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Table of Contents
1. September/2003: Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Top 40
(as compiled from our server logs)
2. Commentary: Our Dying Music
3. A Spiritual Look At John Coltrane
4. Ray Goodman and Brown (aka The Moments) To Be Featured On New Alicia Keys Single
5. New Book: The Old Barrio Guide To Low Rider Music 1950-1975
6. CD Review: Diana (Deluxe Edition)
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September/2003: Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Top 40
(as compiled from our server logs)
1. LIVE CONCERT BROADCAST FEATURING: WILL HART FORMERLY OF THE DELPHONICS:
Listen to a LIVE performance of the following Delfonics songs...When You Get Right Down To It, Think It Over, Don't Throw It All Away, Somebody Loves You, Ready Or Not, Break Your Promise, Hey Love, La La Means I Love You, For The Love, Didn't I Blow Your Mind.
2. DAVID RUFFIN /EDDIE KENDRICKS INTERVIEW/MUSIC:
3. DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES ANTHOLOGY:
4. NEW RELEASES FROM SOME OF THE GREATEST ARTISTS IN THE HISTORY OF SOUL MUSIC:
Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Average White Band (AWB), Soul Generation, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Bettye LaVette, Dells, Wilson Pickett, Ann Peebles, Hubert Laws, Vince Montana.
5. VICTOR WOOTEN: LIVE IN AMERICA:
6. RICK JAMES LIVE 1980 CONCERT:
7. 70'S SUPREMES ANTHOLOGY:
8. SOUL-PATROL JAZZ SHOW #2:
Featuring the BRAND NEW JAZZ from: Monnette Sudler, Phillip Bailey, Dale Fieldler, Jonathan Butler, D-Erania, Leroy K. Wofford, Digable Planets
9. RAY, GOODMAN AND BROWN - A MOMENT WITH FRIENDS:
10. MANDRILL - PEACE AND LOVE:
Featuring a special
suite of classic Mandrill songs, digitally remastered
and specially arranged in salute to those who perished
in the 9/11/2001 tragedies and to those of us who
Commentary: Our Dying Music
11. 2003 SP CONVENTION PRESENTATION - 'THE BLUES FROM AFRICA TO TODAY':
Bradley Alston of 'Blues Beat' gives us a strong 50 min. Black music history lesson, as he connects the dots, thru words and music between pre-slavery African music to Cotton Plantations, to Field Hollers to Son House, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson Charlie Patton, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Jimi Hendrix, Taj Mahal, August Wilson, Eric Clapton to Jazz, Blues and R&B..Introduced by the late Soul Patroller and Soul Music legend, Don Covay.Treat yourself (and your children) to a SERIOUS history lesson about Great Black Music From The Ancient To The Future
12. JACKSON FIVE SAMPLER:
13. BRC @ SOUL-PATROL.NET RADIO #11:
Great songs reinterpreted by great artists. Hear cover tunes by Grace Jones, LaBelle, Sly & the Family Stone, Follow For Now, Rage Against the Machine, Tricky, Corey Glover, Fishbone, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder. Hosted by Earl Douglas (Exec. Director), Darrell McNeill (Director of Ops) and LaRonda Davis (President) of the BRC.
14. MARVIN GAYE - LET'S GET IT ON CD DELUXE:
15. WILL CHILL MASTER OF THE SLOW JAMS SHOW # 4:
Featuring the classic RARE SLOW JAMS of: Temprees, Ocapellos, Sweet Thunder, Bunny Sigler, Alicia Myers, Teena Marie, Confunkshun, Janita, Aretha Franklin, Bloodstone, Carl Carlton, Contours
16. LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCE BY ORIGINAL P (PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC) AT THE ROXY IN BOSTON:
You are going to hear LIVE versions of Maggot Brain, One Nation Under a Groove, Knee Deep, STOMP and Flashlight!
