Various Artists: Funk Spectrum (vol 1) (1999)
Barely Breaking Even BBECD 017
Compiled by Josh Davis & Keb Darge
01 – Party Time -The Masters
02 – Let’s Do It Today (Procrastination) -The US
03 – Do It Again -Deep Heat
04 – The Dead Don’t Die Alive (Part One) -4th Coming
05 – Getting Down For Xmas -Milly & Silly
06 – The Road -Communicators & The Black Experience Band
07 – Mr Chicken Shit -The Soul Seven
08 – Clap Your Hands -Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets
09 – Butter That Popcorn -RDM Band
10 – What’s Going On? -Mr Clean & The Soul Inc.
11 – Can’t Stop Now -Mr Magic
12 – It’s A Man’s World -Lou Pride
13 – Every Man For Himself -Road Runners
14 – Tell Me -Ricky Caloway
15 – It Ain’t Fun, But It’s Fun -Fabulous Originals
16 – Backtalk -The 2nd Ammendement Band
17 – Mr Machine -The Chefs
18 – Who’s The King? -Joseph Henry
19 – We oughta Get Together -Professor Leit & Strudy
20 – The World -Sandi & Matues
Let me just state unequivocally that funk music is truth. Funk music is innovation. Funk music is loose and tight at the same time.
Funk is happy music and funk is the blues. More than anything, funk is the sound of the streets.
Anger, passion, protest and joy resound from every sinister bassline, every chicken scratched guitar riff, and every James Brown inspired exclamation, every second line.
Funk demands to be heard and felt, and has no time for beard stroking or contemplative intellectualism.
Keb brings us the first in his Funk Spectrum series bringing to us the side of Josh Davis (pka DJ Shadow) he knows and loves, the fanatical, devoted must have all the good ones funk collector.
With this album your’e getting a picture of funk as it was actually played in underground clubs scattered all over late 60’s / early 70’s America.
No LP cuts, all 45’s.
Though James Brown, The Meters etc were played, the bulk of the tunes would be from local talent on tiny local labels.
Unlike today there were no LP sleeves, no videos and no trendy magazines to help sell the image of the artists.
Therefore the music had to be strong to make it in these clubs.