“Listen – In the Midnight Hour MP3″
I hope you’re all still digging the Sly mix from the beginning of the week.
This will be a quick one.
I’m in the middle of a couple of days off, spending some quality time with the fam, scouting out day care facilities and engaging in some general, free-form chilling (free-form in that the only consistent aspect of said chilling is a steady supply of iced coffee).
I did take some time today to punch up an existing Funky16Corners podcast (which had not yet been posted) and put together yet another volume. I’m in the midst of a bit of a creative streak, due in no small part to my introduction – via my man DJ Prestige – to a fine piece of software known as Audacity. Audacity is a free download which is basically an audio editor that is capable of recording ANY sound playing through your soundcard (i.e. MP3, WAV, RA, YouTube clips etc etc), and then paring said sound sample down into usable form. The ease of use of this program has allowed me to create drops for the Funky16Corners Radio mixes VERY quickly and easily. Without belaboring the point, what used to take a long-assed time now takes but a few minutes, making it much easier for me to include interesting elements in the mixes.
This is not to say that recording the records has become any easier (when will someone come up with a vinyl digitizer that will allow me to feed 45s into a slot – Jetsons style – with MP3s and WAV files dropping out the other end), but that creating something a little more interesting and stylish for the podcasts, has. I hope you’ll dig it.
Today’s selection is by yet another one of those journeyman soul artists that spent the 60’s recording quality sides for whatever label would have them. I’ve been collecting 45s by Benny Gordon & the Soul Brothers for years, and have never been able to find out much about them, until my man Red Kelly over at the amazing Soul Detective (a wholly owned subsidiary of the B-Side/A-Side organization) actually got in touch with Benny Gordon (see the story here, scroll wayyyy down the page to the J Hines post, and then keep scrolling). Read the piece that Red wrote, but I have to mention that until I read it, I had no idea that Sammy Gordon (of the ‘Upstairs on Boston Road’ Hiphuggers) was not only Benny’s brother, but also a member of the Soul Brothers.
That said, Benny Gordon & the Soul Brothers recorded 45s for Enrica, RCA, NewMiss, Capitol, Estill, and even Phil L.A. of Soul. The 4 or 5 45s that I’ve been able to track down are of a consistently high quality, including a couple of unusual covers (J.D. Bryant’s ‘Get It’ and Jimmy Ruffin’s ‘I’m Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got”). A couple of their mid-60’s 45s have that great funk-on-the-horizon vibe, and a rough Southern feel (they recorded many of their 45s in NYC but hailed from South Carolina).
Today’s selection, a cover of the Wicked Pickett’s ‘In the Midnight Hour’ is taken at a slightly slower, slightly heavier pace with the “jerk” rhythm stretched out to fine effect.
It’s a very solid record, and ought to fortify you against all manner of mid-week travails, holding you until we all get together again on Friday.