Florida Funk: 1968-1975

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The third in Jazzman's reissue series collecting rare and forgotten funk treasures from the late '60s and early '70s (the first two covered the Midwest and Texas funk scenes), Florida Funk shows that the Alligator State was also clearly in the groove of it. Fueled by Florida's active club scene and released on vibrant but distributionally-challenged small independent labels, none of the singles gathered here was ever anything more than a regional hit back in the day, but many of them have since become highly sought after by collectors and DJs looking for thick backbeats to sample. And thick is the word here, as grooves as wide as a mangrove swamp and every bit as deep ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The third in Jazzman's reissue series collecting rare and forgotten funk treasures from the late '60s and early '70s (the first two covered the Midwest and Texas funk scenes), Florida Funk shows that the Alligator State was also clearly in the groove of it. Fueled by Florida's active club scene and released on vibrant but distributionally-challenged small independent labels, none of the singles gathered here was ever anything more than a regional hit back in the day, but many of them have since become highly sought after by collectors and DJs looking for thick backbeats to sample. And thick is the word here, as grooves as wide as a mangrove swamp and every bit as deep follow here track after track, and it's a wonder Florida wasn't stomped into the ocean with the pulse of it all back in those glorious pre-disco days. Daytona Beach's Universals lead things off with the marvelous "New Generation," originally released in 1970 on Expression Records, and there's no reason on earth that this side shouldn't have been a huge and enduring hit. Pearly Queen, an all-Latin band from Miami Springs who took their name from the Traffic song, follow with the equally as impressive "Quit Jive'in," released by Sound Triangle in 1974. Miami guitarist Frankie Seay's 1969 instrumental "Soul Food," originally put out by Tropical Records, is a delightfully ragged, raw and lo-fi slice of hard soul with stomping drums that sound like they're about to push through the floor. The rarity of some of these 45s is made evident by Bobby Williams' James Brown influenced "All the Time," a 1969 single from Tropical Records, which is full of the cracks and pops that come from a vinyl source that has been played repeatedly. Mildly irritating as these slight defects are, it still beats not hearing this solid little single at all. Wonderfully paced, sequenced, researched and annotated, Florida Funk is an incalculable blessing in a 21st century world always in danger of running out of new, fresh and previously undiscovered beats to sample.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Now Again
  • UPC: 659457502928
  • Catalog Number: 5029
  • Sales rank: 46,158

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Generation - The Universals (2:25)
  2. 2 Quit Jive'in - Pearly Queen (2:39)
  3. 3 Save Me - James Knight & the Butlers (3:06)
  4. 4 Super Cool - Carrie Riley (2:55)
  5. 5 Cutting Room (Hot Pants) - The Oceanliners (2:53)
  6. 6 It's Gonna Be a Mess, Pt. 1 - The Mighty Dogcatchers (2:37)
  7. 7 All the Time - Bobby Williams & His Mar Kings (3:24)
  8. 8 Do Right Man - Sam Baker (2:50)
  9. 9 Good Things - Pearl Dowdell (2:35)
  10. 10 Pure Funk, Pt. 2 - Delraysteve (2:16)
  11. 11 Everybody Has Some Dues to Pay, Pts. 1-2 - Little Beaver (4:19)
  12. 12 Butterfly Theme - Blowfly (2:17)
  13. 13 Lay It on Me - Willie Johnson (1:58)
  14. 14 Funky Fast Bump - The Outlaw Gang (2:45)
  15. 15 Los Feligreses - Luis Santi y Su Conjunto (4:02)
  16. 16 Na Na - Coke (3:58)
  17. 17 Soul Food - The Soul Riders (3:16)
  18. 18 Baby Don't Cry - Third Guitar (2:58)
  19. 19 Spider Web - Weston Prim & Blacklash (3:59)
  20. 20 Get Down - The Montereys (2:56)
  21. 21 90% of Me Is You - Vanessa Kendrick (2:43)
  22. 22 Soft Soul - Lavell Kamma (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Holloway Vocals
Snoopy Dean Guitar
Edmund Collins Bass
Robert Ferguson Drums
Frank Fernández Bass, Vocals
Willie "Beaver" Hale Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Robert Johnson Drums
Tyrone Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Benny Latimore Organ
Ruben Perez Drums
Jose Santana Vocals
Harold Seay Drums
Jerry "Wyzard" Seay Bass
Jerome Smith Guitar
Sam Baker Vocals
