“Listen – Sunshine of Your Love MP3″
I know I said that I might not be posting again this week, but I figured I couldn’t go away for the rest of the week without leaving you something to tide you over.
Fittingly, it’s a record that’s an almost complete mystery.
I kind of know what it is, but I have no who it is.
Some weeks ago I was out on a digging expedition with my man DJ Prestige and I happened upon this disc in a big box of $3.00 45s. It looked interesting, and once I popped it on the old GP3 I soon discovered that it sounded interesting as well, and tossed it on the “keeper” pile.
Chapter One – What it is…
Those of you hat are familiar with the name Hoctor, and the records associated with it will know that there were companies (of which Hoctor was one) that produced records for use in dance schools, i.e. reworkings of the hits of the day created so that rooms full of students might have something to shuffle along with. Having discovered that the ‘Roye Dodge’ listed on the label was a choreographer, I have little doubt that this is such a record.
Chapter Two – Who It Is…
I have no idea. As is the case with some of the better Hoctor records, the playing is better than what one might expect from such an enterprise, however not so good that I’d harbor any illusions about it actually being someone “big” performing incognito. The likelihood is that the folks that whipped up this groovy, organ-led rendition of the Cream chestnut were studio heads picking up a few hours of work. Theyplay the tune with just enough verve to suggest an affinity for reinterpretation of the material. Whether that means they were jazzbos slumming for a day, or merely competent professionals, I do not know. What I do know is that I dig the vaguely soulful, au go go vibe herein, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this particular cut was to reappear in a Hammond mix somewhere down the line.
I hope you dig it.
I’ll see you on Monday.