Monday, 8 November 2010

Various Artists ''Funky Tales''

Various Artists

''Funky Tales''

( Southern Fried Funk - 1967 /1976 - Soul - R'n'B )

Although the Nashville-based Excello label is primarily known for its recordings of Louisiana swamp blues with Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, and Lightnin' Slim, it moved into soul music pretty aggressively in the late '60s and early '70s. This 24-song compilation of tracks that were cut for the label between 1967 and 1976 offers yet more evidence of how many vital, little-known soul sides were issued during the era by small companies. This is the greasy stuff, too, with no relationship to either "sweet soul" or proto-disco. If you like the sound of the James Brown band circa 1969, or the hardest elements of Stax/Volt, and want more of the same by acts that you never heard on the radio, this is a good investment. Aside from Slim Harpo (represented by a funkish number) and Marva Whitney and Maceo Parker (both of whom recorded for Excello after leaving the James Brown road show), few of these names will ring any bells for all but the most seasoned soul collectors. It's mostly quality, gritty fare, including quite a few percolating instrmentals (the underwater Booker T.-like groove on the Solicitors' "Music for the Brothers" is a highlight). For some quality imitation James Brown arrangements, check out the two previously unissued tracks by the mysterious Little Royal.
~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

1 Little Royal - Little Royal Freeze
2 Marva Whitney - Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear
3 Jerry Washington - Baby Don't Do It To Me
4 Maceo & All The King's Men - A Funky Tale To Tell
5 Shirley Brown - I Ain't Gonna Tell (Nobody)
6 Nazty - Maybe Your Baby
7 Slim Harpo - I Got My FInger On Your Trigger
8 Jimmy Brown - Chain Of Fools
9 Exotics - Boogaloo Investigator
10 Solicitors - Music For The Brothers
11 Oliver Sain - Bus Stop
12 Jesse Morrison - Shaky Pudding
13 Dynamic Corvettes - Precious Woman
14 Little Royal - Keep On Loving
15 Freddie North - Love To Hate
16 Bobby Powell - Your Good Good Loving
17 Jean Stanback - Ain't Nothing In The Streets
18 Doris Duke - I'd Do It All Over You
19 Marva Whitney - Do Your Thing
20 Nazty - I Got To Move
21 Ureaus - Let Our Music Make Love To You
22 Oliver Sain - Party Hearty
23 Maceo & All The King's Men - Born To Wander
24 Marva & Ellis - We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice)

Source: Internet


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Bill said...

Thanks! Some interesting stuff here.

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