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Marc Mac Christmas Miracle Selection
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December 24, 2013 02:44 PM PST
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Merry Christmas.
Soul Funk Jazz & Fuzz for 2014...
all the best.
MNP SU THAI BINH FRED PAZ HPINH SALAM PAX FRIEDEN PAIS PACE SHOLOM
PEACE

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Dusty Motown Crates vol 2
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December 24, 2012 09:35 AM PST
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Part two. More Motown Magic from the Motor City Crates.
Marc Mac presents 60 minutes of Motown Dusty Grooves “mixtape style”. All "green light Technics" strictly vinyl. Part One.
Without doubt Motown has always been one of my fave labels and truth is you don't have to dig to deep to find Motown gems as it was such a popular label. In more recent times loads of previously unreleased Motown tracks have surfaced solidifying my admiration for the Motown groove.
Shout also has to go to the many Hip hop producers that helped in keeping the groove alive through sampling.
check it out.

Terry Callier Special
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November 04, 2012 12:14 PM PST
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Soul/Jazz Folk singer and guitarist Terry Callier, passed away last week (October 27, 2012) aged 67 after suffering from throat cancer. Terry released a string of enduring and influential albums between the early 60's and the late 80's and enjoyed a creative rebirth during the late 90’s in the UK when his Folk, Soulful music was revived by the acid-jazz movement, and great new albums via Talkin Loud Records and Mr Bongos. Terry's more modern collaborators included Beth Orton, Massive Attack, 4hero, Incognito, Paul Weller and Nujabes. It wasn't just the distinct voice and guitar playing that made Terry so special in his early era but his sometimes radical out-there songwriting skills were picked up by the likes of The Dells, Jerry Butler, Dee Sharp Gamble and The Rotary Connection. Credit also goes to Terry for Spotting Minnie Riperton as she worked as a receptionist at Chess Cadet Records (so the story goes). Some of my personal favorites from Terry is his work with arrangers Charles Stepney and Richard Evans at Cadet records. Enjoy the selection.
Rest In Power Terry Callier.
Marc Mac

Dusty Motown Crates
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October 09, 2012 01:54 PM PDT
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Marc Mac presents 60 minutes of Motown Dusty Grooves “mixtape style”. All "green light Technics" strictly vinyl. Part One.
Without doubt Motown has always been one of my fave labels and truth is you don't have to dig to deep to find Motown gems as it was such a popular label. In more recent times loads of previously unreleased Motown tracks have surfaced solidifying my admiration for the Motown groove.
Shout also has to go to the many Hip hop producers that helped in keeping the groove alive through sampling.
check it out.

Earl Van Dyke - "Thank You" Faletinme Be Mice Elf
Valerie Simpson - We Can Work It Out
Puzzle - State Of Mind
Gordon Staples & The String Thing - Look Of Love
Diana & the Supremes - Can't you see It's Me
The Marvelettes - You're The One
Jimmy Ruffin - I Know I Can
The Messengers - California Soul
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - I Want You Back
Stevie - Everybodys talkin' (live)
Barbara McNair - Here I Am Baby
Marvelettes - Here I Am Baby
Barbara Randolph - Can I Get A Witness
Valerie Simpson - Genius II
Elaine Brown - Child In The World
Gladys Knight - No One Can Love You More
Tammi Terrell - All I Do Is Think About You
SanRemo Strings - Lonley One
Detroit Strings - In The Pocket
Jackson 5 - Shadow Of Love
Smokey Robinson - You Ain't Livin till You Loving

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The Soul Arranger (part eight) - H.B Barnum
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April 15, 2012 11:29 AM PDT
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The Soul Arranger (part eight) - H.B. Barnum.
Ok here's the lowdown, I hope you enjoy this latest instalment.
Producer and arranger H.B. Barnum remains one of the unsung giants of popular music, collaborating with a who's who of acts spanning from Frank Sinatra to Puff Daddy.

