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Playlist for my 7/06/2011 show on KOOP Radio

Here’s the playlist for my 7/06/2011 show on KOOP Radio. All 45 rpm vinyl records.

Title Artist Label Genre
QuietVillage Martin Denny Liberty Easy Listening
Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On Edwin Starr Gordy Funk
Pico LowellFulsom Kent Blues
People Gonna Talk Lee Dorsey Fury Soul
Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed Vee Jay Rhythm and Blues
Booker-loo Booker T & The MGs Stax Soul
Hey Love Stevie Wonder Tamla Soul
Understanding The Moments Stang Soul
Oh! Baby Barbara Lynn Jamie Soul
Sweet Georgia Brown Brother Bones Harlem Globetrotters Rhythm and Blues
Ain’t No Sunshine Michael Jackson Tamla Motown Soul
Walk Proud Ben Collier B.B.S.S. Atlantic Soul
Love Me A Little While Longer Funky Music Machine Black Top Funk
Keep On Doin’ What You’re Doin’ Bobby Byrd Brownstone Funk
The Beat Goes On Herbie Mann Atlantic Jazz
Diggin’ For A Livin’ The 5th Dimension Bell Funk
NegevRamble Big Teddy & The Ramblers Columbia Jazz
Circles Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan ABC Soul
I’m So Tired Bobby Bland Duke Soul
Senor Blues El Chicano Kapp Latin
Yeah, You Right The Sister and Brothers Uni Funk
Promised Land Naomi Davis Daptone Funk
If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up Betty Davis Just Sunshine Records Funk
Blue Monk Theolonious Monk Trio Prestige Jazz

 

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Dee Jay Art(uro) on KOOP 7/6 4:30 – 6 pm

FILE UNDER LAST-MINUTE SUBS: Today from 4:30 – 6:00 pm on Excavation Nation DeeJay Arturo takes over for Rick Daddy with an hour and a half of 45 RPM vinyl record love Arturo likes to call Crate Digger’s Gold. Listen live in Austin on 91.7 FM or online worldwide at www.koop.org.

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Playlist for my 06/20/2011 show on KOOP Radio

Here’s the playlist for my 06/20/2011 show on KOOP Radio. All 45 rpm vinyl records.

title artist label genre
QuietVillage Martin Denny Liberty Easy Listening
Going Home Perry Sisters Raven Bluegrass
Foggy Mountain Rock Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys Columbia Bluegrass
I’m Going Upside Your Head Jimmy Reed Vee Jay Blues
I’ve Got A Woman Sammy Davis, Jr. Decca Soul
The Hawk Freddie Robinson and Paul Raries Ten Blues
Preachin’ Love Donovan Epic Jazz
Well! The Olympics Demon Rhythm and Blues
Sunshine Superman Willie Bobo Verve Jazz
Solution For Polution Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band Warner Brothers Soul
Blue Monk Theolonious Monk Trio Prestige Jazz
Maranatha Sol GCP Soul
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Playlist for my 03/23/2011 show on KOOP Radio

Here’s the playlist for my 03/23/2011 show on KOOP Radio. All 45 RPM vinyl.

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On the Air

Live on KOOP Radio Wed 3/23/11 4:30-6pm CDT

DJ Art(uro) spins funk & soul vinyl 45s on Excavation Nation this Wed 4:30-6pm CDT on KOOP Radio 91.7 FM and streaming live at www.koop.org!

 

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Playlist for my 03/16/2011 show on KOOP Radio

Here’s the playlist for my 03/16/2011 show on KOOP Radio. All 45 RPM vinyl.

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Playlist for my 12/21/2010 show on KOOP Radio

Here’s the playlist for my 12/21/2010 show on KOOP Radio – all 45 RPM vinyl.

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45 RPM Audio Samples are Now iPad/iPhone/iPod-Friendly

I just upgraded all of my audio samples so that they will play on iOS devices as well as Macs, PCs and Android smartphones. Just click or touch the 45 RPM Records category on the right side menu to see all posts that contain audio samples and they should play on whatever device you’re viewing this website.  Right now the audio may automatically start playing on certain versions of iOS, so sorry about that. I’m working on a fix!

