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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Everyone slags on the pop music of the 1970s, and with very good reason. It was an era of unprecedented rock & roll wankiness, disco vapidity, and jazz-rock fusion. But let's not forget that for one or two pop music genres, the 1970s were a classic era: these include reggae which has yet to rise to the level of sublimity it achieved between 1972 and 1979 and funk, which came into its maturity in the early '70s and shortly went senile before dying quietly somewhere around the mid-'80s. Skeptical? Then check out this exquisite collection of funk singles by artists based in and around San Francisco and Oakland between 1967 and 1976. Chances are good that even the most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Everyone slags on the pop music of the 1970s, and with very good reason. It was an era of unprecedented rock & roll wankiness, disco vapidity, and jazz-rock fusion. But let's not forget that for one or two pop music genres, the 1970s were a classic era: these include reggae which has yet to rise to the level of sublimity it achieved between 1972 and 1979 and funk, which came into its maturity in the early '70s and shortly went senile before dying quietly somewhere around the mid-'80s. Skeptical? Then check out this exquisite collection of funk singles by artists based in and around San Francisco and Oakland between 1967 and 1976. Chances are good that even the most avid rare groove crate-digger will be unfamiliar with much of this material, which includes stunning tracks by such obscure artists as the 12-year-old soul prodigy Little Denise on the show-stopping "Check Me Out", the jazz-influenced Pi-R-Square "Fantasy", and Oakland funk avatar Johnny Talbot "Pickin' Cotton". Every single track on this album is well worth hearing, and more than half are brilliant. And best of all, this is apparently the first of a planned series of such collections. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Luv N Haight
  • UPC: 780661004325
  • Catalog Number: 10043
  • Sales rank: 96,179

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Git Back (2:52)
  2. 2 Foxy Girls in Oakland (2:48)
  3. 3 Pickin Cotton - Johnny Talbot (2:58)
  4. 4 Find Yourself, Pt. 1 (2:54)
  5. 5 Check Me Out - Little Denice (2:11)
  6. 6 What It Is, Pts. 1 & 2 - Apollis (7:24)
  7. 7 Trippin on the Sounds (2:13)
  8. 8 The Trip - Eugene Blacknell & the New Breed (2:25)
  9. 9 Funky Driver on a Funky Bus, Pt. 1 - Charles Leonard (3:26)
  10. 10 Sad Song - The Unforgettables (2:40)
  11. 11 Herm - San Francisco TKO's (2:41)
  12. 12 Break It Loose - Onyx (3:16)
  13. 13 Fantasy, Pts. 1 & 2 - Onyx (4:12)
  14. 14 Too Much Trouble - The Unforgettables (2:38)
  15. 15 Oomph (3:33)
  16. 16 The Feeling - Wylie Trass (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sugar Pie DeSanto Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Eugene Blacknell Arranger
Joe Crane Composer
Robert Stewart Composer
Marvin Holmes & the Uptights Contributor
M. Holmes Composer
J.C. Moore Composer
Curtis Lawson Composer
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