soul funk Aquarius RECORDS

V/A Miami Sound: Rare Funk & Soul From Miami, Florida 1967-1974 (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00
Vinyl now in stock… This release seeks to recognize the Florida studio T.K. Records/ Tone Distributors and their roster of artists as a regional force in the funk & soul world, with its grouping of talented in-house musicians, songwriters and producers paralleling the succesful recipes of labels like Motown in Detroit, Stax in Memphis and Philadelphia International. « Miami Sound » collects big hits and regional rarities by artists like Gwen McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Little Beaver, and Clarence Reid, who many people might know better as nasty comic Blowfly (the funky backing music on the Blowfly records being played by the same T.K. in-house musicians as appear on « Miami Sound »). Highlights include both Frank Williams & The Rocketeers and Helene Smith’s versions of « You Got To Be A Man, » a total funky gem of a hit that never was; the smooth n’ sexy vibe of George McCrae’s « I Get Lifted; » mellow grooviness laced with string arrangements infusing Gwen McCrae’s « 90% Of Me Is You; » and the sweet sadness and motown heartbreak of « A Woman Will Do Wrong, » another cut from Helene Smith. This collection sticks to 1967-1974, before many of these same artists went on to have disco hits. Some sweetly soulful tunes and seriously funky shit is unearthed in another winning compilation from Soul Jazz!
MPEG Stream: FRANK WILLIAMS & THE ROCKETEERS « You Got To Be A Man »
MPEG Stream: DELLA HUMPHREY « Don’t Make The Good Girls »

album cover V/A Midnight Soul 3 (Kinkysweet) 2cd 17.98
Now, we admittedly don’t carry a whole lotta house and soul tracks here at AQ. It’s simply not our area of expertise. When it does cross our paths though we defer to the expert dancefloor packers such as Bay Area veteran DJ Tom Thump — definitely a name you can trust in that department. He delivers the uninhibited goods once again on this the third installment of the Midnight Soul compilation series. He’s filled the two discs with the likes of Choklate, Rich Medina, The Rebirth, Break Reform, Kid Sublime, Liquid Spirits, Black Gold Massive, Maya Azucena, 3D, Kim Hill, Deborah Bond, and Platinum Pied Pipers. Sure to have you gettin’ down and gettin’ busy way into the wee hours.
MPEG Stream: « Set You Free »
MPEG Stream: « Nutshell »

album cover V/A Midwest Funk (Jazzman) cd 16.98
Back in the late sixties, early seventies, young blacks (and a few whites too) were sweatin’ it out in basements and bars all over the US of A, making the funk happen. North, South, East…and Midwest, in this case. Yep, following up their Texas Funk comp, the DJ/detectives at Jazzman now present this collection of super rare (and even unreleased) funk singles from the US midwest. They’ve unearthed a slew of one-shot gems, 23 of ’em on this here cd. All the tracks are pretty cool, it was hard to pick which ones to make into sound samples! Most of this is serious JB-styled funk, with a few cuts revealing some psych-rock influences more in the George Clinton/P-Funk mode. A bunch are instrumentals, but there’s quite a few with male vocalists who’ve got the James Brown down, and you’ll hear from some soul sisters as well. A killer comp for funk fans for sure. And the compilers must be praised for their *extremely* thorough liner notes: almost ridiculously, pedantically so, as when they inform us that « The state of Ohio is nicknamed the Buckeye State, in reference to a native tree » and suchlike travel-brochure detail. But it gets interesting when they get to the stories behind the bands and labels, the nitty-gritty of trying to make it big in Dayton, St. Louis, Detroit, Wichita…
MPEG Stream: MARKUS KELLY & THE IMPASSIONS « Pushin’ To The Top »
MPEG Stream: MESSENGERS INCORPORATED « Soulful Procalmation »
MPEG Stream: EPITAPH « Epitaph Movement »

album cover V/A Music DeWolfe Vol. 1 (Megaphone) cd 14.98
Like a Molotov cocktail for the spy-chase set, this compilation of sixties and seventies instrumental funk and soul from the Dewolfe Library and selected by Baltimore DJ and Library music geek, Jason Willet has all the stuff you need to get your feet and ass moving. Tense chase themes are intermixed with sexy bachelor-pad space grooves from one of the best library music houses in Britain, much of it on CD for the first time. So whether you are living out your Blaxploitation Spy fantasies or facing a daunting labor-intensive task (like we are creating this list for you), this set makes it all OK! Recommended!
MPEG Stream: « Hard Hitter »
MPEG Stream: « Heavy Lace »
MPEG Stream: « Orgy »

album cover V/A Music Inspired By BaadAsssss Cinema (TVT) cd 14.98
Subtitled: « The Sounds Of Blaxploitation ». A compilation of thirteen funky tracks from (or, perhaps just « inspired by ») classic ’70s Blaxploitation flicks, a sure-fire seller if we’ve ever seen one. Actually, this disc is apparently a soundtrack itself, ’cause ‘BaadAssssss Cinema’ is in fact a new documentary about the genre — we’ll be interested to see it.
Here’s the line-up: James Brown « People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul », Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes « Expansions », Roy Ayers « Coffy Is The Color », Curtis Mayfield « Pusherman », Graham Central Station « We Be’s Gettin’ Down », Isaac Hayes « Main Title ‘Truck Turner' », Edwin Starr « Big Papa », WAR « Nappy Head (Theme From ‘Ghetto Man’) », William De Vaughn « Be Thankful For What You Got », B.T. Express « Express », The Blackbyrds « Cornbread », Gil Scott-Heron « The Bottle », and of course Earth Wind & Fire « Sweetback’s Theme » (’cause they get documentary’s title, and spelling, from Melvin Van Peeble’s pioneering Blaxploitation film ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’ — one that’s not really an exploitation film at all, but rather something much more radical than what the genre it spawned later became). Not a weak cut in the bunch. « Pusherman » (from Superfly) and some others will doubtless already be familiar, but others are a tad more obscure, making for a decent car-driving or party comp indeed.
RealAudio clip: EARTH, WIND & FIRE « Sweetback’s Theme »
RealAudio clip: ROY AYERS « Coffy Is The Color »

