It’s Friday here at Flea market Funk and I’m excited about this record. Actually I’m excited about a few things. First off, the good people over at Monday Jazz have asked me to contribute a mix. I’m very excited for this, and I will let you all know when it’s ready to go. Also, if you scroll down on the right of the blog, you will see a link for you Facebook users to link up on the Networked blogs. If you could (and I’d love if you would), add me so we can spread the word of Funk, Soul, Jazz, and Reggae on Facebook as well. Thank You in advance. Ok, here’s a record I have been trying to find in the field for a while, but since it popped up in a set sale a few weeks ago, I snapped it up right quick. It’s the Johnny Otis Show with “The Watts Breakaway” on Epic Records.
I’ve written about Johnny Otis before, as he is no stranger to FMF. You can read about his background there. Along with all his R& B producing, writing, band leading, politicking, and singing, he would release this sweet piece of Funk. With vocals by Delmar “Mighty Mouth” Evans, this thing smokes. Even if it was called the Portland Breakaway, the drums hit hard , and the horn stabs plain kill it. There’s a break drum break in the beginning, but by the time the proper drum break hits midway, the horns are in full swing, and Johnny and Delmar show you what’s up with the Watts Breakaway. In the words of my man Larry over at Funky 16 Corners: “It’s a stone gas.” I hope that this side gets your weekend moving, because it has got about the last three moving for me. I’m taking off Monday (I think) to celebrate my first day of my fourth decade, in other words I’m turning the big 4-0. See you all soon. Keep Diggin’!