Acid Jazz: The 25th Anniversary Box Set

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This four-CD, one-DVD box set anthologizes the London-based Acid Jazz label -- founded by Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson -- and the same-named scene that birthed it. The term was jokingly coined in 1987 by DJ/producer Chris Bangs as a way to contend with the emergence of acid house. Unlikely as it was, acid jazz stuck and denominated a club scene that devoured rare soul, jazz, and funk (and hybrids thereof), as well as the then-current music that drew from and sampled it. The scene produced groups that put their own -- if sometimes reverential to a fault -- spin on it, and the label eventually extended its reach across continents by releasing music from the likes of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This four-CD, one-DVD box set anthologizes the London-based Acid Jazz label -- founded by Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson -- and the same-named scene that birthed it. The term was jokingly coined in 1987 by DJ/producer Chris Bangs as a way to contend with the emergence of acid house. Unlikely as it was, acid jazz stuck and denominated a club scene that devoured rare soul, jazz, and funk (and hybrids thereof), as well as the then-current music that drew from and sampled it. The scene produced groups that put their own -- if sometimes reverential to a fault -- spin on it, and the label eventually extended its reach across continents by releasing music from the likes of the Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai. Disc one reflects the foundation -- the cult favorites and classics spun by the club and warehouse party DJs, ranging chronologically and stylistically from bop (Mark Murphy's 1961 version of Miles Davis' "Milestones") to post-disco funk (Dinosaur L's "Go Bang! #5," released in 1982, mixed by François K). Discs two and three switch between proper Acid Jazz releases and selections championed by the scene. The above-mentioned groups are represented with key cuts, and so are James Taylor Quartet (in contemporary and full-on throwback modes), the Isley Brothers-referencing Night Trains, the seemingly kitschy but storming Snowboy, and tranquil rockers Mother Earth. Among the highlights not issued on the label: Gang Starr's "Jazz Thing" (a history lesson and fresh DJ Premier production at once), Soho's "Hot Music" (a sample cut-up classic), and Young Disciples' "Get Yourself Together" (contemporary soul released on Talkin' Loud, another Peterson venture). Incognito, a U.K. jazz-funk group established half a decade prior to the scene, are acknowledged with the inclusion of their Jocelyn Brown-led version of Ronnie Laws' "Always There." Disc four is devoted to stoned grooves from the likes of Paul Weller, Cypress Hill, and Jhelisa. The box itself is sturdy and contains a booklet of track information and excellent liner notes (from the label's Dean Rudland), as well as a 50-page hardcover book that showcases the label's artwork, and a Brand New Heavies 7" single. Done with the high level of care expected from the Harmless label, it should be a delight for anyone familiar or new to acid jazz and Acid Jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Label: Harmless
  • EAN: 5014797138940
  • Catalog Number: 9713894
  • Sales rank: 302,232

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Golden Lady - José Feliciano
  2. 2 Love the One You’re With - The Isley Brothers
  3. 3 Lady Day & John Coltrane - Gil Scott-Heron
  4. 4 Is It Something You Got - Tyrone Davis
  5. 5 Don’t You Care - Alice Clark
  6. 6 You - Spanky Wilson
  7. 7 Right On - Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers
  8. 8 Bert's Apple Crumble - The Quik
  9. 9 Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, Pt. 2 - Jimmy Smith
  10. 10 Milestones - Mark Murphy
  11. 11 Smokey Joe’s La La - Googie Rene
  12. 12 Black Whip - Boogaloo Joe Jones
  13. 13 Murriley - Charles Earland
  14. 14 Expansions - Lonnie Liston Smith
  15. 15 Go Bang #5 - Dinosaur L
  16. 16 I’m a Man - Chicago
  17. 17 Can’t Dance with You - Small Faces
  18. 18 Southern Man - Sylvester & the Hot Band
  19. 19 I Don't Do This (To Every Girl I Meet) - Sidney Joe Qualls
  20. 20 Ordinary Joe - Terry Callier
Disc 2
  1. 1 Blacker - Ballistic Brothers
  2. 2 The Masterplan - Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe
  3. 3 Know How - Young MC
  4. 4 Original Dope - Outlaw Possie
  5. 5 Solid Gold - Ashley and Jackson
  6. 6 Hot Music - Soho
  7. 7 The Nervous Track - Nuyorican Soul
  8. 8 Earthly Powers - A Man Called Adam
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Love You - Jestofunk
  10. 10 Super Strut - The Apostles
  11. 11 Jazzy John's Freestyle - StoneBridge
  12. 12 Helping Hand - Arthur Miles
  13. 13 From the Ghetto - Dread Flimstone
  14. 14 Bonita Manana - Espiritu
  15. 15 If the Papes Come - A Tribe Called Quest
  16. 16 BNH - The Brand New Heavies
  17. 17 Fredrick Lies Still - Galliano
Disc 3
  1. 1 Jazz Thing - Gang Starr
  2. 2 Get Yourself Together - Young Disciples
  3. 3 Dream Come True - The Brand New Heavies
  4. 4 Love Will Keep Us Together - JTQ
  5. 5 The Loud Minority - United Future Organization
  6. 6 Theme from New Avengers - Snowboy
  7. 7 Fresh In My Mind - A Forest Mighty Black
  8. 8 Oh Shit - The Pharcyde
  9. 9 Black Whip - Chapter & Verse
  10. 10 Back by Dope Demand - King Bee
  11. 11 Theme from Starsky & Hutch - James Taylor
  12. 12 Always There - Incognito
  13. 13 Too Young to Die - Jamiroquai
  14. 14 Apple Green - Mother Earth
  15. 15 Love Sick - The Night Trains
  16. 16 Beads Things & Flowers - Humble Souls
  17. 17 The Ladder - One Creed
  18. 18 Funky Jam - Primal Scream
Disc 4
  1. 1 Les Fleur - Minnie Riperton
  2. 2 Cosmos SX 2000 - Paul Weller
  3. 3 Non Corporealness - Mother Earth
  4. 4 Rassellas - Mr. Scruff
  5. 5 Movements in Dub (Roots) - Scientist & The Roots Radics Band
  6. 6 Render Your Heart - Dread Flimstone
  7. 7 Chase the Devil - Max Romeo
  8. 8 You Never Get Away - Delroy Wilson
  9. 9 Leaders & Believers - ENC
  10. 10 Astralisation - Snowboy
  11. 11 Still Swingin’ - Sleeve
  12. 12 The Groove - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
  13. 13 I Wanna Get High - Cypress Hill
  14. 14 Galactic Rush - Jhelisa
  15. 15 Nothing - Sandals
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