“Listen – Marvin Holmes & the Uptights – Ride Your Mule Pt2 – MP3″
Today’s selection is a great slice of Bay Area (San-fran-siskee Bay, that is…) funk from the mighty Marvin Holmes and his equally (supportively) mighty Uptights.
Marvin Holmes was one of the major movers and shakers of Bay area soul and funk through the 60s and 70s, recording with the Uptights, Justice, and under his own name. He recorded 45s for a number of different labels including Revue, Brown Door, Uni, Kon-Kord, and Boola Boola, as well as 1969 LP for Uni.
‘Ride Your Mule pts 1&2’, which was released on Revue in 1969 has a somewhat convoluted (and interesting) history. It’s the same song that the band recorded as ‘Funky Mule’ for Boola Boola, and was apparently retitled (cosmetically only, since the record retains references to the ‘funky mule’) due to someone considering “funky” an objectionable term (though due to the huge number of records released with “funky” in their title, I’d bet this part of the story was apocryphal). It appeared as a single on Revue as well as a track on the ‘Ooh Ooh the Dragon’ LP on UNI.
‘Ride Your Mule’ – part of a minor sub-Horse craze – is a tasty bit of JB-influenced funk with a powerful horn section and some tight drums (which is why I posted Pt 2).
The song was later covered (as ‘Funky Mule’) by both Buddy Miles and Ike Turner.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all on Wednesday.
PS The pics and files here may be unavailable for a while tomorrow (Monday) as my interwebs provider is relocating their servers.