album cover V/A Mutant Disco (Ze Records) 2cd 19.98
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In the wake of The Rapture’s exquisite piece of revisionism in their single « House Of Jealous Lovers, » Peter Shapiro wrote a piece in The Wire about something called Mutant Disco, a variation on the standards of early ’80s disco injected with a smattering of punk, funk, New Yorican, and / or reggae. It should go without saying that The Rapture was on to something intense, entralling, and ecstatic with that single, and perhaps an archeological survey underneath the rubble of Studio 54 may reveal some true gems. The Mutant Disco term was in fact not a Simon Reynolsian pop aphorism to describe a new strain of music; it originated with a compilation that originally came out in 1981. While this compilation hasn’t nearly the legendary status as the No New York compilation, the reissue of Mutant Disco is a timely one. However, we have the same problem with this compilation as with the Arthur Russell compilations released during the past few months: this is not nearly as interesting as any of the hype and fanfare which have led us to believe. To be fair to the compilation’s intentions, Mutant Disco merely proclaims to be « A Subtle Dislocation Of The Norm, » and never presents itself as anything as oblique as A Certain Ratio, and is a thousand miles away from the subversive grooves of 23 Skidoo or The Pop Group. Instead, Mutant Disco is pretty much just another disco compilation, with a bunch of tracks that very few people have heard since the early ’80s. The highlights include Kid Creole’s Latin party numbers, Lizzy Mercier Descloux’s whimsical reconstitution of Blondie, and the always incredible song « Contort Yourself » slicked up by James White and the Blacks (his second incarnation after James Chance and the Contortions). Hedonistic? Yes! Artful? Perhaps not.
MPEG Stream: CRISTINA « Drive My Car »
MPEG Stream: KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS « Annie I’m Not Your Daddy »
MPEG Stream: JAMES WHITE & THE BLACKS « Contort Yourself »

V/A New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
Another kick-ass Soul Jazz label compilation, this one spotlighting the funky N.O. sounds circa 1960-75. Features the names you’d expect, and more: The Meters, Professor Longhair, Aaron & Cyril Neville, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, the Wild Magnolias, as well as many others that we weren’t so familiar with (The Gaturs, Ernie & The Top Notes, The Explosions, etc.), all ready to party with you. 24 tracks, in a cardboard slipcover with a fat 40-page booklet tucked in next to the jewelbox. The booklet tells makes the case for New Orleans being the place where Funk began, and provides plenty of info about and photos of the various funky folks on the comp.

album cover V/A New York Latin Hustle (Soul Jazz) 2cd 23.00
The streets of New York in the ’60s and ’70s were brimming with a melting-pot of musicians.
Puerto-Rican, Latino and African-Americans, all bringing together their musical histories and legacies to create all new sounds like booglaoo, latin jazz, salsa, and a brand of disco that just can’t be denied. This Soul Jazz collection brings together some of the biggest names in Latin music (Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Candido, Ray Baretto) along with some more obscure folks (Ismael Quinones Nature Zone, Johnny Zamot) all of whom know lots about creating songs that splash with color and vivacious energy. As always the Soul Jazz packaging is top-notch with informative and well written liner notes and some pretty amazing photos. Every time we need a lift in our spirits we’ve been blasting this really loud and the next thing we know we’re moving just a little bit faster and cracking big ol’ smiles! New York Latin Hustle does the trick every single time. Forget about St. Johns Wart this is our sure way to get in a better mood. So great!
MPEG Stream: LOUIE RAMIREZ « Do It Any Way You Wanna »
MPEG Stream: CHARLIE SANTIAGO & EDDIE MONTALVO « El Bollinski en D7 »
MPEG Stream: CORTIJO « Sorongo »
MPEG Stream: SEGUIDA « Om Marreo »

album cover V/A New York Latin Hustle Vol 1 (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00
The streets of New York in the ’60s and ’70s were brimming with a melting-pot of musicians.
Puerto-Rican, Latino and African-Americans, all bringing together their musical histories and legacies to create all new sounds like booglaoo, latin jazz, salsa, and a brand of disco that just can’t be denied. This Soul Jazz collection brings together some of the biggest names in Latin music (Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Candido, Ray Baretto) along with some more obscure folks (Ismael Quinones Nature Zone, Johnny Zamot) all of whom know lots about creating songs that splash with color and vivacious energy. As always the Soul Jazz packaging is top-notch with informative and well written liner notes and some pretty amazing photos. Every time we need a lift in our spirits we’ve been blasting this really loud and the next thing we know we’re moving just a little bit faster and cracking big ol’ smiles! New York Latin Hustle does the trick every single time. Forget about St. Johns Wart this is our sure way to get in a better mood. So great!
MPEG Stream: LOUIE RAMIREZ « Do It Any Way You Wanna »
MPEG Stream: CORTIJO « Sorongo »

album cover V/A New York Latin Hustle Vol 2 (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00
The streets of New York in the ’60s and ’70s were brimming with a melting-pot of musicians.
Puerto-Rican, Latino and African-Americans, all bringing together their musical histories and legacies to create all new sounds like booglaoo, latin jazz, salsa, and a brand of disco that just can’t be denied. This Soul Jazz collection brings together some of the biggest names in Latin music (Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Candido, Ray Baretto) along with some more obscure folks (Ismael Quinones Nature Zone, Johnny Zamot) all of whom know lots about creating songs that splash with color and vivacious energy. As always the Soul Jazz packaging is top-notch with informative and well written liner notes and some pretty amazing photos. Every time we need a lift in our spirits we’ve been blasting this really loud and the next thing we know we’re moving just a little bit faster and cracking big ol’ smiles! New York Latin Hustle does the trick every single time. Forget about St. Johns Wart this is our sure way to get in a better mood. So great!
MPEG Stream: CHARLIE SANTIAGO & EDDIE MONTALVO « El Bollinski en D7 »
MPEG Stream: SEGUIDA « Om Marreo »

album cover V/A New York Noise (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
The Soul Jazz label just keeps the cool comps comin’, this one being another archival ’80s collection that just happens to be perfectly in tune with today’s trends. The dance music meets punk/new wave genre that all those currently hip NYC (and SF) scenesters are mining. This is the original scene for that kind of stuff, downtown NYC circa 1978-1983. It was a world where slap bass could coexist with machine-gun drumming, angular grooves and angsty vocals. Some are more on the No Wave side of things (Mars, DNA) and others more funk (ESG, Liquid Liquid, Defunkt, Material). This disc’s lineup also includes: Konk, The Dance, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Rahmelzee vs K. Rob (produced by Jean Michel Basquiat!), Bush Tetras, Glenn Branca, The Bloods, Arthur Russell’s Dinosaur L, Theoretical Girls, and The Contortions. It’s a good mix of total obscurities and can’t-miss essentials, packaged with a 30 page booklet full of liner notes and photos. Before you buy another « Electroclash » record, why not spin back 20 years with this? Like those (now missing in action, unfortunately) « Disco Not Disco » comps, this will get you diggin’ dancefloor stuff that you might not have otherwise, simply because of how these tracks have been contextualized here, with total boogie-down cuts abutting experiments in academic punk minimalism or deconstructed funk.
MPEG Stream: THE BLOODS « Button Up »
MPEG Stream: THEORETICAL GIRLS « You Got Me »
MPEG Stream: ESG « You Make No Sense »

