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Paris DJs Soundsystem - Do The Tighten Up!
Paris DJs Soundsystem - Do The Tighten Up
(MP3 Podcast on 2009-06-11

Tighten Up was a summer 1968 number one R'n'B and Pop hit single by Archie Bell and the Drells from Houston, Texas. It sold a million copies by May 1968. The song described an accompanying dance that the band had invented, also called the Tighten Up. It's one of the most addictive early funk tracks ever, and has been covered and played by everyone from Maceo Parker to The Bamboos since then. Here's a 30mn blended selection of our favourite funk and latin versions...

Tracklisting :
01. The Majestics - Tighten Up
(from 'Here Come Da Judge' album, 1968 / Arc Sound)
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02. Osaka Monaurail - Tighten Up
(from 'Amen, Brother' album, 2008 / Unique)
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03. Orchestra Harlow Presenta A Ismael Miranda - Horsin Up
(from 'Orchestra Harlow Presenta A Ismael Miranda' album, 1968 / Fania)
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04. Dave Cortez with The Moon People - Happy Soul (With A Hook)
(from 'Happy Soul (With A Hook)' 7 inch, 1968 / Speed)
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05. Archie Bell and The Drells - Tighten Up
(from 'Dog Eat Dog' 7 inch, 1968 / Atlantic)
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06. The New York Latin Scene With Sonny Bravo - Tighten Up
(from 'You Gotta Turn Me On' album, 1968 / Columbia)
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07. Al Escobar and His Orchestra - Tighten Up
(from 'El Sonido Moderno de Al Escobar' album, 1969 / Tico)
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08. Roosevelt Matthews with Billy Ball and The Upsetters - Tighten Up Tighter
(from 'You Got Me Diggin' You' 7 inch, 1968 / King)
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09. The Earthquakers - Soul Samba
(from 'Soul and Rock Session' album, 19?? / Concert Hall)
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10. Benny Gordon and The Soul Brothers - Tighten Up
(from 'Tighten Up' album, 1968 / Hot Biscuit)
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11. TNT Boys - Musica Del Alma
(from 'Sex Symbols' album, 1969 / Cotique)
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12. Chris Columbus And The Swingin Gaites - Tighten Up '70'
(from 'Do You Remember' 7 inch, 19?? / Mus-I-col)
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13. The Bamboos - Tighten Up (album version)
(from 'Step It Up' album, 2006 / Tru Thoughts)
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14. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Tighten Up (Japanese Gentlemen Stand Up Please!)
(from '×∞ Multiplies' 10 inch, 1980 / Alpha)
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15. The Moon People - Hippy Skippy Moon Strut (Opus #1)
(from 'Hippy Skippy Moon Strut' 7 inch, 1969 / Roulette)
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16. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Tighten Up (Here We Go Again)
(from '×∞ Multiplies' 10 inch, 1980 / Alpha)
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17. Eddy Mitchell - Tighten Up
(from ' Colts Pour Schmoll' album, 1968 / Barclay)
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18. The Moonflowers - Tighten Up
(from 'Tighten Up On The Housework Brothers And Sisters' 12 inch, 1992 / Pop God)
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All the original artworks from the records played in this mix are available on Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected and mixed by the Paris DJs Soundsystem (
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (
Artwork layout by Djouls ( using a photo by MShades under a Creative Commons license

Direct download: Paris_DJs_Soundsystem-Do_The_Tighten_Up.mp3
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