17. SOUL-PATROL SALUTES THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS:
Gary Tyson presents us the complete history of the Five Stairsteps as it evolved from the 'First Family of Soul' and it's classic and rich Blue Light In The Basement Slow Jams of the late 1960's .
18. INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE CLINTON:
Includes an analysis of P-Funk influences, past present and future, from Doo Wop to Hip Hop. George provides commentary on artists ranging from Sly Stone, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Slapbak, Chambers Brothers, Eminem, and Mystikal. Also includes the classic FUNKADELIC songs: 'Hit It and Quit It' and 'Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On'.
19. MIKE AND BARON TALKIN SOUL WITH SONGS - TRIBUTE: JET MAGAZINE SOUL BROTHERS TOP 20 FROM APRIL, 1967 PART 1:
Count down of the Jet Magazine Soul Brothers Top 20 from April 1967, in a tribute to celebrate the anniversary of the first Soul Brothers Top 20 back in 1967.
20. WORLD FAMOUS NIGHTRAIN RADIO PROGRAM: 100 PERCENT NEW FUNK:
Bob Allen, China, D-Settlement, P-Funk, Teena Marie, House of Soul, Hamish Stuart, Fishbelley, King Britt, James Brown
21. SOUL-PATROL SALUTES ISAAC HAYES:
Featuring PRIME cuts from the HIP-O Release: Isaac Hayes 'Ultimate Collection' - Shaft, Walk On By, Never Can Say Goodbye, Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic, Do Your Thing, Ike's Rap, Birth Of Shaft
22. GIANT GENE'S SOUND OF PHILLY - O'JAY'S INTERVIEW AND MUSIC:
23. SOUL-PATROL BARRY WHITE TRIBUTE:
The music featured is taken from the newly released The Best Of Barry White [20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection]
24. MIRACLES - I LOVE YOU SECRETLY:
25. TALKIN SOUL W/ SONGS - MIKE AND BARON'S FAVORITES:
Featuring: Chee Chee and Pepe, Simetec and Willie, Chi-Lites, Dennis Coffey, Smith Connection, Jackie Jackson, Village Soul Chior, Mark iV, Main Ingredient, Arthur Prysock, Gladys Knight, Jackie Wilson, Orlons, Dee Dee Sharp
26. SMOKEY ROBINSON AND THE MIRACLES:
Going To A Go Go/Away We A Go Go
27. RIOSOUL: RHYTHMS OF THE SOUL:
New CD Release from the LA Based Soul/Funk band. Think of a combination of Slave, Brand New Heavies, with a splash of New Birth
28. CTI RECORDS - MASTER COLLECTION:
Featuring: George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Deodato, Esther Philips, Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard. Great JAZZ-FUNK from the 1970's!
29. GIANT GENE'S SOUNDS OF PHILLY:
Intruders, Harold Melvin, Billy Paul, O'Jays, Creations, Delfonics, Stylistics, Labelle and more…
30. GARY TYSON'S JIMI HENDRIX TRIBUTE:
A comment on our dying
music, we must continue to play and force it down the
throats of our young people. Let them whine, cry and
break their damn arms when they reach over to DARE turn
off, or cut down your music! (Although I don't have a
child brave enough to try that) Eventually someone
(younger) is going to ask who made that, don't you have
the original, or can I have that CD or LP? (Hell No!!!)
But you can buy a copy at this website, this record
are they still called record stores, or are they?) go to this concert. If we continue to do this there might be some hope. Why? Because they (young folks) are getting older, and they are asking for this music.
In July The O'Jays, Whispers, Temptations, and The Four Tops were in concert here, 5 of my staff ages 19-23 attended the concert, there were boocoo young folks there dancing and singing. All appeared to be enjoying the show.
Not to many went to see $.50 and those who work with me weren't with there pa! rents but with other people her/his age. What I'm saying is PLAY THE MUSIC, ROLL DOWN YOUR CAR WINDOWS, DROWN OUT WHAT THEY ARE LISTENING TO, SING THE SONGS!!!! AND TELL THEM ABOUT THE ARTIST!!!!
