Record Store Day as they think the public should support their local stores all year round – which of course they should – but if we can convert a few people over to the joys of record stores on RSD, them I’m all for it! Check out the groovy flyer below:

Record Store Day 2013

One other aspect of RSD is that it affords me the opportunity to dig into the crates and pull out some of my hidden gems that never/rarely get played during my sets at mod or funk clubs (especially those cuts which are tucked away on LPs). As you know, we only normally focus on the 45s on Gazfunk but today’s selection breaks with that tradition (don’t worry it’s only a one-off!)

Bobby Shad was a record producer who became known for his work with jazz legends like Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington & Dizzy Gillespie. As well as working with the aforementioned jazz greats, Shad also produced the debut album by the one & only, Janis Joplin. Sometime in the early 70s (I’m not sure exactly when) he cut an LP of his own which featured a 65 piece rock orchestra. This LP featured covers of Instant Karma, Pinball Wizard, Whole Lotta Love and today’s selection – a fantastic version of The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back”

All it remains for me to say is enjoy the track and if you can’t make it to Belfast to join us on Saturday, please try to get out on RSD to support your local record store – you never know, you might enjoy it!