Hustle! The Ultimate Fatback 1969-84

Hustle! The Ultimate Fatback 1969-84

by The Fatback Band
     
 
For those looking for a compilation with about twice as much music as the best previous Fatback best-of (Rhino's 1997 single-CD The Fattest of Fatback) offered, the double-CD Hustle! The Ultimate Fatback 1969-84 does the trick. It's actually missing a few songs that appeared on the Rhino comp, but there's no arguing with the good

Overview

For those looking for a compilation with about twice as much music as the best previous Fatback best-of (Rhino's 1997 single-CD The Fattest of Fatback) offered, the double-CD Hustle! The Ultimate Fatback 1969-84 does the trick. It's actually missing a few songs that appeared on the Rhino comp, but there's no arguing with the good value it supplies, with 31 songs and about two hours of music. It also includes a number of items from their early, more soul-funk-oriented career in particular that escaped inclusion on the Rhino release, which covered the narrower era of 1975-1983. That leaves room for quite interesting items like the 1974 single "Wicki-Wacky" (with its delightful jazzy scat vocals), Fatback Brother Bill Curtis' 1973 single "Dance Girl" (which benefits from similar jazzy singing), the seriously boogalooing 1973 instrumental "Soul March," and the James Brown-Jackson 5-influenced 1971 Johnny King & the Fatback Band single "Peace, Love Not War"/"Keep On Brother Keep On." But the major hits and misses that most fans would regard as essential are here, including "Spanish Hustle," "(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop," "I Found Loving," "Backstrokin'," "I Like Girls," "Gotta Get My Hands on Some Money," "Is This the Future?," and the seminal 1979 proto-rap track "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" (actually issued as a B-side). You could offer a couple of minor complaints about the packaging: the track sequencing follows a random chronology rather than a straight progression, and although the title indicates a 1969-1984 time span, actually the first cuts here are from the aforementioned 1971 Johnny King & the Fatback Band single. Otherwise, it's a well-annotated march through the act's history as Fatback journeyed from soul and funk to disco and rap, never breaking through to the top tier of R&B acts, but always reflecting the mutations black popular music itself was going through from the early '70s to the mid-'80s.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
Label:
Westbound Uk
UPC:
0029667714129
catalogNumber:
141

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Found Loving
  2. Spanish Hustle
  3. (Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop
  4. Yum Yum (Gimme Some)
  5. Street Dance
  6. Party Time
  7. Night Fever
  8. Take It Any Way You Want It
  9. Backstrokin'
  10. I Like Girls
  11. King Tim III (Personality Jock)
  12. Gotta Get My Hands on Some Money
  13. On the Floor
  14. Double Dutch
  15. Keep on Steppin'
  16. The Girl Is Fine (So Fine)

Disc 2

  1. Wicki-Wacky
  2. Dance Girl
  3. Got to Learn How to Dance
  4. Feed Me Your Love
  5. Peace, Love Not War
  6. Njia (Nija) Walk (Street Walk)
  7. Keep on Brother Keep On
  8. Soul March
  9. Put Your Love (In My Tender Care)
  10. Let's Do It Again
  11. You're My Candy Sweet
  12. Spread Love
  13. She's My Shining Star
  14. Angel
  15. Is This the Future?

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