Trax feat. Isaac Hayes, Don Armando 2nd Avenue Rhumba Band, Wilbert Longmire, Reese Project

By the time i get to Phoenix  –  Isaac Hayes (Released before ‘Shaft’ – this song was written by Jimmy Webb and sung by Glenn Campbell amongst others … now classed as the beginning of ‘Rap Music’

Going to a showdown  –  Don Armando Second Avenue Rhumba Band (Inspired by the movie “Gun fight at the OK Coral” – Don Armando was the percussionist with ‘Dr. Buzzard Original Savannah Band’ … written by produced by Andy Hernandez of Dr. Buzzard & Kid Creole fame , a Very Witty Disco Record – a Rare Treat)

Black is the color  –  Wilbert Longmire (Guitarist on Tappan Zee Records – second trak on an e.p called ‘Turn on the tap’ which also includes Richard Tee, Bob James & Mongo Santamaria … Top Notch Jazz-Funk)

The colour of love  –  Reese Project feat. Rachel Kapp (Studio band produced by Kevin “Inner City” Saunderson … released on Birmingham, England’s Network Records who released multiple mixes – sadly no hits but still is Brilliant)

Trax feat. Mary J Blige, Salsoul Orchestra, Lakeside, Blaze



(You make me  feel like a) Natural woman  –  Mary J. Blige (Mary stepped into Aretha’s shoes by covering this Carol King/Gerry Goffin composition … produced by James Mtume and released from the compilation ‘New York Undercover’ – a television Police drama)

Don’t beat around the bush  – Salsoul Orchestra (When i spoken to Vince Montana of the Salsoul Orchestra in ’85 – he told me this trak was inspired originally by “Sing Sing Sing”  – Louis Prima  … then he worked his magic)

Your wish is my command  –  Lakeside (Originally called ‘Ohio Lakeside Express’ – they dropped they first and last part of their name … released on Dick Griffey’s Solar Records the hits flowed although this is an album title trak)

My beat   –  Blaze feat. Palmer Brown (Probably the most successful, diverse and interesting production releasing a plethora of trax on a plethora of labels … fusing Poetry with Garage is just another of Blaze’s interesting productions)

Trax feat. Donna Summer, Archie Bell & The Drells, Kool and The Gang, LNR



Sometimes like butterflies  –  Donna Summer (A rare b-side that was not available on original vinyl album – produced by Quincy Jones also recorded by Dusty Springfield)

Strategy  –  Archie Bell & The Drells (Midtempo shuffler that gets into gets into your mind and body that makes you want to move your feet …  recently re-dited by TOUCHSOUL)

Open Sesame  –  Kool & The Gang (Before ‘Ladies Night’, ‘Celebration’ etc.  – this was Kool & The Gang – 100% Raw Funk)

Work it to the bone  –  LNR (One bad-ass trak that deserves ‘Anthem’ status … original released on “House Jam Records” – a Chicago label and licensed to Kool Kat )