A stone cold rolling classic.
First heard this, I think, in the middle of a sampler of this Impalaville mix that soul-sides posted a handful of years ago:
Impalaville is the creation of Johnny Paycheck aka Johnny Pacheco aka the owner of Good Records NYC. Despite being located in NY however, the album is inspired by L.A. Chicano summer anthems: Low Rider Soul 4 Real. Rarity isn’t the point here (though there will definitely be songs you haven’t heard before) - it’s all about nailing a vibe. Pacheco sets up the mix as the best radio show you never heard - something you can imagine drifting out your car stereo as you cross the bridges of East L.A., 3pm sun blazing overhead.
But never did look up the tracklisting to identify what it was.
But then randomly queued up the Jackie Brown soundtrack on Rdio over the weekend, which led to repeated listens of The Essentials: Bloodstone. (Band’s bio is worth reading, whether on Rdio or Wikipedia: a Kansas City doo-wop group in the early ’60s that moved to LA and then London and morphed into a funk/rock band in the ’70s.)
All this also led to me compiling most the tracks off that Impalaville mix into a playlist: