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Anthony’s Music Scores - Feat: The Diddys (Agony & Extasy LP)


Anthony’s Music Scores- Feat:

The Diddys Featuring Paige Douglas

1977 – Agony & Extasy LP

I am forever exposed to a very wide genre range of new music that transits through my ears, some stick & and others go in one ear & right out the other. It is the ones that stick in my ears & resonate so strong that I feel an overwhelming responsibility

to take a piece and pass it on

to expose the artist, with hopes it resonates with your JuJu.

Deeming them:

Anthony’s Music Scores



Now was raised in a household where music was always in the backdrop.

From R&B, Rock & Roll, Soul, Motown to Disco.

I started collecting and listening to music at a very young age, digging through the bins of vinyl, listening for that next one I've never heard before.

 

The classic stuff from Hitsville U.S.A........

The Motown Label

Founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., in January 1959 that became one of the most successful Black-owned businesses and one of the most influential independent record companies in American history.

The company gave its name to the

a hugely popular style of soul music created, with the house band, The Funk Brothers.


 

The southern fried stuff from

Stax Records

Memphis-based founded in 1960, couldn’t have known how appropriate the moniker would be. Gradually, over the years, the label “stacked up” artists on its roster who would use a signature sound to produce hit after hit that rocked the music world, how can you go wrong with Booker T & The MG's as the house band.

Otis Redding, known for “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay, and Wilson Pickett of “In The Midnight Hour” fame were among musicians who bloomed into stars using soulful slow burners, sultry grooves, glorious horns, and booming voices to carry the label. In the early 1970s, Stax Records established a new Memphis sound with funk-based soul sung by Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, and Albert King.


 

The true grit of the

MuscleShoals label

They recorded soul albums for Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and The Staple Singers and crossed over into rock producing hit records for The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Bob Dylan. the original Shoals studio in Sheffield, Alabama’s with The Swampers holding the house band position down

But unlike other celebrated studio musicians such as Booker T. and the MG’s, the Swampers never put out a record of their material. Until now. On Friday, Muscle Shoals Has Got the Swampers will finally see the light of day. The title is taken from the shoutout given to the band by Lynyrd Skynyrd in “Sweet Home Alabama,”


 

The boogie of the Disco label

Salsoul Records

an American New York City-based record label founded by Joseph Cayre, Kenneth Cayre, and Stanley Cayre (the Cayre brothers)

Salsoul issued about 300 singles, including many disco/post-disco 12-inch releases, and a string of albums in the 1970s and early 1980s. with Artists such as the Salsoul Orchestra (led by Vincent Montana Jr), Aurra, Skyy, Inner Life, Rafael Cameron, Edwin Birdsong, Instant Funk, Loleatta Holloway, Civil Attack, Double Exposure, Love Committee(Gold Mind), First Choice, Joe Bataan, The Strangers, Moment of Truth, Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo, Carol Williams, Jocelyn Brown, and Charo were at one time part of their roster.

The label started in business in 1974, went defunct in 1985, and was relaunched in 1992.


 

That brings us to

Today's Score

The Diddys Featuring Paige Douglas

1977 – Agony & Extasy LP

This LP came out of nowhere and gave Disco / Acid Jazz /Funk the kiss of life after hearing it .

I Thought I knew Everything but this is

Best Funk/Disco/Soul I've heard in years)

A very cool, really rare soul album from the Philly scene,

written, produced, and arranged by Hammond organist Charles Earland that is a sweet soul album with a great feel!

There’s a touch of Earland’s keyboard work on the set, especially some of those non-organ lines that was recorded in

The Diddys apart from other east coast groups of the time

a more complex approach to rhythm and instrumentation that almost makes some of the tunes feel as if they came from the James Mason side of the spectrum!

I took a look at finding the rare Lp

that is featured on Bam-Buu Records

selling for a whopping $869.00


The three tracks I would like to focus on and share are

  1. Intergalactic Love Song

  2. Strange Love

  3. My Special Love


Intergalactic Love Song

This is the first one I heard from this band and the LP that caught my attention. A hybrid between some real sweet intelligent high class Disco and a bass driving Funk, all amalgamating together with an end product I would consider Space Funk


Strange Love

This one here sounds like the Decadance of a large room Disco elitists clad in white fur coats, champaign, and cocaine.

The flute resonates through this one hitting all the high notes, making for a heartbreaker of a better boogie.


My Special Love

You can definitely hear bands like The Brand New Heavies & The Acid jazz label By Gilles Peterson and Eddie Piller in 1987 that surfaced in the late 80s. & beyond.on this.

The subculture of The Acid Jazz movement undoubtedly was built on the ashes of this sound.


 

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