What It Is: Funky Soul & Rare Grooves

What It Is: Funky Soul & Rare Grooves

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Overview

Housed in a 45-sized box of hand-assembled chipboard (if you don't get the implication of this musty '60 packaging material, this set is not designed for you), this four disc, 91-track tour through the freaky underside of black pop is simply a collector's dream. Arranged chronologically from 1967 (the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band's "Spreadin' Honey") to 1977 (P-Funk alum Eddie Hazel's damaged rendition of "California Dreamin'), the box is a self-conscious exploration of also-rans. It's an alternative history, told from the ground up, of the often repeated metamorphosis of rhythm & blues to soul to funk and disco. As soul scholar Oliver Wang sees it in his liner notes (just part of a photo- and typography-rich 82-page book), this is the sound of hundreds of struggling acts on flimsy labels, aiming for a gig on the chitlin'circuit or a few minutes of AM radio. As such, it's nearly impossible to argue with the rarities and obscurities within; only a scrooge of a collector would fault the alternate takes (including Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady") or other possible inclusions. The remastering is a dream, without a trace of the accumulated mold or coffee grounds that must have been unearthed with the tracks' discovery. The sequencing, too, is a joy, just made for a long car trip or, of course, a house party -- rife with instrumentals, funky breaks, call-and-response shouters, and novelties (see "Pig Snoots, Pt. 1"). The set's overarching theme holds up, showing how all the usually cited social pressures (civil rights, urban poverty, and black militancy) were but one facet of the move from R&B toward the harder, darker, and deeper sound of funk. Fuzzed-guitars show up by 1969 with the Southshore Commission's "Right On, Pt. 1"), and tempos slow noticeably in the wake of Sly Stone's 1971 There's a Riot Goin' On. Funk was also a response to the marketplace and the constant competition among smaller labels to provide party music and maybe a regional hit. By 1972, even Little Richard was in on the act. Another winner from the team at Rhino, this box offers hours of soul-catalyzing enjoyment, suitable for beginners but especially geared to that most disdainful music snob you love.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227763527
catalogNumber: 77635

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Spreadin' Honey
  2. Soul Finger
  3. The Shadow of Your Smile
  4. Gangster of Love, Pts. 1 & 2
  5. The Memphis Train
  6. Get out of My Life Woman
  7. Live Right Now
  8. Pig Snoots, Pt. 1
  9. Soul Sound System
  10. Snatching It Back
  11. Stoned Soul
  12. Getting the Corners
  13. Sexy Coffee Pot
  14. Don't Come Around Here Anymore
  15. Keep on Dancing
  16. Right on Brother, Pt. 1
  17. Pop, Popcorn Children
  18. It's Your Thing
  19. It's All in Your Mind
  20. Funky John
  21. Help Me Make Up My Mind
  22. Rock Me Baby
  23. Sing a Simple Song
  24. Do You Dig It
  25. Funky Canyon
  26. Jan Jan
  27. Tampin

Disc 2

  1. Gossip
  2. Somebody in the World for You
  3. Stanga
  4. Jumpin' Jack Flash
  5. The Deacon
  6. Sookie Sookie
  7. Right On
  8. (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go
  9. Stepping Stones
  10. I'm Just Like You
  11. Funky Thing, Pt. 1
  12. Messie Bessie
  13. Fairchild
  14. Cold Bear
  15. I Can't Get Next to You
  16. Feelin' Alright
  17. Soul Bowel
  18. Tuane
  19. Take It off, Pt. 2
  20. Seeds of Life
  21. Engine Number 9

Disc 3

  1. Hard Times
  2. What So Never the Dance, Pts. 1 & 2
  3. Headless Heroes
  4. Spinning Wheel
  5. Bad Tune
  6. Mr. Cool
  7. Don't Cha Hear Me Callin' to Ya
  8. Hang on in There
  9. Funky Nassau, Pt. 2
  10. Whatever's Fair
  11. Face It
  12. Wah Wah Man
  13. Rock Steady
  14. Won't Nobody Listen
  15. Goin' Down
  16. Suavecito
  17. You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin'
  18. Mo Jo Hanna
  19. Ridin' Thumb
  20. Almendra
  21. Nuki Suki

