Saturday, 3 April 2010

Various Artists ''Yoyo: 70's Jazz, Soul & Funk Rarities From The Old School''

Various Artists

''Yoyo: 70's Jazz, Soul & Funk Rarities From The Old School''
( Compilation, Castle Music Records, 2001 )
Catalog # CMRCD104

Yo Yo, Pt.1 - Don Covay (3:57)
Raunchy Rita - Lionel Hampton (5:31)
Jimmy Reed Blues [Instrumental] - Jimmy Reed (2:49)
My Cherie Amour - Stanley Turrentine (4:44)
Psychedelic Sally - Lionel Hampton (6:06)
Good Is Catching Up With Me - Jimmy Reed (2:56)
Can You Take What I'm Gonna Do? - Gloria Lynne (2:54)
Them Changes - Lionel Hampton (3:10)
Africa Gone Funky - Screamin' Jay Hawkins (3:14)
Over The Hump - Jimmy Reed (2:49)
Fun - Lionel Hampton (7:48)
Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday - Stanley Turrentine (2:58)
Funky, Funky Soul - Jimmy Reed (3:20)
E.G. - Lionel Hampton (8:24)
Yo Yo, Pt. 2 - Don Covay (4:42)

Lionel Hampton (Performer), Stanley Turrentine (Performer),
Don Covay (Performer), Christopher Wells (Photography),
Sylvia Pitcher (Photography), Christa Wells (Photography),
Trevor Swaine (Photography), Ian Clark (Photography)

Release Date: June 12, 2001

Here's a strange one. Yoyo: 70's Jazz, Soul & Funk Rarities From the Old School is indeed a compilation of funky '70s rarities, but the artists here aren't so much obscure as out of their element. That must be where the mention of "jazz" enters the title. Don Covay certainly is considered a soul artist, as could be Gloria Lynne, but Lionel Hampton and Jimmy Reed?!?!?! Well, here they are, in all their funkified '70s "glory": slinky bass and wah-wah guitars all over the place. Actually, the Reed tunes aren't really bad as much as it is surprising that someone got him to do them. Hampton just wails on his vibes, almost oblivious to the generic funk backdrops. Screamin' Jay Hawkins gives a typically over-the-top vocal performance on "Africa Gone Funky," and the Covay tracks are fantastic. Stanley Turrentine gives the most perfunctory performance here, covering a couple of Stevie Wonder tunes. This is certainly not the lost treasure trove some may have envisioned by title alone, but it is good for a laugh or two as a head-scratcher.
By Sean Westergaard
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