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DILLA SAMPLES #2: Eric Burdon & The Animals – Man – Woman (1967, MGM)

From the late eighties to mid-nineties it wasnt uncommon for emcees to spend a couple of record grooves to share their big ups and rock ons. The 90s brought some well-crafted shout-out tracks—Brand Nubian’s Dedication, to name one—but other than that it was mostly filler no killer. No wonder shout-out tracks quietly died down; it is now a thing of the past. But not before Jay Dee revamped it in 2003 with “Shouts (Alt), closing his Ruff Draft album.

The groundwork for the heavy-hitting beat dates back to 1967: drums by Barry Jenkins, who was part of Eric Burdon & the Animals. The drum pattern is based on the track “Man – Woman” off their first album, Winds of Change, one year after the original band The Animals decided to call it quits.

While the band shifted towards a more psychedelic approach with Winds Of Changepart of the album was often labelled by critics as ‘overly pretentious’—it was drummer Barry Jenkins who played an important role: his steady rhythms were the glue holding together the most daring tracks on the album, which was well-needed to keep the reverb, exotic instrumentation and Burdon’s acid-fueled mumbo jumbo grounded.

Case in point: “Man – Woman”, a spoken word piece about a man who cheats on his wife. Bongos, bells, electric guitar, voice effects—the whole shebang. In this, Jenkins’ tight break-like drumming is the only structured element.


Dilla follows that very same drum beat for “Shouts (Alt)”, which is the follow-up to the album’s short “Shouts” interlude. A sample of Burdon saying “Baby” can also be heard throughout the track, like a subtle big-up to the distinctive lead singer. Because isn’t a sample in a way a producer’s shout-out by itself? Eric Burdon, rock on. Barry J, rock on. Jay Dee, rock, rock on…

 

 

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Danny Veekens (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) is a freelance music journalist and the founder of The Find Magazine. Over the course of the last 10 years, he’s published print magazines and curated a string of vinyl records, cassette tapes and compilations with The Find.

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