Jungle Struttin'

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The Lions are something of an underground Los Angeles supergroup -- an ad hoc assemblage of current and former members of bands as diverse as Breakestra, Sound Directions, PlantLife, Orgone, and Poetics, among others. In late 2006 this motley crew of rock and funk musicians came together at Killion Studios and put together a ragged but enjoyable set of reggae, soul, and funk. There's no electronica here, no synthetically smooth soully and jazzy reggae, just lean and crunchy old-school grooves that sound like they could have been recorded and mixed at Dynamic Studios or the Black Ark in the early '70s. Opening with the dubwise slide guitar showcase "Thin Man Skank" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The Lions are something of an underground Los Angeles supergroup -- an ad hoc assemblage of current and former members of bands as diverse as Breakestra, Sound Directions, PlantLife, Orgone, and Poetics, among others. In late 2006 this motley crew of rock and funk musicians came together at Killion Studios and put together a ragged but enjoyable set of reggae, soul, and funk. There's no electronica here, no synthetically smooth soully and jazzy reggae, just lean and crunchy old-school grooves that sound like they could have been recorded and mixed at Dynamic Studios or the Black Ark in the early '70s. Opening with the dubwise slide guitar showcase "Thin Man Skank" somewhere David Lindley is smiling, Jungle Struttin' then proceeds to explore instrumental funk "Jungle Struttin'", vintage rocksteady "Think [About It]," featuring the fine and soulful singer Noelle Scaggs, and even some faintly Latin grooves "Hot No Ho," "Cumbia de Lion". "Lankershim Dub" is a melodica showcase in the style of Augustus Pablo, and "Fluglin' at Dave's" combines a mellow jazz horn sound with Skatalites-style early reggae. That last track is great, but would have been even better if the fl├╝gelhorn were in tune. Very nice overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Ubiquity
  • UPC: 780661122210
  • Catalog Number: 11222
  • Sales rank: 143,665

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thin Man Skank (3:45)
  2. 2 Ethio-Steppers (5:57)
  3. 3 Jungle Struttin' (4:38)
  4. 4 Sweet Soul Music (5:28)
  5. 5 Hot No Ho (5:06)
  6. 6 Cumbia del Leon (6:11)
  7. 7 Lankershim Dub (4:11)
  8. 8 Tuesday Roots (3:16)
  9. 9 Fluglin' at Dave's (5:45)
  10. 10 Think (About It) (4:33)
  11. 11 Givin Up Food for Jah (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Lions Primary Artist
Deston Berry Vocals
Alex Desert Vocals
David Ralicke Trombone, Baritone Saxophone
Todd M. Simon Trumpet, Conductor, Flugelhorn
David Wilder Bass
Steve Kaye Melodica
Dan Ubick Guitar, Percussion, Lap Steel Guitar
Noelle Scaggs Vocals
Joel Bowers Tenor Saxophone
Blake Colie Drums
Sergio Rios Guitar
Dan Hastie Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Piano (Upright)
Davey Chegwidden Percussion
Technical Credits
George Horn Mastering
Todd M. Simon Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Dan Ubick Engineer
Sergio Rios Engineer
The Lions Composer
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