V/A New York Noise (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00
The Soul Jazz label just keeps the cool comps comin’, this one being another archival ’80s collection that just happens to be perfectly in tune with today’s trends. The dance music meets punk/new wave genre that all those currently hip NYC (and SF) scenesters are mining. This is the original scene for that kind of stuff, downtown NYC circa 1978-1983. It was a world where slap bass could coexist with machine-gun drumming, angular grooves and angsty vocals. Some are more on the No Wave side of things (Mars, DNA) and others more funk (ESG, Liquid Liquid, Defunkt, Material). This disc’s lineup also includes: Konk, The Dance, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Rahmelzee vs K. Rob (produced by Jean Michel Basquiat!), Bush Tetras, Glenn Branca, The Bloods, Arthur Russell’s Dinosaur l, Theoretical Girls, and The Contortions. It’s a good mix of total obscurities and can’t-miss essentials, packaged with a 30 page booklet full of liner notes and photos. Before you buy another « Electroclash » record, why not spin back 20 years with this? Like those (now missing in action, unfortunately) « Disco Not Disco » comps, this will get you diggin’ dancefloor stuff that you might not have otherwise, simply because of how these tracks have been contextualized here, with total boogie-down cuts abutting experiments in academic punk minimalism or deconstructed funk.

album cover V/A Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos (Afrostrut) 3cd 23.00
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An ambitiously titled new collection from Afrostrut, the premiere label of Afro-Funk reissues. It’s a lot to call a cd set the « definitive » story of funk from Lagos, but Strut really went above and beyond the call of duty on this one. Sure you’ve got all the expected inclusions here, starting with Fela Kuti’s high life band Koola Lobitos, plus a couple tracks from Fela from the Africa 70 period. There are also tracks by Tony Allen as well as Orlando Julius and King Sunny Ade. Those who’ve already invested in a healthy collection of Nigerian music probably have a few of the tracks on here from the above artists, but the cuts that really make Nigeria 70 a crucial purchase are all the nuggets that you’ve never heard, plus a lot of tracks that are completely atypical of the « Afrobeat » sound. There’s the off kilter blues track by Bongos Ikwue « Woman Made the Devil », the fuzzed out single « Allah Wakbarr » by Ofo the Black Company and the psychedelic « Kita Kita » by Gasper Lawal. But the thing that really gives Afrostrut the license to call this collection « definitive » is the inclusion of a third disc (if you buy the digital version that is) consisting of a 65 minute audio documentary — complete with musical examples — of the Nigerian music scene leading up to high life and on through the influence of Cuban rhythms and American funk with many interviews from people intimately involved in the scene. The vinyl gets some compensation with a gorgeous gatefold production though, with detailed liner notes covering the inside.
RealAudio clip: OFO THE BLACK COMPANY « Allah Wakbarr »
RealAudio clip: GASPER LAWAL « Kita Kita »
RealAudio clip: BONGOS IKWUE « Woman Made the Devil »

V/A Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos (Afrostrut) 3lp 22.00
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An ambitiously titled new collection from Afrostrut, the premiere label of Afro-Funk reissues. It’s a lot to call a cd set the « definitive » story of funk from Lagos, but Strut really went above and beyond the call of duty on this one. Sure you’ve got all the expected inclusions here, starting with Fela Kuti’s high life band Koola Lobitos, plus a couple tracks from Fela from the Africa 70 period. There are also tracks by Tony Allen as well as Orlando Julius and King Sunny Ade. Those who’ve already invested in a healthy collection of Nigerian music probably have a few of the tracks on here from the above artists, but the cuts that really make Nigeria 70 a crucial purchase are all the nuggets that you’ve never heard, plus a lot of tracks that are completely atypical of the « Afrobeat » sound. There’s the off kilter blues track by Bongos Ikwue « Woman Made the Devil », the fuzzed out single « Allah Wakbarr » by Ofo the Black Company and the psychedelic « Kita Kita » by Gasper Lawal. But the thing that really gives Afrostrut the license to call this collection « definitive » is the inclusion of a third disc (if you buy the digital version that is) consisting of a 65 minute audio documentary — complete with musical examples — of the Nigerian music scene leading up to high life and on through the influence of Cuban rhythms and American funk with many interviews from people intimately involved in the scene. The vinyl gets some compensation with a gorgeous gatefold production though, with detailed liner notes covering the inside.

V/A Nuggets: Luke Vibert’s Selection (Lo Recordings) cd 16.98
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Twenty eight tracks of rare and unreleased funk and exotic outerworldliness specially selected by Luke Vibert from the music libraries of Chappell, Southern, iM and PIL. Artists featured include Nino Nardini, Jack Arel, Eddie Warner, David Holland, Anthony King and many, many more! Some very wonderfully strange music indeed.

V/A Nuggets: Luke Vibert’s Selection (Lo) 2lp 17.98
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Now on vinyl! Twenty eight tracks of rare and unreleased funk and exotic outerworldliness specially selected by Luke Vibert from the music libraries of Chappell, Southern, iM and PIL. Artists featured include Nino Nardini, Jack Arel, Eddie Warner, David Holland, Anthony King and more. Don’t be misled into thinking this is Luke Vibert’s music, it is him doing the selecting and mixing but the music is your average loungey stuff.

