Banbarra, Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne, Mongo Santamaria, and the Salsoul Orchestra, chosen by Steve

19 12 2011

Banbarra ~ Shack Up ~ UA ~ 1975
The other day, I had cause to post this track as an example of ‘70s music that is probably one of the best of its type (funk) and yet so unknown by most people. Out of Washington DC, these guys only released this one track under the name Banbarra and yet it will forever go down as a funk anthem. Here you have my own cut and paste of parts one and two.

Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne ~ Is It In ~ Sunshine Sound (TK) ~ 1980
Here’s another funky blast, only this time with the more commercial good-time vibe of Florida’s TK sound. Produced by Casey & Finch it was on his album ‘Dance Across the Floor’ and can also be found on some 12s coupled with ‘Spank’.

Mongo Santamaria ~ Lady Marmalade ~ Vaya Records US ~ 1975
Released hot on the heels of the Labelle hit version, presumably to sell to the Latin populations in cities such as Los Angeles but especially New York, this version from the legendary Jazzman certainly floats my boat. The vocal backing musicians included one Tasha Thomas, who’d go on to make a few Disco singles in her own right, including the superb ‘Shoot Me With Your Love’.

Salsoul Orchestra ~ Ooh I Love It (Love Break) ~ 1983
I get a little confused as to what I’m hearing, whenever I hear this. It first surfaced in 1975 under the title ‘Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh I Love It)’ but was then stripped down and reworked for this later release and the bones of it were undoubtedly worked into Montana Sextet’s ‘Heavy Vibes’. #83 UK

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