A year on from the last volume of Funk Spectrum, the excellent Barely Breaking Even label have again enlisted legendary DJ Keb Darge to dig deep in the vaults and come up with the goods for this, the third volume in their series.
This time round he's joined, perhaps surprisingly, by Pete Rock from the mainstream club world. Rock's eclectic selections lead us off and his diverse tastes bring up some real revelations with the classy soul-funk of Betty Lavette's "Let Me Down Easy", some funk-rock from Grand Funk Railroad and the hip-hoppy "Trespasser Part 1" from Bad Medicine. Also thrown into the pot are some bluesy cuts from BB King and Big John Hamilton to literally cover the full 'spectrum'. Keb Darge's choices are more in keeping with the earlier volumes with hammond-heavy work outs like the wonderful King Cain and the Silvertone Band's "Don't Give A Damn" and stand-out track the filthy organ-driven "Nothin' But A Party Part 2" by the excellent Blenders (did they ever make a bad record?). Add to that some fine heavyweight funk by virtual unknowns Jimmy Lane & the Incredibles and Ramon & Company and BBE score again with a worthy companion to the first two volumes.