HARD... RAW... DEEP... FUNK: February 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Politicians - Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic (1971-1972)


1. The Politicians - Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic (3:50)
2. The Politicians - The World We Live In (4:23)
3. The Politicians - Church (3:17)
4. The Politicians - Free Your Mind (2:52)
5. The Politicians - Everything Good Is Bad (4:17)
6. The Politicians - A Song For You (4:36)
7. The Politicians - Speak On It (5:41)
8. The Politicians - Funky Toes (4:06)
9. The Politicians - Politicians Theme (3:01)
10. The Politicians - Close Your Big Mouth (3:11)
11. The Politicians - Love Machine (vocal)
12. The Politicians - Love Machine (instrumental)

The Politicians - Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hamilton Bohannon - Stop & Go (1973)

"Drummer Hamilton Bohannon (born March 7, 1942) was among the top bandleaders, percussionists, and producers in '70s disco/dance music. Bohannon grew up in Newnan, GA, and was drumming in a high school band while an elementary school student. After earning a music degree from Atlanta's Clark College, he was hired as a drummer by Stevie Wonder and moved to Detroit, where he was a bandleader and arranger for Motown tours until he joined Dakar/Brunswick in 1972. Bohannon perfected his formula of heavy, thudding bass accents and aggressive rhythms while recording for Dakar. He had several songs that were successful club records, but only mild R&B hits, among them "South African Man," "Foot Stompin' Music," "Disco Stomp," and "Bohannon's Beat." He moved to Mercury in the late '70s and scored a major hit with "Let's Start the Dance" in 1978, Bohannon's only Top Ten R&B release. The song featured vocalist Carolyn Crawford. He subsequently produced Crawford's solo release, "Coming on Strong," that same year and continued working with her into the '80s. Bohannon kept recording for Mercury, though barely getting light chart action in 1979 and 1980. He started Phase II Records in 1980 and recorded there until 1984. Bohannon introduced another vocalist, Liz Lands, on a remake of the Originals' "Baby, I'm for Real," which was included on the 1980 LP One Step Ahead. He signed with MCA in 1984 and recorded several albums. His 1989 release Here Comes Bohannon featured another fresh female voice, Alltrinna Grayson."


1. Hamilton Bohannon - The pimp walk (4:02)
2. Hamilton Bohannon - Run it on down mr dj (6:43)
3. Hamilton Bohannon - Save their souls (4:54)
4. Hamilton Bohannon - Singing a song for my mother (6:27)
5. Hamilton Bohannon - It's time for peace (2:17)
6. Hamilton Bohannon - Happiness (4:00)
7. Hamilton Bohannon - The stop and go (3:34)
8. Hamilton Bohannon - Getting to the other side (3:17)

Hamilton Bohannon - The pimp walk

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ebony Rhythm Band - Soul Heart Transplant:The Lamp Sessions (1969)

"Though they released a wealth of material under the name Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign, the Ebony Rhythm Band only released one 7″ single – the devastating “Soul Heart Transplant” on LAMP Records. Now-Again, in association with Herb Miller, released their late 60s recordings – discovered at Les Ohmit’s Indianapolis-based studios in the late 90s – in 2004."


1. Ebony Rhythm Band - Soul Heart Transplant (2:53)
2. Ebony Rhythm Band - Light My Fire (6:01)
3. Ebony Rhythm Band - Ode To Billy Joe (4:52)
4. Ebony Rhythm Band - Vanilla Fudge (4:11)
5. Ebony Rhythm Band - Drugs Ain't Cool (2:45)
6. Ebony Rhythm Band - Get Yourself Together (Smiling Phases/Sunshine Of Your Love Medley) (5:37)
7. Ebony Rhythm Band - The Throught Of Losing Your Love (Alternate Edit) (3:01)
8. Ebony Rhythm Band - Can I Call You Baby - The Pearls (3:35)
9. Ebony Rhythm Band - Fool Am I - The Montiques (3:00)
10. Ebony Rhythm Band - It's Too Late For Love - The Vanguards (3:43)
11. Ebony Rhythm Band - Light My Fire (Alternate Take) (5:58)

Ebony Rhythm Band - Light My Fire

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Good God! Born Again Funk

"The Numero Group's 2006 release Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal examined what seemed to be a conundrum: gospel singers performing pious gospel songs, and devoutly, but doing so amid hot, sweaty, earthy sounds. Four years later, Numero returns with not quite a New Testament, rather a re-examination of a weighty tome. Born Again Funk lends new ears to a joyful strain of American composers and performers unafraid of expressing their devotion with both inspiration and invention."



