Star Time #63: Sweet Dynamite


Episode 63 features a tribute to Salsoul Records, one of the prime disco outlets of the late '70s. Their roster list was actually a compendium of disco, funk, Latin soul and straight-up R&B. There are a few Salsoul facts that I learned while putting this show together. They released the first 12-inch disco single ever (Double Exposure's "Ten Percent"). Their name was invented by Latin soul legend Joe Bataan. And they had a habit of, oh, let's say, tactically rewriting some songs that were already hits. There are two such songs on this show (Martha High and, though I forgot to mention it, the Joe Bataan/Jocelyn Brown collab). You're never too old for Angel Flights. (Yes you are. -- Ed.)

ArtistSongYearLabel
Set 1
The ApollasYou're Absolutely Right1965Loma
The VibrationsKeep On Keeping On1965Okeh
George Torrence & the Naturals(Mama Come Quick, and Bring Your) Lickin' Stick1968Shout
Warren LeeUnderdog Backstreet1969Tou-Sea
James CarrFreedom Train1968Goldwax
Kenny Smith & the LovelitersGo For Your Self (Part 1)1969Flo-Roe
Joe TexMen Are Gettin' Scarce1968Dial
Ann PeeblesGive Me Some Credit1971Hi
Set 2
Fontella BassTalking About Freedom1972Paula
Jimmy ScottPair and a Spare1973Eastbound
Lyn CollinsMama Feelgood1973People
B.T. ExpressEverything Good to You (Ain't Always Good for You)1974Scepter
Shawne JacksonJust as Bad as You1974Playboy
American GypsyCentral Station1975Philips (Neth.)
The FuturesNinety Days (In the House of Love Correction)1975Buddah
George McCraeRock Your Baby1974T.K.
Set 3
The Salsoul OrchestraGet Happy1975Salsoul
Carol WilliamsRattlesnake1975Salsoul
Joe BataanThe Bottle1975Salsoul
Moment of TruthSo Much For Love1976Salsoul
Claudja BarrySweet Dynamite1977Salsoul
Love CommitteeCheaters Never Win1977Salsoul
Double ExposurePick Me1976Salsoul
Set 4/Outro
Loleatta HollowayHit and Run1977Salsoul
First ChoiceDr. Love1977Gold Mind
B-H-YWe Funk the Best1979Salsoul
Martha HighHe's My Ding Dong Man1979Salsoul
Edwin BirdsongRapper Dapper Snapper1980Salsoul
Joe Bataan feat. Jocelyn BrownSadie (She Smokes)1980Salsoul
Instant FunkI Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)1978Salsoul

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