Trax feat The O’Jay’s, Sylvester, Mastermind, Dj Sneak



Ship Ahoy  –  The O’Jays (The Slave Ship is creaking and the whips are cracking as it navigates the Atlantic Ocean – and that’s even before the vocals comes in … Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff  of Philadelphia International tell the story of Slavery of The Negroes – the name the Spaniards gave them)

Down, Down Down  – Sylvester (First single released after signing on the dotted line for Fantasy Records  – Mr. James had previously been with Blue Thumb as ‘Sylvester & the Hot Band’ … produced by Harvey Fugua who was part of the Motown family)

Hustle Bus Stop  –  Mastermind (Released on Prelude Records – a ten piece Funk Band that with added  session musicians including David Sanborn, Jon Faddis & Steve Khan … produced by Danny Weiss of Players Association)

Funky Rhythm  –  Dj Sneak (Sneak came to my attention via his infectious ‘Fix my sink’ … “This Funky Rhythm – the more you hear it, the more it” are the most simplistic lyrics & and the beat mind blowing)

Trax feat. Ruby Winters, Lenny Williams, Cameo, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam



Neither one of us  –  Ruby Winters (Ruby’s album was released on Creole -a small independent out of Harlesden, London, however it did not give very much information … trak was also recorded by Gladys Knight & The Pips)

Please don’t tempt me  –   Lenny Williams (Former ‘Tower of Power’ vocalist released the album ‘Choosin you’ on ABC Records – however more savvy djs also pulled this trak for their playlist though it was overshadowed by the title trak)

The Sound Table  –  Cameo (Leader Larry Blackmon and co. were more successful in the U.S.A than the U.K. until they shed some members … assigned to Chocolate City – an offshoot of Neil Bogart’s Casablanca Records)

Let the beat hit ’em  –  Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Put together by Full Force … their musical was called ‘Freestyle’ which mainly popular in  U.S. based younger Latin American community … Clivilles & Cole also known as C & C Music Factory  transformed this into an anthem)

Trax feat. Eugene Wilde & Joanna Gardner, MFSB, Gaston, Cooly’s Hot Box



First love never dies  –  Eugene Wilde & Joanna Gardner (From a near forgotten movie soundtrak –   released on Atlantic … both artists were assigned to Philly World Records)

Sexy   –  MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother … these session musicians includes Vince Montana, Earl Young, Norman Harris, Don Renaldo String & Horns – these are some of the names that help invent Disco which metamorphosed into House/Garage)

(Here’s a Funk, there’s a Funk), Everywhere a Funk Funk  –  Gaston (Also known as ‘The Pied Piper of Funkingham’ … their imaginative titles are just as enjoying as their music … originally released on “Chocolate Cholly’s Records”)

Touch my body  –  Cooly’s Hot Box (Angela Johnson old band also included Christian Urich, Enesto Abreau & Victor Axelrod – from album ‘Don’t be afraid – get on’ … released on Dome Records in the U.K.)