album cover V/A On The Brink (Psychic Circle) cd 16.98
Oh yeah! I’m sure you all remember in your youth, just going nuts on the dance floor, shaking and frugging and getting down to the latest smash from the likes of The Shock Absorbers (« It’s Your Thing »), The Keith Mansfield Orchestra (« Soul Thing »), or Ken Woodman’s Picadilly Brass (« Mexican Flier »), right? Whew, those were the days! What, you weren’t making the scene in swinging sixties London? Well this comp should give you some idea what it maybe might have coulda been like, it’s called On The Brink. Subtitled: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters. And the cover blurb goes on to state: « A happening and eclectic mix of vintage instrumental grooviness from the UK, with sitars, flutes, organs, horns and fuzz guitars. » And that’s no lie. This cd, compiled by none other than noted psych record collector Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond, is a veritable cornucopia of late ’60s/early ’70s instrumental toe-tappers from studio-bound big bands and nightclub combos letting their hair down and getting their funk on, swank stuff that could be the soundtrack to the coolest cocktail party ever. Delightfully goofy, some of this, dated of course, and verging on the psychedelic for sure… especially Stanley Myers’ « Organ Fantasia In D Major », now that’s an awesomely groovy freakout. Myers is one of the few names we already know here, session sitar guy Big Jim Sullivan being another, but it’s nice to also become acquainted with the often ephemeral likes of The Chris Barber Soul Band, Trax Four, The Mike Cotton Sound, The Les Reed Orchestra, The Fidd, The Vic Flick Sound, and all the rest. 20 bands, 20 tracks, jazzy and snazzy, lush and bombastic, racy and romantic… not a clunker in the bunch, though we might have to frown about how much The John Schroder Orchestra’s « Nightrider » sounds sooo much like the famous theme to Batman. Definitely if you love library music, or those In-Kraut compilations, this is kinda like the UK version of the same sort of thing, almost… and being British and from the swinging sixties, it’s also no wonder that a lot of this could fit nicely in a spy movie, some of it very James Bond/Austin Powers sounding. The cd booklet includes notes on each track, photos, and lots of bright color. Right on.
MPEG Stream: MIKE VICKERS « On The Brink »
MPEG Stream: STANLEY MYERS « Organ Fantasia In D Major »
MPEG Stream: WYNDER K. FROG « I’m A Man »

album cover V/A Out On A Funky Trip (Motion) cd 21.00
Another collection of Jamaican artists doing funk, yes. But does it sound anything like predecesors Darker Than Blue and Studio One Funk? No. In fact, on many of these tracks you wouldn’t even guess that they were recorded in Jamaica. To be sure some, like Tommy McCook’s « Bubble Strut », have the underlying rhythmmic passport to prove their citizenship, and King Cole’s « Knock Three Times » is about as soul as early Jimmy Cliff, but most are straight up 70’s disco funk. Scratchy wah-wah guitars, horn sections, goofy moog keyboard solos… We keep looking over at the CD player here to be sure we’re listening to the right album. All the tracks here, recorded between 1970 and 1975, were produced at Randy’s legendary studio. Includes a nice, full-color booklet with liner notes by the ubiquitous David Katz.
MPEG Stream: JABLONSKI « Soul Makossa »
MPEG Stream: LYN TAIT « Out On A Funky Trip »

album cover V/A Panatone: Warm – Compiled By DJ Tom Thump (Cosmic Flux Musiq) cd 14.98
This 2001 compilation is the impressive debut in the recorded realm of Bay Area clubland kingpin DJ Tom Thump. If you dig downtempo, soul and house sounds, you’re probably already very familiar with Tom Thump. For those of you who aren’t, rest assured he’s a gent you can trust as a purveyor of the smooth funky, jazzy good times! This skillfully mixed compilation will carry you deep into the night in fab style.


album cover V/A Peanut Butter Wolf’s Jukebox 45’s (Stones Throw) cd 17.98
Great! In 1998, local hip hop music maker, record collector, and impresario Peanut Butter Wolf started a series of vinyl 7″s meant for one-off releases that didn’t fit with his straight up hip hop label Stones Throw. (Hey, if you didn’t know already, PB Wolf is da guy dat came up with the idea of the all-45s sets that brought Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow together for their now famous shows.) Featuring folks like Madlib, Breakestra, A-Trak (his sublime « Enter Ralph Wiggum » track), Lootpack, etc, and then later expanding to reissue funk/soul classics from the late ’60s/early ’70s, the 7″s were meant to be collectible, with exclusive tracks. (In fact, even though this disc compiles the 7″s, it takes only one track from each single so the 7″s are *still* collectible.) I didn’t pay them enough attention when they were still singles, so this comp is welcome, and as a collected entity it only serves to show how rad PB Wolf’s taste is. Man, some of the old funk tracks appearing here are *unbelievably weird*, and the contemporary tracks are sufficiently soul and funk-influenced that sometimes it’s hard to tell if they’re old or new. That’s awesome! Hands down one of the very best soul / funk / hip hop comps we’ve heard in forever, and the fact that it covers old and modern stuff just puts it over the top. A great, exciting listen thru and thru. Highly recommended.
RealAudio clip: STARK REALITY « Rocket Ship »
RealAudio clip: MADLIB INVASION FEATURING MEDAPHOAR AND OH NO « The Ox »
RealAudio clip: FABULOUS SOULS « Take Me »

album cover V/A People Get Up (Harmless) cd 21.00
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A pretty great collection of « party funk and get down jazz », as the record is subtitled, People Get Ready collects just addictively grooving singles here, including a Lee Dorsey track that never made it onto any of his albums. Another fine collection form the UK label Harmless, home of the Pulp Fusion comps. With James Brown, Joe Thomas, The Capitols, etc. Highly recommended.
RealAudio clip: LEE DORSEY « Four Corners (Part 1) »
RealAudio clip: THE ISLEY BROTHERS « I Know Who You Been Socking It To »

V/A Philadelphia Roots (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
Where were you from 1965 to 1973? Well, if you weren’t born yet or for some reason were otherwise occupied, check out the hot sounds that were coming out of Philadelphia back then. This 17 track soul, funk and early disco compilation on the excellent Soul Jazz label (who also brought us the wonderful Studio One Rockers as well as the 100%, 200% and 300% Dynamite Jamaican compilations) the richest squeals of horn sections, not to mention the grooviest bass and percussion. With The People’s Choice, Brenda and the Tabulations, and The Fantastic Johnny! Shake it on into the summertime.

