O.V. Wright - Let's Straighten It Out

For me Let's Straighten It Out is THE song when it comes to bluesy southern soul. It's one of the many great cuts on O.V. Wright's album The Bottom Line (1978). Some would say that the sound of Hi Records was losing a bit of it's tightness during the late 70's but this album is solid gold from start to finish. I find it to be the strongest release of the label in late 70's. O.V. Wright's collaboration with the late great Willie Mitchell works perfectly on the album. The result is not as sexy and slick as with Al Green/Willie Mitchell collaborations but it's equally soulful and somehow a lot more intense and powerful.

On top of this one being a favorite southern soul tune, it's been sampled by RZA on one of my all time favorite Wu Tang beats.


Party Lights

Party Lights x 2. The first track is one of the latest tunes Kim Tolliver cut before she gave up the music business for good. It's a solid boogie joint, nothing above par but she's got a great, strong voice. One of those voices that should have brought her appreciation and success besides soul music collectors but for some reason that never happened. The other track is a great edit of First Love's killer boogie cut Party Lights. I love the original but Liquid Pegasus does a good job with the edit.

Kim Tolliver - Party Lights [320 kbps, DivShare]


Tata Vega - Get It Up For Love

Get It Up For Love is a classy disco cut from 1979 that has been on heavy rotation this week. There's a longer mix as well but unfortunately I only have the 7" version. I noticed that there's two quite decent edits available for download via Soundcloud so go get 'em if you're feeling this one.

Tata Vega - Get It Up For Love [320 kbps, DivShare]


Four Tops - Feel Free

I copped Four Tops' Catfish recently from a fleamarket for 1 EUR. A great discovery considering I wasn't expecting anything above average but I'm happy to say I was wrong and poorly educated when it comes to finding sweet soul music.

Catfish is a solid album with a smooth and positive late 70's groove and beautiful vocals. Feel Free, Strung Out For Your Love and Look At My Baby are all great cuts for Sunday afternoons. Make sure to cop the album if you see a copy getting dusty in a dollar bin.

Four Tops - Feel Free [320 kbps, DivShare]


R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass

We have lost another legend. R.I.P. Teddy. You will be missed.


The Carstairs - It Really Hurts Me Girl (1979 Tom Moulton Remix)

I was browsing through my HD looking for some northern soul and I came across to a wonderful alternative Tom Moulton mix of the all-time northern soul groover, It Really Hurts Me Girl. This file isn't my own rip and I wasn't able to identify the original audio source for sure.

Discogs has one entry for the remix and it's on a rather new CD compilation but there's no entries on vinyl. The file name says 1979 remix. My friend Google who's deep in the northern soul game said that there is a UK 12" maxi single with two Tom Moulton remixes so I guess this one is either one of those. The ones who know the history of these alternative mixes, please educate me. Anyways, it's a solid version of a classic northern soul dancer.


5 O'clock Minimix for Merirosmoradio

Here's a quick 30-minute mix I played @ Merirosmoradio today. Five disco classics at 5 PM. That was the name of the game and tomorrow it will be six bangers at 6 PM.

The tracklist isn't that unique but who cares when all the tracks are pure gold.

Indeep - Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life
Jocelyn Brown - I Wish You Would
Inner Life - I'm Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)
Inner Life - Moment Of My Life
Atlantic Starr - Circles