What we have here is a soul track, a rare cover of it, and a hip hop cut that sampled the original. I’m not gonna front like I have either of these funk records in my crates (I wish I did). I first discovered the Lynn Christopher version of “Take Me With You” on a volume of the renowned Dusty Fingers series. I immediately recognized the sample that was used by the Smut Peddlers (High & Mighty and Cage) for One By One, but thought the soul song was so much more substantive. It really transports you right into the groove and makes your head automatically nod. In other words, it would behoove you to give it a listen. It was included on her 1973 self titled album and was also released on 45.
Take Me With You
Fun Fact: Gene Simmons from Kiss sings backup vocals on Take Me With You. That, in and of itself, makes this a tough record to track down due to all the Kiss fanatics and completists.
It gets even better: I copped a funk compilation CD by Kon & Amir called Kings Of Diggin. Well, on this CD was another version of Take Me With You by Tyrone & Carr. This version is more rugged and less sweet and they seem to be singing in a different key or something. But make no mistake, this is a straight funk banger. On the liner notes of this CD, Kon or Amir state that they are not sure which one came out first. It’s safe to trust them on that, they know their shit.
I really can’t pick which one I like more as they are both really soulful, funky, and just great. If you’re partial to one over the other, let us know in the comment section.
Lynn Christopher – Take Me With You
Tyrone & Carr – Take Me With You
Smut Peddlers – One By One