Monday, February 27, 2012


Download here or here

Track 1 - It's Your Thing / Lou Donaldson
Track 2 - Mystic Brew / Ronnie Foster
Track 3 - Think Twice / Donald Byrd
Track 4 - The Edge / David McCallum
Track 5 - Oblighetto / Brother Jack McDuff
Track 6 - Get Out Of My Life, Woman / Joe Williams
Track 7 - Down Here On The Ground / Grant Green
Track 8 - Spinning Wheel / Lonnie Smith
Track 9 - Howling For Judy / Jeremy Steig
Track 10 - Who's Makin' Love (To Your Old Lady) / Lou Donaldson
Track 11 - Tidal Wave / Ronnie Laws
Track 12 - Little Green Apples / Monk Higgins
Track 13 - Wind Parade / Donald Byrd

The Blue Note label has proven to be an inspirational goldmine for hip hop artists and DJ's for a good 20 plus years now. This collection brings together a number of Blue Note performances that have been sampled by the likes of the Beastie Boys, De La Soul, DJ Krush, A Tribe Called Quest, Gangstarr and even Madonna. As you would expect the grooves are seriously heavy duty and give a fair representation of the brilliance possessed by the likes of Donaldson, Green, Bird et al. Crazy organ lines and breakbeats abound in true Blue Note style, the biggest suprise for me came with Lonnie Smith's "Spinning Wheel". I've long since considered Jimmy McGriff's version to be the height of funkiness but this is a whole different beast! All in all it's an epic collection that does the classic label justice while highlighting the connection between different generations of artists.

Please note - the copy I have is the CD version which only contains the first 10 tracks, I haven't checked the above links to see if they include the extra tracks but the Depositfiles file is quite large and more than likely contains them. If not they can be found easily on the web. Enjoy!

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