HARD... RAW... DEEP... FUNK: African Music Machine - Water Black Gold (1972)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

African Music Machine - Water Black Gold (1972)


















         "The African Music Machine was an eight-piece funk outfit from New Orleans led by bassist/songwriter Louis Villery. They got their start as a house band for the Jewel/Paula label axis, playing on records by the likes of Fontella Bass, Little Johnny Taylor, Roscoe Robinson, Ted Taylor, Tommie Young, and singer/producer Bobby Patterson, among others. From 1972-1974, they cut several of their own singles for the Patterson-owned Soul Power subsidiary. Most of their work was done in a heavy, James Brown vein, sometimes with a bit of Creole influence mixed in. Their original 45s -- including "Black Water Gold," "Tropical," and "The Dapp" -- later became highly prized items among funk collectors, fetching outlandish prices; a compilation of singles, also titled Black Water Gold, was reissued in 2000. In 2001, Villery assembled a new version of the African Music Machine and released an eponymous album on Singular."

allmusic.com

Tracklisting

1. African Music Machine - Mr. Brown (2:59)
2. African Music Machine - A Girl In France (2:34)
3. African Music Machine - The Dapp (2:45)
4. African Music Machine - Never Name A Baby (Before It's Born) (3:21)
5. African Music Machine - Tropical (2:29)
6. African Music Machine - Making Nassau Fruit Drink (2:35)
7. African Music Machine - Camel Time (3:01)
8. African Music Machine - Black Water Gold (Pearl) (3:12)

African Music Machine - Making Nassau Fruit Drink

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