Filed under: CupidsHunt, Holiday, LOVE, Podcast Collabs, R&B, RIBS, podcasts/mixes, valentine's day
WAR. One of my favorite ‘funk’ bands. They are probably second only to Sly and the Family Stone in that regard. (of course, my all-time, favorite bands is a conversation for another day. Hmmm, might even make a good subject for a future podcast!)
Anyway, the thing is… I think the bands that get noticed and praised for their up-tempo/dance music also get the short end of the stick and not enough credit for the beautiful ballads and instrumentals that many of them produce. WAR is one such group that is a great example of this.
Go ahead, ask folks what their favorite WAR songs are. They’ll mention “Cisco Kid”, “Low Rider”, “Slippin’ Into Darkness”, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”, maybe a few others. The closest they might come to a “mellow” tune from the group might be the jazzy, mid-tempo “The World Is A Ghetto”. I doubt that you’ll hear answers like “All Day Music”, “Deliver The Word”, “I’ll Take Care Of You” or “Don’t Let No One Get You Down”.
Hopefully, with this playlist you’ll hear a different side of WAR, a mellow side of WAR. THIS is a Cupid’s Hunt Podcast mix…
Cupid’s Hunt 2013: WAR-LOVE!…
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- RIBS Intro Another Edition/Cupid’s Hunt Edition – TGrundy
- H2Overture – WAR
- Cupid’s Hunt WAR INTRO – TGrundy
- I’m The One Who Understands – WAR
- Sweet Fighting Lady – WAR
- Deliver The Word – WAR
- Vibeka – WAR
- Don’t Let No One Get You Down - WAR
- More Than Words Can Say – Lee Oskar
- Cupids Hunt Promo: Love Journey - TGrundy
- Slowly We Walk Together - I Got You
- Cupid’s Hunt Generic Promo 1 (Jade Mix) - Radio95X
- Smile For Me - WAR
- Baby Face (She Said Do Do Do Do) - Anita Baker
- I Got You - WAR
- Sing Song - Lee Oskar
- In Mazatlan – WAR
- I’ll Take Care Of You - WAR
Don’t forget, keep checking the main CH post, “Cupid’s Hunt 2013 - The Hunt Is ON…Again!” for all of the podcasts and mixes for your Valentine’s Day/holiday weekend celebration.
Filed under: R&B, RIBS, Triple Play Thurs-Day, blues, music, podcasts/mixes, soul
You know, sometimes we get attached to something and it always has a special place in our hearts. You know the kinds of things I mean… your first car, those old jeans you like to lounge around in on the weekends, your baseball glove from high school, that big, oversized Valentine’s Day card you got one year… yeah those things.
Well, music is like that too (for me at least and, I expect, for many of you out there also). Today’s playlist is a perfect example of this fact. I originally made this mix sometime back during the college days. At the risk of dating myself that is over 25 years ago. For some reason that I still can’t really explain, it has always been one of my favorite collection of songs and this tape (the original mix was on a 90 minute cassette tape, TDK as I recall) has logged many a mile with me up and down the highways and byways of my life.
The bad news, unfortunately, is that the original cassette tape has been missing for the past several years. The good news is that I did actually write down the songs that comprised the playlist (can’t say that for quite a few other old cassette tapes I still have lying around. Many a ‘mystery’ song or two on those! But I digress…) So even though the original mix has been lost (I still hope it turns up one of these days if/when I ever pack up and move again. I’ve found so many ‘lost’ items that way, haven’t you? *smile*) with the playlist in hand and today’s computer technology the mix could be easily recreated. No problem, right? I wish it were that easy. As my luck would have it I was able to collect EVERY song for the playlist… except one, the Taj Mahal cut “Why?…And We Repeat/Why?…And We Repeat” (in case you are interested, this song is found on a relatively obscure TM album called Music Keeps Me Together). And, of course, THAT happened to be my favorite cut in the entire mix!
Undaunted, over the years I have recreated the mix using other songs as a substitute for the Taj Mahal cut. I’ve tried “Love Is The Message” by MFSB, “Spiral” by the Crusaders, and a few others. And while it was nice to have the mix again (this time on CD, of course) as a traveling companion, it really was just not quite the same. Something was missing, the flow was just not quite the one I remembered, enjoyed and, above all wanted.
The irony of this story is that I actually had the Taj Mahal song all along… on vinyl. Yep, every time I would play around with another variation of the mix that Music Keeps Me Together album would be peeking over my shoulder at me. It’s like it was whispering in my ear, “you know the song you want is right here, all you have to do is convert it to MP3 format”. Problem was… no turntable, well no working turntable I should say. Out of four units I owned, each one had some kind of a problem: no stylus on one, no belt on the other, the motor on the third one would speed up and/or slow down at various times during the playing of a record. And the fourth one? I could never locate the box I stored it in during the last move. *sigh* So close, so close…
To wrap up this tale, a month ago I found the fourth turntable! I was looking for something else (of course) when the discovery happened (isn’t that always the case?). Well, I wasted no time in hooking that thing up the the computer system and digitizing that Taj Mahal disc! And now the mix, my traveling buddy, is back whole again in all its original glory. So to celebrate my good fortune and happiness, I am pleased to share with and present to you…
RIBS TPTD: Outlaw 2009
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Download playlist .PDF file here (right-click)
Playlist: (song - artist [time])
- Outlaw - WAR [4:00]
- Why?… And We Repeat/Why?… And We Repeat - Taj Mahal [7:28]
- Running With The Night - Lionel Richie [4:09]
- Burnin’ Up - Imagination [4:42]
- Walk In The Night - Junior Walker & The All Stars [4:13]
- Working Day And Night - Michael Jackson [5:14]
- Machine Gun - Commodores [2:38]
- Magic Carpet Ride - Creative Source [3:13]
- Let Your Mind Be Free - Brother To Brother [3:32]
- Life In The Fast Lane - Eagles [4:47]
- Fast Lane - Gil Scott-Heron [4:52]
- Street Player - Rufus ft. Chaka Khan [4:54]
- What Can I Do for You - Labelle [4:02]
- Flying High - Commodores [3:49]
- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Inner Life [10:28]
- Is It Love You’re After - Rose Royce [5:05]
- Risky Changes - Bionic Boogie [7:14]
Have you missed any of the RIBS mixes we’ve posted? If you have there is now an easy way to catch up on what we’ve been up to. Just go check out the new RIBS Archives Page to see a very easy to read listing of every post (and music mix) we’ve uploaded to the site.
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