John Williams Trombone
John Wilcox Bass
Jesse Jones Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Luis Santi Piano, Drums, Timbales, Vocals
Victor Rodriguez Trumpet
Jesús Fernández Vocals
Denvil "Demp" Liptrott Tenor Saxophone
Anthony Turner Bass
Terry Washington Trumpet
Sam Graham Tenor Saxophone
Ariel Hernandez Bass
Pedro Rodriguez Trumpet
Willie Connell Johnson Vocals
Negro Vivar Trumpet
Jose Rubio Organ
Bobby Earl Williams Vocals
Tim Hayes Bass
John Richard Lewis Bass
Ralph Williams Flute, Tenor Saxophone
James Knight Guitar, Leader
James Riley Rhythm Guitar
Ronald Smith Trumpet
Ricardo Amaray Fernández Flute
Eugene Edwards Trumpet, Vocals
Horace Riley Bass
Peter Fernandez Vocals
Richard Clark Drums
Lonnie Jones Tenor Saxophone
"Blind" Robert Drums
Whitman Able Guitar
Ronnie Aldrini Conga
Ambristo Tenor Saxophone
Dave Bodoo Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Bolden Trombone
Carlos Bonachea Bass
Murphy Brockington Drums
Ben Clark Drums
Arthur Colden "Speq" Keyboards, Leader, Vocals
J.J. Dames Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Donaldson "Vimp" Bass, Leader
Pearl Dowdell Vocals
Sam Early Organ
Fernando Garcia Trumpet
Paul Garcia Guitar, Leader
Ron Gause Organ
César Godinez Trumpet
Eloy Guanche "Rali" Drums
Sam Guess Trombone
Theophilus Harper Alto Saxophone
Ervin Hart Rhythm Guitar
Clifford Hawkins "Screaming Jay" Drums
Scherwin Henry Percussion, Conga
William Highland Drums
Louis Howard Keyboards
Johnnie "Hot Dog" Hunter Trombone
Jimmy Jenkins "J.J." Bass
Jimmy "Goo Goo Moo" Drums
Lavell Kamma Leader, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Vanessa Kendrick Vocals
Tony Kitchen Drums
George Lane Tenor Saxophone
Lewis "Popeye" Rhythm Guitar
Johnny Louder Bass
Jerome McNeal Trumpet
Jorge Mijares "Jumbo" Vocals
Moncrief Trumpet
Lindsey Morris Trumpet, Keyboards, Leader
Danny Murray "Bob" Flute
Milton Mustapha Trumpet
Larry Newsome Tenor Saxophone
Enrique Osorio Trumpet
Mirian Owens Percussion
Butch Page Trumpet
Lanard Perry Trumpet
Weston Prim Trumpet, Vocals
Jorge Reina Trumpet
Eddie Riddle Bass
Windell Roberson Trumpet
Reed Roberts "Manson" Bass
Carlos Salazarte Conga
Frankie Seay Guitar, Leader
Joe Shakes Percussion, Conga
Charlie Smith "Chan" Guitar
Cetta Sneed Keyboards
Charles Steadham "Blade" Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Taylor "Lil George" Guitar
Tex Baritone Saxophone
Aaron Watson Drums
Weaver Trumpet
Frank Williams Guitar, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Williams "Geech" Guitar
James Wimberly Guitar
Technical Credits
Eddie Holloway Composer
Steve Alaimo Producer
David Brown Producer
Peter Carter Arranger
Willie "Beaver" Hale Arranger
John Peel Contributor
Blair Mooney Engineer
Matt Rowlands Art Direction
Dean Rudland Contributor
Clarence Reid Producer
John Wilcox Producer
Ian Wright Contributor
Rama Barwick Contributor
Dante Carfagna Liner Notes
Malachi Trout Contributor
Anthony Turner Author
Len Walls Producer
Mariano Rodriguez Engineer
Willie Connell Johnson Arranger
A. Franklin Composer
Adrian Gibson Contributor
Negro Vivar Arranger
Josh Davis Contributor
Willie Clarke Producer, Author
Jack "Happy Jack" Taylor Producer
Keb Darge Contributor
James Knight Arranger, Author
Lucas McFadden Contributor
Ricardo Amaray Fernández Arranger
DJ Le Spam Contributor
Robert Moore Contributor
Gerald Short Liner Notes
Delraysteve Composer
Horace Riley Arranger
Timothy Robinson Contributor
Angelo Angione Liner Notes
Nikki Boulton Contributor
Ben Clark Arranger
Arthur Colden "Speq" Producer
Peter Dennett Mastering
Fabbie Despres Contributor
Yrelis Fernandez Contributor
Greg Foat Contributor
Fryer Contributor
Kym Fuller "Miss Shingaling" Contributor
Nelson Griffith Producer
Hermann Jahn Contributor
Lavell Kamma Producer, Author
Liam Large Liner Notes
Jeff Lemlich Contributor
George Mahood Contributor
John Manship Contributor
Manuel J. Mato Producer
Hugo Mendez Contributor
Aaron Miller Author
Lindsey Morris Arranger, Producer
L Newsome Arranger
Yusuke Ogawa Contributor
Benom Plumb Contributor
Will Quantic Contributor
Reed Roberts "Manson" Author
C Robinson Arranger
Eric Schabacker Engineer
Robin Schafer Contributor
Frankie Seay Producer
Skeg & the Boombox Crew Contributor
Joe Stanzione Contributor
Mike Stephen "Mikelvis" Contributor
Warren Thompson "Roach" Contributor
Wayne Ware Contributor
Matt "Mr. Fine Wine" Weingarden Contributor
Peter Wermelinger "Funk Lexikon" Contributor
Frank Williams Arranger, Producer
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