Saturday, 6 August 2011

Gene Pitney - Train of thought

Gene getting down with a disco sound and a cover of a song originally recorded by Cher.

Gene Pitney - She's a heartbreaker

Another soulful outing from Gene Pitney, this one popular in northern soul circles.

Gene Pitney - That girl belongs to yesterday

Another 60s pop favourite of mine, a soulful belter written by Jagger/Richards. Low quality video, high quality song.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Neil Diamond - Solitary Man

Possibly a guilty pleasure but I love everything about the original 1966 recording of this song.

Melinda was mine
'Til the time
That I found her
Holding Jim
Loving him

Then Sue came along
Loved me strong
That's what I thought
Me and Sue
That died too

Don't know that I will
But until I can find me
A girl who'll stay
And won't play games behind me
I'll be what I am
A solitary man
Solitary man

I've had it to here
Bein' where
Love's a small world
Part-time thing
Paper ring

I know it's been done
Havin' one
Girl who loves you
Right or wrong
We go strong

Don't know that I will
But until I can find me
The girl who'll stay
And won't play games behind me
I'll be what I am
A solitary man
Solitary man


Saturday, 12 February 2011

Curtis McClaine - Let's Get Busy (Dub Mix)

This one from 1988 with the Dub Mix I rediscovered after hearing it on the Disco Bloodbath mix for Resident Advisor. Lovely wonky sound FX over the drum intro.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Jungle Wonz - The Jungle

Marshall Jefferson with the smoother sound of Chicago house in 1986.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Adonis - We're Rockin' Down the House

Another raw and moody jack track from the early days of Trax Records.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Sweet D - Thank Ya

Possibly my favourite release from Trax Records back in the day. It utilises a slightly warped-sounding riff sample from Cheryl Lynn 'You Saved My Day'. Uplifting, repetitive, house baby!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Keep Love Alive Mix - Best of 2010

A compilation of my favorite tunes from 2010, enjoy.

1. Sophie Zelmani - If I Could (Version Lindbæk)
2. Seu Jorge and Almaz - Cirandar
3. Kasper Bjorke - Heaven (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
4. Lindstrom and Christabelle - Love Sick
5. Rodion - Alagos Cowboys
6. Tiago - Motorcycles (Neville Watson mix)
7. Moodymann - It's 2 Late 4 U and Me
8. David August - Music is the Place To Be
9. Midnight Magic - Beam me up (Jacques Renault mix)
10. Ooft! - Umbilical Chord (Ooft! Dub)
11. Duckbeats - Repeat Prescription
12. Space Dimension Controller - The Love Quadrant

Sunday, 12 December 2010

The Velvelettes - These Things Will Keep Me Loving You Dear

Lovely clip of The Velvelettes performing this Johnny Bristol and Harvey Fuqua song also recorded by Diana Ross.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Chubby Checker - At the Discotheque

Great clip of Chubby Checker doing this mod classic. Always loved the way he pronunces it "At the Disco-tey ... Hey Hey Hey!". Class!

Dave Brubeck - Unsquare Dance

Love this clip!

Brenda Holloway - When I'm Gone

Sexy, soulful performance by Brenda Holloway of this classic song written by Smokey Robinson and recorded also by Mary Wells amongst others. "What are you gonna do when I'm gone?" Indeed.

First Love - It's a Mystery to Me

Great boogie / soul track from 1982, a vintage year for many.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The Flirtations - Nothing But a Heartache

Fantastic song, orange jump suits and incongruous setting combine to make this a clip of video genius, particularly the shot towards the end when the girls are standing on stone pillars. Thanks for the find Chas!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Tommy Hunt - One Fine Morning

Vintage TV clip (from Germany?) of Tommy Hunt doing this Northern Soul / Disco classic - thanks Fritz51355 I love this!!!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Ronnie Dyson - All Over Your Face

Only one of my favourite 80s disco (or is that boogie?) tracks of all time.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Frankie Valli - Swearin' to god

Wooahh! A live video of Frankie Valli performing a his shuffling disco classic. Below you'll find the original full length disco mix in all it's 10 minute 15 second glory. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Tony Clarke - The Entertainer

There's lots of things to love about this clip, not least the song. But elevating this performance even more than Tony (I assume it's really him?), his amazing quiff and less than amazing lip synching, is the emcee's intro "... Tony Clarke boomeranged way out into stardom with the tune..." ...

