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Puckey Puckey: Jams and Outtakes 1970-1971

Puckey Puckey: Jams and Outtakes 1970-1971

by Charles Wright
     
 
While preparing bonus material for the U.K. editions of six Wright CDs, reissue producer Andy Zax found a wealth of previously unissued tapes. Much of it's contained on this two-CD compilation, and you've got to hand it to Rhino Handmade: few other labels would put out more than two hours of music with such a clearly

Overview

While preparing bonus material for the U.K. editions of six Wright CDs, reissue producer Andy Zax found a wealth of previously unissued tapes. Much of it's contained on this two-CD compilation, and you've got to hand it to Rhino Handmade: few other labels would put out more than two hours of music with such a clearly specialized audience. Most of the 15 tracks are instrumentals (one of them a vocal-less cover of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle"), and some of them are clearly jams rather than more conventionally structured songs, especially the four long performances (two of them simply titled "Jam #3" and "Jam #2") that comprise the entirety of disc one. Is this for the committed early funk fan? Well, yes and no. For it's kind of like sitting in on an interesting rehearsal in which ideas are forming and arrangements are being refined, but the actual results in almost every case are still some ways from being in their optimal listener-friendly form. For the first disc (and the longer cuts on disc two), the groove is the thing, the band stretching out into outrageously long vamps by the standards of early-'70s soul discs, sometimes clearing the 20-minute mark. While the funky foundation is always impressive, the riffs and changes aren't always as memorable or varied as you'd like, and perhaps best experienced in a go-go-type club environment. As disc two progresses, however, some sharper progressions come into focus, and actual vocals enter the picture on some numbers, most notably an alternate if more basic version of the smash "Express Yourself." You also get an alternate of "Do Your Thing" (though here joined to the less famous tune "Till You Get Enough"), as well as an early version of the non-LP single "Wine" and even a nod to sunny upbeat soul serenades, if of a slightly goofy sort, on "I Love You Girl." As a whole, the package is almost like hearing musicians warm up in their rehearsal space, getting more serious at the end as they prepare either to enter a proper studio or play an important gig. That's not a criticism, but just a caution that it's primarily for serious fans, of Watts or early funk in general, who will dig the process of honing the sound as much or almost as much as the more disciplined results. Clearly marked as jams and outtakes in its title, it also has the usual high standard of packaging you expect from Rhino Handmade, with detailed liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2008
Label:
Rhino Handmade
UPC:
0603497777020
catalogNumber:
7770

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Puckey Puckey  - Charles Wright
  2. Jam #3  - Charles Wright
  3. Jam #2  - Charles Wright
  4. Watts Towers  - Charles Wright

Disc 2

  1. Hard to Handle  - Charles Wright
  2. Sagittarius  - Charles Wright
  3. Brothers and Sisters  - Charles Wright
  4. I Got Your Love  - Charles Wright
  5. Till You Get Enough/Do Your Thing  - Charles Wright
  6. Express Yourself  - Charles Wright
  7. I Love You Girl  - Charles Wright
  8. Wine  - Charles Wright
  9. Gemini  - Charles Wright
  10. Jam #1  - Charles Wright
  11. Puckey Puckey  - Charles Wright

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