This was a great show! Tracks from the Astral Apprentice and The New Elastic Infinite, keeping it funky at weft
Old Gregg intro
If you haven’t seen this yet, do yourself a favor and watch it. If nothing else, skip to 7:25 and let the story of the funk set you free.
Parliament – Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication – Mothership Connection – Mercury – 1976.
Seriously, yes. Really? No, it’s impossible that you don’t know about Parliament.
Sly and the Family Stone – Time – There’s a Riot Goin’ On – Epic Records – 1971.
Keleya (Alternative LP Version) – Moussa Doumbia – Keleya – Oriki Music/Oriki Productions – 2007.
James Brown, Don’t Mind – Sho Is Funky Down Here – King Records – 1971.
The Temptations – Papa Was a Rolling Stone – All Direction – Motown – 1972.
Edzayawa – Edzayawa – Projection One – Soundway Records – 2012.
Funkadelic – Free Your Mind and Your Ass will Follow – Free Your Mind and Your Ass will Follow – Westbound – 1970.
Nina Simone – Revolution – Protest Anthology – Artwork Media – 2008.
David Axelrod – The Leading Citizen – The Auction – Decca – 1972.
The line-up on this album is one of those like on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Hip Hop artists like De La Soul, Madlib, Lauryn Hill, DJ Shadow, and Cool G. Rap among others, realized the great sampling to be had on the largely underestimated David Axelrod. I can’t find any information about the cover of this album, unfortunately, but I imagine Decca took a gamble releasing this under the name of a white artist. As a producer/arranger, Axelrod had great talent, playing within the same ballpark of Quincy Jones (though he Axelrod might be second draft pic).
- Bass – James Hughart*
- Chorus – Alexander St. Charles*, Baron Hardeman, Ed Wallace, Fleming Williams, Gwendolyn Owens*,James Cobbin, Jessica Smith, Jessie Richardson, John Lehman, Josef Powell, Judith Long, Oma Drake, Oren Waters, Vennetta Fields*
- Chorus [Leader] – Billie Barnum
- Composed By, Arranged By – David Axelrod
- Conductor – Earl Palmer
- Congas – King Errison*
- Drums – John Guerin
- Engineer [Recording] – Brian Ingoldsby
- Guitar – Arthur Adams, David T. Walker, Lou Morell*
- Piano, Electric Piano – Joe Sample
- Producer – Julian “Cannonball” Adderley*, David Axelrod
- Reeds, Woodwind – Ernie Watts, Jackie Kelso, William Green
- Trombone – Dick Hyde, Lew McCreary
- Trumpet – Allen DeRienzo*, Paul Hubinon
- Vibraphone, Tambourine – Gary Coleman
Miles Davis – One and One – On the Corner – Columbia – 1972.
Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man – Headhunters – Columbia – 1973.
Miles Davis – Honky Tonk – Get Up With It – Legacy/Sony Music Distribution – 1972.
Frank Zappa – Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow – Barking Pumpkin Records – 1974.
Fela Kuti – Mr. Follow Follow – Zombie – Coconut – 1976.