V/A Philadelphia Roots (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00
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Where were you from 1965 to 1973? Well, if you weren’t born yet or for some reason were otherwise occupied, check out the hot sounds that were coming out of Philadelphia back then. This 17 track soul, funk and early disco compilation on the excellent Soul Jazz label (who also brought us the wonderful Studio One Rockers as well as the 100%, 200% and 300% Dynamite Jamaican compilations) the richest squeals of horn sections, not to mention the grooviest bass and percussion. With The People’s Choice, Brenda and the Tabulations, and The Fantastic Johnny! Shake it on into the summertime.

album cover V/A Philadelphia Roots Volume 2: The Sound Of Philadelphia – Funk, Soul and The Roots of Disco 1965-73 (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
After near-obsessive listening to this comp, the first song, « Collage », by The Three Degrees is absolutely my favorite. So much blazing soul I can barely handle it. The rest of this Soul Jazz comp (a second volume of their Philadelphia Roots series) is so totally amazing as well. Funk, soul and the roots of disco from 1965-73 are featured here and lay down some serious soulful grooves. Philly-style! And I don’t mean with cheesesteaks mother fucker!!! Every single track is a glistening sun-beam of soul from the era. Aside from my afore-mentioned fave, other hi-lites include an instrumental version of The Family’s « Family Affair », Nat Turner’s little bit funky « You Are My Sun Sign », The Ethics’ « I Want My Baby Back », the legendary Delphonics with « Ready Or Not Here I Come », and Norma & The Heartaches’ « Hot Pants ». Yeeeow! Soo gooooood!!!!!
MPEG Stream: THE THREE DEGREES « Collage »
MPEG Stream: NAT TURNER « You Are My Sun Sign »

album cover V/A Philadelphia Roots Volume 2: The Sound Of Philadelphia – Funk, Soul and The roots of Disco 1965-73 (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00
After near-obsessive listening to this comp, the first song, « Collage », by The Three Degrees is absolutely my favorite. So much blazing soul I can barely handle it. The rest of this Soul Jazz comp (a second volume of their Philadelphia Roots series) is so totally amazing as well. Funk, soul and the roots of disco from 1965-73 are featured here and lay down some serious soulful grooves. Philly-style! And I don’t mean with cheesesteaks mother fucker!!! Every single track is a glistening sun-beam of soul from the era. Aside from my afore-mentioned fave, other hi-lites include an instrumental version of The Family’s « Family Affair », Nat Turner’s little bit funky « You Are My Sun Sign », The Ethics’ « I Want My Baby Back », the legendary Delphonics with « Ready Or Not Here I Come », and Norma & The Heartaches’ « Hot Pants ». Yeeeow! Soo gooooood!!!!!
MPEG Stream: THE THREE DEGREES « Collage »
MPEG Stream: NAT TURNER « You Are My Sun Sign »

V/A Pulp Fusion: Evolution (Harmless) cd 19.98
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V/A Pulp Fusion: Fully Loaded (Harmless) cd 19.98
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V/A Pulp Fusion: Return to the Tough Side (Harmless) cd 19.98
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V/A Pulp Fusion: Revenge of the Ghetto Grooves (Harmless) cd 19.98
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album cover V/A Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats (Essay) cd 16.98
Dirty, DIRTY! sex rhyme booty beat music from Brazil. Sounds interesting, mmmmno? I think it might be called a couple of other names, but this comp’s titled Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats. The sound is a rudimentary hodgepodge of beats/breaks/melodies appropriated from all sortsa other music: Os Mutantes, Def Leppard’s « High and Dry », an assortment of late 80s/early 90s Hip Hop, and 90s New Wave/Top 40 all mixed into an incessant percussion, over which a (for the most part) singular (and sometimes a child’s) voice yells totally explicit sex rhymes! Now, I don’t know Portuguese, but it doesn’t take rocket science to imagine what they’re yellin about here. First of all, what comes to mind with the term dirty sex ryhmes? Hmm, ok. If you haven’t gotten the hint yet, imagine where it comes from: the ghettos of Rio and its millions of homeless children ruling the sprawling city with violence day and night. In a place like this, nothing but this type of music would be appropriate. Regardless, the beats are amazing, the lyricism (well, yelling) is hilarious but fierce, and the overall sound is fresh, inspiring and ridiculously fun. Crazy recommended!
MPEG Stream: RICARDO E ESQUISITO « Muhler Coca Cola »
MPEG Stream: BONDE DO TIAGRO « O Baile Todo »

album cover V/A Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats (Essay) 12″ 9.98
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Ok, how does this sound: Dirty, DIRTY! sex rhyme booty beat music from Brazil. Sounds interesting, mmmmno? I think it might be called a couple of other names, bt this comp’s titled Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats. The sound is a rudimentary hodgepodge of beats/breaks/melodies appropriated from all sortsa other music: Os Mutantes, Def Leppard – or is that Ace Frehley?, an assortment of late 80s/early 90s Hip Hop, and 90s New Wave/Top 40 all mixed into an incessant percussion, over which a (for the most part) singular (and sometimes a child’s) voice yells totally explicit sex rhymes! Now, I don’t know Portugese, but it doesn’t take rocket science to imagine what they’re yellin about here. First of all, what comes to mind with the term dirty sex ryhmes? Hmm, ok. If you haven’t gotten the hint yet, imagine where it comes from: the ghettos of Rio and its millions of homeless children ruling the city with violence day and night. In a place like this, nothing but this type of music would be appropriate. Regardless, the beats are amazing, the lyricism (well, yelling) is hilarious but fierce, and the overall sound is fresh, inspiring and ridiculously fun. Crazy recommended!
MPEG Stream: RICARDO E ESQUISITO « Muhler Coca Cola »
MPEG Stream: BONDE DO TIAGRO « O Baile Todo »

album cover V/A Rough Trade Shops Counter Culture [2002] (Rough Trade / Mute) 2cd 23.00
The term « counter-culture » seems to be Rough Trade’s catch-all tag for this extremely eclectic compilation. This two disc set features a total of 41 tracks from around the world – many familiar artists (Bright Eyes, the Breeders, ESG, Bis, Johnny Dowd, Melt Banana, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cabaret Voltaire, Mountain Goats, Tom Waits, Prefuse 73, Tracy And The Plastics, Glass Candy And The Shattered Theatre, James Yorkston, Dempsey, The Bug Vs The Rootsman, Joy Zipper, Langley Schools Music Project) as well as many you may not yet be familiar with (Rubicks, The Be Good Tanyas, Trash Money, Akufen, Baxter Dury, The Bug Vs The Rootsman, My Robot Friend, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Crossover, The Books and Pink Grease). A genuine musical cornucopia!
RealAudio clip: RUBICKS « Midas »
RealAudio clip: TRASH MONEY « You Lied Satan »
RealAudio clip: THE BE GOOD TANYAS « Broken Telephone »

