George McCrae – George McCrae (1975) (Jay Boy)

Several things struck about the sleeve to this Rock Me Baby follow-up:  someone in the art department at TK dropped the ball, this looks like it came from the late 60s; someone else (or maybe the same person) told George that his right side was the good one; and finally, our man has some seriously bushy-ass eyebrows.

The music is, as previously, unambitious, but I do like the way they make the drums sound. Despite being written, produced and arranged by Casey and Finch and played by the Sunshine band, it’s not quite the bubble-gum funk of the parent band, at least not on side one.  It’s a bit more R&B.  “Honey (I’ll Live My Life For You)” and “Take This Love of Mine” on side two could have easily slotted in to a KC album.

Note: this appears on the yellow Jay Boy label.

Published in: on August 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm  Comments (1)  

George McCrae – Rock Your Baby

Second post from todays mega-binge of second-hand vinyl..   And what a bleedin classic of 1974 funky-soul-disco if ever there is one.  Man – I was at school when this stuff was on the radio – all pre-punk stuff of course which only a couple of years later we would all strut-our-stuff saying how crap it all was – but man – now being a sad-old-git – with a penchant for a funky-sexy-groove – this is the bizz !!

My copy here is in immaculate condition – and is a joy to hear these tracks blasting from a sub-woofer enhanced monitoring system – as opposed to the poxy MW transistor-radio I would have last heard them from …

Classic shit man !!!

Published in: on January 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm  Comments (6)  
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KC and the Sunshine Band – Part 3 (JSL12) (1976)

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Meeting of KC Parish Council held on October 1976 in TK Studios, Florida

Present: Harry “KC” Wayne Casey (Chairman); Richard Finch (Co-chair); Jerome Smith (Clerk); Oliver C. Brown; Robert Johnson; Fermin Goytisolo; Ken Faulk; Vinnie Tanno; Mike Lewis: Whit Sidener; Beverly Champion; Margaret Reynolds; Jeanette Williams.

In attendance: TK Records, members of the public

1.  Apologies for absences: were accepted from Cllrs George and Gwen McCrae.

2.  Declaration of interest by councillors: all present expressed interest in boogieing and booty shaking.

3.  Public adjournment: It was agreed to adjourn the meeting for public comment and questions. The wording of the first paragraph of minute 3 (“I Like To Do It”) in the unconfirmed minutes of the Part 3 meeting was subject to query by members of the public, specifically that the antecedent of the “it” that Chairman Finch would like to “do” with “you” is unclear and subject to misinterpretation. The public understood that the proposal was to “let’s go, you know, let’s party, let’s go get down.”  The Clerk confirmed that these words, or similar, were used in the discussion but that the “it” referred not only to getting down and partying, but implied sexual congress as well.

4.  Chairman’s announcements: The chair expressed that he “was crazy and would do anything to be near you” and further, that he is “a boogie man, that’s what [he is]”, that he is “your rubber ball”and that he is “here to do whatever [he] can”.

5.  Approve/objections minutes from last meeting: Councillors agreed to approve keeping it coming love but objected to the fact that the word “baby” was obviously not being used enough.

6.  Matters arising from minutes: Part 3‘s shortness. It lasts less than 29 minutes.

7.  Report from Community Warden: The warden said he is available “early morning, late afternoon or at midnight, aww, it’s never too soon.”

9.  Planning Committee: Having issued four albums in less than three years, the planning committee agreed to wait a further two years to release another (lackluster) Lp.

10.  Finance and Administration Committee: Part 3 contains two No. 1 singles and a No. 2 single on the Billboard Hot 100; the Lp itself went treble platinum in the US, despite stalling at the 13th position in the album charts.

11.  Reports from Outside Bodies:

  • Robert Christgau gave Part 3 a B+
  • Prince Asbo of Thrifty Vinyl said Part 3 was great, but that that was it as far as KC is concerned.
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KC and the Sunshine Band (TK 603)

While it’s not “all about” TK Records, it sure would seem to be “an awful lot about” that funky Florida label here at Asbo HQ.  This is band’s second album and I picked it up on a records reconnaissance mission with my friend Jason at the wonderful Demelza House shop in Hythe.  The longer Lp versions of the hits differ markedly from the excellent KC Best Of also gracing my library.

For those keeping track, the label is TK, not Jay Boy.

Published in: on December 2, 2010 at 11:07 am  Comments (1)  

Betty Wright – Travelin’ In the Wright Circle (1979) and Anita Ward – Songs of Love (1979)

Back in the 1970s, the music industry was rife with racketeering.  One sharp practice was to produce and ship a greater number of a given album than that album was probably going to sell and allowing them to boast of “shipping platinum (leading one wag to comment that Casablanca’s releases “shipped gold and returned platinum.”)  This sort of thing lead to a lot of records in the cut-out bins of record stores.  Record companies liked cut-outs becuase they are typically sold to retailers as non-returnable items; and since they were sold as cheaper promotional pieces, recording artists were usually shafted out of full royalties from cut-outs.

I liked them because I got the UK fold-out version of E. Costello’s Armed Forces at my local Big N department store for $2.99.

Anyway, I bring this up as the two 50p boot fair albums above were US cut-outs (as was the Sly Stone record below) released in 1979, and still in plastic.  While I don’t suggest that they were part of the quasi-legal whoop-di-do typical of their time, it wouldn’t surprise me.

Songs of Love by Anita Ward  is first up.  To be honest, hopes were not terribly high.  True, “Ring My Bell” is a stone classic, all groove and subtle use of early Syndrums, but I worried about Anita’s voice: it’s not a strong instrument and verges on the helium side of Alvin and the Chipmunks.  In the event, side one was surprisingly good with side two, despite the aforementioned, and still awesome,  “Bell”,  let down with three ballads beyond Ward’s sub-Diana Ross reach.  Throughout, bass and drums = in the pocket.

Betty Wright’s Travelin’ In the Wright Circle (whatever that means) is another solid disco record, though she seems a tad miffed to be ogliged to wear the industry standard “Egyptian/Martian/Disco Queen” outfit (not slit and fitted with lapis lazuli encrusted control top).  It is more grandly conceived than Ring My Bell, perhaps as it was autuered by the powerfully-voiced Wright herself, who not only wrote/co-wrote most of the songs she produced as well.  Here, too, the playing is tighter than an ant’s ass, if sometimes overwhelmed by strings/horns.

Where did all these incredible players come from?  Where did they go?

Further to discussion on TK Records here, both the above were distributed by TK, as evidenced by the inner sleeve, but don’t include any members of the Sunshine Band.

Published in: on April 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm  Comments (2)