Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Various Artists - The Funky 16 Corners (2001)


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.

TitleArtistYear
IntroEbony Rhythm Band1970
Dap WalkErnie & the Top Notes, Inc.1972
Let's Go (It's Summertime)James Reese & the Progressions1969
TrespasserBad Medicine1974
The Funky 16 CornersThe Highlighters1969
The KickThe Rhythm Machine1970
What About You (In The World Today)Co-Real Artists1974
InterludeEbony Rhythm Band1970
The DumpSoul Vibrations1973
Jody's FreezeJames Reese & the Progressions1969
KashmereKashmere Stage Band1973
Fish HeadSlim & the Soulful Saints1970
Tighten Up TighterBilly Ball & the Upsetters, feat. Roosevelt Matthews1968
Southside FunkSoul Seven1969
Can We RapCarleen & the Groovers1972
Beautiful DaySpider Harrison1970
Go To Work (Alternate Version)Revolution Compared To What1972
The PhantomBubbha Thomas & the Lightmen Plus One1972
In The RainThe Wooden Glass, feat. Billy Wooten1972
OutroEbony Rhythm Band1970
Bunky's PickCut Chemist2001
The Funky BuzzardJames 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.

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