Category Archives: Funk

TIM BUCKLEY- LADY, GIVE ME YOUR KEY: THE UNISSUED 1967 SESSIONS.

TIM BUCKLEY- LADY, GIVE ME YOUR KEY: THE UNISSUED 1967 SESSIONS. Having released his eponymous debut album in 1966, Tim Buckley was told by Elektra wanted to record a followup album. Before that, Elektra’s founder Jac Holzman told Tim Buckley he wanted him to record a single. Then the album would follow. This made sense. …

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NEW ORLEANS FUNK VOLUME 4-VOODOO FIRE IN NEW ORLEANS 1951-77.

NEW ORLEANS FUNK VOLUME 4-VOODOO FIRE IN NEW ORLEANS 1951-77. New Orleans has a rich musical history. That has been the case for the past hundred years. It still is today. Especially when late February comes around. Each year, the people of New Orleans celebrate Marid Gras. For this famous Festival, the Big Easy, and …

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FEELING GOOD-FUNK, SOUL AND DEEP JAZZ GEMS: THE SUPREME SOUND OF PRODUCER BOB SHAD.

FEELING GOOD-FUNK, SOUL AND DEEP JAZZ GEMS: THE SUPREME SOUND OF PRODUCER BOB SHAD. Bob Shad was a music man. He was someone who saw the bigger picture musically. As a result, Bob Shad he was always one step ahead of the competition. So it’s no surprise that Bob Shad enjoyed a long and successful …

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KEB DARGE PRESENTS THE BEST OF LEGENDARY DEEP FUNK.

KEB DARGE PRESENTS THE BEST OF LEGENDARY DEEP FUNK. For any serious record collector, the thought of having to sell their record collection fills them with dread. Sadly, that happened to DJ and record collector extraordinaire Keb Darge. He was in the midst of a divorce, and was forced to sell of his extensive collection …

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LET IT BE-BLACK AMERICA SINGS LENNON, McCARTNEY AND HARRISON.

LET IT BE-BLACK AMERICA SINGS LENNON, McCARTNEY AND HARRISON. In America, The Beatles are the best selling artists in the history of popular music. They sold an incredible, 178 million albums in America alone. What makes this all the more remarkable, was that America were latecomers to The Beatles. The first Beatles album to be …

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TED COLEMAN BAND-TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS-VINYL EDITION.

TED COLEMAN BAND-TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS-VINYL EDITION.  It was in 1921, that the Leedy Manufacturing Company first began marketing the vibraphone in America. Since then, the distinctive sound of the vibraphone has featured on albums by Gary Burton, Milt Jackson, Roy Ayres, Bobby Hutcherson, Tito Puente and Cal Tjader. They’re among just a few of the …

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TIM MAIA 1971.

TIM MAIA 1971. Larger than life, charismatic and hugely talented describes  Brazilian singer Tim Maia. He was also someone who lived life on the edge, and was determined to do things his way. Tim Maia also lived life to the full. Especially, after the success of his groundbreaking eponymous  debut album. It was the first …

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EDWIN SANZ-OVERFLOW.

EDWIN SANZ-OVERFLOW. There aren’t many six year olds that leave home to become a dancer. That’s apart from Edwin Sanz.  He was only six when he joined the Grupo Madera dance group, which promotes Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Venezuelan culture through dance and music. For the next twelve years, Edwin Sanz toured Venezuela and traversed South America and Europe. …

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MARY AFI USUA-AFRICAN WOMAN.

MARY AFI USUA-AFRICAN WOMAN. When Mary Afi Usuah released her sophomore album African Woman on Clover Music in 1978, very few people outside of Nigeria heard the album. That was despite Mary Afi Usuah having performed in front of hundreds of thousands of music fans.  Mary Afi Usuah had spent thirteen years touring Europe with …

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LITTLE RICHARD-THE RILL THING, THE KING OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL AND THE SECOND COMING.

LITTLE RICHARD-THE RILL THING, THE KING OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL AND THE SECOND COMING. After a three years absence, Little Richard hit the comeback trail on the 11th March 1970. That was when he began work on his new album The Rill Thing. This would be the first album the thirty-five year old rock ’n’ …

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SPACE ECHO-THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE COSMIC SOUND OF CABO VERDE FINALLY REVEALED!

