We kick off this legends mix with a performer at the 2016 Margate Soul Festival Jean Carn and her Disco classic My Love Don’t Come Easy, with Disco legend Tom Moulton on remix duties. The original was released in 1979 on Philadelphia International Records and featured on Carn’s album When I Find You Love released the same the year.
Next up is our first Earth, Wind & Fire track to feature on a Funky Classix mix, Fantasy with the rework coming from Dr Packer. The original featured the supergroup’s 1977 album All ’N All released on Columbia. Fantasy was released as a single in the UK early in 1978 and peaked at #14 (unbelievably Earth, Wind & Fire have never had a UK #1). I have been very lucky to see the group perform at London’s O2, Royal Albert Hall and the Wireless Festival at the Olympic Park.
Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain’t Nobody is the third track in the mix with the Derek Kaye rework. The original was released in the UK on Warner Brothers in 1983 and become a top ten hit in the UK Singles Chart for the legendary duo in the spring of 1984 and the summer of 1989 when Ain’t Nobody was re-released.
Next up is the The Reflex Revision of Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder. The original featured on Stevie’s 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life (one of my favourite Stevie Wonder album’s). Sir Duke would peak at #2 in UK Singles Chart in 1977. Another fact I can not believe is that Stevie Wonder has had only two #1 singles in the UK and both are my least favourite Stevie Wonder’s songs Ebony And Ivory with Sir Paul McMartney and I Just Called To Say I Love You (just goes to show the general public in the UK have no taste in music).
The fifth track in the mix is the original (and in my opinion the best) version of Going Back To My Roots by Lamont Dozier. The original version was released in 1977 on Warner Brothers, and would be covered by Odyssey, Linda Clifford and FPI Project.
The Reflex Leon Ware Tribute Revision of I Wanna Be Where You Are by Michael Jackson is our final track in the mix. Leon Ware co-wrote I Wanna Be Where You Are with Diana Ross’s younger brother Arthur Ross and the song featured on Michael Jackson’s debut album Got To Be There released in 1971 on Motown.