Z Records continues its commitment to unearthing the obscure and long forgotten tracks from the last 40 years through the ever-popular Under The Influence series. Following on from Red Greg, Paul Phillips, James Glass, Nick The Record, Sean P and Faze Action it’s now the turn of one of the scenes most prolific but yet unknown collectors, Winston.
Outside of the established record collectors Winston is pretty much unknown but those that know of him will tell you that despite his low profile he has one of the best record collections around. Having met Winston at Crate Diggers in Brighton in 2019 I can personally attest to him being a really nice guy.
Sean P remembers his first trip to Winston’s house in the sleeve notes: When I visited his house for the first time, I felt like a beginner – my expectations were far exceeded by the neat rows and piles of 12″s and L.Ps everywhere; and I had brought along a foolscap notebook which after eight hours or so, expanded my wants list considerably. I thumbed through hundreds of weird and mysterious independent and major label releases. Winston played whatever I was interested in hearing, occasionally spinning random 7″ (‘Space Funk’ by Manzel, for example) and various LP cuts of his choice. I had perused around half of the collection by the time I left, but I’ll never forget that kid-in-a-toyshop feeling, along with the realisation of Winston’s buddha-like status as a master of this arcane pastime.
Sean continues: Winston is still doing the ’rounds weekly; and since the Hammersmith Black Music Record events of the mid-’80s, he’s missed few record fairs, if any – trading with dealers & fellow collectors and parting with cash when necessary. Surprisingly, he has no truck with the internet – somewhat curious to the rest of us who now can’t imagine life without it. And as a man with no online presence, knowledge of Winston’s existence is restricted to the real world. Some justification, perhaps, for giving this fervent ambassador of all things boogie an opportunity to share some of his favourites beyond those in the know.
So for Volume Seven of the Under The Influence series Winston has included tracks taking in soul, funk, disco & boogie with many of the tracks costing hundreds if you were able to find the originals.
As always with ZR compilations a lot of time and effort has been spent on creating these masters from the original vinyl, cleaning them up, removing all the clicks and pops resulting in the cleanest sounding copy possible. Full length tracks in the player.
The version of Dancing’ by Mary Gold on this compilation is unedited and includes the missing verses not found on the sampler.
A1 – Synergy Feat. Donnell Pitman – More People Than Me
A2 – Betty Padgett – Sugar Daddy (Part One & Two)
A3 – Bollyn Thompson – Build Your Foundation
B1 – Are & Be – If There Is No Struggle (Long Version)
B2 – Bramsam – Get Up And Dance Now
B3 – Lord Of Storm – I’m Human
C1 – Jonnie Vibes Lambert – Can’t Stop Dancin’
C2 – The Olympics – Do You Like It
C3 – The G.T.’s – Let’s Do It Together
D1 – Mary Gold – Dancing
D2 – Al “Man” Muntzie And The Embraceables – We Are Steady Rockin