The German Top Five: The Champ (Intercord, 1969)
Alan Hawkshaw's 1968 belter The Champ is one of hip hop's most beloved records, having been sampled by De La Soul, Stetsasonic and a load of other absolute buggers. This version comes from the sort of cheap, exploitative, mass-market, knocked-out-in-a-day covers LP that used to be so maddeningly popular. And it's still bloody great. I mean, I love all those LPs now, but I hated them as a kid when what I wanted was the actual groups playing the actual songs. Anyway, I stole this version from here.
BTW, the "champ" pictured is Jeff Heenan of Arbroath, who was the World Pie Eating Champ in 1974. Oh yes.