HARD... RAW... DEEP... FUNK: October 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Invasion Funk Masters


1. Timothy McNealy - Sagittarius Black (2:47)
2. Little Jr. Jesse & His Tear Drops & The Tears - Funky Stuff (2:33)
3. Wess & The Airedales - Black Out (2:45)
4. Ray & His Court - Soul Freedom (3:06)
5. Little Curtis & The Blues - Soul Desire (3:29)
6. Carleen & The Groovers - Can We Rap (2:17)
7. The Collegiates - Red Beans & Rice (2:34)
8. King Cain Silvertone Band - Don't Give A Damn (2:41)
9. The Martells - Broadway Exit (1:54)
10. A Fascinating Musical Experience - The Monster (3:11)
11. Rudy Robinson & The Hungry Five - Got It Together (3:01)
12. Duke Payne - The Bottom (2:33)

Little Curtis & The Blues - Soul Desire

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Pharoahs - Awakening (1971)

          "The Pharaohs were one of the forgotten treasures of '70s R&B, a freewheeling jazz-funk congregation heavily influenced by Chicago's jazz avant-garde as well as on-the-one funk and African motifs. Unfortunately, they recorded only one album before Earth, Wind & Fire frontman Maurice White (who played in an early version of the Pharaohs) hired several of its members to form the Phenix Horns, the justly celebrated horn section for Earth, Wind & Fire during the '70s.

The group was formed from several jazz bands active around Chicago's Affro Arts Theater, a community educational collective. One of the bands, the Jazzmen, was formed in the early '60s around trumpeter Charles Handy, trombone player Louis Satterfield, and alto Don Myrick (along with three who didn't survive later conglomerations: pianist Fred Humphrey, bassist Ernest McCarthy, and drummer Maurice White). The other main component of the Pharaohs was the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, who had already recorded one late-'60s LP with cornetist Philip Cohran, a veteran of Sun Ra's Arkestra and AACM. By the time of the Pharaohs' 1971 recording debut, Awakening, the group included Handy, Myrick, and Satterfield plus Big Willie Woods on trombone, Oye Bisi and Shango Njoko Adefumi on African drums, Yehudah Ben Israel on guitar and vocals, Alious Watkins on trap drums, Derf Reklaw-Raheem on percussion and flute, and Aaron Dodd on tuba. Though the album's astonishing fusion of funk, jazz, and Afro-beat earned them an assortment of die-hard fans and critics, the group's abstract inclinations hardly geared them for commercial success.

Back in the '60s, before the Pharaohs were formed, Handy, Satterfield, and Maurice White had often contributed to sessions at Chicago's Chess studios, so when White recorded a demo for a new band he wanted to form, both Handy and Satterfield appeared on it. After he signed to Warner Bros., they also began recording Earth, Wind & Fire material and eventually were officially hired by White as the Phenix Horns, with the addition of Pharaohs Yehudah Ben Israel and Rahm Lee, plus Michael Harris. The Pharaohs soldiered on until 1973, but called it quits without recording another studio album. Derf Reklaw became a respected world-jazz leader, while Woods and Dodd both appeared on many soul sessions around Chicago during the '70s. In 1996, the acid jazz label Luv 'N' Haight reissued Awakening and also released the 1972 live outing In the Basement.".



1. The Pharaohs - Damballa (8:03)
2. The Pharaohs - Ibo (3:50)
3. The Pharaohs - S Of My Tears (4:07)
4. The Pharaohs - Black Enuff (2:57)
5. The Pharaohs - Somebody's Been Sleeping (4:14)
6. The Pharaohs - Freedom Road (5:56)
7. The Pharaohs - Great House (13:31)

The Pharaohs - Black Enuff

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Willie & the Mighty Magnificents - Play That Funky Beat

"Willie & the Mighty Magnificents were a New Jersey-based funk ensemble led by guitarist/vocalist Willie Feaster, who recorded for Joe and Sylvia Robinson's All Platinum label family. Initially completed by bassist/keyboardist Val Burke and drummer Arnold Ramsey, the group had a harder, deeper, more Southern-tinged sound than the smooth soul artists who tended to dominate the label's output. Willie & the Mighty Magnificents issued their first single, "Check It Baby," in 1968 and followed it the next year with the cult funk classic "Funky 8 Corners." Further single releases over 1969-1970 included "Play That Funky Beat" (originally titled "Concerto in F"), "Make Me Your Slave" b/w "Soulin'," and "Think Funky." Their first full-length album, On Scene '70, featured some of those previous singles. Saxophonist Tyrone Johnson became a member of the group, and Skip McPhee and Ronnie Pace also filled the drum chair at various points. A second LP, Very Soulful, was released in 1972. The group also issued records under the name Willie & West, including the single "Get Away From Me Girl"; there was also a Willie & West LP, At Their Best.".



1. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - Funky 8 Corners (vocal) (2:20)
2. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - Funky 8 Corners (Inst) (2:03)
3. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - I know the score (2:24)
4. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - The hurts on you baby (2:22)
5. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - Say it again (2:07)
6. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - Ridhing High (2:50)
7. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - Toe jam (2:11)
8. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - play that funky beat (2:27)
9. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - take my love (2:44)
10. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - dearest one (2:44)
11. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - keep on running (1:30)
12. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - come on back (2:06)
13. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - get away from me girl (2:09)
14. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - i never knew (2:40)
15. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - i surrender (1:47)
16. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - forever more (3:28)
17. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - think funky (3:05)
18. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - annie had a baby (2:35)
19. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - sundry (2:57)
20. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - psycho (2:12)
21. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - my thing (2:01)
22. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - check it baby (2:17)
23. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - soullin (1:55)
24. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - i outa know (2:36)
25. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - without you
26. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - bowlegged woman
27. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - always lovers
28. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - what can i do
29. Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - confessions of love

Wille & The Mighty Magnificents - Funky 8 Corners

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Poets of Rhythm - Practice What You Preach (1993)

"German funk band Poets of Rhythm began in Munich after friends Boris Geiger and Jan Weissenfeldt were first exposed to the raw funk that came out of the U.S. in the late '60s and early '70s. Soon, they decided to form their own group, and with Geiger on percussion and vocals, Weissenfeldt on guitar, his brother Max on drums, and Jan Krause on bass, they started writing their own material. After releasing their first single, "Funky Train," in 1992, the Poets' (who had by now added Till Sahm on organ, Michael Voß on trumpet, and Malte Müller-Egloff on alto sax) debut full-length, Practice What You Preach, came out (it was later reissued in 2006 on Daptone). More 7"s came in the following years, though they were often credited to groups like the Pan-Atlantics, Organized Raw Funk, Bus People Express, the Woo Woo's, and the Soul-Saints Orchestra.

Though the bandmembers had already begun to make a name for themselves in Europe thanks to their brand of hard funk that was heavily indebted to important outfits like the Meters and Parliament, they had yet to have much exposure in the States. That changed when Quannum's Lyrics Born found one of their singles in a record store in New Orleans and was impressed by what he heard, though he knew nothing about the group. By chance, when Latyrx's debut came out in 1997, LB got into contact with Jan Weissenfeldt, who was distributing The Album in Germany. The next year, when the MC was looking to record solo material, he went to the Poets of Rhythm for backup help and in 1999 "I Changed My Mind," a minor hit in the Bay Area, came out. The Poets' true sophomore record (they had issued label "compilations," which mostly consisted of tracks from their various incarnations), Discern/Define, featured nearly the same lineup as before -- Wolfgang Schlick took over on sax and added flute as well -- was released on Quannum in 2001. What Goes 'Round came out the following year on Shadow, and the band also showed up on the song "The Bay" from Lyrics Born's 2005 album, Same !@#$ Different Day."



1. Poets Of Rhythm - More Mess On My Thing (4:10)
2. Poets Of Rhythm - Upper Class (3:38)
3. Poets of Rhythm - Funky Runthrough Pt. 1 & 2 (4:35)
4. Poets of Rhythm - What You Doin' (3:33)
5. Poets of Rhythm - North Carolina (2:49)
6. Poets of Rhythm - Practice What You Preach (3:25)
7. Poets of Rhythm - Strokin' The Grits (4:13)
8. Poets of Rhythm - It Came Over Me (3:26)
9. Poets of Rhythm - The Plan (3:04)
10. Poets of Rhythm - Choking On A Piece Of Meat (2:24)
11. Poets of Rhythm - Saltin' The Soup (4:10)

Poets Of Rhythm - Upper Class

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Good God! Heavy Funk Covers of James Brown From All Over The World (1968-1974)

 The name shall speak for itself =)


1. El Klan - Cold Sweat (4:10)
2. Dillard Crume & The Soul Rockers - Mother Popcorn (3:12)
3. St. Vincent Latinaires - Hot Pants I'm Comin' (3:20)
4. The Dave Pike Set - I Got The Feelin' (2:37)
5. Toni Tornado - Sou Negro (2:26)
6. Douglass High School Stage Band 1970 - My Thing/I Made A Mistake Medley (5:03)
7. The Philosophers - Mama's Orgy (Cold Sweat) (3:48)
8. East Of Underground - Popcorn (2:27)
9. Six Pak - There Was A Time (2:09)
10. Willie Dickson & The Playboys - Lickin' Stick (4:17)
11. Som Livre House Band - Papa Don't Take No Mess (3:51)
12. Skorpyons Of Jamaica - Think (About It) (4:34)
13. El Combo Xingu - Hot Pants (3:26)
14. Tihomir Pop Asanovic - Hot Pants Road (5:33)

Six Pak - There Was A Time