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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Family - Family Affair (45 single)

This mellow funk version of the Sly & the Family Stone hit was issued shortly after Sly's single topped the charts in 1971.

According to YouTube poster fonsoul, whose channel boasts an eye-popping collection of 1,500 soul, R&B and blues selections, The Family was a group of Philadelphia studio musicians that included Leon Huff on keyboards, Ronnie Baker on bass, Earl Young on bass, Roland Chambers on bass and Larry Washington on congas. This was the group that evolved into MFSB after a name change in 1973 to avoid confusion with a British rock band.

Producers Huff and Kenny Gamble put this single out on their North Star label. It was reissued in 1973 under the MFSB name on Philadelphia-International, which the producers had formed in '71. By this time MFSB had become the studio band that backed nearly all of the label's hit records as well as waxing their own instrumental recordings, including the 1974 No. 1 hit TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia).

Family Affair

An extended version of Family Affair (4:21 as opposed to the single's 2:17) was included MFSB's self-titled 1973 album, which is available as a download and on a recently issued British CD.

The flip side of the original Family Affair single contained something called Nation Time, and here it is from fonsoul's collection.

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