On this episode of the Vinyl Exam, Keith discusses a favorite artist of his - Harvey Scales, aka 'The Godfather of Soul' (in Milwaukee). To Keith, Harvey Scales is a study in making good music and not ever quite having timing or breaks work to his advantage. Over 12 years of his career, Harvey Scales put out a lot of 45s and two solo albums, and all of them get attention on this investigation of his output.
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Keith sat down with Marsellus Wallace and the conversation went so long we decided to break the episode into two episodes - Part One is Episode 34, this (Episode 38) is Part Two.
This interview follows a slightly different format - Keith hit record, Marsellus threw on some records and the conversation went from there. In Part One, Marsellus tells a story about a record from New Jersey, the spiritual connection with records and his favorite find.
Here's Part One:
On this episode, Keith revisits his previous podcast (Soul Traveling) with a mix (really, a selection) of Japanese superhero TV music. The music here is tight, funky and is just some of the large quantity of music from Japan in the 1970s that supplemented superhero TV of the day. There are a few additional tracks that fit as well... though one of them is not Japanese and one is only a few years old.
Here's the full listing:
1. 'Dark Rock' (Kikaida)
3. Tetsujin 17
4. 'Kaizeru despaa no uta' (Inazuman)
7. 'Savage Beast' by Madvillain
8. yamato 2199
Note: a lot of the titles are in Japanese so we don't actually know what they say!
Keith sat down with Marsellus Wallace and the conversation went so long we decided to break the episode into two episodes. This interview follows a slightly different format - Keith hit record, Marsellus threw on some records and the conversation went from there. In Part One, Marsellus talks Umiliani, digging in thrift stores, working with limitations and buying catalogs.
On this episode, Keith talks with Roger 'Aloha Got Soul' Bong about his blog, the upcoming launch of his Aloha Got Soul label, digging for records and a Hawaii record story that yielded a digger's dream.
Check out Roger's blog here:
Pre-order the release here:
Listen to both sides of Aloha Got Soul's first 45 release below:
There's a piece of Stax's history Keith has become more and more fascinated with - the day they launched an 'instant back catalog' of 27 albums in the wake of their termination of distribution with Atlantic (after which they were informed Atlantic owned all the material).
In this episode, Keith talks about the event after a week where he listened to (almost) all of the material from the 27-album release, titled "Gettin it All Together" by Stax themselves.
Below, find Keith's best estimation of the 27 albums released that day - there is no official listing. To give full credit, this isn't my listing - I got it from the threads at the site listed below. Thanks so much to the user going by "StaxFax" as part of this thread for this list!
1 The Booker T. Set - Booker T. & The MG's (STS 2009)
2 Years Gone By - Albert King (STS 2010)
3 Rare Stamps - Eddie Floyd (STS 2011)
4 Rare Stamps - Johnnie Taylor (STS 2012)
5 That's Where It's At - John Lee Hooker (STS 2013)
6 Bound To Happen - William Bell (STS 2014)
7 King Does The King's Thing - Albert King (STS 2015)
8 We'll Get Over - Staple Singers (STS 2016)
9 You've Got To Have Eddie - Eddie Floyd (STS 2017)
10 Soul Children - Soul Children (STS 2018)
11 Memphis Queen - Carla Thomas (STS 2019)
12 Jammed Together - Albert King, Steve Cropper & Pops Staples (STS 2020)
13 Ollie & The Nightingales - Ollie & The Nightingales (STS 2021)
14 The Johnnie Taylor Philosophy Continues - Johnnie Taylor (STS 2023)
15 Boy Meets Girl - Various (STS 2-2024)
16 Damnifiknow! - The Mar-Keys (STS 2025)
17 Home - Delaney & Bonnie (STS 2026)
18 Rare Stamps - J.J. Barnes/Steve Mancha (Volt 6001)
19 Here To Stay - Darrell Banks (Volt 6002)
20 Something Special - Jimmy Hughes (Volt 6003) Feb. 4, 1969
21 Gotta Groove - The Bar-Kays (Volt 6004)
22 Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Lads - Mad Lads (Volt 6005)
23 With A Little Help From My Friends - Steve Cropper (Volt 6006)
24 Mavis Staples - Mavis Staples (Volt 6007)
25 So I Can Love You - Emotions (Volt 6008)
26 Hot Buttered Soul - Isaac Hayes (ENS 1001)
27 Ridin' High - Maynard Ferguson - Enterprise (S 13-101)
Another holiday - this time Christmas - is right in front of us, with that in mind Keith sifts through Christmas vinyl and pulls out his favorites for the holiday (with a few selections recommended by Sama as well).
On this episode, Keith takes advantage of his travel schedule and sits down with Big Pimp Jones bassist Chris Williams aka "Ruckus" to talk about early records that made him want to pick up the bass.
We're quickly approaching the end-of-year holidays, and in America they tie in with a pseduo-holiday called "Black Friday". As varied as opinions are on Black Friday itself, they're just as varied on "Record Store Day", which in recent years added a second date on the calendar to celebrate Independent Record Retailers. You guessed it, Black Friday is that day! Keith takes a few words to capture the varying sentiments on the day and plays some vinyl from past Record Store Days. Where do YOU stand?