Legendary music producer and arranger H. B. Barnum, a man who has worked with an extraordinary cross-spectrum of performers, was born Hidle Brown Barnum, Jr. on July 15, 1936 in Houston, Texas. At age four, he won a nationwide talent contest for his singing and piano playing, which launched a film and radio career that included appearances on Amos ‘n’ Andy and The Jack Benny Program. Barnum recorded his first solo album at the age of fourteen as Pee Wee Barnum. He attended Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, California.

In 1960 Barnum scored a Top 40 pop hit of his own with the instrumental "Lost Love," signing to RCA later that year to release his debut LP, The Big Voice of Barnum -- H.B., That Is. Everybody Loves H.B. -- Barnum, That Is trailed in 1961, and while a handful of solo records followed, his performing career gradually took a backseat to his work as a studio arranger and producer. Upon joining Capitol Records in 1965 Barnum's reputation flourished. Often he worked in collaboration with producer and longtime friend David Axelrod, and together they forged an innovative orchestral jazz-funk sensibility much copied and sampled in the decades to come. Barnum's list of studio credits is remarkably long and distinguished, including sessions with Sinatra, Count Basie, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, and the Supremes.
But for me it was the less know collaborations with the likes of Spanky, Greg Perry and his involvement with the Motown great Holland Dozier Holland. By the mid-'70s Barnum shifted his focus from pop music to television, scoring countless series and specials in addition to composing myriad advertising jingles.career gradually took a backseat to his work as a studio arranger and producer. Upon joining Capitol Records in 1965 Barnum's reputation flourished. Often he worked in collaboration with producer and longtime friend David Axelrod, and together they forged an innovative orchestral jazz-funk sensibility much copied and sampled in the decades to come.

Tracklist:

House Of Mirrors -  David McCallum
If I Can't Fly - Honeycone
Fifty Fifty - Al Wilson
Sunshine Of Your Love - Spanky Wilson
Ade - Letta Mbulu
Interlude - Perry & Barnum
Variety Is The Spice Of Life - Greg Perry
Oops Here I Go - Edna Wright
If The price Is Right - Edna Wright
Edge - David McCallum
Wille Tee - Mirror
I Can't Stand To See You Cry - Smokey Robinson
Lets Get Away From It All - Greg Perry -
A Taste Of… - The Youghearts
Wonder Why - Vernon Burch
Looking Up To You - Michael Wycoff
Make Love Last - Karen Pree
I Surrender - The Glass House
I Can't Move No Mountains - Sophosticates

Enjoy!

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In The Library - Marc Mac
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January 01, 2012 12:36 PM PST
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Ok Chill... kicking off 2012 with a trip to the library. A little mix dedicated to the many great library labels, musicians and composers; Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield, Alan Parker, Sammy Burdson, De Wolfe, KPM, Sylvester, Conroy Music to name a few. There's 1000's of good lib records worldwide but I would probably have to say that my faves came from London in the 60's & 70's and I think it has a lot to do with the cool production studios in the UK during that time. Funny, as a kid watching UK tv in the 70's & 80's funky grooves always popped on programs even the news & sports programs, I'm pretty sure the musicians would have listened to whatever was cool in the US at the time (Stevie, Herbie and Quincy Jones) then vibed off the influence.
Of course library music has become a big and important part of Hip-hop and Beatmaking with producers and DJ's parting with plenty cash and traveling far and wide for a dope track, drum break or sample buried in tons of cheesy wackness. anyway hope you dig. PEACE.
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The Soul Arranger (part seven) - Wade Marcus
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June 24, 2011 05:14 PM PDT
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The Soul Arranger (part seven) - Wade Marcus
Introducing some of the Funky, Soulful and maybe a little lesser known works of Wade Marcus. Wade arranged and produced for many great artist from Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross through to Grant Green and Marlena Shaw. Wade also spent time at two of the most important labels of the 60‘s and 70‘s; Motown and Blue Note. What I find fascinating with Wade is his ability to adapt his style and sound depending on the artist he was arranging for so there isn’t a Wade stamp or sound... its just a great sound and his arrangements tend go beyond Strings and Horns.
It’s so easy to forget about these musicians and not give them the props there so rightly deserve in fact it's pretty near impossible to find a photo of Wade on the internet.
I enjoyed digging and researching Wade Marcus hope you dig too.