1. Lucy Rodgers - Pray a Little Longer (3:47)
2. Gospel Soul Revivals - If Jesus Came Today (4:46)
3. Brother Samuel Cheatam - Troubles of the World (3:18)
4. The Victory Travelers - I Know I've Been Changed (2:57)
5. Jordan Travelers - God Will Answer (2:57)
6. The Inspirational Gospel Singers - The Same Thing it Took (3:20)
7. Sacred Four - Somebody's Watching You (2:22)
8. Gospel Storytellers - Peter and John (2:52)
9. Holy Disciples - I Know Him (2:52)
10. The Sensational Five Singing Sons - Share Your Love with the Master (3:21)
11. Little Chris & the Righteous 5 - I Thank You Lord (3:36)
12. Sensational Five Singers - Coming On Strong Staying Along (2:56)
13. Chicago Travelers - Been Trying (3:04)
14. Justin Austin - I'll Take Jesus for Mine (3:35)
15. T.L. Barrett & Youth for Christ Choir - Like a Ship (4:36)
16. Ada Richards - I'm Drunk And Real High (3:06)
17. The Gospel Comforters - Yes God is Real (3:17)
18. Golden Echoes - Packing a Grip (3:34)

Gospel Soul Revivals - If Jesus Came Today

Friday, February 11, 2011

Various Artists - Searching For Soul


1. Tommy McGhee - Give and Take (3:06)
2. Manual B. Holcolm - I Stayed Away Too Long (2:30)
3. The Detroit Sex Machines - Rap It Together (2:31)
4. Robert Jay - Alcohol (part 1) (2:45)
5. Wendell Harrison - Farewelle to the Welfare (part 1) (5:22)
6. The Black Aces Of Soul And The Eyes Of Ebony - Lets Get On Down (3:27)
7. Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers - Searching For Soul (part 1) (2:39)
8. Lloyd W. Williams - Be Mine Tonight (3:07)
9. Robert Lowe - Back To Funk (3:48)
10. Dee Edwards - (I Can) Deal With That (3:39)
11. El Riot - Do It Right (4:59)
12. Burning Desire - Why She Had To Go (4:21)
13. Aged In Harmony - Trust Me (3:25)
14. Wendell Harrison - Take Time Out (3:53)

The Detroit Sex Machines - Rap It Together

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bo Diddley - Tales From The Funk Dimension (1970-1973)

                      Bo Diddley (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), born Ellas Otha Bates, was an original and influential American rock ‘n roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was known as “The Originator” because of his key role in the transition from blues music to rock ‘n roll, influencing a host of legendary acts including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

He only had a few hits in the 1950s and early '60s, but as Bo Diddley sang, "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover." You can't judge an artist by his chart success, either, and Diddley produced greater and more influential music than all but a handful of the best early rockers. The Bo Diddley beat -- bomp, ba-bomp-bomp, bomp-bomp -- is one of rock & roll's bedrock rhythms, showing up in the work of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, and even pop-garage knock-offs like the Strangeloves' 1965 hit "I Want Candy." Diddley's hypnotic rhythmic attack and declamatory, boasting vocals stretched back as far as Africa for their roots, and looked as far into the future as rap. His trademark otherworldly vibrating, fuzzy guitar style did much to expand the instrument's power and range. But even more important, Bo's bounce was fun and irresistibly rocking, with a wisecracking, jiving tone that epitomized rock & roll at its most humorously outlandish and freewheeling.


1. Bo Diddley - Elephant Man (4:30)
2. Bo Diddley - Black Soul (2:49)
3. Bo Diddley - Funky Fly (3:09)
4. Bo Diddley - I Don't Like You (3:10)
5. Bo Diddley - Shut Up Woman (3:46)
6. Bo Diddley - Bad Moon Rising (4:49)
7. Bo Diddley - Pollution (4:42)
8. Bo Diddley - Shape I'm In (3:23)
9. Bo Diddley - Down On The Corner (3:23)
10. Bo Diddley - Bad Side Of The Moon (2:59)
11. Bo Diddley - Go For Broke (3:08)
12. Bo Diddley - I've Had It Hard (3:24)
13. Bo Diddley - Bad Trip (5:54)
14. Bo Diddley - Hey, Jerome (3:16)
15. Bo Diddley - Infatuation (3:23)
16. Bo Diddley - Take It All Off (3:24)
17. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley-Itis (5:41)
18. Bo Diddley - Bite You (4:23)
19. Bo Diddley - Hit Or Miss (3:45)
20. Bo Diddley - Stop The Pusher (5:09)

Bo Diddley - Funky Fly

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bar Kays - Gotta Groove (1969)

                              "Initially a funky instrumental soul combo on Stax/Volt, the Bar-Kays were nearly destroyed when most of the band perished in the same plane crash that claimed Otis Redding. Amazingly, the Bar-Kays not only regrouped but prospered, evolving into a popular funk ensemble over the course of the '70s. They continued to score hits on the R&B charts through much of the '80s as well, making for a career longevity that no one would have predicted for Stax's formerly star-crossed number-two house band.

