Country Funk: 1969-1975

Country Funk: 1969-1975

     
 

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Intrepid record label Light in the Attic offers us another theme-based compilation we didn't know we needed until they did it. Previous examples, Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974, the two volumes of Thai Funk, and See more details below

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Intrepid record label Light in the Attic offers us another theme-based compilation we didn't know we needed until they did it. Previous examples, Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974, the two volumes of Thai Funk, and Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love: Motown's MoWest Story 1971-73 to name a few, were standard bearers; they highlighted essential sounds few but collectors owned. Country Funk: 1969-1975 brings together 16 sides from the catalogs of artists well-known and marginal, whose works all share mercurial qualities: their Southern rural roots actively engage emergent funk. Tony Joe White and Jim Ford are obvious choices, but their representative tracks aren't. In the former case, it's the swaggering "Stud Spider," and in the latter's it's raw gutbucket "I'm Wanta Make Her Love Me." Nostalgic memory and longing for Southern locales are addressed in numerous places such as in Johnny Adams' "Georgia Morning Dew" and John Randolph Marr's "Hello L.A - Bye Bye Birmingham." Set opener Dale Hawkins celebrates it all in "L.A., Memphis, Tyler, Texas" as Tower of Power-styled horns meet Stax guitars and Canned Heat's laid-back boogie. Elsewhere, the deep, funky, electric blues connect Gray Fox's reading of Buzz Clifford's "Hawg Frog" and Johnny Jenkins' take on Dr. John's classic "I Walk On Gilded Splinters"; their choruses and production quite literally mirror one another. Urban Blues, bluegrass, and country gospel make their appearance in Link Wray's "Fire and Brimstone." Bobbie Gentry's "He Made a Woman Out of Me," with its wah-wahs, shimmering strings, and shiny horns offers the sultry Delta blues underscored by massive breaks. And speaking of breaks, one of the stone killers in this set is Dennis the Fox's "Piledriver," with its thoroughly urban look at a country female trucker. Bobby Darin's "Light Blue" has a smoldering bassline that is brought right to the front line just as it is in Bobby Charles' "Street People." While Cherokee's "Funky Business" fits the theme, it has as much of the Byrds in it as it does Joe South. Mac Davis' "Lucas Was a Redneck" is a little too close to Tony Joe White for comfort, but that's a small quibble. Country Funk: 1969-1975 illuminates a brief but fruitful period where genre lines blurred, and both genres benefitted mightily.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2012
Label:
Light In The Attic
UPC:
0826853008327
catalogNumber:
83
Rank:
24542

Tracks

  1. L.A. Memphis Tyler Texas  - Dale Hawkins
  2. Hello L.A. Bye Bye Birmingham  - John Randolph Marr
  3. Georgia Morning Dew  - Johnny Adams
  4. Lucas Was a Redneck  - Mac Davis
  5. Light Blue  - Bobby Darin
  6. I Wanta Make Her Love Me  - Jim Ford
  7. Hawg Frog  -  Gray Fox
  8. Fire and Brimstone  - Link Wray
  9. Street People  - Bobby Charles
  10. Funky Business  -  Cherokee
  11. Stud Spider  - Tony Joe White
  12. Piledriver  - Dennis the Fox
  13. Ohoopee River Bottomland  - Larry Jon Wilson
  14. He Made a Woman Out of Me  - Bobbie Gentry
  15. Bayou Country  -  Gritz
  16. I Walk on Guilded Splinters

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Mac Davis   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Link Wray   Composer
Delaney Bramlett   Composer
Buzz Clifford   Composer
Dale Hawkins   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Don Hill   Composer
Duke Bardwell   Composer
Randy Fouts   Composer
Craig Krampf   Composer
Patrick McCarthy   Producer,Images,Archival Materials
Dick Monda   Images,Archival Materials
Moy   Composer
Trevor Veitch   Composer
Ray Vernon   Producer
Steve Verroca   Producer
Larry Jon Wilson   Composer
Margaret Lewis   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Fred Burch   Composer
Eothen Alapatt   Images,Archival Materials
Matt Sullivan   Producer,Executive Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
John Creaux   Composer
Zach Cowie   Producer,Images,Archival Materials
John Baldwin   Remastering
Jessica Hundley   Liner Notes
Myra Smith   Composer
Jess Rotter   Illustrations
Dennis Caldriola   Composer
Joe Donaldson   Composer

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