California Soul: Funk & Soul from the Golden State 1965-1975

California Soul: Funk & Soul from the Golden State 1965-1975


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Ace's 2016 compilation California Soul: Funk & Soul from the Golden State 1967-1976 collates a bunch of rare singles cut on the West Coast during the twilight of soul and the golden age of funk. Despite the deep, abiding influence of Sly & the Family Stone, California often gets brushed aside in this era of R&B history: so much of the music is rooted in the deep south that the music made in the bright California sunshine is treated as a footnote. By its nature, Ace's California Soul isn't a definitive study -- it deliberately concentrates on music that wasn't widely heard, released mainly on the Kent, Dore, Watts Way, Money, and Music City imprints, and the familiar names Brenda George, Z.Z. Hill, and Vernon Green are all represented by obscure side. Nevertheless, by focusing on rarities, it winds up illustrating how deep and wide this particular river ran in the '60s and '70s. A lot of this does land somewhere in the vicinity of Sly Stone: there are nimble, dexterous rhythms, snatches of fuzz guitar, and blended vocals, all hallmarks of the Family Stone. Some of it carries a harder blues undercurrent, yet there's a distinctly urban bent to this music; it's not rural or backwoods by any means, and that's its charm, because it captures a funky soulful attitude that is distinctly Californian.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667529822
catalogNumber: 5078318
Rank: 8433

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard "Dimples" Fields   Conductor
Wylie Trass   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy McCracklin   Composer,Producer
Vernon Green   Composer
Richard "Dimples" Fields   Arranger
Eddie Horan   Composer
Jerome Evans   Composer
Jessie Hill   Composer
John Richardson   Composer
Alvin Robinson   Composer
Arthur Wright   Arranger,Producer
Dr. John   Composer
Matt Hill   Producer
Leroy Smith   Producer
Miles Grayson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Illustrations
Leon Ware   Composer
Alec Palao   Illustrations
Ady Croasdell   Illustrations
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Susaye Greene   Composer
Faye Carol   Composer
Dootsie Williams   Producer
Bobby Lexing   Composer
David Wilson   Illustrations
Alfred Smith   Composer
Billy McCloud   Composer,Producer
Eddie Williams   Composer
Hadley Murrell   Composer,Producer
Dave Welding   Illustrations
Eddie Abner   Engineer
Antoinette Perry   Composer
Ballad's   Producer
Ray Jackson   Arranger
Bill Ray   Cover Photo
Chucky Thurmon   Illustrations
Ray Dobard   Producer
Bob Abrahamian   Illustrations
Maxine Gales   Composer
Roy Rose   Composer
Leroy Jackson   Producer
Johnny Hamilton   Composer
Bobby Swayne   Composer
Lou Bideu   Composer
Earl Foster   Composer
Bill Swayne   Composer
Rulie Garcia   Composer
Jesse & Anita   Composer
Jim Gamble   Composer
Saint Charles Thurmon   Composer

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