Do you like samples?
Not the free ones that they hand out at Costco…even though they are delicious. But the one’s that are used to back up a good song (or a bad one.) Usually they are slices of old funk or soul, usually they are the best shit you never heard, and usually they are incredibly rare and hard to locate.
Some albums do you the favor of listing where their samples came from in their liner notes…but some don’t. So, if you’re looking for the goods it wasn’t always easy. At least it wasn’t until books like The Sampling Dictionary, or websites like The Hip Hop Directory came out.
I’ve always said a good compilation is the best bang you can get for your buck…aside from a good mixtape. And one of the better series that came out was the Super Breaks series on the BGP (Beat Goes Public) label. They lay down a bread crumb trail that any aspiring beat head will find easy to follow.
In the late 80′s this subsidiary of Ace records got their hands on the virtual goldmine that was the Fantasy label and began sifting through their vaults. The results are nothing short of stunning.
You’ll find easily recognizable tunes like Jean Jaques Perrey’s ‘E.V.A.’ used by Gangstarr for ‘Just to Get a Rep,’ or the original Linda Lyndell version of ‘What a Man’ covered by En Vogue. The rest you may not immediately recognize…but are good enough to make you want to find out who sampled them and for what.
Besides, who wouldn’t want a good copy of William De Vaughn’s seminal pimp classic ‘Be Thankful for What You Got’ or Rufus Thomas’ ‘The Breakdown (Part 2).’ Or the stomping good time tunes of The Fatback Band’s ‘Got to Learn How to Dance’ that I must have searched forever to find. Fans of good old soul and funk will find hits galore here.
Yup, the good folks at BGP have done good work, and not just with this series. Be on the lookout for their other collections like the ‘Acid Jazz’ series by Giles Peterson and the smooth soul crooning of ‘Sweet Taste of Sin’ as well.
It’s all good baby! Go get em HERE!!!