Monday, July 16, 2007

Introducing " Get off the Ground "aka " The Bottom End "


Everything started in 1988 circa when Acid Jazz records issue their 2nd maxi 45 Jazid 2T .
Side one : The Byron Morris Unity " Kitty Bey " and Side two :Brother Davis Miles " The Bottom End"(Jazid 1T were Galliano " Frederic Lies Still ") .
When I heard the side 2 i falled in love with that kind of " speed Jazz with an electric Acid taste thing " with a kind of outroduction by an incredible female voice .
After then I started to ask to my usual record dealers allaroud if there were an Lp ...nothing, nobody knew that Band .
In many years of reserching I never find out this Band called Brother Davis Miles .
After many years , during a gig together with Eddie Pilller I asked him something about but he just says " its a very rare thing , don't remember " ...( professional reasons)?
Some times ago after years of researching without anything find , I started again and I find out everything in a kind of magical way ...
Everything happened thanks to a DJ from London called Seymour Nurse and his web site " The Botton End " ( see links and visit it !).
The incredible thing was that after few days I had the big fortune to find a copy of the original one , It looks like theres only few copies pressed ...
To see all this story I want you to go to my friend Seymour's site and enjoy all the big work he did , because thanks him I find a great treasure to put on the Jazzmotel Deluxe Suite ! and I never could do a better work than Him .
But first I would like to tell you that I was lucky again cause I get in touch with the man who played that incredible track , not Brother Davis Miles but a man called Don Baaska his wife Valli Scavelli .
Please enjoy the interview and read some friends comments about that trasure , cooments by Seymour Nurse and the incredible Chriss Bangs who were the first one to find that record in the early 80's and start together with Paul Murphy , Gilles Peterson and later Eddie Piller " The Bottom end " Saga .

Chriss Bangs quote:

"When I first picked up an interesting record while diggin' the crates 20-odd years ago, I little thought that that record would go on to acquire the legendary status that it has achieved over the years. Looking back you can see why Murphy turned it into such an anthem, as it has everything a DJ could possibly want from a record…
DJ'ing on a rare record scene, which is what all us Jazzers were doing at the time, you look for certain things in a record:
1) Exclusivity - well, it took 20-odd years before even another copy was found!
2) Longevity - timeless bass, driven hard jazz that was never out of fashion 'cos it was never in fashion either!
3) Mystery - the record itself gave no clue to who it was by- it just said "THE BOTTOM END" on the sleeve. One side was with some geezer noodling around on a church organ and the other side had this dirty live jammin' jazz cut direct to disc with enuff bass…. and it just played really, really, really loud!!
On the Northern soul scene people used to cover up records, so no one else could get hold of a copy- this was so obscure you didn't even need to bother - perfect! Add to that a few dodgy bootleg releases and you have a record that's been one of the most in demand and hard to get on the planet! Until now!!"
Chris Bangs


Seymour Nurse quote:

Ken Kreisel (who produced the track), said that, "not many were pressed", but he could not remember exactly how many were cut.
A few have turned up on ebay...
I recently managed to get hold of the original acetate/test pressing of The Bottom End/ Get off the Ground. I still cannot believe it, as only 1 or 2 of these are in existence.
Best,
Seymour

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