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Playlists

Playlist for my 11/17/2010 show on KOOP Radio

Here’s the playlist for my 11/17/2010 show on KOOP Radio. All 45 rpm vinyl:

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Playlist for my 11/15/2010 show on KOOP Radio

Here’s the playlist for my 11/15/2010 show on KOOP Radio – all 45 RPM vinyl.

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On the Air

Dee Jay Art(uro) on KOOP Radio 11/15 & 11/17

KOOP Radio Community RunMark your calendars! I’ve got two radio spots coming up next week: Monday, Nov. 15 at noon (CT), I’ll be presenting a 1-hour installment of Crate Digger’s Gold on the Pilot Show featuring free-form 45 RPM vinyl from all walks of life. Then on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 4:30 – 6pm (CT), I’ll be taking over Excavation Nation from Rick Daddy, playing some deep funk, soul and R&B–also all 45 rpm vinyl. Tune in to 91.7 FM or listen online at www.koop.org/listen

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Record Label Designs

45 RPM Record Label Designs – Facebook album

This is a cross-post between Crate Digger’s Gold and NoRelevance.com, the original repository for my collection of scanned 45 RPM Record Label Designs, for now at least, residing on Facebook. There’s still plenty of work I need to get done to make the complete collection live on NoRelevance.com, so I thought I’d post these on FB since it was a fairly simple task. The labels were selected for their designs, not their music. Hope you enjoy them!

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Playlist for my Excavation Nation 10/06/2010 Appearance

Here’s the playlist for my 10/06 Excavation Nation show on @KOOPRadio – all 45 RPM vinyl.

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Playlist for my Excavation Nation 8/18/2010 Appearance

Well, it’s not in order, but here’s a link to the playlist for my 8/18/2010 Excavation Nation appearance on @KOOPRadio.

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Live on KOOP Radio Wed, 8/18 4:30-6:00 pm CT

KOOP 91.7 FMDJ Art(uro) spins funk & soul vinyl 45s on Excavation Nation this Wed 4:30-6pm CT on KOOP Radio 91.7 FM and streaming live at www.koop.org!

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Playlist for my 8/16/2010 Pilot Show

Here’s the playlist for my 08/16/2010 show on @KOOPRadio – all 45 RPM vinyl.

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45 RPM Records

Willie Mitchell – Bum Daddy (1968)

Willie Mitchell – Bum Daddy

Those of us who love the soulful music that came out of Memphis in the ’60 and ’70 will find it hard not to mourn the recent passing of the great Willie Mitchell (03/23/1928 – 01/05/2010). His achievements as a musician, band leader, record producer and label owner are almost unmatched when you consider how much his signature sound influenced the soul and R&B recordings from Memphis to Motown during those two decades. More popularly known for his production and arrangements of Al Green’s outstanding catalog, Mitchell himself released a string of moderate hits in the ’60s including our featured track, Bum Daddy.

This is an instrumental party track in the classic sense—complete with a hootin’ and hollerin’ crowd in the background—akin to The Bar-Kays’ Soul Finger or Stop, Inc.’s Second Line. The label mentions this track was available on the “Willie Mitchell Live” LP though I doubt, and it has been posited by others as well, that the crowd sound is anything more than Willie’s and the band’s friends gettin’ rowdy in the studio. Nevertheless, they do add a raucous feel to an already driving dance number. The straight-forward drums and pronounced horn arrangement of Bum Daddy provided a hint to anyone listening at the time of the genius that would follow in Mitchell’s work with Al Green. Thanks, Willie for all this great music! | c.1968; Hi Records; HI 2524

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45 RPM Records

Clarence “Frogman” Henry – Troubles, Troubles (1956)

