Jaybyrd Slim presents… THE ALL INSTRUMENTAL BIBELOT JUKEBOX
This edition of Bibelot Jukebox is all about the guys and girls in the band. There’ll be no singing, and virtually no talking. Just the odd mumbled aside and a couple of dogs barking! So without further ado, we present a solid selection of instrumental toe tappers for your listening and dancing delight!
We kick off with a genuine superstar, more famed for his later vocal compositions and arrangements with his fabulous Family Stone. Here, the young producer is fast learning his craft, and already serving up irresistable grooves for the dancefloor…
Sly Stone – Buttermilk (pt 1)
Another early slice of California soul sees this hot quintet from Merced cut loose and swing. Guaranteed to get the Mods moving!
The Merced Blue Notes – Rufus Jr
Also popular with the Mods, Junior Walker and The All Stars cut many upbeat dancers, but we’ve plumped for this slow, sensuous 1965 reply record to their own, ‘Cleo’s Mood’.
Junior Walker & the All Stars – Cleo’s Back
We pick the beat up again with this infectious, James Brown-inspired rhythm from Kingston, Jamaica. This obscure ’70s recording by the Studio 1 house band has since taken on a life of its own…
Brentford All Stars – Greedy G
Back in London’s Holloway Road, producer Joe Meek was concocting eerie, otherwordly instros with his own band of crack sessionmen; The Tornados.
The Tornados – Ridin’ The Wind
….and the haunting electric piano continues our spooky vibe, on this surfing opus, one of the biggest instrumental hits of the early ’60s…
The Chantays – Pipeline
Speaking of surfing, these part time beach dwellers had shaken off their early surfers image somewhat by 1966, when chief writer Brian Wilson produced the timeless LP to which this neat instro is the title track. Listen out for his dogs at the end!
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
This combo only seem to have cut one record back in 1967, but what a stormer! On the B-side of Northern Soul favourite ‘A Little Bit Hurt’ dwells this groovy organ outing…
Julian Covey & the Machine – Sweet Bacon
A cover version of another obscure B-side, this soulful stomper raced up the UK charts in 1970. The eponymous Mr.Bloe was in fact multi instrumentalist and producer Zack Laurence, along with suitably named harmonica player, Harry Pitch!
Mr Bloe – Groovin’ With Mr Bloe
Dutch quintet Shocking Blue also made quite a stir in the early ’70s, due in no small part to the distintive lead vocals of chanteuse Mariske Veres. She sits this one out however, whilst her bandmates get out the sitar and concoct a hypnotic little piece of ‘raga-rock’.
Shocking Blue – Acka Raga
And we end with a full blown psychedelic groover, as the East End’s finest stretch out on the title track to their legendary last LP from 1968. Thanks for listening.
Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
Listen to this playlist on our Spotify account (Bibelot Magazine)
Jaybyrd Slim co-hosts the Club Nitty Gritty Radio show on the fourth Tuesday of every month, at www.reelrebelsradio.com.
DJ Jaybyrd Slim is co founder of cult London club, The Nitty Gritty.
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