WISH LIST WEEK* (AUGUST 10-16, 2015)
An excellent compilation of funk recordings by little-known performers during the late '60s and the first half of the '70s (plus a sample-filled more recent bonus track). I'm guessing many of these songs, which were usually released only on a few hundred 45 singles if at all, appeared on CD for the first time here. Comparisons with The Meters and James Brown are readily available throughout. This had been on my wish list for years and I wanna slap myself for not picking it up earlier. Day-um it's good. All this funk and great liner liner notes to boot! If I was planning on getting anything done today, it's either not gonna get done or it will be done with this CD as an accompanying soundtrack.
The tracks were excavated by producers Egon and Peanut Butter Wolf after the two set out on a cross-country pilgrimage to meet these sixteen undiscovered funkateers. Their discoveries and interviews with the artists available at http://www.stonesthrow.com/funky16/corners.html
Rolling Stone gave it ★★★½, calling it "a victory for everyone looking to preserve America's precious funk resources." The title comes from track 5, in which the Highlighters count 16 "corners" in classic late '60s style: "hit me one time (X), hit me two times (XX)", etc. (it happens about 2:45 into the funk and is followed by a scorching sax solo).
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: 22 tracks, 16 American funk artists, 74 minutes.
|Intro||Ebony Rhythm Band||1970|
|Dap Walk||Ernie & the Top Notes, Inc.||1972|
|Let's Go (It's Summertime)||James Reese & the Progressions||1969|
|The Funky 16 Corners||The Highlighters||1969|
|The Kick||The Rhythm Machine||1970|
|What About You (In The World Today)||Co-Real Artists||1974|
|Interlude||Ebony Rhythm Band||1970|
|The Dump||Soul Vibrations||1973|
|Jody's Freeze||James Reese & the Progressions||1969|
|Kashmere||Kashmere Stage Band||1973|
|Fish Head||Slim & the Soulful Saints||1970|
|Tighten Up Tighter||Billy Ball & the Upsetters, feat. Roosevelt Matthews||1968|
|Southside Funk||Soul Seven||1969|
|Can We Rap||Carleen & the Groovers||1972|
|Beautiful Day||Spider Harrison||1970|
|Go To Work (Alternate Version)||Revolution Compared To What||1972|
|The Phantom||Bubbha Thomas & the Lightmen Plus One||1972|
|In The Rain||The Wooden Glass, feat. Billy Wooten||1972|
|Outro||Ebony Rhythm Band||1970|
|Bunky's Pick||Cut Chemist||2001|
|The Funky Buzzard||James Bell & the Turner Bros.||1971|
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None
*My money earned for teaching summer school usually pays for the family summer vacation. This year, however, we decided to forgo the usual vacay and spend money updating things around the house (the wife has been watching a lot of HGTV). Anyway, there was a little money left over, so I went over to Amazon and bought every CD available on my wish list, some of which had been on said list for over four years. This week, I'll be featuring some of these new-to-me discs; listening to many of them for the first time.