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Puckey Puckey: Jams and Outtakes 1970-1971

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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USA 2008 CD VG+/VG+ Two CD set in a slimline double jewelbox as Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Limited edition Rhino Handmade release-this is # 1804/5000. ... NOTE: This is still sealed but has a small drill hole into the title spine. Read more Show Less

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • UPC: 603497777020
  • Catalog Number: 7770

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Puckey Puckey (29:21)
  2. 2 Jam #3 (22:44)
  3. 3 Jam #2 (19:21)
  4. 4 Watts Towers (6:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hard to Handle (3:29)
  2. 2 Sagittarius (4:29)
  3. 3 Brothers and Sisters (9:38)
  4. 4 I Got Your Love (6:29)
  5. 5 Till You Get Enough/Do Your Thing (9:48)
  6. 6 Express Yourself (5:19)
  7. 7 I Love You Girl (6:11)
  8. 8 Wine (4:16)
  9. 9 Gemini (4:01)
  10. 10 Jam #1 (20:41)
  11. 11 Puckey Puckey (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Wright Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Benorce Blackmon Guitar
Melvin Dunlap Bass Guitar
James Gadson Drums, Vocals
Gabriel Flemings Piano, Trumpet
Yusuf Rahman Piano, Trombone
Raymond Jackson Piano, Trombone
John Rayford Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Cannon Tenor (Vocal)
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