Some of the music may slip by, but hopefully not all. My I suggest a little history lesson (might mean a little research for you) but when asked, when taking your children/grandchildren to a concert, tell them about the artist, the changes in the group, who sang what, with what other group. I do this all the time, and even though my children and grandchildren tease me about my music you better believe they come to me for MY MUSIC!!
As the young folks say "nuff said" (do they still say that? LOL!)
3. A Spiritual Look At John Coltrane
Born in 1926 in North Carolina, John Coltrane's saxophone playing is rooted in the (more urban R&B) blues tradition. "Trane", as he was called in allusion to a fast train, had one of his first jobs with Joe Webb and his R&B band from Indianapolis and with blues-singer Big Maybelle. 1947/48. he was part of Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson's R&B band. From 1949 to 1951, Coltrane worked with Dizzy Gillespie, 1952/53 with Earl Bostic and 1953/54 with Johnny Hodges. ]
A year later, he became part of the Miles Davis Quintet - and famous with his solo over Round About Midnight. And Sonny Rollins invited him to be a part of his album Tenor Madness, even before the album with Miles Davis was released.
His explosive combination of spiritual energy and intellectual prowess went beyond success and even beyond music into the metaphysical. He studied Eastern religions, Islam, the Torah. He read books about mathematics, personal improvement, Van Gogh, African history and yoga. Being a born again Christian when he recorded "Love Supreme" was he worshipping the One True God, the Lord Jesus Christ, The Holy Trinity or some other deity.
None of those Eastern religions acknowledge Jesus as the Savior of the World.
His record collection included African, early English, Greek and Indian music. Adding seven bars in E minor and 23 in E major to "My Favorite Things" and playing it for 45 minutes made it sound more like a raga than a Rodgers and Hammerstein waltz. (This was several years before the Beatles went Indian on "Norwegian Wood.") He named one of his children Ravi.
Improvisation was his vehicle for a search for self-knowledge, unity and the holy spirit. It led him to the Hindu concept of Om, which he defined as "the first vibration - that sound, that spirit which sets everything else into being."
He disliked being restricted by any sort of rules whatsoever. He told Wayne Shorter that he was trying to learn how to start in the middle of a sentence and move in both directions at the same time. About Schoenberg's 12-note system, he said: "Damn the rules. It's the feeling that counts. You play all 12 notes anyway."
Coltrane turned to increasingly radical musical styles in the mid-1960s. These controversial experiments attracted large audiences, and by 1965 he was surprisingly affluent. From autumn 1965 his search for new sounds resulted in frequent changes of personnel in his group. New members included Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane (his wife), Rashied Ali (a second drummer until Jones' departure), several drummers as seconds to Ali, and a number of African-influenced percussionists. In his final years and after his death, Coltrane acquired an almost saintly reputation among listeners and fellow musicians for his energetic and selfless support of young avant-garde performers, his passionate religious convictions, his peaceful demeanor, and his obsessive striving for a musical ideal. He died at the age of 40 of a liver ailment.
Personally John was Coltrane was an excellent musician. His passionate religious convictions took his music to very deep level. To be very honest with you, I enjoyed John Coltrane in my marijuana and drinking gin and scotch days. I could really get into the man when I was high. I got saved and Holy Ghost Filled, none of his later music after love supreme made any sense. There is a spirit behind the music.
1 Cor 14:6-9, Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
Think about what I am saying to you, was there a clear call in the later music of John Coltrane. What was the real spirit that drove him?
--The Doctor Temptation
Ray Goodman and Brown (aka The Moments) To Be Featured On New Alicia Keys Single
I just wanted to share this quick note (containing an update on the condition of Luther Vandross) and picture sent to me by Kevin Owens of the legendary Ray, Goodman and Brown (aka the Moments). Great photo, isn't it?
