Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, Johnny Pearson – The Big Beat / Speed And Excitemen [KPM Scores 1968-1970]

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More TV shows & film music scores produced by the British KPM company. Excellent library music from the legendary KPM label with lots of fuzz guitar and organ in addition to the famous drum breaks. Funky primo library music. Two of the best KPM albums + ’68 bonus. Say… Dig!!!

 

 

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BO DIDDLEY : Drive by – Tales From The Funk Dimension 1970-1973

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Bo Diddley not only is one of the key architects of Rock & Roll, in my eyes he’s also one of the founding fathers of Funk. No one played a guitar that percussively as Bo did back in the ’50s.

This great CD – which also features fantastic liner notes and images of LP cover art – brings together some of the funkiest tracks Bo recorded between 1970 and 1973.

From the masterpiece ‘Black Gladiator’ (1970) come “Elephant Man”, “Black Soul”, “Funky Fly”, “I Don’t Like You” and “Shut Up Woman”.

From ‘Another Dimension’ (1971) – the ill-fated ‘covers’-album – come two Creedence Clearwater Revival updates, but it’s Bo’s self-written funk gems “Pollution” and “Go for Broke” that really put the swing in that LP.

Next up is Diddley’s best-loved funk album, ‘Where It All Began’ (1972). A non-stop, no-filler, all-killer album, it’s only due to time shortage that it isn’t available in its entirety here. The hilarious “Hey Jerome” is fantastic, with another highly infectious ‘ad lib’ from Bo, as is the hardrocking funk opus “Bo Diddley-Itis”. “Infatuation” is a nice, soulful ballad, while “Take It All Off” is more straight-up boogie funk.

From ‘Big Bad Bo’ (1973), Bo’s last album for Chess, come three more sweaty workouts: “Bite You”, “Hit or Miss” and the headbobbing, horn heavy “Stop the Pusher”.

This is GOLD. [soulmakossa]

 

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Black Soul!

Real COOL comp. of trax taken from Bo’s four funk albums released in the early 70’s. Although you can dig entire lp’s in the Bo Diddley section of this blog, this is superfine overview of his funky stuff. 

[And remember: Fuck! Richie Unterberger and his reviews]

 

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(((o)))

 

 

BETTY DAVIS – This Is It!

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“No I don’t wanna love you
Cause I know how you are
That’s why I’ve been staying away from you
That’s why I haven’t called you

Cause I know you could possess my body
I know you could make me scrawl
I know could have me shaking
I know you could have me climbing walls

That’s why I don’t wanna love you…”

”Some of the heaviest funk you’ll ever find in one tiny package all courtesy of the mighty Betty Davis! Betty’s work of the 70s is beyond compare fuzzed-out, tripped-up, drum-heavy funk that’s been the stuff of legend for years, and which is the kind of music you could play for just about anyone, and have them say “DANG, what the hell is that!?!” This tasty little set brings together best tracks from Betty’s 3 albums of the mid 70s, Betty Davis, Nasty Gal, and They Say I’m Different, done with a focus on the hardest-hitting tracks from each set, and put together with a real ear for the kind of tunes that still burn mightily after all these years.”

 

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”In the late ‘60’s and ‘70’s, Betty Davis strutted hard and fast – in her I. Miller shoes – through the exotic world of black rock and electric jazz. A talented, sexually assertive woman in the bigoted, male-dominated world of music, Betty gleefully recounted torrid, tempestuous tales over a funky beat, decades before the likes of Kelis, Macy Gray and Missy Elliot were doing it. Oh, and she also married Miles Davis. Go on, move it girl!”

 

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”The funkiest funk you’ll ever hear!”

 

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(((o)))

 

 

DEFUNKT – Thermonuclear Sweat [1982] Vinyl Rip!!!

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”Defunkt is a musical group founded by trombonist/singer Joseph Bowie 1978. in New York City. They merge avant-garde aesthetics with punk rock and funk, and have produced 15 recordings on various independent labels.” [wiki]

Whoa children, ain’t it hot today? It’s perfect time for ”Thermonuclear Sweat”, one of my favorite funk slabs. This is Defunkt’s 2nd LP and probably their best, full of high energy/nuclear jazz funk tunes as Avoid The Funk, Illusion, I Tried To Live Alone, For The Love Of Mone, Believing In Love… They were connected to James Chance/White and were one of the main influences for early Red Hot Chili Peppers. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Ooh Baby… Dig!!!

