* Arlester "Dyke" Christian and his band the Blazers are second only to James Brown as trailblazing avatars of funk. While the record books point only to the 1966 hit `Funky Broadway', the funk fraternity knows full well that Dyke was the man, with a pervasive influence in the transformation of R&B into funk.
* We Got More Soul - The Ultimate Broadway Funk is the ultimate collection of this consummate black artist. The complete Dyke & The Blazers recordings 1966-70 - a whopping two and a half hours worth of steaming grooves - have been liberated from previously locked vaults, all presented here from the master tapes. The 2CD set is neatly divided between Dyke's sojourn in Phoenix with the original hit-making line-up of the Blazers, and his later sessions recorded in Hollywood, when the singer's sidemen were the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.
* The original released versions of most Dyke & The Blazers material were edited down from lengthy jams, with Dyke riding the groove in his own inimitable manner. Meticulous tape research means we are now able to hear for the first time the full length unedited, unexpurgated takes, exactly as they were run down live in the studio. Classic items including `Let A Woman Be A Woman', `Stuff', `Funky Walk', `Funky Bull' and `Runaway People' are sometimes twice as long as originally presented.
* Additionally there are a staggering fourteen unissued titles, ranging from downhome R&B grooves such as `Swamp Walk' and `Extra Funk', to dead-on-the-one funk workouts like `Booga Jivin'' and `Let's Do It Together', that really should have been released. Dyke's socially conscious, street-hip side comes through on superlative numbers like `Moon' and `Black Boy'.
* The lengthy liner note, illustrated with rare photos and memorabilia, provides a fascinating and intimate look at the life and tragic death of Christian. We Got More Soul - The Ultimate Broadway Funk is mandatory listening for all fans of heavy R&B and funk.