Land of 1000 Dances: Special Soul & Funk Edition

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The previous two editions of the Land of 1000 Dances series also had a lot of soul songs named after innumerable dances. This special installment, however, is different: not only does Land of 1000 Dances: Special Soul & Funk Edition feature soul and funk songs exclusively, but it also moves the focus to a slightly later era. The first two volumes had songs spanning the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s; this one, by contrast, has tracks from the mid-'60s through the mid-'70s. It's a good spin on the concept, and perhaps one that was necessary just to keep the series (as small as it is) going. Yet this anthology isn't as strong as its predecessors, not because of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The previous two editions of the Land of 1000 Dances series also had a lot of soul songs named after innumerable dances. This special installment, however, is different: not only does Land of 1000 Dances: Special Soul & Funk Edition feature soul and funk songs exclusively, but it also moves the focus to a slightly later era. The first two volumes had songs spanning the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s; this one, by contrast, has tracks from the mid-'60s through the mid-'70s. It's a good spin on the concept, and perhaps one that was necessary just to keep the series (as small as it is) going. Yet this anthology isn't as strong as its predecessors, not because of the change in style and era, but because the songs themselves aren't as good. In part that's because the other two volumes had many chart hits that, while familiar to many collectors, got to be hits at least in part because they were better than many other such dance-themed tunes. This "Special Soul and Funk Edition," however, focuses on fairly obscure recordings, even when the performer is pretty well known. Perhaps as a consequence, much of the material is fairly generic soul and funk of its time, even if it does testify to the funk and soul community's ceaseless imagination at devising new dances, or at least new dances for the purposes of exploiting on disc. How many people really did the "greasy frog," "Boston monkey," "boomerang," "meditation," "Watts breakaway," or "Broadway freeze," to name just a few of the more colorful concoctions hailed in song here? Even if it's more of a collection of rarities and oddities than the cream of the soul-funk dance crop, however, numerous notable artists are represented with various attempts to capitalize on or start a dance fad. These include Rufus Thomas, Major Lance (whose "The Matador" is the most well-known track), Don Covay, William Bell, the Olympics, Albert Collins, James Brown (whose "Let a Man Come in and Do the Popcorn" is another of the more familiar entries), Joe Simon (who actually did a two-part "Moon Walk" single in 1970 long before Michael Jackson become known for that step), Parliament, and the Fatback Band. Too, a few jazz notables (Garland Green, Donald Byrd) and veterans of a bygone era (Johnny Otis) weigh in with their attempts to sound contemporary as well. Plenty of better and hotter dance-funk-soul grooves (often by some of the very artists sampled on this anthology) were done during this timeframe, however, making this something of a novelty tinged special interest project rather than a top-drawer thematic compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667222822
  • Catalog Number: 228
  • Sales rank: 192,392

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Land of 1,000 Dances - Rufus Thomas (2:33)
  2. 2 The Matador - Major Lance (2:26)
  3. 3 Monkeying Around - William Bell (2:12)
  4. 4 The Greasy Frog - Jeb Stuart (2:36)
  5. 5 The Boomerang - Don Covay (2:00)
  6. 6 The Dip - The Whispers (2:38)
  7. 7 The Push, Push, Push - Jerry Williams (2:49)
  8. 8 Baby, Do the Philly Dog - The Olympics (2:17)
  9. 9 Jerk It - Gypsies (2:33)
  10. 10 Temptation Walk (People Don't Look No More) - Entertainers Four (2:19)
  11. 11 Boston Monkey - Billy Butler (2:05)
  12. 12 Walkin' the Duck - The Triumphs (2:10)
  13. 13 Shing-A-Ling USA - Lee Williams & the Cymbals (2:34)
  14. 14 That Beatin' Rhythm - Richard Temple (2:15)
  15. 15 Broadway Freeze, Pts. 1 & 2 - Harvey Scales & the Seven Sounds (4:45)
  16. 16 Do the Sissy - Albert Collins (4:02)
  17. 17 Let a Man Come in and Do the Popcorn - James Brown (3:06)
  18. 18 Hook and Sling, Pts. 1 & 2 - Eddie Bo (3:38)
  19. 19 The Meditation - The TnT Band (3:50)
  20. 20 The Chicken - Jackie Lee (3:23)
  21. 21 Moon Walk, Pts. 1 & 2 - Joe Simon (5:53)
  22. 22 The Watts Breakaway - The Johnny Otis Show (2:33)
  23. 23 Breakdown - Parliament (2:30)
  24. 24 Bumpin' and Stompin' - Garland Green (3:20)
  25. 25 Change (Makes You Wanna Hustle) - Donald Byrd (3:21)
  26. 26 (Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop - The Fatback Band (3:35)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Johnny Otis Composer, Producer
James Brown Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Major Lance Composer
Joe Simon Composer
The Fatback Band Producer
J.J. Jackson Arranger
Gene Page Arranger, Producer
Jerry Williams Composer
Wade Marcus String Arrangements
Ruth Copeland Composer
Garland Green Composer
Harvey Scales Composer
Sidney Barnes Composer
Nicholas Caldwell Composer
Quinton Claunch Producer
George Clinton Composer, Producer
Tim Drummond Arranger
Marshall "Rock" Jones Composer
Fonce Mizell Producer
Larry Mizell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Chips Moman Producer
Earl Nelson Composer, Producer
Horace Ott Arranger, Composer
Bob Relf Producer
Gerald Sims Arranger, Composer
Randy Stewart Composer, Producer
Walter Ward Composer
Hy Weiss Producer
Eddie Bocage Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Quotes Researched & Compiled
Jeb Stuart Composer
Godoy Colbert Composer
Johnny Flippin Composer
Clyde Wilson Composer
Bill Hall Producer
Raeford Gerald Composer, Producer
Leroy Randolph Composer
John Richbourg Producer
Tony Rojas Composer
Morris Williams Composer
James Fuller Composer
C. Davis Composer
Tito Ramos Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
William Butler Composer
James Carmichael Arranger
Lennie LaCoeur Producer
Ray Evans Producer
Leonard Jewell Smith Producer
Sherlie Matthews Composer
Carl Davis Producer
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