Galt MacDermot – Samples

Galt MacDermot is easily one of my favorite soul-jazz pianists/organists of all time. After discovering “Duffer” on a breaks compilation about a decade back, I decided to snatch up whatever I could find. Fortunately, a good portion of his late 60s/early 70s albums and soundtracks had been repressed: “Woman Is Sweeter”, “Shapes Of Rhythm”, “Cotton Comes To Harlem”, etc. Also, Galt released the amazing “Up From The Basement” compilations in early 2000, and both volumes were entirely composed of unreleased tracks, including an alternate version of “Duffer”!

Unfortunately, I had a difficult time tracking down his 1971 masterpiece “The Nucleus”. The Chicago-based record store “Dusty Groove Records” was purchasing ’em from Galt’s dead stock at a rate of ten per order, and I was always late on the draw. What made it worse is that Dusty Groove wouldn’t let you reserve a copy in advance! I’d search ebay and see it going for upwards of $100 (most likely from sellers who purchased numerous copies from Dusty Groove). Eventually, I got fed up with the BS and decided to contact Galt himself. I was able to snatch up three copies of “The Nucleus” at $25 a piece, as well as two copies of his classic “Hair Cuts” LP from 1969 (instrumental renditions). I also purchased a gang of others, including “Ghetto Suite”, “Isabel’s A Jezebel”, “Two Gentlemen Of Verona”, “The Karl Marx Play”, etc. Suffice to say, I was a very happy man.

Galt’s late 60s/early 70s catalog remains largely untapped in terms of sampling potential. Here’s a good portion of what’s been utilized up to this point (although my cut-off period for all things hip hop related is right around 2001/2002, so you’ll have to excuse me for not being familiar with artists that have sampled Galt in recent years).

Galt MacDermot – Samples
1. Galt MacDermot – Golden Apples Part II
2. K-Def – Galt Is Loose (Instrumental)
3. Jay Dee – Mash (Instrumental)
4. Galt MacDermot – Cathedral
5. MF Doom – Pennyroyal (Instrumental)
6. Galt MacDermot – Bedroom
7. Beatnuts – Uncivilized (Instrumental)
8. Galt MacDermot – Stockyard
9. Quasimoto – Return Of The Loop Digga
10. Galt MacDermot – Harlem Medley Pt. I
11. Quasimoto – Discipline 99
12. Galt MacDermot – Coffee Cold
13. J-Live – The Truth
14. Gangstarr – Werdz From The Ghetto Child (Instrumental)
15. Galt MacDermot – Space
16. Busta Rhymes – Woo-Hah (Instrumental
17. Busta Rhymes – Woo-Hah (Worldwide Remix Instrumental)
18. MF Doom – Cinquefoil (Instrumental)
19. Galt MacDermot – Ripped Open By Metal Explosions
20. Artifacts – C’Mon Wit Da Git Down
21. Galt MacDermot – Duffer
22. Galt MacDermot – If Our Love Is Real


Galt MacDermot – Golden Apples Part II

Galt MacDermot – Cathedral

Galt MacDermot – Bedroom

Galt MacDermot – Stockyard

Galt MacDermot – Harlem Medley Pt. I

Galt MacDermot – Coffee Cold

Galt MacDermot – Space

Galt MacDermot – Ripped Open By Metal Explosions

Galt MacDermot – Duffer (Bonus Track)

Galt MacDermot – If Our Love Is Real (Bonus Track)

As a bonus, here is the amazing “Hair Cuts” LP that I purchased from Galt himself back in 2001. I remastered it with click repair.

Galt MacDermot – Hair Cuts (1969)
1. Aquarius
2. Sodomy
3. Donna-Hashish
4. Easy To Be Hard
5. Where Do I Go
6. Don’t Put It Down
7. Hare Krishna
8. Good Morning Starshine
9. Let The Sunshine In

Obviously, hit up google for out-of-print Galt records like “The Nucleus”, etc. Also, make sure to purchase everything that has been repressed over the past decade. If you’re a fan, then you owe it to the man. Hell, I’ve probably contributed at least $300 to his cause!

–Roy Johnson

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18 Responses to “Galt MacDermot – Samples”

  1. Antonio says:

    Ripped Open by Metal Explosions was also sampled in Brooklyn Hard Rock by Thirstin Howl the 3rd. I think either Will Tell or Steve Boston produced the track.

  2. Cenzi Stiles says:

    Canada ha some great musicians to sample. There's another dude called Bryan Adams… jk.

    Oh No did an OK job with his Galt project… I expected a whole lot more.

  3. verge says:

    Yeah, man, those 'Up From The Basement' records were awesome. Whether you like Stones Throw or not, you gotta big them up for getting these old funk cats to dig up the gems and getting them more recognition.
    Props Roy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks x3. "Let the sunshine in" is a pure bboy song, this man was a genius.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks alot for these.

  6. Marcus says:

    Any Chance you can Re-Up this Galt MacDermot Samples Link?


  7. Renaud says:

    Yup, same request as Marcus !
    Is there any chance that you re-up this sample ?

    As a big fan of Galt’s work, I would be pleased to listen to your samples !

  8. kipling says:

    Yes, Galt was a real influence on a lot of people. If there is any chance someone could re-up the Galt/Samples file, that would be fantastic. It would be interesting to hear the originals and the songs using the samples. Thanks!

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