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Art Gentry kicks us off Today with the Stupendous Slab of Modern Soul, the Masterpiece that is, “This Is My Chance” – & He (for it is a He) sounds not unlike Millie Jackson or Ty Karim on this great Track, which is No Bad Thing & He’s definitely Taking It!; And then we fall straight into a Live piano driven version of, “Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me” by Andy Williams no less & it’s Gooood! Which is followed by one of James Brown’s Funky People – Myra Barnes aka Vicky Anderson, with a righteously storming, “Super Good (Parts 1&2)” – Oh YEAH!; & then we have a taste of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ from Les Reed with, “Girl On A Motorcycle” & The Monkey’s come over all Goddard, Bless!

Some Storming SATURDAY NIGHT FOREVER music next with Thelma Huston &, “I’m Here Again”; followed by The Smiths with, “Panic”; which then melds into a Poptastic piece of 1970’s Chart Action from Dollar – Remember David Van… & the Girl who wasn’t in Bucks Fizz – & what are they doing naming themselves after a village in Fife, who knows, who cares – Coz what a Song, “Give Me Back My Heart” – It’s right up there; & following this is a Mighty Double with firstly the Great Elmore James with, “Dust My Blues” – A great influence on Jagger & Richards in the Stones’ early years; & then the Sex Pistols with, “Anarchy” – It’s The Only Way To Be – & surprisingly quite Tuneful after all these years – Perhaps we’ve All Mellowed un Peau!! And what a Combo of tracks from the wee shuffly thing – You couldn’t make that Mash-up Up, in your Wildest Dreams – & we do have some Pretty Wild ones here at Shuffle Towers!!

A bit of House now from Black Magic &, “Let It Go (Ken Lou Mix)”; & then we have Charles Aznavour doing a Two-Step with Frank Sinatra on, “You Make Me Feel So Young”; & then a Fantastic Jazzed-up but slowed-down vocal take on that Giant Tune, “Crazy” from Papik; followed by the inimitable Nina Simone singing the Chip Taylor classic, “Angel Of The Morning” – & we have a version of this in the Mix by Chip himself and an unknown female companion which he recorded for a local BBC station a few years back! The One in Norfolk in fact, with a certain Mr Partridge on the Decks – We kid you not!!

Utopia storm the Barricades now, led of course by Todd Rundgren & with one of the Shuffle Monkey’s & mine Favs – The formidable, “Love Is The Answer” – Which of course is the Original version – Not, the one by England Dan & John…; & then a recherche Moi to the early 1970’s and Marmalade are, “Falling Apart At The Seams” – Brilliant!

And finally Today a Great Sunday Soul track from Mac Davis, “I’m Just In Love”; followed by a rare visit from The Joneses with, “Win Your Love” – And you can now see and hear the 6mins33secs version of “Sugar Pie Guy” on @youtube now – released by Modern Soul Records; & then Professor Green blasts us up with, “I Need You Tonight” – What a Great updating of that Track; & lastly, “Candy Says” from The Velvet Underground – Marvelous Stuff as usual from the Shuffle Meister – So Continue Being Awesome, Keeping The Faith & We’ll Be Keeping It On Shuffle… OH YEAH! OH YEAH! & Follow us on Twitter @desfume 🙂

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keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 135 Or Andy Williams RIP!

Sadly Andy Williams passed away yesterday at the age of 84 – Fashion Soundtrack, also followers of this Blog, posted a very good Tribute a wee while ago and the Shuffle Monkey & I would also like to pay our respects! A legendary talent, with a marvelous voice and a fair few Hits, along the way &, of course, we have many of his best songs at the wee shuffley thing’s Paws in the Good Old Mix!

Our first Track today though s from Amy Winehouse & its’, “You Know I’m No Good” – Now we agree that her passing was tragic – both in it’s manner and given her young age and all that she could have gone onto to achieve – but both the Shuffle Meister & I do rather feel that she was a Tad over-hyped! And we’ll never know what might have been – So, based on her output how does she rate against so many of the great female singers that the Shuffle Monkey has to hand – Of course, it’s subjective, a matter of taste, but does she go Toe-To-Toe with the much less lauded, yet brilliantly talented and versatile singers like Jean Carne, Phylis Hyman, Karen Pree, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Patti Labelle, Melba Moore, Millie Jackson, Ann Pebbles, Ann Sexton, Kiki Dee (The Fontana Years), Carol Woods, Jackie Woods, Betty Swayne, Betty Everet, Donna McGee, Aretha & that’s just scratching the surface… Some will say we are not comparing Apples with Apples, others might say that Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse only had one song in them which they more or less did 7 or 8 times on the ‘Back To Black’ Album & it was a winning formula, shifted a lot of product, no denying – But here at Monkey Towers though we bet that she could have gone on to Surprise us and we really hope that if things had of been different that would have very much been very much what would have happend!