Clarence "Frogman" Henry – Troubles, Troubles

So, you think you’ve got troubles? Just listen to the “Frogman” go on about “da rent man” and his wife and such and you will quickly shut yer mouth and start shakin’ yer rump. It was the A-side that quickly became the B-side after Ain’t Got A Home stole the spotlight via that darn, career-defining, novelty frog voice. Just as Gary Anderson forever carried his moniker after those early “U.S. Bonds” releases (a scheme cooked up by Legend Records label owner Frank Guida) Clarence Henry was never able–nor do I think he ever tried–to shake the “Frogman” nickname after the success of that single. I’ve got a small stack of 45s by Henry–all pre-Frogman era–that certainly demonstrate his capabilities and personality. But, a hit is a hit and, in the pre-web/iTunes/MySpace world of 1956, any way to make it onto the radio was a good bet. Well, that story has already been written a number of times, so let’s get back to the featured track, Troubles, Troubles.

I love a song that starts with a solo vocal line and Henry’s first two words here set the burning tempo that doesn’t quit until the finish a mere two minutes later. I couldn’t find any info on which session players were backing him up on this recording, but one can only imagine by the thumping kick drum and bouncing horns that it may have been laid down in New Orleans rather than Chicago (home of Chess/Argo).

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45 RPM Records

Kenny Rogers and the First Edition – School Teacher (1972)

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This is definitely not my parents’ First Edition. I may still have the 8-track somewhere that, among the handful of others secured by my dad for “just one penny” via the Columbia Record and Tape Club, played incessantly on weekend afternoons when my folks would host cook-outs with their neighborhood friends. Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town was, by far, my favorite track and would–for quite some time–remain in my mind “The Gambler’s” best work. And, heck, I’ll even play Something’s Burning on a jukebox whenever I can find it. Now, I doubt my folks had recognized Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) as the First Edition when picking out that 8-track and so I can only assume that the grooviest First Ed they’d ever experienced was on Burning. Hence the first sentence of this review.

School Teacher is a mystery to me. I don’t possess nor have I ever come across a copy of  the LP from whence it came, The Ballad of Calico. Before spending time researching this track I spent some time scratching my head thinking “how does Kenny make his voice sound so different on this song?” He doesn’t. Enter Kin Vassy. Vassy replaced founding singer/guitarist Mike Settle in 1969 and was subsequently featured on what I believe may be the only single released for this album. A Kenny Rogers and the First Edition song not sung by Kenny Rogers? WTF??? Well sorry, Kenny, but this track’s burning. While Vassy lacks Kenny’s buttery smooth character he nails down an impressive performance backed by a rhythm track that’s got the unique blend of folky-bluesy-soul that made the Edition famous. The opening arpeggiated Spanish guitar and gentle quality of Vassy’s voice does nothing to hint at the down-right funky chorus that follows with backing vocals that are inconceivably high-pitched and squeezed out as if almost painfully.

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45 RPM Records

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Circles (1975)

Rufus feat. Chaka Khan - Circles

Thumb through random stacks of 45s long enough and you might just come across this surprising b-side to Rufus featuring Chaka Khan’s exquisite down-tempo classic Sweet Thing. Circles is at once an infectiously groovy dance tune, a vocal calling card for the fully-evolved Chaka Khan and possibly Rufus’ (the band’s) creative and recording peak. The single was released in 1975, two years after their masterful debut, Rufus, and yet the band’s best work had, in my humble opinion, already been laid down on wax at the time of its release. While Sweet Thing is an unfolding ‘slow jam’ in the classic sense, Circles pretty much begins and ends with the same vigor and driving pace that makes its just-shy-of four minute length pass all too quickly.

There’s some eerie foreshadowing of Grace Jones’ My Jamaican Guy, but that’s likely a tasty coincidence.  The instrumentation is clever and catchy and the melodies are just sophisticated enough to forgive the perfunctory strings that persist throughout the track. If the strings contribute to/detract from the recording in any way it’s probably only to date the song, anchoring it forever to the oft-over-produced mid-seventies. But they’re no deal-killer–the track works perfectly. It’s a wonder that ABC didn’t promote it more heavily in the dance market or, if they did, why it never completely took off like their later disco-esque numbers. | c.1975; ABC Records; ABC-12149