Monday, July 6, 2015

Thee Midniters "Jump, Jive, and Harmonize" (Whittier, 1967):NY Night Train Daily Party Platter

This is the first in a series I will post every other day while i'm out of town, thanks to Jonathan Toubin DJ of New York Night Train

"Turn On Your Love Light" times a million! Stone cold East L.A. classic! The finest recorded moment of one of the best bands ever! What the heck, let's just say this is one of the most exciting musical performances committed to tape in any genre... anywhere... ever! A heart-stopping guitar riff intro, relentless drumming, blasting harmonicas, heart-stopping dynamics, and the kind of tension and release teetering on the edge of collapse that makes all the best art live way past its time!

Like most of the best stuff, now and then, they only sold a few copies! "Jump, Jive, and Harmonize" probably peaked at number 362,541 on the Billboard chart that year while "Light My Fire," recorded a few miles away, was a number one hit. How could anyone have any faith in the popularity of a record? How could you believe in consumers or the music industry that creates them? Now or then? Could it be that records like this are too out of this world and there aren't enough cool people to buy 'em? Fortunately time has a way of elevating neglected masterpieces to the rightful position in culture and now, fifty years later, this is probably Thee Midniters second-most notable track thanks to Norton Records' "In Thee Midnite Hour" compilation and 2009 pressing of this single....

After years of searching, I found this original 1967 copy in East L.A at Highland Park's Avalon Records - not far from the source.... The perfect place to find the perfect record and the rare experience that justifies all of those hours of failed hunting.

You got the soul baby! That's all it takes...

This is my daily addition to the New York Night Train Party Platter playlist. Each track here is recorded directly from the original 45 (no bootlegs, reproductions, etc) to give you an idea of what the real deal authentic vinyl sounds like. COME BACK EVERY DAY FOR A NEW FIX! Because the records pass so quickly at my parties, this channel is an attempt to stop and focus on one record at a time in hopes that it'll turn you on to the artists, tracks, labels, etc. But mostly I hope this music moves you as much as it moves me.

Get your enjoys,
Jonathan Toubin
Soul Proprietor, New York Night Train

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