WESTBOUND SUPER BREAKS-ESSENTIAL FUNK, SOUL AND JAZZ SAMPLES AND BREAKBEATS.

Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeats.

Label. Westbound Records.

Back in 1969, Armen Boladian was a familiar face within the Detroit music scene, and the musical impresario was about to launch a new label Westbound Records. This came as no surprise to those that knew Armen Boladian who previously, had founded and run the Fascination label and the Record Distribution Corporation. However, when Armen Boladian’s latest venture Westbound Records opened its doors in 1969, he had no idea that it would become a musical institution whose music inspired several generation of hip hop producers. That music features on Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeats, which was recently released by Westbound Records, an imprint of Ace Records and is a reminder of Armen Boladian’s latest success story. 

In a way, that was no surprise, as Armen Boladian brought onboard talented arrangers, musicians, producers and songwriters to work with the artists he would sign to Westbound Records over the next few years. This included CJ and Company, Denis LaSalle, Dennis Coffey, Funkadelic, The Detroit Emerald and The Ohio Players. These artists would bring commercial success and critical acclaim the way of Westbound Records.

When Denise LaSalle released Trapped By A Thing Called Love in 1971, it reached number thirteen in the US Billboard 100, topped the US R&B charts and was certified gold. Denise LaSalle then enjoyed hits with Now Run and Tell That which reached number three in the US R&B charts, while Man Sized Job reached number four in the US R&B charts. Having just enjoyed three consecutive top ten hits in the US R&B charts, Denise LaSalle was one Westbound Records most successful signings.

Not to be outdone, The Detroit Emeralds also enjoyed three consecutive top ten hits in the US R&B charts between 1971 and 1972. This began with Do Me Right which reached forty-three in the  US Billboard 100 and seven in the US R&B charts. Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms) reached thirty-six in the US Billboard 100 and five in the US R&B charts, before You Want It, You Got It reached twenty-four in the US Billboard 100 and four in the US R&B charts.   Armen Boladian’s Westbound Records was going from strength to strength.

Another of Westbound Records’ signings the Ohio Players, had released their sophomore album Pain in 1972, which was certified gold. Then in 1973 Funky Worm reached fifteen in the US Billboard 100 and topped the US R&B charts. Despite this success, The Ohio Players weren’t Westbound Records most successful signing.

That honour fell to Funkadelic, who released eight albums on Westbound Records. This began with Funkadelic in May 1970 and six years later, Tales of Kidd Funkadelic was released in September 1976 just before the P-Funk pioneers signed to Warner Bros. By then, music and Westbound Records was changing.

Armen Boladian had already launched Eastbound Records, which started life as a jazz label and signed artists of the calibre of Bill Mason, Caesar Frazier, Houston Person and Melvin Sparks. Later, Catfish Hodge, Fantastic, Pleasure Web, Robert Lowe and The Houston Outlaws would all sign to Eastbound Records. However, by 1975 Eastbound Records was no more and all the artists on the label’s roster became part of Westbound Records.

As 1975 gave way to 1976, disco was growing in popularity, and like many record labels, Westbound Records were keen to embrace disco.

This was a perfect opportunity for artists and groups to reinvent themselves, especially any artists whose career was at a crossroads and needed kick-started. Disco had the potential to kick-start ailing and failing careers, while new stars were born and embarked upon musical careers. Meanwhile, many artists continued to on their path and made funky, soulful,  jazzy and dance-floor friendly music.

This includes the artists and groups that feature on Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeats. Among them are Junie, Funkadelic, The Detroit Emeralds, Caesar Frazier, Fuzzy Haskins, Ohio Players, Fantastic Four and Denise LaSalle.

Suzie Thundertussy by Junie opens Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeat. It’s a funky and soulful track from the 1976 album Suzie Super Groupie which is a reminder of the multitalented Junie.

One of P-Funk pioneers and superstars Funkadelic’s classic albums was Maggot Brain which was released in 1972. It features You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks a prime slice of classic P-Funk from  Funkadelic,

You’re Gettin’ A Little Too Smart was released as a single in 1973 by The Detroit Emeralds. It’s a track from their 1973 album I’m In Love With You, and features The Detroit Emeralds at the most soulful as they deliver vocals and harmonies against a funky arrangement,

When funk group Pleasure Web released Music Man-Part 1 as a single, Music Man-Part 2 was on the B-Side. This funky hidden gem later became a favourite of DJs and hip hop producers and introduced Pleasure Web’s music to a wider audience.

Just a year after  Armen Boladian founded Westbound Records, the label released Magictones’ single I’ll Make It Up To You in 1970. Tucked away in the B-Side was Good Old Music a soulful, funky and rock tinged track  by Magictones which is vastly underrated.

In 1975, Caesar Frazier released his sophomore album ’75 which features Funk It Down. This memorable jazz-funk instrumental is a reminder of a talented artist who deserved to enjoy a much more successful career.

The Fuz And Da Boog is a track from Fuzzy Haskins’ 1976b debut album A Whole Nother Thang. This funky track is a call to dance and still sounds as good in 2018.

When Ohio Player released their Westbound Records’ debut Pleasure in 1972, it featured Funky Worm. It’s an uber funky offering from the Ohio Player who were one of Westbound Records’ most successful signings.

The soulful sounding  ballad Does He Treat You Better made its debut on Unique Blend’s 1974 single. With its lush stings and harmonies it’s a highlight of Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeats.

Mixed Up Moods And Attitudes was released as a single in 1977 and feared on the Fantastic Four’s 1977 album Got To Have Your Love, It’s a soulful ballad with a tender heartfelt vocal. Very different is Disco Pool Blues where the Fantastic Four reinvent their music.

Heartbreaker Of The Year by Denise LaSalle closes Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeats. It’s taken from Denise LaSalle’s 1972 album  soulful and funky album Trapped By A Thing Called Love, 

Pack Of Lies is a track from The Counts’ 1971 debut album What’s Up Front That-Counts. It was another album of soulful and funky released on Westbound Records. One of yen standout tracks was Pack Of Lies which showcases The Counts’ considerable talents.

Westbound Records released an eclectic selection of music during the seventies including disco. funk, jazz-funk, P-Funk, post-P-Funk, proto-boogie, soul and soul-jazz. The music was usually  carefully crafted, often by using top  arrangers, musicians and producers. They played their part in making music that as often slick, soulful, funky and dancefloor friendly. Sadly the music Westbound Records wasn’t always successful and passed record buyers by.

That includes a number of tracks on Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeats. This nineteen track compilation was recently released by Westbound Records, which is an imprint of Ace Records. The groundbreaking music on Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeats is a reminder of Armen Boladian’s influential label. Westbound Records, which helped shape hip hop and inspired several generation of producers.

Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeats.

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