V/A Samba Soul 70! (Ziriguiboom / Crammed) cd 16.98
Soul influenced tracks from Brazil dating mostly from the mid to late seventies. Laced with funky electric bass, rhodes piano, horn sections, female choruses singing backup, and even the occasional string section, this is a perfect soundtrack for swank retro cocktail parties to get those guests dancing. A must for fans of the saucy soundtrack releases on the Crippled Dick Hot Wax label. Includes cuts by Gal Costa, Wilson Simonal, Banda Black Rio, Erlon Chaves, Elis Regina and more. Compiled by Beco Dranoff & Marc Hollander of Ziriguiboom and Dj Dalua of Bossacucanova.
RealAudio clip: CHAVES, ERLON « Cosa Nostra »
RealAudio clip: COSTA, GAL « Barato Total »

V/A Schoolhouse Funk (Cali-Tex Records) cd 16.98
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Vintage high school & college marching band versions of funk classics, from the ’60s and ’70s! « Chameleon », « Loose Booty », « Cisco Kid » (amazingly dirgey and gloomy sounding, like much of this disc–kind of a lonely-in-a-crowd feeling), etc. Fun/cked up. Compiled by the Quannum Projects guys, it seems, from old tapes or maybe thrift-store vanity LP pressing finds. Very cool.

album cover V/A Searching For Soul: Rare & Classic Soul, Funk and Jazz From Michigan 1968-1980 (Luv N’ Haight) cd 16.98
What a smokin’ comp! Do you like your soul & funk nice and raw and sizzling? Then be ready to discover that from 1968-1980 in Michigan lived an amazing scene of d.i.y. soul artists releasing sometimes only one single but putting so much oozing flare and charisma to their true soul sounds it nearly sets your speakers on fire! Luv N’ Haight has compiled 14 of these artists on this truly great collection of soul, funk and jazz rarities from Michigan over those dozen years. Tommy McGee, Manual B. Holcolm, Robert Jay, El Riot, etc. never became household names, but if their luck had been a little different and the break that never came their way did, there is no doubt they would have earned a spot in the same breath as Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and Sly & The Family Stone. No weak tracks in the bunch, great in depth liner notes that tell the story of each track, no doubt this is one of the strongest soul reissue collections we’ve heard in a while.
MPEG Stream: TOMMY MCGEE « Give & Take »
MPEG Stream: THE BLACK ACES OF SOUL AND THE EYES OF EBONY « Lets Get On Down »

album cover V/A Sensacional Soul: 37 Groovy Spanish Soul & Funk Stompers 1966/1976 (Vampisoul) 2cd 27.00
While labels like the Numero Group and Soul Jazz have been doing a great job of digging up amazing old soul sounds from the past, this collection of soul and funk from Spain from 1966-1976 popped up out of nowhere and has ended up being maybe one of the best soul collections we’ve ever heard! It’s everything you want soul and funk from that era to be. It’s infectious, playful, gritty, groovy and totally addictive. While none of us had too much experience with the soul scene in Spain, this comp proves that it was pretty damn healthy and vibrant. These songs are damn near impossible not to be swept away by. Even Andee who is maybe the least funk-obsessed AQ-er was caught totally digging on these sounds. And then for those of you who are already attracted to great funk sounds of the era, this is like hitting the funkrock jackpot! After getting this the first day it arrived at AQ, I (Irwin) managed to play cuts from it during no less than three different DJ sets in the next 48 hours. And every single time I played a song from it I was immediately met with someone running to the DJ booth (and the phone lighting up when it was during my radio show) with the same excited question…What the heck is this and where can I buy one!!?? What makes this collection so outstanding are the strange splashes of eccentric spirit that keep it from sounding too same-y and keep the disc from ever losing steam, like lots of soul collections tend to do. This is one of those amazing records you can’t help but fall in love with! If you have a pulse or a heartbeat or are at all alive, you won’t be able to resist!
MPEG Stream: SHELLY Y LA NUEVA GENERACION « Vestido Azul »
MPEG Stream: LOS IMPALA « Todo Gira »
MPEG Stream: MANUEL GAS « I’m A Man »

album cover V/A Sensacional Soul: 37 Groovy Spanish Soul & Funk Stompers 1966/1976 (Vampisoul) 2lp 34.00
Now on vinyl!!
While labels like the Numero Group and Soul Jazz have been doing a great job of digging up amazing old soul sounds from the past, this collection of soul and funk from Spain from 1966-1976 popped up out of nowhere and has ended up being maybe one of the best soul collections we’ve ever heard! It’s everything you want soul and funk from that era to be. It’s infectious, playful, gritty, groovy and totally addictive. While none of us had too much experience with the soul scene in Spain, this comp proves that it was pretty damn healthy and vibrant. These songs are damn near impossible not to be swept away by. Even Andee who is maybe the least funk-obsessed AQ-er was caught totally digging on these sounds. And then for those of you who are already attracted to great funk sounds of the era, this is like hitting the funkrock jackpot! After getting this the first day it arrived at AQ, I (Irwin) managed to play cuts from it during no less than three different DJ sets in the next 48 hours. And every single time I played a song from it I was immediately met with someone running to the DJ booth (and the phone lighting up when it was during my radio show) with the same excited question…What the heck is this and where can I buy one!!?? What makes this collection so outstanding are the strange splashes of eccentric spirit that keep it from sounding too same-y and keep the disc from ever losing steam, like lots of soul collections tend to do. This is one of those amazing records you can’t help but fall in love with! If you have a pulse or a heartbeat or are at all alive, you won’t be able to resist!
MPEG Stream: SHELLY Y LA NUEVA GENERACION « Vestido Azul »
MPEG Stream: LOS IMPALA « Todo Gira »
MPEG Stream: MANUEL GAS « I’m A Man »

album cover V/A Shaolin Soul Episode 1 (Hostile Records) cd 18.98
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Inspired by the Wu Tang (hence the title), here’s yet another set of seventies soul compilations. We can’t argue with their selections. 21 tracks, awesome stuff to put you in the mood from the likes of Ann Peebles, Al Green, Syl Johnson, Lyn Collins, Booker T & The MGs, Barry White, Marvin Gaye, O.V. Wright, and others… Both vol. 1 and vol. 2 have a good mix of classic tracks, for the most part not-too-obscure yet not-too-obvious stuff. Syl Johnson, Ann Peebles, The Emotions, and Al Green make appearances on both volumes, so I guess they’re the compilers favorites or something.

album cover V/A Shaolin Soul Episode 2 (Hostile Records) cd 18.98
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Volume two of « Shaolin Soul » features Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green, Sly Johnson, Baby Huey, Mad Lads, Ann Peebles, Jackson 5, Detroit Emeralds, The Emotions, Black Ivory, The New Birth, Southside Movement, Eddie Holman and more (20 tracks). Again, lots of gems here, as with vol. 1 it’s mostly lush love song soul rather than blaxploitation car chase funk, more smooth than gritty.