Marc Mac.

Track list

  1. Rain Every Thursday - Bobby Hutcherson
  2. Sunday Dreaming - The Shirelles
  3. Mystic Brew - Ronnie Foster
  4. Mercy Mercy Me - Reuben Wilson
  5. Congress Alley - Congress Alley
  6. Lost In A Pool Of Red - Wade Marcus
  7. You And Music - Donald Byrd
  8. Keep On Keeping On - Sylvers
  9. I Ain’t Got Much - Ellerine Harding
  10. Thank You Falletin Me Me Mice Elf - Wade Marcus
  11. Thank You Falletin Me Me Mice Elf - Hearts Of Stone
  12. Jeremy - Lea Roberts
  13. See-Saw - Mel Dancy
  14. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy - Hearts Of Stone
  15. Let Me Down Easy - Inez Foxx
  16. Cosmic Voyager - Johnny Hammond
  17. All Around My World - Prana People

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The Soul Arranger (part six) the soul crate vol. 2
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January 01, 2010 01:37 AM PST
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The Soul Arranger (part six) - the soul crate vol 2
Dirty Old Soul Crates.
Ok by popular demand (lol) the series continues. Fresh for two zero ten, vol. 2 of the the Dirty Old Soul Crates. More great soul arrangements, killer vocals, rawness and deep, maybe a little bit off center with this one but hopefully by now you can dig where I'm coming from.

Marc Marc 4hero.

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The Soul Arranger (part five) - the soul crate
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December 29, 2008 02:43 PM PST
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The Soul Arranger (part five) - the soul crate
Dirty Old Soul Crates.
So I figured I should continue the series. This one is from the back of the soul crates, great vocal, string, horns and riddim sections all over these. And in the spirit of diggin' I haven't put a playlist up but I'm sure someone will soon enough. Hope you like these cos they are some of my faves.
oh and happy newness.
Marc Marc
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The Soul Arranger (Part four) - Gene Page
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November 05, 2007 07:40 AM PST
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The Soul Arranger (Part four) - Gene Page

Gene Page, 13th September 1938 - 24th August 1998, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Gene was taught piano by his father and went on to win a four-year scholarship to the Brooklyn Conservatory. Back in Los Angeles he found work arranging demo tapes for local band and producers, in 1962 he was hired by Reprise Records as their arranger. The long list of artist Gene worked with through his time inc Barry White, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, Johnnie Taylor, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, The Jones Girls, Deniece Williams, The Jackson Sisters, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Eloise Laws, Dionne Warwick, The Gap Band, Carrie Lucas, Carl Anderson, Anita Baker, Shalamar and on and on.
Of the 4 arrangers I suppose Gene was the funkiest, when I listen to his arrangements I feel that he wasn't so hung up on how the music looked on paper but how it felt with the beat, moving away from Classical or Jazz training and just trusting the groove, this was also a very important factor when he work with Barry white who was an untrained self taught composer. I've included Diana's "Now that there's you" although the credits on that track aren't so clear but I guess it was Gene and Paul Riser on that album. I have hand pick some of my personal favorites for this Podcast not so much the best selling or well known, hope you enjoy. Peace…
Marc 4hero.

Track List:

Strange Games and Things - Love Ulimited Orchestra
Upermost - Jackson 5
Jungle Eyes - Gene Page
Mellow Mood - Barry White
There is nothing In this world.. - Tom Brock
I'm Gonna Love you Just a little Bit More - Barry White
It's Great to Be here - Jackson 5
Blacula Strikes - Gene Page
Your Gonna need me - Dionne Warwick
Brown Baby - Diana Ross
Now That there's You - Diana Ross
Move Me No Mountain - Love Unlimited
Say It Again - Danny Pearson
Say It Again - Love Unlimited
That's What You Say - Gloria Scott
Theme From Together Brother - Love Unlimitrd Orchestra
I Believe In Miracles - Jackson Sisters
Love Is The Thing You Need - Jackson 5
Move Me - James Gilstrap
Together Whatever - Gene Page

Part 4 of 4

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