SPACE ECHO-THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE COSMIC SOUND OF CABO VERDE FINALLY REVEALED! In the spring of 1968, dockers in Baltimore, loaded cargo onto a ship bound for Rio De Janeiro, in Brazil. For the dockers, it was just another day at the  “office.” This was what they did, day in, day out. No longer did …

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WEATHER REPORT-THE COLUMBIA YEARS 1971-1975.

WEATHER REPORT-THE COLUMBIA YEARS 1971-1975. By the late-sixties, jazz was no longer as popular as it had once been. Jazz’s popularity had plummeted over the last few years. Many jazz clubs were  closing, or being converted into venues that put on rock bands.  Sales of jazz were down. Critics and cultural commentators were drawing comparisons with  blues music.  Although there had …

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TIM MAIA: WORLD PSYCHEDELIC CLASSICS 4: NOBODY CAN LIVE FOREVER: THE EXISTENTIAL SOUL OF TIM MAIA.

TIM MAIA: WORLD PSYCHEDELIC CLASSICS 4: NOBODY CAN LIVE FOREVER: THE EXISTENTIAL SOUL OF TIM MAIA. Tim Maia was unlike most singers. Not only was he hugely talented and charismatic, but each day, he lived life on the edge. Defiantly, Tim Maia lived each day as if it was his last. By then, he was a cult hero in …

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WILLIAM ONYEAEBOR MUSICIAN AND MAN OF MYSTERY.

WILLIAM ONYEAEBOR MUSICIAN AND MAN OF MYSTERY. Enigmatic. That’s the perfect word to describe synth funk pioneer, William Onyeabor. He is, without doubt, one of the most mysterious and elusive musicians. There’s a good reason for this, Much of William Onyeabor’s life is shrouded in mystery. After releasing eight albums between 1978 and 1985, William Onyeabor became …

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DJ FORMAT’S PSYCH OUT.

DJ FORMAT’S PSYCH OUT. Nowadays, compilations of psychedelia are commonplace. Indeed, hardly a week goes by without another compilation of psychedelia being released. Alas, these compilations vary in quality, and are best described as the good, the bad and ugly.  The best compilations of psychedelia are lovingly curated  by knowledgeable and enthusiastic compilers. Others compilations …

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HOLGER CZUKAY-MOVIE!

HOLGER CZUKAY-MOVIE! In 1979, Holger Czukay’s career was at a crossroads. Can the group he cofounded in 1968, had split-up. After releasing eleven albums in eleven years, one of music’s most innovative groups were no more. This came as no surprise to Holger Czukay, who was about to resume his solo career. During the ten …

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IDRIS ACKAMOOR AND THE PYRAMIDS-WE BE ALL AFRICANS.

IDRIS ACKAMOOR AND THE PYRAMIDS-WE BE ALL AFRICANS. By the time The Pyramids arrived at the UC Berkeley Jazz Festival in 1977, they had established a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative live bands on the international circuit. The Pyramids shows were unique, and were a mixture of percussive, spiritual and space-age …

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MOP MOP-LUNAR LOVE.

MOP MOP-LUNAR LOVE. Growing up, music was always a huge part of Andrea Benini’s life. He started to play the guitar when he was ten. By the time he was fourteen, Andrea Benini had switched to drums. This would stand him in good stead later in life. Towards the end of 1999, twenty-two year old …

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CALIFORNIA SOUL-FUNK AND SOUL FROM THE GOLDEN STATE 1967-1976.

CALIFORNIA SOUL-FUNK AND SOUL FROM THE GOLDEN STATE 1967-1976. Even today, many people still see California as an idyllic paradise. They see the Golden State as a place where the sun shines all summer long on a sparkling blue Ocean. Meanwhile, the beautiful people arrive at the beach in their Little Deuce Coupe, where they …

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SUN-WANNA MAKE LOVE (COME FLICK MY BIC)/SUN-POWER AND SUNBURN.

SUN-WANNA MAKE LOVE (COME FLICK MY BIC)/SUN-POWER AND SUNBURN.   During the seventies, Dayton, Ohio was the funk capital of America. The region produced some of the greatest and most successful funk bands of the era. This included Funkadelic, Parliament, The Gap Band, The Ohio Players, Lakeside, Zapp, Slave and Platypus. However, they weren’t alone. …

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