Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The first two volumes of Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing were released in 2008 and 2009. Released a few years later, volume three came as a pleasant surprise. As with the first two volumes -- and with many of the BBE label's other DJ-oriented sets -- the third volume consists of a mix and a second disc of the tracks presented in collector-friendly unmixed form. Mr. Thing sticks mostly to '70s selections here, setting the mood with Disco Orchestral's "Do It Again" (1976), a sleazy extended interlude ("Come on, baby...") that owes a bit to Isaac Hayes' "Do Your Thing." Two standouts involve production from H.B. Barnum: "La Da Da" (1975), uplifting big-band funk from Dynamic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The first two volumes of Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing were released in 2008 and 2009. Released a few years later, volume three came as a pleasant surprise. As with the first two volumes -- and with many of the BBE label's other DJ-oriented sets -- the third volume consists of a mix and a second disc of the tracks presented in collector-friendly unmixed form. Mr. Thing sticks mostly to '70s selections here, setting the mood with Disco Orchestral's "Do It Again" (1976), a sleazy extended interlude ("Come on, baby...") that owes a bit to Isaac Hayes' "Do Your Thing." Two standouts involve production from H.B. Barnum: "La Da Da" (1975), uplifting big-band funk from Dynamic Concept, and a sparse version of "Nature Boy" (1970), recorded by Sharon Cash. Best of all is "Giving Up," released on Sussex in 1973 by Faith, Hope & Charity's Zulema (also a highlight of François K's Choice: A Collection of Classics). A fair portion will appeal strictly to diggers and those who have exhausted the soul/funk basics and are into curiosities and oddball marginalia. Take Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers, who contribute a rugged steel-drum version of Ripple's "I Don't Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky," or the tripped-out instrumentals credited to James Asher and Özel Türkbas. Mr. Thing's interjections and turntable tricks are unobtrusive; transitions are frequently eased with subtle scratching and/or sampled maniacal laughter. The unmixed disc contains a few tracks not present in the 25-minute shorter mix: the Internationals' "Give a Damn," the Graham Walker Sound's "Crossroads," Chuck Jackson's "Candy," Spunk's Seawind-with-synthesizers "La Bimini," and critically undervalued guitarist David T. Walker's instrumental version of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2014
  • Label: Bbe
  • UPC: 730003121821
  • Catalog Number: 218
  • Sales rank: 25,299

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do It Again - Disco Orchestral (3:00)
  2. 2 Art the Grass - Dum-Dum (2:53)
  3. 3 Romantic Attitude - John Fitch and Associates (3:01)
  4. 4 Give a Damn - The Internationals (3:18)
  5. 5 One More Time, You All - Nu Sound Express Ltd. (3:10)
  6. 6 La Da Da - A Dynamic Concept (3:15)
  7. 7 It Sure Is Funky - Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Drum Orchestra (4:01)
  8. 8 Oriental Workload - James Asher (1:44)
  9. 9 Ozel's Dance Routine - Ozel Turkbas (2:03)
  10. 10 Giving Up - Zulema (4:24)
  11. 11 Ring Within Rings - Harry Beckett (7:25)
  12. 12 Fire to the Galleon - Smiling Hard (3:25)
  13. 13 The Sweeny - Woolwich Polytechnic School Concert Band (1:17)
  14. 14 Close Your Eyes - The Sul Brothers Band (2:27)
  15. 15 Nature Boy - Sharon Cash (4:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 La Da Da - A Dynamic Concept (3:59)
  2. 2 Give a Damn - The Internationals (3:08)
  3. 3 One More Time, You All - Nu Sound Express Ltd. (3:12)
  4. 4 Lay Lady Lay - David T. Walker (4:04)
  5. 5 Oriental Workload - James Asher (2:15)
  6. 6 Art the Grass - Dum-Dum (2:34)
  7. 7 Do It Again - Disco Orchestral (3:35)
  8. 8 Crossroads - The Graham Walker Sound (3:22)
  9. 9 Giving Up - Zulema (7:04)
  10. 10 Ring Within Rings - Harry Beckett (6:58)
  11. 11 Fire to the Galleon - Smiling Hard (3:07)
  12. 12 Close Your Eyes - The Sul Brothers Band (3:20)
  13. 13 The Sweeny - Woolwich Polytechnic School Concert Band (3:46)
  14. 14 Candy - Chuck Jackson (2:24)
  15. 15 Romantic Attitude - John Fitch and Associates (3:17)
  16. 16 Nature Boy - Sharon Cash (5:03)
  17. 17 La Bimini - Spunk (5:02)
  18. 18 It Sure Is Funky - Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Drum Orchestra (3:58)
  19. 19 Ozel's Dance Routine - Ozel Turkbas (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mr. Thing Primary Artist
Jesse Boyce Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Randy Guidry Background Vocals
Richard Waters Timbales
Michael White Percussion, Drums
Tracy Wright Bass
Jimmy Levine Background Vocals
Cinnamon & Peaches Background Vocals
Buzz Cooper Tambourine
Al Edmond Drums
Technical Credits
James Asher Producer
Bob Dylan Composer
Harry Beckett Composer
Gene Page Arranger
David T. Walker Arranger, Producer
Bobby Wood Composer
Zulema Arranger
H.B. Barnum Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jesse Boyce Producer
P. Edney Composer
John Fiddy Arranger, Producer
John H. Fitch Jr. Composer
Tony Hatch Composer
Alan Hawkshaw Producer
Paul L. Kyser Composer
Trevor Lawrence Arranger
Albert Lowe Composer
Bobby Taylor Producer
Rich Tufo Composer, Producer
Eddie Youngblood Engineer
J. Levine Composer
Marv Stuart Executive Producer
Tony Palmer Producer
Jesper Christiansen Licensing
Richard Poindexter Composer, Producer
Robert Poindexter Composer, Producer
Harry South Composer
Hosea Wilson Producer
Bernice Petkere Composer
Robert Beavers Composer
Brian "Keys" Tharme Composer
Don Schroeder Producer
Steve Royal Producer
Shawn Joseph Mastering
Ozel Turkbas Producer
Jimmy Levine Producer
BLT Arranger
Glenn Dixon Arranger
John Jack Producer
Dennis Taylor Composer
Jack Hill Composer
Peter Joyner Composer
R. Goldman Composer
Peter Shelley Producer
John Lee Engineer
Jacqueline Members Composer
Calypan Producer
K. Gilson Composer
Kyser Producer
Donald White Producer
Vetry Producer
Ray Jordan Lewis Composer
Michael Joseph Cover Photo
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