Be sure to check out the new CD by the legendary Ray, Goodman and Brown (aka the MOMENTS) at their official website:
How are you, Hope you are well. We are still keepin it together as best we can here, The Woman in the Picture is Alicia Keys, We are being feature with her on her new single soon to be released, she chose us to do her backup for the AOL Unplugged Session. The song is kinda Classic Old School Flavor, It worked out Great and all was pleased. Thanks for all you Guys are doing, I know we were out of town and missed a couple of your events. Hopefully we will get to One soon. :-)
btw....Luther is Doing GREAT!!! REALLY. I saw him recently and we had a GREAT time, Laughing and singing a little, it did our hearts good, and a Great Deal for him. Will get with ya soon
Kevin Owens (of Ray, Goodman & Brown)
New Book: The Old Barrio Guide To Low Rider Music 1950-1975
Barrio Guide To Low Rider Music
1950-1975 is an excellent book,
by Soul-Patroler Rueben Molina! I have read it and I
highly reccomend it to any of you here with a strong
interest in the history of Classic Soul Groups'
Since the forties Mexican-American teens have been drawn to African-American music of all kinds. jazz, rhythm and blues, group harmony (doo-wop), soul, funk and most recently rap and hip hop. Since the mid-fifties one group in particular the pachuco a.k.a. cholo has adopted select R&B grinders and tearjerkers (ballads) to provide the sound track for his most prized possession, the low rider.
Early on it was the sound of Don Julian, Jesse Belvin, the Velvetones and Shirley and Lee. It was the sound of El Monte Legion Stadium, Art Laboe, the Shrine Auditorium and Huggy Boy and the sound of Whittier Blvd. By the early sixties homeboys and homegirls were digging the sounds of the Metallics, Billy Stewart, the Blendtones and the up and coming East Side Sound of the Romancers, the Premiers, Thee Midniters and Cannibal and the Headhunters. When disco took the world by storm in the early seventies the homeboys stayed true to those R&B tunes now known as "Oldies but Goodies" a term coined by Art Laboe in 1958.
The hey day of the barrio low rider has passed. Southern California's cruising spots like Whittier Blvd., Van Nuys, and San Fernando's Mission Park have been closed to cruising since around 1975. Teen dances are also a thing of the past and "oldies" stations are dedicated to the Beatles and Beach Boys. However, the underground market for sixties and seventies R&B and soul has produced a new phase in the low rider sound.
Five years of research and hard work have produced the first book ever to chronicle the music of the low rider. Interviews with artist and record company owners like George Kerr,Weldon McDougal (Harthon),Chuck Corby, Freddie Hughes, Mickey Lespron (El Chicano), Little Ray Jimenez, Chris Ollan (Natural Four), Joe Evans, Gene Dozier, Skip Mahoney, Sunny Ozuna, Jimmy Pipkin (Gallahads), Art Laboe, Huggy Boy and Anthony Renfro plus many others have helped to make this book one of a kind. Listed in alphabetical order by artist the book supplies all group members, group or artist history, city of origin and a low rider discography. The new second edition also includes a list of CD's where every song can be found. 100 artist photos and several Southern California dance posters and flyers from the fifties and sixties are included.
The Old Barrio Guide
To Low Rider Music 1950-1975
6. CD Review: Diana (Deluxe Edition)
One of the things that happened to me at the recent Soul-Patrol East Coast Convention was that I was presented with an award from legendary Philadelphia disc jockey, 'Giant' Gene Arnold.If you have a news item, update, review,
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It is a beautiful plaque that says that I am now a member of the "Disco Hall of Fame".
Now I am a person who certainly along with millions of other music fans around the world, spent a fair amount of my 'misspent youth' hanging out at discos during the 1970's and 1980's. But little did I know that an award such as this would be so timely in nature, because I suppose that it gives me the perfect credentials to write a review of this new CD :)
This is a CD that represents disco music at its most creative height, however it does have a few flaws. However those flaws in my view are totally consistent with my own long standing feelings about the Supremes.
