Monday, April 11, 2011

Eugene Blacknell

Artist: Eugene Blacknell
Album: I've Been (Down So Long) - Single
Label: Seaside Records
Year: ?

1. I've Been (Down So Long)
2. Holding On

I've been really busy lately, but here's a quick post just to keep things going. I found this single in a box outside of Rasputin's record store up here in Berkeley. Eugene Blacknell was a funk and soul guitarist from the Bay Area (Oakland, to be specific). You can read a short bio on him from AllMusic here. Not mentioned in this bio is that he died sometime in the 1980s, clearly much too young.

Apparently, he never released a full-length album, just various singles. With that in mind, it's a little sad to see "from the Forthcoming L.P." on the left-side of the label; I wonder why he never was able to release an entire album, and what it might have sounded like. If anything like the B-Side of this single in the video below, then we really missed out:

According to some info on him from a Ubiquity Records video, "[Eugene's] musical career stretched from the early 1960s to the end of the 1980s and during that time he established himself as an East Bay original, an entrepreneur, an activist, and a family man. With so many accomplishments it's an irony of fate that he died before releasing an album despite having recorded enough material for several."

Ubiquity Records released a compilation album of Eugene Blacknell's work, which you can purchase here. For now, I hope you enjoy the single.

Ripped from vinyl at 320 kbps (mp3). Download the single here.

Much love,

This Mutha


Zar said...

wooooooh! them's some funk! diggin the new header btw.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing.