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Andy's sample selection pt.1

A great deal of the music I've been introduced to has been through sampling (Hip-Hop mostly). Here's the first in a selection of my favourite sampled tracks. 

It's an impossible task to compile a definitive list, so here are just a few from different genres, in an on-going series of posts. I won't go into who sampled what, and where; but many of you will spot them instantly. Others, well, just enjoy them regardless, I've tried to choose tracks that have been both sampled well, as well as being strong tracks in their own right.  Enjoy! 

Gábor Szabó - San Fransico Nights

Gabor Szabo featuring the California Dreamers, who also played on Toms Scott's excellent Honeysuckle Breeze LP, which is also well worth tracking down. There's a track which sampled this heavily, and it's a difficult sample to use, it's got a full sound. Both the sampled and the sampling tracks are so strong.

Webster Lewis - Do You Believe?

I've listened to this a million times since being put onto it by Dave Bongo. Incredible record, and unfortunately, incredibly rare too.

Funkadelic - I'll Stay

This one is from George Clinton's other band, Funkadelic, and features on their '74 LP 'Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On'. Moody, and the track which I know it from is equally dark.

George Duke - For Love (I Come Your Friend)

Absolutely amazing wig-out from George Duke.

Jeremy Steig - Howlin' for Judy

This track comes from Steig's third LP, before he was signed to Blue Note records. 

Jack Bruce - Born To Be Blue

Jack Bruce, whilst still a member of psych group, Cream, released this LP on Polydor in 1968.


Pugh Rogefeldt - Love Love Love

Finnish prog' genius.

The Seeds - Can't Seem To Make You Mine

This was the debut single for LA psych / Garage rockers, The Seeds. Their first self-titled LP is a classic, also well-known 'Pushin' Too Hard' features on there too.

Marc Moulin - Tohubohu Part 1

Marc Moulin, a jazz legend from Belgium, whose early records were released by CBS are particularly rare, and unfortunately also very sought-after, which means, pricey!


Post-disco/punk girl-group ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold) was formed by three sisters from the Bronx plus one.

The Winstons - Amen, Brother

The most important break of all time. Gregory C. Coleman was the drummer, who would later go on to work with Brick.

Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Darkest light

Lafayette Afro Rock Band, formed in Long Island, who relocated to Paris, where they released this track on their fourth LP, Malik.


Labi Siffre - I Got The (Blues)

Labi Siffre. From the album on Mr Bongo. Solid LP, also features Chas & Dave before they were famous.

Pekka Pohjola - Sekoilu Seestyy

Finnish prog-jazz, from Pekka Pohjola. I know very little about this one. Features Eero Koivistoinen who is also well worth checking out, look for 'Wahoo' and "For Children'.