Anyway, next up is a visit from Robbie Dupree with, “Steal Away” – & not sounding unlike Malcolm Macdonald; & then we Blitz into some Swing from Bobby Darin with a scorching, “Long Ago & Far Away” – Oh Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!And then we are into some Soul Seduction from Mary Wells (Another great singer) with, “You Beat Me To The Punch”; Followed by Jack Jones with the Classic, “Who Can I Turn To” – So, as usual we are all over the Shop!!

Gil Scott-Heron next with the lovely & enigmatic, “A Very Precious Time” – from the Album, ‘Winter In America’; & then we have Merle Haggard no less swaggering in All Red Neck on us with, “Okie From Muskogee”; Followed once again by Mr Sammy Davis Jr with, “This Is My Life (Album Version)” – & it has to be said, whilst absolutely a Power House of a Song, it’s as Camp as, well a Coffee substitute!

“Wild Man On The Loose (Album Version)” swings for us next with Mose Alison tinkling the ivories; & then a righteous slab of Jazz Funk from Norman Conners & Aquarian Dream with, “East 6th Street”; & behind that lurks Todd Rundgren with, “We Gotta Get You A Woman”; Followed by Monk Higgins with the Blue Note Trip of, “Gotta Be Funky” – A Lotta Lotta Gotta in that there Mix, Msr Le Shuffle!

And Finally Today – Big Disco Alert, as Mascara Chris Hills Super Soul/Disco Group – Fly in to the Hangar from Germany where they were originally recorded with, “I Feel So At Home Here (Featuring Ula Heldwig)” – & Another Awesome Female Vocalist!! And that track, is of course, from the Fantastic Album – ‘See You In LA’, which of course has Luther Vandross guesting on lead Vocals – So, Keep The Faith, &, Keep It On Shuffle, Just like the Shuffle Monkey & Me 🙂

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 134 Or How, How, How, How?

As John Lee Hooker so momentously said in a moment of inspired Bluesyness, No Doubt! And first out of the starting blocks today & How, is an absolutely frantic to compete Darrow Fletcher with, “The Rising Cost Of Love” – which of course we also have in the Monkey’s Mix in it’s original cast by Millie Jackson; & next up is a Bill Withers take on the Classic, “Who Is He (And What Is He To You)” – It was, in fact, this version that appeared on the Jackie Brown soundtrack, although it was Creative Source who had the big Hit with it that stormed around the mid-70’s Discos!!

The Newcomers now sing in perfect harmony with, “Mannish Boy”; Followed by Willie Hutch singing, “Love Power” – Oh, give us some of that Willie! And this is from the Album, ‘Ode To My Lady’; & then something from the Nippon Girls with Mari Atsumi &, “Suki Yo Ai Shotes”! And we then move to find Blur with, “Good Song”!

Joe Thomas next as we flow into a Jazz Groove with, “Caught You Lying Again”; Followed by, “It’s You I Need” from that Funk Soul Sister Denice Chandler! And then into some great Bossa from the Blue Note label as Lou Rawls is caught in the Mix by the Shuffle Meister singing a live version of, “The Girl From Ipanema”; & then Tom Jones powers in with, “I’m Alive” from His recent Album, ’24 Hours’; & then it’s a Dozzy with Serbia’s 2011 Entry for The EuroVision Song Contest – “Coroban” – You probably don’t remember it, but it’s surprisingly Good, &, it was sung by – Nina & Nina,no less!

Blur again next, well well well – We don’t have any Blur for ages, then the wee shuffley thing piles it on, &, this time we’re hearing, “Bed Head”; & then a switch to some Great Samba (Bossa, What a Lotta) from Rosalia De Souza singing the aptly named, “Samba Lounge”; & we then seque into a great Power ballad from Journey – & this is what the 1980’s were all about for some – & the song of course you’ll know coz it gets a fair few plays these days post Glee is called, “Don’t Stop Believing”; & then Bobby Taylor asks the simple Question, “Does Your Mama Know About Me” – So, Late Night Motown, Pure & Simple!

And we now move through to the final two tracks for Today, with firstly, “The Spirit In It” from Patti Labelle; & then Mr Lionel Ritchie with a re-working of the Commodore’s Classic (although it was always He doing the Vocal) – “Sail On” & this comes off His very recent Album, ‘Tuskegee’ and is, in fact, done as a Duet with that Man in a Hat, Tim McGraw – Ride ’em, Cowboy!! And Rock On Tommy, while Keeping The faith as We keep It On Shuffle here at Shuffle Towers 🙂

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead – Blog 124, Or Never Trust A Hippy!

Unless He’s called Harry, of course – as Bobby Womack boots us off Today with, “Harry The Hippy”; But the ‘Never Trust…’ line is taken from a Ronnie Woods Biography & the second track from the Shuffle Monkey is, “Painter Man” by the Creation which was one of Ronnie’s earlier groups in the Swinging Sixties – &, of course Ronnie studied Art at Ealing College and is no mean Painter Man himself – Nice one Monkey! But Blow our Cotton Socks and Bib off, we have Marie Mayrim next with, “P’Tit Homme” & it’s a Corker!
And then double blow our socks off, coz now we have Linda Ronstadt singing, “Tumbling Dice” – which of course was from the Majestic and Swaggering Stones period -in all their Pomp & Glory – before Ronnie Woods joined in 1975 – but He was always going to Join ’em, wasn’t He – Some things are inevitable – Immutable Laws of the Universe! And this is followed by Leon Russel & Elton John with, “Dream Come True”; Followed by, “Sara” – Originally a Bob Dylan song, but done here by ~Barb Jungr; & then the Shuffle Meister beats us over the Head with, “Fxxk You (Le Castle Vania Remix)” by Cee Lo Green!

A Beautiful slowie now from The Commodores in all their Motown Glory and with Lionel Ritchie on the vocals of, “Sweet Love” – & they had a run of Fantastic smoochies between 1976 – 78 – We danced to ever one – & sometimes a dance turned into a romance…; & then we have The Beatles from ‘Abbey Road’ singing, “Oh Darling” – It’s definitely a Broad Church with Monkey Madness; & Who is knocking at the Door, with a Yelp – it’s Michael Jackson with, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” – And, quite Frankly, we Get It!!

Boom Bang A Gong & T.Rex eviscerate us with the brilliant, “Jeepster” – & you don’t get too many of those to the Pound! Nor, the next High Calibre player in our Game of life, Love and Ralph Waldo Emmerson – as Un Francais and Ex-Playboy cum Actor/Singer – Jacques Dutonc serenades us with, “Les Playboys” – And We Have a Big Poster of Msr Jacques with a Big Cigar here at Monkey Towers! & then we have the Mark Ronson/Amy Whitehouse version of, “Valerie”; Which is followed by a Song that only The Monkey could pull out in the Mix to follow, “Don’t Cry Out Loud” – the Elkie Brooks version – & Listen to those Words & think of Amy – Life’s Bitter Irony?

And Finally Today we Firstly have Minnie Ripperton – another wonderful Singer who also died Tragically young, although in her case from a Brain Tumour – & Here she’s singing with Jose Feliciano on a great Blue Note version of, “Light My Fire”; Followed by some Great Piano led Jazz from Ramsey Lewis with, “So Much More”; & then we end with a Storming Millie Jackson & a, “Moment’s Pleasure” – Oh Yeah, Right Now The Rap’s supposed to come in, but… We are Speechless, so – Be Authentic, Be Awesome, Don’t buy anything off any Shopping Channel – Keep The Faith, Smoke, Drink, Lighten Up – & Keeeeeep It On Shuffle, Coz Mamma We’re All Crazy Here 🙂

keepitonshuffle@whateversinmyhead.com – Blog 75 or This Never happened To The Other Fella!

Is – OHMSS my Favourite Bond Film? Probably, Yes – It’s certainly my Favourite Book in the Series – Anyway, I’ts a Soft Play start today with Three great Tracks to get us going & each with an ‘Angel’ or ‘Eyes’ Motif – First up it’s Willie Nelson & Shania Twain with, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain”; Followed by the Great Boz Scaggs &, “Sierra”; & then Claire Denamur sings “Elio” for us – All Excellent Stuff!

Hed Kandi time next & we’re going ‘Back To Love’ with Robert Owens giving us the Extended Def Mix of, “I’ll Be Your Friend”; Which in turn is followed by one of the Wee Monkey‘s breathtaking Body Swerves straight into Frank Sinatra singing ahead of the Beat to, “The Way You Look Tonight” – Formidable!

Four Soul To Disco Tracks next – Firstly some great Old Soul with Willie Hutch singing, “Just Another Day” from his ‘Ode To My Lady’ Album; Followed next by some Nu Soul & Peggi Blu gives us a resounding, “Can’t Go Back”; & then we fall into a Great Disco Groove from the Disco Vaults with Sister Sledge &, “Got To Love Somebody” – Marvellous Stuff; & Finally in this segment a 1980’s Popper with Orlando Johnson & Trance & the ubiquitous, “Can’t Break Loose” – I’m So Hung Up On You Lately Baby, Don’t Keep me Hanging on!! But what’s this – Msr Le Shuffle has gone and squeezed in another Disco Classic with, “Sunshine Hotel” – God Bless Richard T Bear! And God Bless the Shuffle Monkey!

And after being caught in the middle and we can’t break loose, we have Two Corkers to Close us down Today – Firstly, Barry Manilow with the Bitter-Sweet, “Looks Like We Made It” – Listen to those Lyrics again with Fresh Ears – Oh Yes, One For All Who Have Loved, Lost & Then Moved on – To The Sunshine Hotel, Perhaps? That’s where Me & The Monkey are headed; & this final great song can accompany us on our Journey – it’s the Great Great Millie Jackson singing one for her Husband on their Anniversary, Wherever He May Be as She Says at the opening – “If You Could See Me Know” – Turn Down The Lights, Get Out The Sherry & Keep The Faith coz the Monkey & I are Keeping It On Shuffle 🙂