Released in 1973 from the album, Neither One of Us, the song spent four weeks at number one on the Soul Singles chart during the spring of that year. The song was also one of their biggest crossover hits, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence. It was one of the group’s last hits with Motown before leaving for Buddah Records. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
“You’re a Special Part of Me” was a successful duet single for soul singers and Motown label mates Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye, released in 1973. The original duet was one of the few originals featured on their famed album, Diana & Marvin, and was among the most successful of the songs the Motown label mates made reaching #4 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and #12 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
There are several mixes of this song which have been released: the single mix, the album mix, the Japanese Quadraphonic album mix, and an alternate mix released in 1995 on the “Motown Year By Year: 1973″ CD, which clocks in at 4:29.
TopCat (aka Apollo Treed) is back with an instrumental album of smooth shit titled “Pass My Robe“. Specifically, this release is “a smooth alternative to the commercial radio garbage” that exists in the world. This album is “pure Hip hop / jazz fusion to soothe the soul!”
Btw, if you’re not familiar with TopCat and his work, you need to head on over to check out his podcast SOUPKITCHEN EXCLUSIVES as fast as you can. I just listened to the latest episode yesterday and not only are there some fire gems on the podcast, Top breaks shit down on the mic unlike no other. Go get yourself some knowledge and tell me thanks later. –P
The homey Doz is having another record sale this weekend. If you want to pick up some heaterz, head on over to the intersection of Fountain & Myra in Silverlake starting @ 9AM (in front of Carmasters)!! Tell him you want that Paranorm Parakhan discount. –P
From his ad:
RECORD SALE – 10 CRATES of RECORDS..
Sat and Sunday July 2nd and 3rd 9AM
Collectors, DJs, Casual Groove Merchants, B Boys, and Boom Bap Connoisseurs
1$, 3$, and 5$ crates. . ..
Tons of 90′s underground and east and west coast classics. . . Mainly 12 inch singles in good to very good condition.
I have a crate of classic albums but most are scratched so I am letting them go for 1 $ apiece.
Dollar Bin come ups
Also, I have good jazz and funk records great for sampling or rockin” old school house parties!
Not hurting for $$, just making room for more records but will be happy to cut you a nice deal !
Battle DJs , I have stuff for you too. . . 3$
Battle / scratch / sound effect records.. Dirt style, dj swamp, dj rectangle, etc..
FREE pack of “YO MTV RAPS” cards with any purchase
Corner of Fountain at Myra at the light. 1 block East of Sunset.
Jurassic 5, Gangstarr, ED O G, Big L, Bumpy Knuckles, Beastie Boys, EPMD, Souls of Mischief, Casual, Beatnuts, Kool G Rap, DJ Honda, KRS 1, Camp Lo, King T, Fat Boys, Brand Nubian, Grand Puba, Large Pro, Common, Heather B, Pete Rock, Heavy D, Tupac, Geto Boys, Kool Keith. . .
And on and on and on and on . . .. . .. . .
REAL DJS STILL PLAY RECORDS
John Hurd, Jr. – Computer Love (HD Talkbox Thriller)
I nominate this for the best video of all time. LOL. For real, this may be the best shit ever created in the entire universe….even better than his Kid Rock “Only Got Knows Why” cover.
First off, I’ve been gone a long time. I know I popped back on late last year with the promise of new posts, but you know how life has a way of getting in the way of things on your “to do” list. Here we are six months later and I’m just now getting back to this blog. Sorry for the delay.
Before I get started, I would like to shout out a friend of mine who is battling brain cancer. He has shown nothing but courage during his initial fight and is a true example of how to handle a difficult situation. His name is Garnet and it would be really great if you could drop by his blog, http://garnetstevens.wordpress.com/, and leave a message of support. It would mean a lot to me. Also, if you’re on Facebook (which I know you are), please ‘like’ his page by clicking here.
Now, getting down to business, today’s post is about a song I’ve come to enjoy over the past six months. It’s called “So Many Ways..” and it’s by an artist named Barbara Jean English. I have been bumping the song in my iPod constantly as it puts me in one crazy mood. I’ll get to that in a bit. First, listen to the song:
Miss English is an artist that I wasn’t familiar with going into this post (aside from listening to the song), so what do you do when you don’t know something about someone? You go to Wikipedia. Unfortunately, in this case, there is no Wikipedia page for her. Weak. How can there be a raggedy Wikipedia page about me and not about her?
Fortunately for us (you and me), a quick Google search lead me to a few pages from bloggers who have already blogged about this particular song. A post on a blog called Funk My Soul reveals:
Barbara Jean English was a member of the popular New Jersey girl group the Clickettes and recorded many pop-soul sides with them in the late ’50s and ’60s. She returned in the ’70s to record two albums of lushly produced soul with a concentration on sensual ballads. After a brief hiatus, she re-teamed with the Clickettes in the ’90s to tour the oldies circuit. “I’m Living A Lie” is included in several northern soul compilations. A great cover of Bacharach/David “Don’t Make Me Over” and Francis Lai “Love Story” are the highlights of this forgotten gem.
