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Classic House Music ~ the Early 90's

Happy funday house junkies,

As you know, this weekend is all about Classic House Music specifically from the 90's. I've been having the best time digging in the crates. I found this spectacular joint in the archives and I had to run to share this one with you cause it's pretty amazing. I didn't even remember how much I really loved this hard, hi-N-Rg on the verge of techno joint.

It's a remix of a 70's classic rock song Black Betty by Ram Jam. One of my all time fav house music producers, Todd Terry working under the name of Tech Nine created this amazing hit and called it Slam Jam.
Details . . .
Artist: Tech Nine
Title: Slam Jam
Label:Strictly Rhythm
Released:10 Oct 1990
Producer, Mixed By, Edited By: Todd Terry
Slam Jam (Garage Mix) 6:19
Slam Jam (The Dope Mix) 5:31
Slam Jam (Vocal Dub) 7:12
Slam Jam (The Rubba Mix)

Garage Mix

Vocal Dub

Dope Mix

and finally here's the original kick ass classic rock hit so you can experience the magical evolution/transformation of a song.


After some more digging I've found that the 1977 rock song was a remake of an even older version of the song whose earliest recording is from 1933 by U.S. musicologists John and Alan Lomax in 1933, performed a cappella by the convict James Baker (aka Iron Head) and a group at Central State Farm, Sugar Land, Texas.
Although that is the first official recording the song is even older. Black Betty is a 20th century African-American work song often credited to Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter as the author, though the earliest recordings are not by him. Some sources claim it is one of Lead Belly's many adaptations of earlier folk material, in this case an 18th century marching cadence about a flint-lock musket.
Some claim the song is derived from an 18th century marching cadence about a flint-lock musket with a black painted stock; the "bam-ba-lam" lyric referring to the sound of the gunfire. Soldiers in the field were said to be "hugging Black Betty". In this interpretation, the musket was superseded by its "child", a musket with an unpainted walnut stock known as a "Brown Bess".

So there ya go my house loving peeps, we are bumping to a song from the 1800's like only we can bump. jaja luvs it! ;)

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