Melting Pot

I’d been really looking forward to this our usual end of the month all vinyl affair on Melting Pot because I’ve been a busy beaver diggin’ in the crates (and on Ebay too) over the past couple of months and with the fundraiser we weren’t able to do our usual thing in February. But this past weekend my Dad was in town from Atlanta and that inspired me to go in a different direction. Instead I decided to dig through my collection and figure out which records I inherited from the Barnes Family collection, most of which were bought by my Mom, Dad or Brother before I got here in 1975. So here you have a really personal show, featuring some extra scratchy vinyl (though I don’t think anything skipped, you get a lot of cracklin catfish and a few poppety pops too) from my family. As a sociologist I’m very interested in what Bourdieu called “Habitus” and how we become the people we are. This gives you a bit of a peek behind my musical sensibilities by virtue of some of the music that was in my mind as a little kid. Listening to it now with post-Hip-Hop ears, I amazed at both the quality of the tracks (though some of that is selective since these are the ones that I held on to, I can’t even remember if there were more, though I know my Dad still has some vinyl that he kept) and also how many of the tracks have been sampled or feature sample worthy material. I highly suggest, if you haven’t already, that you make sure take a look at your own home collection, reminisce about the good times and most importantly the good music from your own past. I don’t have enough records to do a second show, but it was a great experience putting this one together.

Melting Pot on KPFK #37: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #37: Second Hour

Playlist: 3-27-2011

{opening theme} Boris Gardiner – Melting Pot – Is What’s Happening (Dynamic)

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Sly & the Family Stone – You Can Make It If You Try – Stand! (Epic)
Bill Withers – I Don’t Know – Still Bill (Sussex)
Bob Dorough – Lucky Number Seven – Multiplication Rock (Capitol)
Earth Wind & Fire – Drum Song – 7” (Columbia)
Eddie Kendricks – Son of Sagitarrius – 7” (Tamla)

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Mandrill – Two Sisters of Mystery – Just Outside Of Town (Polydor)
Isaac Hayes – Joy – Joy (Enterprise)
Aretha Franklin – You’re A Sweet Sweet Man – Aretha Now (Atlantic)

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Dickie Goodman – Superfly Meets Shaft – Mr. Jaws (Cash)
The Barkays – Sang & Dance – 7” (Volt)
C.W. McCall – Convoy – 7” (MGM)
Rhythm Heritage – Theme From Swat – 7” (ABC)

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Jimi Hendrix Experience – Rock Me Baby/Can You See Me – Historic Performances Recorded At The Monterey International Pop Festival (Reprise)
Funkadelic – Who Says A Funk Band Can’t Play Rock?! – One Nation Under A Groove (WB)
Michael Jackson – You Can’t Win – The Wiz (MCA)

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Latimore – Let’s Straighten It Out – More More More Latimore (Glades)
Jerry Butler – Ain’t Understanding Mellow – The Sagitarrius Movement (Mercury)
David Porter – I Can’t See You When I Want To – The Living Word: Wattstax 2 (Stax)
Otis Redding – Open The Door – The Dock Of The Bay (Atco)

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James Brown – Public Enemy #1 – 7” (Polydor)
Curtis Mayfield – The Other Side Of Town – Curtis (Curtom)
The Edwin Hawkins Singers – Oh Happy Day – 7” (Pavilion)

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{closing theme} William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got Pt. 2 – 7” (Roxbury)

2 Responses to “Breakdown: March 27th on KPFK’s Melting Pot”

  1. Yvette

    Just had to repeat it…last Sunday's show was OFFTHECHAIN…I have it on repeat all day today…I cant get tired of it, its almost sick…they just do't make tunes like this no more! Thank you!

  2. Michael Barnes

    It was my pleasure! Glad you dug it…

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