Good Stuff. An additional blog named Classic and Rare Soul Sisters 50s – 70s gives a little more info:
Classic New Jersey soul from one of the best (and least-known) singers of the early ’70s! Barbara Jean English was a member of the popular girl group the Clickettes and recorded many pop-soul sides with them in the late ’50s and ’60s. Before that, she had been a member of The Gospelettes, The Bouquets, The Ding Dongs and The Avalons. In the early ’60 she recorded as Barbara English and The Fashions and, in the mid ’60s, she released five singles for Mala, Reprise, Warner Bros. and Aurora under the name of Barbara English (one of them appears here). She returned in the ’70s to record two albums for the Althia label (best known as the home of the Escorts) of lushly produced soul with a concentration on sensual ballads. Her first LP, So Many Ways… (1972), has sort of a hard soul feel to it. She has a very engaging, rich voice which is the perfect counterpart to the silky melodies and warm grooves on display here. After a brief hiatus in the late ’70s, when she recorded again as Barbara English, she re-teamed with the Clickettes in the ’90s to tour the oldies circuit.
Ok, so we know she’s from Jersey, her big group was The Clickettes, and she was in a group called the Ding Dongs. LOL. Whenever I hear the words ding dong, I think of Shorty from the Ice Cube fronted rap group Da Lench Mob and his classic line at the 1:43 mark of the song “Guerillas in the Mist” that was simply “SO MUTHAFUCKAS GET THE DING DONG”. Fuck it, peep for yourself and imagine him in the booth doing that punch in. Hhah
Moving on, I really do love the song “So Many Ways”. The first, and most obvious reason, is that she is singing her ass off and has beautiful voice. The cut is rock solid on all fronts. Soul.
Even more than liking the music and her voice, the song lyrics are pure magic to my ears. The main reason I listen to this song over and over is the personification of the river and how it’s out to get her. This is the shit dreams are made of to me as throughout my life I have always bugged and tried to figure out what non-human and inanimate objects are thinking. It’s true (and no I’m not going down to Bellevue…) Let’s look at the first and most important verse:
I’m gonna take me a walk by the river
And I’m gonna jump, jump right in
I’m gonna curse that muddy ole water
Cause that river knows that I can’t swim
Oh Lord, the trouble I’m in
Granted, this is far from the first song or cliche to say things are alive, but this definitely gets a hell the fuck yeah from me!! People that know me well often wonder how I lived in LA for 12 years and never got in the ocean. They are alarmed to find out that I’ve been to Hawaii for weeks and never stepped foot in the water. Now you know…it’s because that shit is alive and I know it wants to get me. Contrary to the lyrics in the song, I can swim, but P don’t fuck around with no ocean. Swimming pools, yes. Lake Michigan, yes. Ocean, no. The last time I got in the ocean, I was 18 years old in Negril Jamaica. I skeptically waded out to the sandbar and a dread came up, said his name was Star, and shook my hand. He had 12 fingers. The little vienna weenie looking shits dangling off his hands past his pinky fingers freaked me out so I promptly exited the water and made a b line for a spliff.
FYI, these inanimate objects can be anything. I’m on some ole Thomas The Train shit when I see the stankin ass C train coming into the station. I can actually see a face on the front and I know that shit wants to take people out. Chairs are on some Pee Wee Herman Chairy shit. Really, anything and everything around you could be plotting your demise right now. A plasma TV wants to fall on you. A toilet seat wants to crack and cut that ass so you bleed to death. A door may want to slam on your face while the ceiling caves in on you. The ground could one day just open up and swallow you. Crazier shit has been known to happen. For real.
Anyway, one of the blogs I mentioned above had a link to the album in the comments section. I checked the link and it’s still good …so knock yourself out:
Happy Birthday James Brown.
Its been like three years since Prodigy got canned but he’s home now and back behind the Mobb Deep controls trying to get those gears turning one more time along with his homie, Havoc. Mobb Deep wasn’t on the best terms with some fans at the time The P got bagged because of whatever reason you want to pick. But we all keep that slim hope alive that we’ll get a core sound out of the crew on the next run. Whatever the outcome of the new album is we don’t have to worry ourselves about the outcome of this upcoming concert. You can rest assured that they will be meticulously paging through a well arranged timeline of the Mobb classics that made them who they are today. Ghostface & Raekwon along with many of thier Wu-Tang brothers will be the razor sharp darts they always are, both with new albums under their wings to accompany the mind bending list of classics to catalog through. Tickets are now on sale so make sure you grab yours immediately because this concert is guaranteed to sell out.
. . . And stay tuned for the brand new WLND Radio that will be dropping leading up to the show featuring the intergalactic promoter himself, Peter Oasis.
For those familiar with Sadat X’s Youtube series, True Wine Connoisseurs, here’s a little treat… an impromptu True Wine Connoisseur segment with Sadat X from Brand Nubian & AG of DITC live on The Ready Cee Show.