Labi Siffre – 1975 – Remember My Song

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 Easily the best-remembered album by Labi Siffre – thanks to some well-used sample tracks over the years! But over and above the fame of the funky tunes “The Vulture” and “I Got The“, the record’s a key part of Siffre’s 70s catalog – a record that’s as great for its complex songwriting and deeply personal lyrics as it is for its Fender Rhodes lines, and tight musical backings from the combo of Big Jim Sullivan. All titles here are originals, and even when the groove slows down there’s a depth that clearly marks Labi as one of the best singer/songwriters of the 70s – a talent who’s been finally rediscovered in recent years, although sometimes only remembered for a few jazzy hooks from these tunes, and not the strength of the whole magilla! Here’s your chance to dip into the Siffre sound at its fullest – on tracks that include “The Vulture”, “I Got The”, “Another Year”. 

Tracks
A1 I Got The 6:36
A2 Another Year 4:12
A3 Down 5:45
A4 Old Time Song 4:48
B1 The Vulture 3:43
B2 Dreamer 4:01
B3 Sadie And The Devil 3:51
B4 Turn On Your Love 3:42
B5 Remember My Song 5:59

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Highly sought after fifth album, until a 2006 reissue program made nearly all of Labi Siffre’s ’70s releases more readily available. Its erstwhile status was derived from crate-digging hip-hop fans, obviously trying to get their hands on the source material for Eminem’s “My Name Is.” Their curiosity might have been further induced by stumbling on the third volume of Capitol Rare, a compilation EMI released in 1999. Next to introducing the world to the obscure Swedish soul belter Doris Svenssonand a couple of David Axelrod oddities, the compilation included another killer groove fromRemember My Song in “The Vulture.” Having tasted the goods, some beat heads were apparently willing to offer up to 250 GBP for a mint copy. They were in for a surprise, as the album spawns two very different identities: one being the big orchestrated funky production of mentioned songs, while the other turns out to be mellow singer/songwriter stuff. The sequencing of the funky and folksy is another confusing characteristic of this album. Kicking off the vinyl’s original A-side with “I Got The“, for the next three songs there’s not a break in sight. Musical styles and personal tastes notwithstanding, the albums second half holds a few unexpected gems. 
Labi Siffre - 1975 -  Remember My Song label

As it blasts off with “The Vulture“, the infectious “Sadie and the Devil“, and the irresistible “Turn on Your Love” make this side overall more enduring. Formerly just another guitar supported singer/songwriter backed by the occasional string arrangement, Siffre’s fully fledged band approach makes a remarkable difference. In its more rewarding moments Remember My Song improves on the occasional funky backdrop of selections from the singer’s preceding albums, most notably “A Little More Line” and “Gimme Some More.” Some ace musicians came to Siffre’s aid: session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan took duties on lead guitar as well as co-producing, Brian Bennett of the Shadows on drums, and Chas & Dave who would become well known in their own right. Considering these players, it’s surprising the album wasn’t more heavily promoted. The imprint Mr. Bongo was the first to stop it from reveling in obscurity, predating the reissue program by eight years. The Music of Labi Siffre from 2001 is in fact a back-to-back reissue of this album and Happy, a second, more pop-oriented album from 1975 with different musicians. Curiously, the latter wasn’t part of the reissue program.

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  1. Robert says:

    Great discovery,thank you!

  2. W says:

    Great album. Thx

  3. Abros says:

    Killer stuff!!!!

  4. Mac says:

    Excellent LP. Thanks.

  5. Daniel says:

    cant wait to hear this looks soulful thanx nikos

  6. Americo says:

    Just listening to this right now, it is fantastic!!! 

  7. Massimo says:

    Great taste, complete posts, beautiful design, classic stuff, a lot of rarities. One love for the music! Thank you for sharing this excellent vinyl collection. bless you.

  8. Tiago says:

    Thanks for this funky little gem!!! Peace

  9. Nilay says:

    thanks for the Labi, never heard this one before, thanks for puttin me up on some new stuff.

  10. Pierre says:

    All I can say about this wonderful contribution….Mercy….

  11. Tim says:

    thanks a million for these great drops!

  12. Julian says:

    Nice, I’ve been wanting to check this out for ages.

  13. Ortega says:

    Thanks a lot for these cream of the crop of Soul music.

  14. Hawkind says:

    Many thanks for this brilliant album.

  15. Roberto says:

    This site have broadened my musical horizons! Much respect, much love, nikos.

  16. Angel says:

    This is my introduction to him. Thank you!

  17. Lima says:

    thanks for the consistent high quality stuff! covers are nice as well.

  18. Paul says:

    Many thanks guys – greatly appreciated!

  19. Celtic says:

    This is the most comprehensive soul/funk collection on the web by far. Respect.

  20. Eddie says:

    Thanks for great music!!

  21. Ian Breno says:

    Never knew about this album.
    What a great one it is.
    Thanks for sharing.

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