Lalo Schifrin – Blues A-Go-Go (1965)

Pianist, composer, arranger and conductor – Lalo Schifrin does it all.
In the 60’s and 70’s he was in high demand for writing scores and themes and he’s the man behind the soundtracks for movies such as Steve McQueen’s Bullitt and the all-star cast Kelly’s Heroes.

This track was on the flip-side of an 7″ and on the album Music From The Motion Picture “Once A Thief” And Other Themes.

I’m not sure which movie – if any – this track originates from but, man, listen to those drums :)

Berry Lipman & His Orchestra – The Girls From Paramaribo (1974)

German composer Friedel Berlipp aka Berry Lipman has penned this totally upbeat scat melody.

The track is from the an ultra rare German Citroën promo release Happy Sound for Citroën Drivers which isn’t even listed on

The track can also be found on the 1974 release The Most Beautiful Girls In The World and most likely this is the exact same recording.

Happy driving – and be safe out there.

Donny Hathaway – Valdez In The Country (1973)

Donny Hathaway originally wrote and produced this for the American soul-funk-rock band Cold Blood for their 1972 First Taste Of Sin release.

The year after he included his own Fender Rhodes driven version on his Extension Of A Man release.

Pure bless. And Rhodes :)

Love Unlimited – I Did It For Love (1976)

Love Unlimited was the vocal trio backing up Barry White on his albums and tours.
In the 1970s they released some 5 albums of their own – all produced by Barry White as far as I know.

This funky piece is from their album “He’s All I’ve Got” and I just love the tightness of bass, guitar and drums.
Quite addictive if you ask me. Turn it up to eleven :)

Shigeo Sekito – Carly & Carole (1975)

Japanese Shigeo Sekito made four albums between 1975 and 1977, called “Special Sound Series Vol. 1-4“.

This track is from his Vol. 2 and is his funky take on a track originally written by the great Brazilian keyboard player Eumir Deodato.

Should you care to listen to the full album it is available here.

Mark Duval And His Music – Action Man (1974)

From the 1974 Chappell LPC 1070 release Brass And Rhythms, this is exactly that.

This is a quite sought after library release and for good reason; it’s packed with funky tracks featuring brass and guitars.

Mark Duval by the way is an alias used by Chappell.
It is a bit unclear who exactly is behind the alias and maybe it was just a house name used by different artists at Chappell.

The Harry Roche Constellation – Lay Lady Lay (1973)

Extremely laid back yet swinging version of the Dylan classic with a very nice electric piano rif and lots of quiet brass.

Harry Roche Constellation consisted of some of the leading session players of the period, as well as course of Harry Roche himself who was a former military bandsman playing a lot of easy jazz in the 1960s

This track is from the release Spiral, which is quite sought after and expensive.
I have got myself a copy, of course :)

Ananda Shankar – Dancing Drums (1975)

This track is heavy on everything, from sitar over moog to bongos and has a great drum break.

Bengali musician Ananda Shankar worked with Jimi Hendrix among others in USA in the late 1960s but made his album Ananda Shankar And His Music in 1975, after returning to India.

Take a pill and dance like there is no tomorrow.

The Lyman Woodard Organization – Belle Isle Daze (Part I) (1975)

Very slow funky piece from American jazz organist Lyman Woodard and his organization.
From the release Saturday Night Special which is a very sought after vinyl.
Fortunately it was re-released in 2009.

Syd Dale – Sunshine Express (1974)

Very happy tijuana piece from library legend Syd Dale.
The track is from the Amphonic 107 release The Happy Beat which also includes tracks from Lew Warburton and Tony Hatch.