The Bar-Kays were formed in Memphis, TN, in 1966, growing out of a local group dubbed the Imperials. Modeled on classic Memphis soul instrumental outfits like the Mar-Keys and Booker T. & the MG's, the Bar-Kays originally included guitarist Jimmy King (not the famed bluesman), trumpeter Ben Cauley, organist Ronnie Caldwell, saxophonist Phalon Jones, bassist James Alexander, and drummer Carl Cunningham. Adopting a mutated version of their favorite brand of rum (Bacardi) as their name, the band started playing heavily around Memphis, and eventually caught the attention of Stax/Volt, which signed the sextet in early 1967."


1. The Bar Kays - Grab This Thing (2:18)
2. The Bar Kays - Don't Stop Dancing (To This Music) Pt.2 (2:25)
3. The Bar Kays - Street Walker (3:23)
4. The Bar Kays - Yesterday (3:22)
5. The Bar Kays - Humpin' (2:46)
6. The Bar Kays - Hey Jude (6:03)
7. The Bar Kays - Don't Stop Dancing (To This Music) Pt.1 (2:56)
8. The Bar Kays - If This World Was Mine (3:13)
9. The Bar Kays - In The Hole (2:56)
10. The Bar Kays - Funky Thang (3:12)
11. The Bar Kays - Jiving 'round (3:18)

The Bar Kays - Don't Stop Dancing (To This Music) Pt.1

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Marva Whitney - It's My Thing (1969)

"Although she's not a household name, Marva Whitney is fondly remembered by funk devotees as one of the rawest, brassiest, most powerful divas the music ever produced. Along with fellow funk belters Lyn Collins and Vicki Anderson, Whitney made her name singing with the James Brown Revue for a few years, and her limited, much-sampled recordings for Brown-associated labels now fetch astronomical sums on the collector's market. Born in Kansas City, Whitney began performing at the age of three with her family's touring gospel group, the Manning Gospel Singers. She studied music in college and caught on as lead singer of the R&B group Tommy Gadson & the Derbys. In 1967, she signed on with the James Brown Revue as a featured female vocalist, meaning that she would perform her own small set every night while Brown took a break. Whitney accompanied Brown on his late-'60s tour of Vietnam, and made other international appearances with him as well. In 1969, Whitney made her first solo recordings for King, Brown's label at the time. She scored a Top 20 hit on the R&B charts with "It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who to Sock It To)," a rewrite of the Isley Brothers hit; the follow-up, "Things Got to Get Better (Get Together)," just missed the R&B Top 20. Far too gutsy and funky to cross over to the pop charts, Whitney remained with the Revue until 1970, without scoring any more significant hits on her own. Still, cuts like "Unwind Yourself" (now very recognizable through several hip-hop samples) and the duet "You Got to Have a Job (If You Don't Work)" helped cement her reputation among record collectors. Her only studio LP, It's My Thing, was released in 1969 and has been heavily bootlegged and sampled by numerous DJs; her Live and Lowdown at the Apollo LP also commands hefty price tags. Whitney went on to record for the Isley Brothers' T-Neck label, as well as Nashboro, but her prime material is from the James Brown years. Seven of those tracks were compiled on the Polydor collection James Brown's Original Funky Divas. Whitney has reunited sporadically with Brown for live performances over the years."


1. Marva Whitney - It's My Thing (Pt 1) (2:53)
2. Marva Whitney - It's My Thing (Pt 2) (1:52)
3. Marva Whitney - Things Got to Get Better (Get Together) (3:02)
4. Marva Whitney - What Kind of Man (2:11)
5. Marva Whitney - If You Love Me (2:53)
6. Marva Whitney - In the Middle (Instrumental) (2:47)
7. Marva Whitney - Unwind Yourself (2:50)
8. Marva Whitney - You Got to Have a Job (If You Don't Work, You Can't Eat) (4:11)
9. Marva Whitney - I'll Work It Out (2:58)
10. Marva Whitney - Get Out of My Life (2:59)
11. Marva Whitney - I'm Tired I'm Tired I'm Tired (Things Better Change Before It's Too Late) (2:30)
12. Marva Whitney - Shades of Brown (Instrumental) (3:06)
13. Marva Whitney - I Made a Mistake Because It's Only You (Pt 1) (3:01)
14. Marva Whitney - I Made a Mistake Because It's Only You (Pt 2) (3:00)
15. Marva Whitney - What Do I Have to Do to Prove My Love to You (2:27)
16. Marva Whitney - He's the One (2:32)
17. Marva Whitney - This Girl's in Love with You (2:59)
18. Marva Whitney - Sunny (with James Brown) (3:16)

Marva Whitney - It's My Thing (Pt 1)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Soul Toronados - The Complete Recordings


1. Soul Toronados - Bobby's Mood (2:56)
2. Soul Toronados - Boot's Groove (1:54)
3. Soul Toronados - Crazy Legs (2:56)
4. Soul Toronados - Funky Thing (3:02)
5. Soul Toronados - Go For Yourself (2:59)
6. Soul Toronados - Hot Pants Breakdown (2:57)
7. Soul Toronados - Superbad (Live) (7:21)

Soul Toronados - Go For Yourself