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Funk Anthology
     

The Funk Anthology

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by Johnny "Guitar" Watson
 
Shout! Factory's two-disc The Funk Anthology compiles the best of blues icon Johnny "Guitar" Watson's recordings for the DJM label from 1970 to 1981. Also included are three tracks off Watson's 1994 comeback album, Bow Wow. A hugely influential artist, Watson was often overshadowed by his more well-known contemporaries including See more details below

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Shout! Factory's two-disc The Funk Anthology compiles the best of blues icon Johnny "Guitar" Watson's recordings for the DJM label from 1970 to 1981. Also included are three tracks off Watson's 1994 comeback album, Bow Wow. A hugely influential artist, Watson was often overshadowed by his more well-known contemporaries including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Sly Stone, and George Clinton. While Watson got his start rockin' out in the '50s with such blues crossover classics as "Too Tired," "Hot Little Mama," and the mind-blowingly innovative instrumental "Space Guitar," he made an even bigger mark in the '70s playing his unique and equally innovative brand of funk. Changing from a slick pompadour to a groovy afro and three-piece suits, Watson reimagined himself as a blues pimp extraordinaire and backed up his bravado with musical chops that had already made good on the developments of T-Bone Walker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and Ray Charles. Referring to himself as the "Original Gangster of Love," Watson's funk recordings found the multi-instrumentalist/vocalist mixing jazz harmonies, blues, soul, raw funk, disco, and R&B all into his own unique style. This is humorous, raunchy, rhythmically compelling, and melodically infectious music that benefits as much from Watson's juicy synthesizer skills as his adept guitar playing. Barring some horn section and drum parts, Watson often played all the instruments on his recordings, and tracks such as "Ain't That a Bitch," "Funk Beyond the Call of Duty," and "It's All About the Dollar Bill" prefigure work by the similarly inclined funk iconoclast Prince. Also notable is his 1980 rap track "Telephone Bill," which certainly stands as one of the earliest recorded examples of the genre. Featuring gatefold packaging that showcases all of Watson's iconic over-the-top album covers, a booklet full of photos, and lovingly written liner notes by music biographer David Ritz, The Funk Anthology is the definitive tribute to a true funk original.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663177121
catalogNumber:
31771
Rank:
26222

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Various
Rudy Copeland   Background Vocals
Paul Dunmall   Saxophone
Deon Estus   Bass Guitar
Walt Fowler   Trumpet
Charles Green   Saxophone
Knud Jensen   Saxophone
Oji Pierce   Keyboards
Marci Thomas   Background Vocals
Albert Wing   Saxophone
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Tommy Robertson   Trombone
James Johnson   Background Vocals
Randie Redman   Background Vocals
Pete Martin   Trumpet
Emery Thomas   Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Bells,Siren
Billy Hales   Saxophone
Darcus Thomas   Background Vocals
Joe Cambell   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Oji Pierce   Programming
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Composer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Virginia "Ginny G" Watson   Liner Notes
Emery Thomas   Whistle

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The Funk Anthology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just picked up this set and i gotta tell ya....IT'S ON FIRE!...every track from start to finish is a smorgasboard of funk, soul,disco, blues, jazz...music gumbo if you will...this music collection is so steeped in funk you can smell it down the street and i mean that in a good way!..i highly recommend you picking this set up if you want the best of Johnny "Guitar" Watson.