V/A Shrine : Afrobeat (Ocho) cd 16.98

album cover V/A Slurped : Original Brainfreeze Flavors Vol. 1 (Magic Sneakers) cd 14.98
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Sixteen of the incredibly rare 7″ tracks used by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist on their recent Brainfreeze performances. (It’s just the tracks mind you, no mixing or scratching involved here.) This is a very strong collection. Incredible funk and raw soul and r’n’b. Featuring Odetta, Fried Chicken, Gary Byrd, Alvin Cash, Rufus Thomas etc. Probably not the most legal release, so buy now or cry later.
RealAudio clip: ODETTA « Hit or Miss »
RealAudio clip: FRIED CHICKEN « Funky DJ »
RealAudio clip: SINGING PRINCIPAL « Woman’s Liberation »

V/A Slurped : Original Brainfreeze Flavors Vol. 1 (Magic Sneakers) 2lp 17.98
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Sixteen of the incredibly rare 7″ tracks used by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist on their recent Brainfreeze performances. (It’s just the tracks mind you, no mixing or scratching involved here.) This is a very strong collection. Incredible funk and raw soul and r’n’b. Featuring Odetta, Fried Chicken, Gary Byrd, Alvin Cash, Rufus Thomas etc. Probably not the most legal release, so buy now or cry later.

album cover V/A Slurped: Original Brainfreeze Vol. 2 (Magic Smeakers) cd 14.98
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If you wept when you missed out on the DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist « Brainfreeze » live 7″ extravaganza cd last year, and then jumped for joy when « Slurped Vol. One » compiled a stack of those very 7″s, well, jump a little higher baby ’cause there’s more where that came from! Yup, one volume wasn’t enough… double your load of the incredibly rare 7″ tracks used by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist in their recent Product Placement (aka Brainfreeze part 2) tour performances. Please note: these are just the raw tracks with no mixing or scratching. Nevertheless, this is quite the soul, funk and r’n’b party all rolled up on one disc. Super groovaliciousness including Pearly Queen, Funka Fize, Eddie Bo, The Soul Lifters, Sugar Billy Garner, Simtec & Wylie, Original Soul Senders, Giorgio, The Interpretations, and more.
RealAudio clip: PEARLY QUEEN « Quit Jivin' »
RealAudio clip: THE SOUL LIFTERS « Hot, Funky And Sweaty »
RealAudio clip: FUNKA FIZE « Because You’re Funky »

V/A Slurped: Original Brainfreeze Vol. 2 (Magic Smeakers) lp 17.98
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If you wept when you missed out on the DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist « Brainfreeze » live 7″ extravaganza cd last year, and then jumped for joy when « Slurped Vol. One » compiled a stack of those very 7″s, well, jump a little higher baby ’cause there’s more where that came from! Yup, one volume wasn’t enough… double your load of the incredibly rare 7″ tracks used by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist on their recent Brainfreeze performances. Please note: these are just the raw tracks with no mixing or scratching. Nevertheless, this is quite the soul, funk and r’n’b party all rolled up on one disc. Super groovalicious including Pearly Queen, Funka Fize, Eddie Bo, The Soul Lifters, Sugar Billy Garner, Simtec & Wylie, Original Soul Senders, Giorgio, The Interpretations, and more.

album cover V/A Soul Gospel (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooouuuuul… umm… gospel? Yes it is, Amen!! Praise Soul Jazz for bringing us one quality compilation after another! Amen!! Actually, this one could be called a masterpiece. Each song has a solid and glowing fullness to it that’s certainly not matched on any other comp we’ve heard. I’m going on a bit of a tangent here, but I once watched a show hosted by David Attenborough called « The Biological History of Music ». As you can imagine, Attenborough drowned himself in different situations, mostly in Nature and knee deep in swamp poo. His goal was to study things like bird calls, whale songs, etc. juxtaposed with the most lude clips of Jimi Hendrix performing live on stage I’d ever seen. Attenborough’s theories throughout this special pronounced that music seemed biologically created for three different purposes: 1) mating; 2) protecting/gaining territory; and 3) spirituality. Of course, the whale songs were not be analysed for their spirituality (unfortunately), but several spirituals and gospel songs were used as demonstration. Really, this Soul Gospel compilation would have been THE proof for Attenborough’s third biological purpose for music! The songs are each a powerful combination of the Spritual and Secular, proclaiming a belief in something « other », or rather, simply well seated in a sense of « otherness ». One of the more moving tracks is one by Odetta. Her « Pastures of Plenty » is deep and haunting. Definitely my favorite. For followers of Soul Jazz releases, this comp is a must have. For lovers of Soul and Gospel, your desire for this is obvious. For anyone who’s seen that show of which I speak above, you gotta take a gander at this and you’ll see what I mean!
MPEG Stream: VOICES OF EAST HARLEM « New York Lightning »
MPEG Stream: SWEET INSPIRATIONS « Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday »
MPEG Stream: ODETTA « Pastures Of Plenty »

album cover V/A Soul Gospel (Soul Jazz) lp 24.00
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooouuuuul… umm… gospel? Yes it is, Amen!! Praise Soul Jazz for bringing us one quality compilation after another! Amen!! Actually, this one could be called a masterpiece. Each song has a solid and glowing fullness to it that’s certainly not matched on any other comp we’ve heard. I’m going on a bit of a tangent here, but I once watched a show hosted by David Attenborough called « The Biological History of Music ». As you can imagine, Attenborough drowned himself in different situations, mostly in Nature and knee deep in swamp poo. His goal was to study things like bird calls, whale songs, etc. juxtaposed with the most lude clips of Jimi Hendrix performing live on stage I’d ever seen. Attenborough’s theories throughout this special pronounced that music seemed biologically created for three different purposes: 1) mating; 2) protecting/gaining territory; and 3) spirituality. Of course, the whale songs were not be analysed for their spirituality (unfortunately), but several spirituals and gospel songs were used as demonstration. Really, this Soul Gospel compilation would have been THE proof for Attenborough’s third biological purpose for music! The songs are each a powerful combination of the Spritual and Secular, proclaiming a belief in something « other », or rather, simply well seated in a sense of « otherness ». One of the more moving tracks is one by Odetta. Her « Pastures of Plenty » is deep and haunting. Definitely my favorite. For followers of Soul Jazz releases, this comp is a must have. For lovers of Soul and Gospel, your desire for this is obvious. For anyone who’s seen that show of which I speak above, you gotta take a gander at this and you’ll see what I mean!
MPEG Stream: VOICES OF EAST HARLEM « New York Lightning »
MPEG Stream: SWEET INSPIRATIONS « Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday »
MPEG Stream: ODETTA « Pastures Of Plenty »

