Saturday, 16 February 2008

How great is this?


Been trying to figure a way to get this on the old blog for a while not wanting to confuse people expecting their electro/synthpop/newro fix, but dammit it’s about time I started mixing things up a bit and the drunken Saturday post seems to be the best place to start.

I used to play this record as an eight year old, bought my own second hand copy as an 18 year old and downloaded this nice digital copy about a year ago. The original single was on Beacon, a small British label which specialised in soul in the late 60’s/early70’s. Like many great 60’s records this doesn’t nestle cosily in one genre. It’s soulful sure but there’s also a bit of reggae and rock in there.

mp3: Black Velvet - African Velvet (1969)

Currently available on the compilation album Let’s Copp A Groove. I can’t vouch for the rest of the album but if this is anything to go by it’s got to be worth a try…

7 comments:

Davy H said...

It has to be British doesn't it? It's got a serious Caribbean vibe going and that late 60s rock thing thrown in too.

So how come you were playing it when you were 8...? Parents' record??

Mick said...

No, big brothers record. I have two brothers and a sister between 7 and 10 years older than me. They are the reason I'm such a 60's music fan (although you wouldn't know it from this blog). Most genres were covered between their records. This one I think belonged to my next oldest brother which would have made him 15 when he bought it. It's hard to imagine a 15 year old buying this today.

Parents records will feature here in March and April if all goes to plan.

Davy H said...

That'll be nice.

Planet Mondo said...

By Jingo that's jiggy, I could imagine a great booty remix based around this track and adding 'Self Preservation Society' from The Italian Job, 'Wait Til The Midnight Hour' or '54-65 That's My Number' - Toots and the Maytalls. Or perhaps even better use them all.

Mick said...

Self Preservation Society? That's out of left field. I would never have thought of that. Just one reason I'd be no good at these mash-ups.

A job for you, PM. You could post the result on your blog...

Anonymous said...

Nice one. The album has tracks by Root and Jenny Jackson.. a soul outfit from Huddersfield,, and their Big "R" Soul Band. They also backed those tunes by Dave and Ansil Collins in the 70s?
Good site... ahh the memories..

Mick said...

This is why I love the blogosphere: there’s always someone who can fill in the blanks. And I’m a bit slow tonight – I didn’t notice until a moment ago what a great name the Big "R" Soul Band is.