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The Bamboos Audio CD
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Australias’ premier instrumental deepfunk outfit. Masters of super-heavy, raw and upfront drum-break driven grooves.

The Bamboos live shows are veritable history lessons in old-school breaks – schooling audiences on the roots of Hip Hop and modern dance music. They are one of the tightest bands in the world and a truly amazing spectacle to watch.

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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • ASIN: B0034YLWJM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Down Under probably isn’t the obvious direction to head in if you’re looking for heavy soul and chugging funk, but for the best part of 10 years Australia’s The Bamboos have been doing exactly that. More so, they’ve been doing it with the kind of verve and swerve that has made them the backing band of choice for Antipodean touring by soul men of the calibre of Syl Johnson and Eddie Floyd. Indeed, theirs is such a scintillating soul showing, it’s a good job their singer’s called Kylie (Auldist) or we might not believe their origins.

There’s a distinct Blues Brothers-ish vibe about the foot-stomping performances, which is to say they’re not simply cresting a wave of enthusiasm and effervescence, but they care deeply about what they’re doing and therefore understand completely how it works. The Bamboos have realised you’ll only get out what you’re prepared to put in. That there is eight of them, occasionally bulked up by extra horns and strings, means their grooves are always powerful enough to support anything they might want to put on top.

Which might not be very much, as tunes like The Ghost and Turn It Up are just total, down home grooves, with some delicious horn riffs to keep things moving forwards, while Like Tears in Rain achieves the same ends with a clever string section. Or it can lead to the effortless swing of Never Be the Girl, or Typhoon, or Keep Me in Mind, which shows off their basic funk skills as spectacularly it drops instruments out of the arrangement. They also give themselves more than enough chance to show off: You Ain’t No Good has a Hammond skidding along on top; Got to Get It Over is a Blaxploitation theme looking for a movie; On the Sly has a reggae flavour; and Up on the Hill brings in a sitar.

The best thing about this album is that The Bamboos are obviously having a great deal of fun with a musical form they are very, very good at. And it’s the type of fun that spreads to pretty much anybody in attendance. --Lloyd Bradley

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3.0 out of 5 stars typically slick, but running out of ideas...? 13 Aug 2010
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The sixth album from The Bamboos is just as you'd expect, slick, funky, wah-wah guitar and a sprinkling of guest vocalists. Whilst there's nothing 'wrong' with the album at all, there is a slight feeling that we've been here before. Every song could have fitted onto the last album, or for that matter any of the previous albums.
There is nothing wrong with the album at all, and the opening four tracks are as strong as anything they've done, but after that they slip into routine, when they should be stretching their sound and trying something new.
Maybe instead of releasing an album every single year they should take some time out to try to move their sound on and try something to stretch themselves musically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album, from a new fan's perspective 3 Oct 2013
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Unlike A.C. Smith, I'm not familiar with the Bamboos' back catalog, so I can't compare this album with their others. I heard one of the tracks on Radio 2's Jazz hour by accident - I'm not a Radio 2 listener and I hate Jazz - and loved it. On the strength of that track ("You ain't no good") I bought the album, and wasn't disappointed.

The music is bouncy and fun, and different from most of the rest of my collection. From a newcomer to the Bamboos, this is a good introduction - I hope to find more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As discribed 30 Jun 2013
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Product as discribed, delivered early and in great condition, excellent cd that if you like a bit of funk then these guys know their stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year 2010 (and it's only June) 1 Jun 2010
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Fantastic album, full of dance floor funk fillers, great singalong catchy tunes and a sound that will reverberate your senses all the way from Australia!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW get it guys 20 April 2010
By Peter J. Lindemann - Published on
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This album is what a modern Soul Funk album should sound like ..this band is hot and this album is a classic get it ..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sauce 27 Jun 2010
By Sandtu - Published on
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Heard about this band when reading an article about Felix Riebl of the Cat Empire. If you did Sharon Jones or New Mastersounds Give this band a listen. They also look great live on their website. Great retro sound from this band from Down Under.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Masterpiece 25 Dec 2011
By RealBullum - Published on
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Forget about any previous idea about real music. This is pure gold! Try to listen this and stay controlled,,, Long Live to Bamboos!
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 5 Nov 2010
By E. Olson - Published on
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I love this album! I bought it after hearing about it on NPR. I like funk, but not a lot of the 60's style funk that has continued to be recycled over the years. This is a totally fresh album. Take a listen to You're No Good and see if you aren't hooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funk is back! 18 May 2010
By Bobby - Published on
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If you liked I Learned The Hard Way by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, you'll like this one. Great funky album, with a band name that "sticks". Ha!
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