Friday, April 29, 2022

Samantha Summers – You / Te Iluminaré Argentina 1969

Samantha Summers – You / Te Iluminaré
Mandioca – MS-005
Argentina 1969

An obscure singer from the underground Rioplatense scene who released only one 45 on the small indie label Mandioca in 1969. Her real name is Monika Duek and she didn't record any more songs, she was an art student and moved to Rome shortly after this song was recorded, and then to Paris. She dedicated herself to photography and still lives in Paris. The song "You" was written by an uruguayan friend of hers who was part of the Tupamaros, a left-wing guerrilla movement.
Listen both sides:

Friday, April 15, 2022

Ripple – Ripple US 1973

Ripple – Ripple

GRC – GA-5005 US 1973

Ripple was an American funk band from Kalamazoo Michigan. The group was signed to GRC Records and Salsoul Records in the 1970s, and scored several hit singles, the biggest of which were "I Don't Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky" and "The Beat Goes On And On," the latter on Salsoul Records, joined by the Salsoul Orchestra. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia, Wally, Kenny, and Brian restructured the group, adding Victor Burks (keyboards) and Barry Lee (guitar). The group toured extensively around the Southeast, the highlight of which was opening for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on their "Mothership Connection" tour. Wally, Kenny, Brian, Victor, and Barry went on to record their seminal album, "Sons of the Gods". "The Beat Goes On And On", from that album, became a disco/hustle classic that's still being played today.

The signature "oh-la oh-la ay" line from "I Don't Know What it is, but it Sure is Funky" was later incorporated into Marcia Griffiths' smash hit, "Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)."

Band members

  • Keith Samuels - guitar, lead vocals
  • Simon Kenneth Carter - bass, vocals
  • Brian Sherrer - drums, percussion, timbales
  • Walter (Wally) Carter - conga, percussion, vocals
  • Dave Ferguson - trumpet, flugel horn, percussion
  • William (Bill) Hull - tenor sax, flute, percussion
  • Curtis Reynolds - organ, piano, vibe master, vibraphone, vocals
  • Victor Burks - keyboards, vocals
  • Barry Lee - guitar


  • Ripple (GRC Records, 1973)
  • Sons of the Gods (Salsoul Records, 1977)

Bio by Richie Unterberger: 

An interracial Michigan soul-funk band, Ripple had an R&B hit in 1973 with "I Don't Know What It Is but It Sure Is Funky," and made several other recordings for the GRC label in the mid-'70s. They were an eclectic hodgepodge of influences circulating in soul music at the time -- sometimes they can sound like a more pop-inclined version of Kool & the Gang, other times they sound like a less distinctive variant of Stevie Wonder. Their brand of funk was neither too raw nor too slick, with liberal pop and jazz influences. Those who like just-pre-disco funk will probably enjoy the group.


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Damascus Road – Damascus Road 1973

 Damascus Road – Damascus Road
Ichthus Records – IR 1002 CS US 1973

North Carolina xian folk rock LP private pressing.Mellow vibes and voices rural and soulish with progish outbursts (A5 Step Out To Sea) and a gospel style rock.
There is no sign of psychedelia or garage as it is categorised by some in order to create a hype and boost sales.

A1 Friends Medley
A2 The Tale Of The Wanderer
A3 Keep The Son In Your Eyes
A4 How Can You Tell?
A5 Step Out To Sea
B1 Walking Down The Road To Damascus
B2 Jesus, Be My Guest
B3 You Can't Take Away The Lord
B4 Thank You Jesus
B5 I Wish We'd All Been Ready


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Mandrake Memorial live footage 1967

The only live footage known to exist.Live at The Trauma/Philadelphia 1967.

Mandrake Memorial was: Randy Monaco—bass, vocals Craig Anderton—guitar, sitar, electronics Michael Kac—keyboards Kevin Lally—drums The original 1967 16mm Mandrake film from which this video was made was found by Notekillers drummer Barry Halkin in the legendary coffee house, the 2nd Fret. Halkin's father had moved his interior decorating business into the space after the venue closed in 1972. The film was then given to Mandrake superfan Mitch Paul who made the original digital transfer (and added the opening titles) years later. None of the Mandrake Memorial had ever seen ANY footage of them performing (nor did they know this footage even existed) until this past decade when social media contact was made. This footage captures them very early in their formation, and according to Kevin Lally is a nascent version of what eventually evolved into the song "Strange" from their self-titled first album. Also featured is a brief segment of Craig Anderson playing sitar and some (silent) band antics that perfectly capture the mood of the era. By David First

Monday, March 21, 2022

(Mikes) Mijal & White - I've Been You / Reflections US 1973

 (Mikes) Mijal & White - I've Been You / Reflections US 1973

Mike Mijal, class of 1968 Stevenson High School in Livonia Michigan, interned at WYNZ radio station in Ypsilanti Mi. as a board engineer and on-air personality for the Mike Lombardi show.. At 17 years old Mijal joined ATA Studios in Westland Mi. as an engineer recording and mixing for local Detroit bands in the late 60's. He also played keyboard with a popular local band called The Unveiled. Mike attended the Institute of Audio Research in New Your City and there developed his engineering skills. Mikes credentials afforded him employment at Pioneer Recording Studios in Detroit as an engineer. His reputation grew among musicians as having an audiophile's ear for recording and final mix. Still the musician, and into the new synthesizer revolution, he along with friend Michael White used spare time in the studio to write and record "I've Been You" and "Reflections". In Late 1972 Gary Rubin, owner of Pioneer Studios, thought enough of the "Mikes" music to send it through his own publishing company, Tru-Soul.

I've Been You was released in January of 1973 on the ZATOP label (Created by Mijal and White) and quickly climbed to number 3 on the local radio charts. Mijal left Pioneer to open his own recording facility in Garden City called Triple M Studios where he recorded many local, national, and international artists.