album cover V/A Soul Gospel 2 (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
So we don’t usually do much mixing of music and praising the lord around here… unless it’s the dark lord that is… but when Soul Jazz hits us with the follow up to their amazing Soul Gospel compilation we can’t help but get on our Sunday best and raise our arms in complete surrender to these totally irresistible sounds. Spanning the late 60’s to the end of the 70’s these 20 songs go beyond beyond simple soulful songs in the gospel tradition. When Louise McCord tells you « you better get a move on » you’ve pretty much got to. When the Marion Gaines Singers tell you to « Do Your Thing » you dang well better. When Marion Williams belts out tales of « Bad News, Bad Times », you can’t help but feel her pain. Songs that soar so high, with vocal delivery that’s just so right on. As always immaculate packaging, liner notes, and photos make this a total must-have. Are you a Believer? We think that maybe after these 20 songs you’ll be a convert like us. Amen!
MPEG Stream: MARTHA BASS « Since I’ve Been Born Again « 
MPEG Stream: MARION GAINES SINGERS « Do Your Thing »
MPEG Stream: MEDITATION SINGERS « Let Them Talk »

album cover V/A Soul Gospel 2 (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00
So we don’t usually do much mixing of music and praising the lord around here… unless it’s the dark lord that is… but when Soul Jazz hits us with the follow up to their amazing Soul Gospel compilation we can’t help but get on our Sunday best and raise our arms in complete surrender to these totally irresistible sounds. Spanning the late 60’s to the end of the 70’s these 20 songs go beyond beyond simple soulful songs in the gospel tradition. When Louise McCord tells you « you better get a move on » you’ve pretty much got to. When the Marion Gaines Singers tell you to « Do Your Thing » you dang well better. When Marion Williams belts out tales of « Bad News, Bad Times », you can’t help but feel her pain. Songs that soar so high, with vocal delivery that’s just so right on. As always immaculate packaging, liner notes, and photos make this a total must-have. Are you a Believer? We think that maybe after these 20 songs you’ll be a convert like us. Amen!
MPEG Stream: MARTHA BASS « Since I’ve Been Born Again « 
MPEG Stream: MARION GAINES SINGERS « Do Your Thing »
MPEG Stream: MEDITATION SINGERS « Let Them Talk »

album cover V/A Soul Sisters: The Sights And Sounds Of The African-American Underground (Black Beauty) cd 14.98
FYI: if you *don’t* like naked ladies, you’ll want to avoid perusal of this disc’s booklet, which mostly consists of vintage full-color cheesecake shots of a bevy of well-endowed « soul sisters ». But don’t let that put you off… just forget for one second that this cd is billed as a collection of ’70s African-American porno flick soundtracks. For one thing, it sure doesn’t sound like the typical « boogie nights » retro-porn soundtrack. No cheesy throbbing synths or disco beats. No orgiastic moans even! Instead, what you get here is avant-groove jazz funk of an almost experimental, freeform nature. The vibe can be lively but not « sleazy »… bad-ass though. Very funky and full of nasty geetar and jamming Hammond organ.
To tell the truth, there’s so very little documentation presented here that we can’t say we’re 100 percent convinced that this is what it says it is, instead of something perhaps made by some clever musicans today (like, maybe…Mushroom?) creating replica vintage avant-funk soundtrack for imaginary x-rated flicks… But supposedly these tapes were recently found in a studio in Oakland, where the recordings we’re told took place circa 1972-75, and the musicans that get credited here were, it seems, operating under pseudonyms (for obvious reasons perhaps). The films are alluded to only in the track titles, but who knows if those cited are real (anyone seen « Chocolate Cherry »?). There’s no dialogue or sound effects or anything, since this is the original, raw soundtrack music only, what later was to be utilized perhaps in edited form in the finished film. Puzzling. But no matter, this stuff IS great!
There’s the aforementioned avant-funk that surely fits into the ’70s blaxploitation aesthetic, but this funk is full of sizzling feedbacking guitar that is hard to square with scenes of, um, lovemaking. But actually a lot of this is in more of an introspective mood that the wah-funk stereotype. More laidback that about getting laid. A long portion of track five (« Music From ‘Copper Cuties' ») consists of variations on a pensively repeating, gentle piano figure, generating a mood far from you might expect to be « exposed » to in an ostensibly X-rated flick. And only the last track « Jam Back At The House » has vocals, they go with that cut’s smokey groove but do serve to break the almost mysterious feel set by the preceeding tracks a little. Overall, this is way more amazing than we ever thought it would be. What we though might be kitschy and/or kookily amusing turned out to be downright fresh and intriguing.
Miles Davis had a track on his album Get Up With It entitled « Rated X » — maybe he’d been checking out the cinema and was inspired by one of the films that used music like this? Definitely this comes close to what we’d imagine would be how that « big freak » would have scored a porno soundtrack!!
So, this is one for fans of those Deep Note porno soundtrack comps and maybe moreso for folks who simply dig weird and wonderful jazz/funk obscurities, which would seem to be a lot of people who hear it (and then buy it) when we’ve been playing it in the store!
MPEG Stream: « Some Jive Ass Wasting My Time »
MPEG Stream: « Music From ‘Copper Cuties' »

album cover V/A Sounds Like 54 (Smak Classics) 2cd 18.98
This selection of long-forgotten disco favorites is surprisingly decent (not great, but better than mediocre) — full of trilling organs, declamatory guitarpicking, solid bouncy bass, and barked lyrics a la Chic. The sort of stuff played at Studio 54, the Paradise Garage, Peppermint Lounge, etc. It’s, of course, all super dramatic and sunny, cos disco was just one big party, remember? As a double disc set it’s totally overwhelming, but those of you with the stomach for it will want this for your next houseparty.
RealAudio clip: PEOPLES CHOICE « You Ought to be Dancin' »
RealAudio clip: RALPH CARTER « When You’re Young an in Love »

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