Friday, 10 September 2010

Keep Love Alive Mix - Soul'd Out

Another compilation of some my favourite old 7" singles where despite the occasional pops and crackles, the soul still shines through!

1. Three Degrees - Contact
2. Frankie Valli - The Night
3. Spyder Turner - I can't Take It Anymore
4. Ronnie & Robyn - Sidras Theme
4. Ronnie & Robyn - As Long As You Love Me
5. Towanda Barnes - You Don't Mean It
6. Marvin Holmes - You Better Keep Her
7. The Fantastic Johnny C - Waiting For The Rain
8. The Dells - Its All Up To You
9. Anderson Brothers - I Can See Him Loving You
10. Millie Jackson - House for Sale
11. Carstairs - It Really Hurts Me Girl
12. Boogie Man Orchestra - Lady, Lady, Lady
13. Tony Borders - Love's Been Good To me
14. Tony Middleton - Paris Blues
15. Admirations - Wait Till I Get To Know You
16. Lanie Hill - Time Marches On
17. Susan Maughan - That Other Place
18. Walter Jackson - Its an Uphill Climb To The Bottom
19. Impressions - Gypsy Woman

Monday, 6 September 2010

Keep Love Alive Mix - Summer of Love 2010

A bit late but its been a busy summer. Inspired amongst other things by the impending wedding of my little bro, here is a mix of lurve songs that takes you from the surprisingly good soft rock of ONJ and Fleetwood Mac into funky balearic beats through disco and ending on a jazzy tip, phew! Everyone a winner IMHO. Congratulations Chas and Emma! Here is the tracklisting:

1. Olivia Newton John - Love Song
2. Fleetwood Mac - Brown Eyes
3. Max Berlin's - Elle et Moi
4. Rob - Make it Fast, Make it Slow (Gerd edit)
5. Patti Austin - Body Language
6. Barbra Streisand - Promises
7. Tony Orlando - Don't Let Go
8. Demis Roussos - I Dig You
9. Main Ingredient - Everything Man
10. Henry Mancini - Love's Theme/TSOP
11. FBI - Talking About Love
12. Benitez - We Are The One

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

James Brown - Funk Bomb

My favourite tune from the Godfather.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Keep Love Alive Mix - Funk and Soul Sevens

Another post for the Dad Dancers. A mix of original funk and soul sevens from the 7" Box of Love accompanied by a video of the Godfather himself with some dance moves to practice in the kitchen. Off you go!


1. Voices of East Harlem - Can You Feel It
2. George & Gwen McCrae - Mechanical Body
3. Ultrafunk - Indigo Country
4. Rimshots - Dance Girl
5. Vicki Anderson - Answer To Mother Popcorn
6. Idris Muhammad - Super Bad
7. Smokey Brooks - Spin-it Jig
8. African Music Machine - Blackwater Gold
9. The Marvelettes - Here I Am Baby
10. Mickey & The Soul Generation - Iron Leg
11. James Brown - Lowdown Popcorn
12. Vibrettes - Humpty Dump
13. Ann Sexton - You're Losing Me
14. Marva Whitney - I'm Tired, I'm Tired, I'm Tired
15. Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up
16. Fabulous Counts - Lunar Funk
17. Barbara Randolph - Can I Get A Witness
18. Variations - Sayin' It, Doin' It
19. Peaches & Herb - Down Where It's At
20. Honey Cone - Want Ads
21. Jenny's Daughters - Dirty Feet
22. Melvin Bliss - Substitution

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Ganymed - Future World

Enjoying the Disco Bloodbath mix on Beats in Space which you can grab here, particularly the way this one slides in ... Ganymed with the title track from the album 'Future World'.

Another of Ganymed's more dancefloor friendly outings is posted here.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Mark Capanni - I Believe in Miracles

Original version of this song, apparently recorded by the song's writer before the Jackson Sisters' amazing but overplayed version from 1973, though only released as a promo later in 1974. Well I never. Causing excitement over on the excellent Brownswood forum.