It’s been a long time coming, but it feels good to finally say…
The time has come once again to come out of hiding so to speak… now I can’t call it a comeback; to do so would be doing everyone a disservice. Additionally, I can’t say that it is another anniversary celebration, especially since I let that day pass without so mch as a whisper. Just like 2012, way too much has happened. Some good things, but mostly bad. I won’t elaborate though, for one can only beat the proverbial dead horse so much. We have certainly heard that phrase time and time again, I know I’ve said it more than enough times.
Just a bit of brief house cleaning (also referred to as my excuse for the lengthy hiatus): The computer equipment was out of commission for several months due to an unforeseen virus, and since I really do not want to invest in a new computer, I went through more trouble than necessary to get the proper restoration tools in order to get back up to 51 per cent speed. In the process of performing the restoration, I screwed up royally, resulting in the loss of over 200 gigabytes worth of prime 45 rips. That was a very distressing setback to say the least, but it only gives me more incentive to redo them so they sound even better. I started doing that several months back, but more on that in a future post, and yes, there will be a future post. I’m not quite sure when at this point, but it’s gonna happen.
Another one of the reasons for my apprehension about a full on return is I am on the hunt for another means to store the old recipes if they are still relevant at this point… I’m sure I have gotten a couple of visits from the health department regarding that matter, which should come as no surprise these days. While I’m thinking about it, I’ve gotta give huge jeers to a particular online payment service site for no longer accepting remittance for said storage means. These things, combined with the knowledge taken away from another break neck term of intense studying, and I have been given a little bit more incentive to finally ponder the future of this little piece of cyber-style real estate… as long as I can afford the luxury that is, and that hurdle seems to rise higher and higher with each passing second just like the national debt numbers. It should also come as no secret that the past year has not treated many folks well. It wouldn’t be sporting to revisit all the mayhem and the damage that it caused for way too many of us, but I want you all to know that you’ve been in my thoughts all along. One day we’ll get through the madness and come out on top. I’m praying the day will come sooner than later… think 2014, kids.
The one saving grace was that I managed to save the last mix I created just before the hiatus began. In it are some newly acquired nuggets from all the usual digging spots. Here’s my opportunity to give a shoutout to Gary and all the other fine vendors who successfully helped lighten my wallet at the fire hall as well. I don’t get to go digging as much as I’d like these days due to a pure lack of time and resources, so every chance that I get to bring new stuff home is definitely regarded as a treat. In addition, having moved to the city has been a blessing and a simultaneous curse. It’s certainly more difficult to get back to the old neighbourhood; what was once a five minute drive is now at best a half an hour! In any event, here’s the lion’s share of the relevant scores, with just the right amount of old friends that I always like to hear once in a while. It was just enough to make me smile each time I play it. I hope you enjoy it…
Records Are Like Chocolate... the REVENGE! by The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew on Mixcloud
01 Rock Rock Rock-The Dixiebelles (Sound Stage 7)
02 Little Old Man-Bill Cosby (Warner)
03 Magic Key-Rare Earth (Rare Earth)
04 Desperate young Man-The Originals (Soul)
05 Use Me-Esther Philips (Kudu)
06 Hope We Have-The Artistics (Brunswick)
07 Let Me Help You-Al Green (Bell)
08 Instant Death-Eddie Harris (Atlantic)
09 Running For Jesus-Ernest Franklin (Checker)
10 Cool Broadway-The Fantastic Johnny C (Phil LA Of Soul)
11 Go Home And Do It-Joe Tex (Dial)
12 Love Vibrations-David T Walker (Zea)
13 Satisfy Me Woman-El Chicano (Kapp)
14 Casanova-Ruby Andrews (Zodiac)
15 You Shouldn’t Have Set My Soul On Fire-Inez Foxx (Dynamo)
16 No Sugar Tonight-The Shirells (RCA)
17 Do Right Baby-Mel & Tim (Bamboo)
18 There’ll Be Some Changes-Maskman & The Agents (Dynamo)
19 I Been Hoodoo’d-Dr. John (Atco)
20 I Need Someone-Linda Perry & Soul Express (Mainstream)
21 Do Whatever Sets You Free-Ramsey Lewis (Cadet)
22 If You Can Want-Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (Tamla)
23 Tramp-Otis & Carla (Stax)
24 I Remember You-The Ponderosa Twins + 1 (Astroscope)
25 Yes We Can Can Pt. 1-Lee Dorsey (Polydor)
26 Why Can’t We Live Together-Timmy Thomas (Glades)
Now before I deal with the closing commentary, I do want to acknowledge the fact that there are many among us who were in one way or another affected by the events that took place a few weeks ago; I will not go into details, but you all know how I feel. For the families, I am saying countless prayers and will continue to make my voice heard at the voting booth… each and every chance I get! End quote!
Okay, to bring this little mini-reunion of sorts full circle, I have one last thing to say: fufu stew dot com (or a reasonable substitute at any rate), is closer to reality than ever before. It all depends on how well I progress over the next five weeks. I do know that the old posts have to go! Detail cleaning is going on as I type this. All of the 2007 posts have been set to private, so that I can assess whether they are worthy enough to leave intact and edit them accordingly at some point. I think the hopeful reward will definitely be worth the amount of inevitable risk involved. Please continue to watch this space. I am so thrilled that you all still find it somewhat cool to drop by for a plate after all these years. I hope to be able to continue keeping you well fed for a long time to come. Until the next time, have fun(k), and as always, please be safe.
Peace and blessings.