SuperFunk, Vol. 4: Rare and Classic Street Funk from the Vaults 1966-1973

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the previous volumes of BGP's Super Funk series, this coughs up a batch of rare soul-funk, often licensed from labels with which the Ace reissue label of which BGP is a subsidiary has had long-running relationships. Contrary to what the subtitle "rare and classic street funk from the vaults 1966-1973" suggests, these 20 tracks might be more "rare" than "classic" two of them are even previously unissued. But generally they're pretty fun if somewhat formulaic slices of period early funk, not a one of them by a star artist, though soul and blues collectors might be familiar with a few names, like Eddy Clearwater, Albert Washington, and Vernon Garrett. The influence...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the previous volumes of BGP's Super Funk series, this coughs up a batch of rare soul-funk, often licensed from labels with which the Ace reissue label of which BGP is a subsidiary has had long-running relationships. Contrary to what the subtitle "rare and classic street funk from the vaults 1966-1973" suggests, these 20 tracks might be more "rare" than "classic" two of them are even previously unissued. But generally they're pretty fun if somewhat formulaic slices of period early funk, not a one of them by a star artist, though soul and blues collectors might be familiar with a few names, like Eddy Clearwater, Albert Washington, and Vernon Garrett. The influence of James Brown gets pretty overwhelming at times, and if obscurities like Little Charles & the Sidewinders' 1970 single "Shanty Town" co-written by Jerry Williams, aka Swamp Dogg, and Sugar Billy Garner's "I Got Some" are more credible Brown imitations than some, they're still so clearly indebted to the Godfather of Soul that they sound as if they're petitioning to be recognized as Brown's godsons. On their 1966 cover of "Out of Sight," in fact, the Soulsetters don't even go through the pretense of rewriting James Brown for their own purposes, slamming out the cover as if they've just been told to get through their encore as quickly as possible. Both Clearwater and Washington add some welcome older-school blues and R&B touches, and some ventures into harder, early-'70s style funk, instrumentals, and female vocalist-fronted arrangements add variety, though they're not necessarily of standout quality. A good portion of this is rawer than what usually makes the round on funk reissues; on "The Warm Up Part 1," a witty semi-serious cross between Junior Walker and Archie Bell & the Drells' "Tighten Up," the singer almost sounds like he's emceeing through an intercom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667516013
  • Catalog Number: 160
  • Sales rank: 128,662

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Got Some - Billy Garner (2:54)
  2. 2 Deep Soul, Pt. 2 - Ron Buford (2:29)
  3. 3 Doin' the Model - Eddy Clearwater (2:17)
  4. 4 Party and Don't Worry Bout It @@New Jersey Queens (3:47)
  5. 5 Crazy Legs, Pt. 2 - Albert Washington (2:17)
  6. 6 Super Cool (You're Just Super Fool) - Pat Hunt (2:05)
  7. 7 Momma Momma - Betty Barney (2:46)
  8. 8 Don't Ever Change @@Fabulous Avengers (2:04)
  9. 9 Don't Do What I Want - Vernon Garrett (2:53)
  10. 10 Funky Night Club @@Soul Blenders (3:01)
  11. 11 Get Me Back on Time Engine #9 @@National Soul Review (7:13)
  12. 12 Chicken Tracks - Ron Buford (3:02)
  13. 13 The Warm Up, Pt. 1 - Clifton White (2:48)
  14. 14 Standing on the Corner @@Soulsations (2:19)
  15. 15 Boo-Ga-Loo Party - The Internationals (3:12)
  16. 16 Soul Heaven - E. Rodney Jones (2:32)
  17. 17 Chicken Scratch @@Chili Peppers (2:43)
  18. 18 Fat 'N' Funky - Charles Crawford (3:15)
  19. 19 Out of Sight @@Soulsetters (3:18)
  20. 20 Shanty Town - Little Charles & the Sidewinders (2:16)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Dave Hamilton Composer
Vernon Garrett Composer
Albert Washington Composer
J. Allen Arranger, Producer
Ed Bland Composer, Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Dan Hamilton Arranger, Producer
Leon Huff Composer
J. Alan Johnson Producer
Paul Robinson Composer, Producer
Melanie Safka Composer
Ray Shanklin Producer
Clifton White Composer
Teacho Wiltshire Arranger
Teddy Vann Composer
Jesse Osborne Composer
Ted Wright Composer
Joe Swift Composer
Fred Smith Producer
Jerry Williams Producer
Ron Buford Composer
Mike Lenaburg Composer
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