Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Ben & The Platano Group ”Paris Soul”

Ben & The Platano Group

Paris Soul
( LP Barclay Records, 1971 )
Catalog # XBLY 920 375 T

A1 Platano Split (4:40)
A2 Salute To Santa (2:54)
A3 Black Waders (3:13)
A4 Woluwe Strip (2:32)
A5 Cabaret (2:43)
B1 Paris Soul (4:00)
B2 Culzean (3:12)
B3 Castill Battle (2:47)
B4 Hang Out (2:19)
B5 Art Pino Pasta (3:55)

Arranged By – E. Nata

Format:Vinyl, LP

1-Originally issued on Barclay, it’s probably one of the best and one of the rarest funk-latin-jazz LP from France. Jazz-funk with afro-cuban flavors on some tracks, easy moods on others, a brazilian touch on “culzean” track, “Paris Soul” is a masterpiece, and the high demand on the collector market is easy to understand (10 incredible tracks). Orchestrated by Evaristo Nata, the band worked at the parisian cabaret “Le Lido” just before the leader was interned in a psychiatric hospital…
By Rax77 (Discogs)

2-Very nice reissue of this totally rare album of funky instrumentals by a lost Parisian combo with a tight choppy guitar sound, and a nice dope organ/keyboard groove. In their best moments, the group has a bit of a War sound — with a slow, stripped-down approach to their funk, and heavy Latin lines on the bass and keyboards. At other times, the groove’s a bit more uptempo, with tight guitar riffs, and loud horn blasts. The whole thing’s produced with a sound that’s just right for some of the Mood Mosaic comps, and the material’s got a nice 70’s sound that’s not too overdone. Tracks include “Paris Soul”, “Hang Out”, “Black Waders”, “Platano Split”, and “Woluwe Strip”. Pressed up on very nice vinyl, and an extremely faithful reproduction of the original!
From Dusty Groove America

3-A FRENCH GROOVE COLLECTOR MASTER PIECE !!! Essential killer soul funk with latin influence … from france (BIEM pressing) … Original is very rare and always expensive because they’ve only Out 300 Lp in 70’s By Barclay Label ! But exist a reissue too ! You need it !!!! it’s Heavy psych latin funk all way !!! One of favorite djing and one of the best and original latin funk all the time. Jazz funk with afro cuban flavors, easy bossa jazz moods and a brazilian touch for exemple on “Culzean”& “Paris Soul”. This album is a must and we can understand easily why there is a high demand or hight price for this. Conducted by E. Nata, the group worked for the parisian cabaret “Le Lido” and the history tell us they out the record in 70 just before the leader was interned in a psychiatric hospital. What’s happening?
From Groovecollector

By Pier

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