 

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TONY JOE WHITE – Voodoo Village [Surfadelic Collection]

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”They say your village lies
In the western part of town
And that evil spirits are lurking all around
But I’m not scared of you
For evil can be found
Looking almost anywhere not just in voodoo town…”

”Tony Joe White is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his 1969 hit “Polk Salad Annie” and for “Rainy Night in Georgia”, which he wrote but was first made popular by Brook Benton in 1970. Dusty Springfield reached the charts with White’s “Willie and Laura Mae Jones”. He also wrote “Steamy Windows” and “Undercover Agent for the Blues”, both hits for Tina Turner in 1989; those two songs came by way of Turner’s producer at the time, Mark Knopfler, who is a friend of White. “Polk Salad Annie” was also recorded by Elvis Presley and Tom Jones.” [wiki]

This is a Surfadelic tribute to favorite swamp rock maestro from bayous of Oak Grove, Louisiana. With powerful Elvis like baritone voise and wyld wah-wah guitar playin’, Tony made his own brand of voodoo/funky/soul music. Just check out tunes as Stud Spider, Even Trolls Love Rock And Roll, Don’t Steal My Love, Elements And Things, Soul Francisco or Voodoo Village and you’ll know what I’m talking about. He also did some great covers of Reddings ‘‘Hard To Handle”, Dale Hawkin’s ”Susie Q” and Johnnie Taylor’s ”Who’s Making Love”. This collection covers White’s recordings from 1968 to 1976 for Monument and Warner Bros. records. Surfadelic got soul! Dig!!!

 

”Down in Louisiana, where the alligators grow so mean
There lived a girl, that I swear to the world
Made the alligators look tame…”
[Polk salad Annie]

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I MARC 4 – The Psych Jazzy Beat Of I Marc 4 [Italian 60’s/70’s Lounge]

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“Italian soundtracks from the late 60s to mid 70s are practically a genre to themselves and have long been a treasure trove for those who seek unique jazzy psychedelic beats. The Psych Jazzy Beat of I Marc 4, features the music of one of the top recording quartets of Italian soundtracks, I Marc 4. The members of this quartet all came from a jazz background and originally grouped together in the mid-60s with the purpose of supporting various high profile vocalists. The backing band to the most admired composers of the ’70s, from Ennio Morricone to Piero Umiliani, I Marc 4 had a unique “Italian soundtrack” style. I Marc 4 recorded several albums on their Nelson label between 1970 and 1976, featuring Antonello Vannucchi‘s incredible use of his Hammond C3, Roberto Podio‘s kicking rhythm section, and the legendary Maurizio Maiorana on bass, not to forget the real soul of the band, their guitar player, Carlo Pes. In the late 60s they moved on to being soundtrack composers whose instrumental works would then be collected and released on LPs. Psychedelic rock, soul jazz, brassy Herb Alpert style numbers, spacey exotic lounge music, goofy country funk, proto-progressive rock are the easily recognizable genres coexisting in this retrospective of one of the most hidden treasures of the Italian psych-jazz scene.”

 

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WHAT IT IS! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves [1967-1977]

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”Too many reissue compilations are content to merely slice ‘n’ dice familiar catalog choices in not particularly original ways. But this four-disc, 91-track trove of obscure ’70s R&B and funk from Warner-distributed labels great and small argues there’s still treasure to be gleaned from studio vaults–a five-hour groove-fest that’s as interested in shaking booty as in opening ears. Even the genre’s groundbreaking usual suspects (Wilson Pickett, the Bar-Kays, Curtis Mayfield, Earth, Wind & Fire, et al) are represented by selections that aren’t immediately familiar, while Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin serves up a radically different, previously unreleased take of “Rock Steady.” Still other stars contribute their sonic touches to some of the lesser-known cuts, as witnessed by the patent trippiness of Sly Stone alter-egos 6ix and Stanga on “I’m Just Like You” and “Little Sister,” respectively; the stark, party-not-so-hearty contrast of the Mayfield-written-and-produced “Hard Times” by Baby Huey & Baby Sisters; and the Meters’ version of “Tampin’,” released under the moniker of the Rhine Oaks.

Sequenced in rough chronological order, it’s a savvy window into a musical evolution as well, with the rhythmic guitars, organ swells, and horn flourishes of traditional ’60s R&B giving way to sinewy synths and increasingly chunky bass lines as the decade grooves on. While savvy hip-hoppers will note that many of the rarities here have already been repurposed by shrewd mixers, it’s a revelation to hear them in their original form. A compelling deconstruction of an often clichéd and too-narrowly-defined genre, this is an anthology that showcases music that has influenced such contemporary artists as Tupac, the Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West, annotated by many of the original musicians who set the dance floor in motion.” — Jerry McCulley

 

 

”This is a pretty sick compilation. It’s funkin’ awesome. You will be funkin’ all night to it. Alright no more shtick. Get it, if you love funk.”

”I am 1% cooler for having listened to this.”

”Quite possibly the finest compendium of funk one could possibly lay their ears on. Takes a while to get through and digest, but is high on accessibility and nearly perfect in quality and diversity (big names as well as guys I’ve never heard of before). Mark this one as essential.”

 ”Pimpin, Simply pimpin.”
”Basically the Nuggets of R&B, except it consistently beats its mainstream competition.  If you’re into the style, this is essential.  A good number of these are instrumentals, but that’s not a bad thing.”
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Funky Surfadelic, Dig!!!