Disc 4

  1. Getting Uptown (To Get Down)
  2. 8 Days on the Road
  3. Moon Shadow
  4. Let It Crawl
  5. Wanaoh
  6. If It Was Good Enough for Daddy
  7. Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky
  8. Cosmic Sea
  9. Kissing My Love
  10. Flute Thing
  11. Chug Chug Chug-A-Lug (Push N' Shove), Pt. 2
  12. Funky to the Bone
  13. Try It Again
  14. Teasin'
  15. (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away
  16. Chicken Heads
  17. Rien Ne Va Plus
  18. Cajun Moon
  19. Improve
  20. Riding High
  21. Four Play
  22. California Dreamin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Evans   Vocals
Johnny Harris   Conductor
Wade Marcus   Conductor
Cissy Houston   Vocals
Paul Lewinson   Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Mason Williams   Producer
Jerry Butler   Producer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer,Producer
Earth, Wind & Fire   Arranger
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer,Producer
Ohio Players   Arranger
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Maurice White   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
Herbie Mann   Producer
Shirley Scott   Composer
Chuck Rainey   Horn Arrangements
Michal Urbaniak   Producer
Richard Evans   Arranger,String Arrangements
Steve Alaimo   Producer
Delaney Bramlett   Composer
David Clayton-Thomas   Composer
Wade Flemons   Composer
Johnny Harris   Arranger,Producer
Gene Page   Composer
Michelle Phillips   Composer
Bobby Rush   Composer
Oliver Sain   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
William Truckaway   Producer
Jerry Williams   Producer
Charles Wright   Arranger,Producer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Joyce Jones   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
C.J. Johnson   Producer
Marty Sheller   Arranger
Bobby Byrd   Composer,Producer
Jack Adams   Producer
Michael Adams   Composer
Howard Albert   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Ron Albert   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Kenny Ascher   Arranger
Richard Bean   Composer
Ed Bland   Arranger
Bootsy Collins   Arranger,Producer,Composer
Ronnie Caldwell   Composer
Johnny Cameron   Composer
Calvin Carter   Composer
Carter   Producer
Alvin Cash   Composer
Ben Cauley   Composer
George Clinton   Producer
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Mose Davis   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Jimmy Douglass   Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Ira Gates   Composer
Michael Gayle   Composer
Glen Goins   Composer
Jerry Greenberg   Producer
Rick Hall   Producer
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Len Ron Hanks   Composer
Keith Harrison   Composer
Max Haskett   Brass Arrangment
Alex Hassilev   Producer
Mark Holder   Composer,Producer
Leon Huff   Composer
Bill Inglot   Producer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Wayne Jackson   Composer,Producer
Erik Jacobsen   Producer
Phalon Jones   Composer
Bernard Kafka   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Stan Kessler   Producer
B.B. King   Composer
Norman Landsberg   Composer
Paul Lewinson   Arranger
Andre Lewis   Arranger
Mike Lewis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Andrew Love   Composer,Producer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Eugene McDaniels   Composer
Jack McDuff   Arranger
Mark Meyerson   Producer
Ziggy Modeliste   Composer
Buell Neidlinger   Producer
Earl Nelson   Composer
Leo Nocentelli   Composer
Eddie Palmieri   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Roger Parker   Composer
Leon Pendarvis   Arranger
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer,Producer
John Rayford   Arranger
Pat Rebillot   Arranger
Bonny "Mack" Rice   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
David Rubinson   Producer
Ian Samwell   Producer
Daniel Secunda   Producer
Brad Shapiro   Producer
Charles Simmons   Composer
David Spinozza   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer,Producer
Pablo Tellez   Arranger,Composer
Bob Todd   Composer,Producer
Allen Toussaint   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Frankie "Kash" Waddy   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Vicki Wickham   Producer
Hal Winn   Producer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Dennis King   Producer
Dr. John   Composer
Johnny Brantley   Producer
Eldridge Holmes   Composer
Rudy Stevenson   Composer
James Alexander   Composer
Abel Zarate   Arranger,Composer
Dave Crawford   Producer
Ralph "Love" Aikens   Composer
Tyrone "Flye" Crum   Composer
Zane Grey   Composer
Mighty Hannibal   Producer
Clarence Reid   Composer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell   Composer
Jim Seals   Composer
Don Whitehead   Composer
Bobby Robinson   Producer
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Clayton Gunnels   Composer
Sidney Pinchback   Composer,Producer
Gary Slabo   Arranger
Tom Wells   Composer,Producer
South Shore Commission   Arranger
Joe Josea   Composer
Curtis Ousley   Composer,Producer
Lockie Edwards   Producer
Danny McGinnis   Producer
Walter Scott   Composer
Joe Webb   Composer
Joseph Broussard   Composer
Tyrone Fitzgerald   Composer
Wilson Turbinton   Composer
Abelardo Valdés   Composer
Jerry Winn   Composer
Desmond Wray   Composer
Richard Wylie   Producer
Alan Gardner   Producer
David Robinson   Producer
Willie Clarke   Producer
Donald Height   Composer,Producer
James Carmichael   Arranger
Masaki Koike   Art Direction
Matt Abels   Producer
Nathaniel Nathan   Composer
Edward Langford   Producer
Robert "Chopper" McCullough   Composer
Bill Hemmons   Composer
Fred E. Smith   Producer
Johnny Stiles   Composer
Clinton Moon   Producer
Robert Nelson Relf   Composer
Hadley Murrell   Producer
J. Cameron   Arranger,Producer
Oliver Wang   Liner Notes
Ron Bufort   Arranger
Frazier   Producer
J.C. Moore   Producer
Andy Pappas   Arranger,Producer
Richard Pegue   Composer,Producer
Tommy Smalls   Producer
Virtue Stiles   Arranger,Producer
Don Covay   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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What It Is: Funky Soul & Rare Grooves 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sunhouse More than 1 year ago
just shake your butt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like funk, if you like soul, if you like to smile and dance your butt off...this is the box set for you. If you don't like any of those things...you might not be an American...
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
I am very happy that I bought this box but it is not what I expected. This box could have had a subtitle of "Slow Groove" as it is mostly in the slower Funk category and consisting mostly of instrumentals. It is not the high-power Funk that I was expecting, but I am not disappointed with what this turned out to be. This is not an essential box set, but it does present a fascinating side of Funk that is very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago