Things Gonna Get Better: Street Funk and Jazz Grooves 1970-1977

Things Gonna Get Better: Street Funk and Jazz Grooves 1970-1977


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Ace's 2016 compilation Things Gonna Get Better: Street Funk & Jazz Grooves 1970-1977 focuses on protest funk, fusion, and soul cut during the aftermath of civil rights, Watergate, and all the other social upheavals of the '70s. Drawing heavily from the catalog of Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label, Things Gonna Get Better also samples from a variety of Ace-owned or licensed imprints, including Westbound, Kent, Excello, and the vaults of producer Dave Hamilton -- a wide range that also suggests how the compilation doesn't strictly follow its concept. A fair chunk of the disc is devoted to intense, colorful jazz-funk, a sound that certainly belongs to this aware, adventurous scene, but these songs don't explicitly address social change: protest is implicit in the grooves. This flexibility makes Things Gonna Get Better a better listen than if it dogmatically adhered to its concept. Such dense workouts alternate with Afrocentric grooves, Funkadelic freak-outs, odes to Jesse Jackson and Superfly homages, all adding up to an invigorating portrait of a very rich period in African-American music.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667529723
catalogNumber: 5080601
Rank: 67238


  1. A Joyful Process
  2. St Louis Breakdown
  3. Dose of Soul
  4. One Man's Loss
  5. Payin' Dues
  6. 125th St and 7th Ave
  7. I'm a Believer
  8. A Chance for Peace
  9. Skull Session
  10. Mucho Macho
  11. Shorty the Pimp
  12. Push on Jesse Jackson
  13. Music for the Brothers
  14. Do It
  15. Things Gonna Get Better
  16. Soul Meeting
  17. Tite Rope
  18. Chains
  19. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
  20. What's the Matter With the World

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Don Julian   Arranger,Composer
Bernie Worrell   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Composer
Lonnie Liston Smith   Composer
Harold Alexander   Composer
Dave Hamilton   Composer,Producer
Oliver Sain   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Freddie North   Producer
Jack Ashford   Composer,Producer
Billy Ray Charles   Composer
George Clinton   Composer,Producer
Bill Curtis   Composer
Frank Jones   Composer
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Gerry Thomas   Arranger
Leroy Evans   Composer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Lorraine Chandler   Producer
Richard Cromwell   Composer
Charles Flax   Composer
Billy McCloud   Producer
Sakinah Muhammad   Composer
Phil West   Arranger
Howard Wolf   Producer
Robert Rooks   Producer
Anthony Hester   Composer
Chet Ivey   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Huey Harris   Composer,Producer
Jack Garofalo   Cover Photo
Clarence Coulter   Composer
Ernestine Lewis   Composer
Eddie Grey   Composer,Producer

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