Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oct. 30th

I seemed to have lost y'all with my antiques from last week, so I'll follow it up with some good-ole crowd pleasers. I haven't posted any funk for a while, so that's what I'll do. the people what they want. Not more of that old-timey crap.

Gate Wesley & Band -
(Zap! Pow!) Do The Batman

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I'm posting the closest thing to a Halloween record that I have. (Zap! Pow!) Do The Batman is an amazing (and slightly novelty) funk/soul cut, and while Gate Wesley and his band have very little info to be found, Billy LaMont, the lead vocalist (and seen here), had a fairly fruitful career. He recorded through the 50s and 60s with the Okeh, Savoy, and King labels, as well as several small ones, too. His most notable 45, "Sweet Thing", features a very young Jimi Hendrix on it. He and the producer for "Do The Batman" (and many other LaMont recordings), Johnny Brantley, also worked on several recordings for Herman Hitson and for one of my favorite artists ever, Lee Moses. You can jam this one on your MP3 player while you terrorize the neighborhoods for sweets. Enjoy.

I really can say nothing about this record that hasn't already been said. Toussaint, the premier producer in New Orleans for several decades, is backed by Art Neville and the rest of The Meters to do one of the most classic New Orleans anthems. The cut was originally penned by Toussaint, popularized by Lee Dorsey, covered by oh-so-many, and perfected here. Crucial.

Jodi Gales - You Gotta Push

This 45 is a recent find for me. As far as I can tell, Jodi Gales hailed from Illinois and released one other sought after 45, "Put your money where your mouth is" on the Savern label. Aside from that, all there is to say is enjoy the slice of Sister Funk!

Gail Anderson. Guess What? No info. Surprise. The only known things about this record is that it's featured on a compilation of Galaxy rarities and that it was produced by the producer/A&R for Galaxy, Ray Shanklin, whose claim to fame, outside of running Galaxy with partner Cliff Goldsmith, was that he composed the "Fritz The Cat" soundtrack. Anticlimactic, huh? At least the track is slamming.

Kool & Together -
Sittin' On A Red Hot Stove

This record was high on my want list for many years and finally, I have one. The cut was produced by the Crazy Cajun, Huey Meaux, at his Houston based Sugar Hill studios. I've never heard of any information on the band ever surfacing but the label, Pacemaker, was primarily a country and swamp pop label to the best of my knowledge. Although it has been on 1 or 2 bootleg comps, I don't think it has ever been legally reissued. I would love to know if there were any other works of the time that compare.


Brian said...

Man, I was diggin' the "antiques," especially the sides with 'ol Four String Joe! You gotta' bring back the shellac every now and then for me, Gabe.