Somewhere in The Carolinas – It has been a month and a half since I began taking Chantix to stop smoking [The taste of cigarettes is now not pleasant to me if I picked one up] and six months or so since I quit drinking morning, noon and night [I will drink socially among friends and acquaintances, which I see rarely, which means I hardly drink anymore]. My nerves are jangled and I am chronically in a mood as my body is finding its’ normal again. There is far less nerve pain which strikes but just less often.
I present to you my Friday night stay-at-home music to kick off the afternoon and evening. James Ingram I nabbed for Yah Mo Be There . That song is so good it gives me phantom period cramps. Same goes for Michel’le’s helium-filled hit, No More Lies  and Jazzy B’s Soul II Soul with Keep On Movin’ . I am working on getting my R & B/ Soul/ Hip-hop of the 70s through the ’90s pulled all the way together right now. It’s about time and the feeling is good.
Somewhere in The Carolinas – I stood near my stack of recently found vinyl finds, screaming inside of myself, “Yes, Lawd!!! This thrift shop finally came through!”. The three discs here are only a taste of what is to come. Diamonds by Herb Alpert is a track from his 1987 comeback R&B l.p. – Keep Your Eye On Me [A&M]. Alpert [who is the ‘A’ of A&M records] nabbed label star, Janet Jackson, to sing lead and have her famed production team of Jam and Lewis work their magic on this track. It has long been a favorite dance cut of mine. Walk With An Erection  by The Swinging Erudites I’d never heard of. It is a parody of The Bangles’ Walk Like An Egyptian, a song I never cared for so naturally I had to have this. Berlin’s Pleasure Victim l.p. was in heavy rotation during the golden years of K-ROQ. When “Sex [I’m A…] came on after ten p.m. [or was it midnight] due to racy content as deemed by the F.C.C. Pre-teen me had to turn the volume waaaaaay down to hear it. In 1982, Pleasure Victim I definitely could not have brought home. This album is a synth-pop/ New Wave classic.
Here it is – vinyl I recently scored. This haul is in good to fair condition. Spirits Having Flown by [The] Bee Gees is a replacement copy. This means I once owned it and lost it or gave it away.
In my life of thrifting I have found that comedy records are hard to come by. Secondly, comedy records that haven’t been overplayed with a cover in bad shape is also hard to come by. Enter Eddie Murphy’s self-titled comedy l.p. This record is a snapshot of early 1980s Murphy during his breakthrough days in stand-up comedy. Young Murphy’s act is pretty sexist, racist and homophobic. This l.p. also features minor R & B hit, Boogie in Your Butt.
The Loretta Lynn tribute to her mentor and friend Patsy Cline is just the kick in the pants my record collection needed. The thrift store I found I Remember Patsy in also had a few George Jones l.p.s too but I didn’t have the patience to dig and inspect. Maybe I will return for them or just wait and let something else surface.
A difficult week in adulthood it has been and will continue to be. Everything on the turntable will be played pretty loud. For sentimental reasons, I have busted out classic cuts and l.p.s for listening. Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Relax I purchased for its’ New York mix. Pebble’s Mercedes Boy is always gold. Scritti Politti’s 1985 album, Cupid & Psyche ’85, is in my opinion a slept on dance record of the period. I first purchased it in 1986 on cassette from the Wherehouse, a now defunct record chain that was based in southern California. The best known track is ‘Perfect Way’. A fine tune. The rest of the album is amazing. The 12″ single of Wood Beez and Absolute are my two favorite cuts. I had to have this [Although, I do own and have C&P85 in my vinyl collection]. Tom Browne’s Magic l.p. is straight ahead early Smooth Jazz – for the most part. It is a genre of music I do not care for. Thighs High [Grip Your Hips and Move] is an R&B funk classic with vocals by Ms. Toni Smith [the same vocalist on Browne’s 1980 chart topper, Funkin’ for Jamaica [N.Y.]. Smith who receives co-songwriting credit on both gems, is also noted for how similar her vocals are to Chaka Khan. Smith eats the mic alive.
All vinyl listed are of the good times.
Somewhere in The Carolinas – I have been neglecting working on digging up soul/ funk/ r & b finds over these past few years. Here, a few more discs to add to the mixture.
Recent secondhand hot wax finds: The thrifting gods have blessed me with 1960s and 70s country and gospel vinyl platters. Oooo-weeee! Soon, I will warm up the stereo and give all three of these records a listen. Always goal: To find utterly insane Jesus albums by wacked-out Bible thumpers. Gimme dat.