In short, disc 1 is absolutely SLAMMIN and it presents a perfect argument to those people who claim that there is no value whatsoever in disco music. Disc 1 could be easily used as the prime source of evidence to prove that Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards belong in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Disc 2 suffers in comparison to disc 1, however is saved by the appearance of two GREAT tracks that any serious disco fans will want to own.
Thus the 2 CD set is perfectly consistent with my "ying/yang" feelings about the Supremes. I suppose that as the totality of their career, both with and without Diana Ross (and Diana Ross as a solo artist) is reconstructed from the Motown vaults, the Supremes will continue to amaze and disappoint me all at the same time
* Diana Ross and the Supremes (Anthology) - An ESSENTIAL recording to own if you call yourself a soul music fan
* 70's Supremes Anthology - An ESSENTIAL recording to own if you call yourself a soul music fan
* Diana Ross: Stolen Moments - One of the best jazz CD's released in the past 10 years, ranked in Soul-Patrol's top 20 CD releases of the year 2002
* To Love Again - Diana Ross - If you have one single ounce of FUNK in your bones, please avoid this.
As you can see, for me it's a mixed bag :)
(And it really does present me with a few issues, that I am sure that I will work out over time...lol)
Back to Diana (Deluxe Edition) [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
The title itself is kind of misleading.
Let me tell you what you are REALLY getting here.
You are getting a historical document that was created with the same type of affection the recent Marvin Gaye CD Deluxe packages (Harry Weniger) were created with.
Disc #1 contains a digital remastered version of one of the top 5 disco LP's ever made along with a complete alternate version of the original LP, that was never released. This alternate version is the ORIGINAL mix as delivered to Motown executives by producers Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards, ultimately rejected by Motown and unheard till now.
This enables you to listen to both versions of the LP side by side and you are left with being able to decide which one is better. Whichever version you like better, what you end up with is a CD full of some STANK FUNKY music that will leave even the most hard core disco haters SHAKIN THEIR RUMPS.
Disc 2 , much like the recent Marvin Gaye series, this contains alternate mixes, unreleased material and rarities from the career of Diana Ross during the same relative timeframe that the original 'diana' album was released (late 70's - early 80's). The highlights for me are the 10 min extended alternate mix of the 1976 MONSTER hit record 'Love Hangover and the 10 min super-funky/discofied Supremes Medley. The rest of disc 2 is rather pedestrian, despite the presence of producers like Ashford & Simpson, Eddie & Brian Holland, etc.
Standing at the center of all of this is Diana Ross herself (who on the CD cover looks a whole lot like Micheal Jackson would later look in the 1980's).
To me she remains simultaneously an artist that one of my all time favorites on some albums and an artist that I will go to any length to avoid on others.
To that end, for me she is an enigma
So what's the bottom line?
Should you buy this CD Deluxe set?
* If you are a disco fan, this CD is essential
* If you are a Diana Ross fan, this CD is essential
* If you are a hardcore 60's Motown fan you will hate it
* If you are a narrow-minded funkateer you will secretly fall in love with disc 1 (but not admit it to your friends), and hate disc 2 except for one song
* If you are a rap music fan, then you will want this CD to help you to better understand where the roots of modern day rap music really come from (remember it's really the beats of Rogers/Edwards that are at the heart of "Rappers Delight")
* If you are a serious student of rock n' roll history, then you will want the CD as proof of the genius of Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards
* If you are a serious student of rock n' roll history, then you will want the CD for the well annotated book containing the story of how the original mix of the album as done by Rogers/Edwards are rejected by Motown Executives that is eerily similar to their rejection of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'.
As a recent inductee into the "Disco Hall of Fame", I suppose that the only thing left for me to do is..
DANCE, DANCE, DANCE
(Just like Chic, said to do...)
Diana (Deluxe Edition) [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
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