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Pulp Fusion: The Return Of The Original Ghetto Jazz & Funk Classics Double CD

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  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Harmless Recordings
  • ASIN: B003VW3CLS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Eddie Russ - The Lope Song
2. Rueben Wilson - Inner City Blues
3. Deodato - Super Strutt
4. Joe Quarterman & Free Soul - I've Got So Much Trouble In My Mind Pts 1 & 2
5. Gil Scott Heron - The Bottle
6. Billy Paul - We All Got A Mission
7. The Politicians - The World In Which We Live In
8. Last Poets - It's A Trip
9. The Headhunters - If You've Got It, You'll Get It
10. Willie West - Fairchild
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Disc: 2
1. Norman Connors - Captain Connors
2. Willie Bobo - Always There
3. Dexter Wansell - Life On Mars
4. Doug & Jean Carn - Mighty Mighty
5. Joe Bataan - La Botella
6. Windy City Orchestra - Windy City Theme
7. Patrice Rushen - Let Your Heart Be Free
8. MFSB - Mysteries Of The World
9. Average White Band - Person To Person
10. Melvin Sparks - Get Down With The Get Down
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD Description

Harmless reaches 15 years old this year and to celebrate we're planning to issue some special 2 CD editions of some of our most successful series over the last 15 years. All 15th Anniversary Crystal Editions will be freshly compiled by the experts in the respective fields and will contain completely new track-listings focussing on tracks which have not been easily available before and which are highly sought-after with the various collectors markets. Each package will be specially stickered with a reflective foil infinity sticker to celebrate the occasion.
Pulp Fusion - our flagship series which concentrates on grooves of the highest order, features compiler extraordinaire Dean Rudland who takes us on an odyssey of hard-to-find ghetto grooves which celebrate this groundbreaking series

BBC Review

Back in the mid-80s, the so-called ‘rare groove’ movement gave a shot in the arm to the soul scene of the day by excavating a wealth of music from the previous decade. James Brown came dramatically back into fashion in one revolution of a record and a new generation of fancy dancers started to spin round to tracks like The Payback, Cold Sweat and Drive Your Funky Soul. Soon after there was a spate of compilations featuring the artists that Brown had influenced and the education of burgeoning hip hop DJs, who used said tracks to make breaks over which rappers could tell a tale or two in double time, was significantly advanced.

Pulp Fusion – marking the 15th anniversary of the Harmless label – is basically a best of the best of those anthologies that popped out as regularly as a parental advisory sticker. The cynic, or rather the older listener, might argue that The Headhunters, Melvin Sparks, Dexter Wansel and Pleasure, and much of the other material on this two-CD set, is too familiar to be fresh today, but that’s possibly too harsh a judgment. No doubt, a track like Wansel’s Life On Mars was well and truly ‘caned’ in the clubs, but that was some 20 years ago, and it’s actually important to be reminded of how ingenious a piece of music it is. The Philadelphia keyboard player was basically applying hot jazz licks to Brown’s rhythmic propulsion but giving the performance the kind of structural quirks – the spooky Echoplex on the ascending lines of the solo are the audio equivalent of a spaceship whizzing into deep space – that made it more than funk-lite.

Then again, there’s much head-spinning pyschedelia to be found in cuts by The Politicians and Lonnie Smith, and perhaps the real value of Pulp Fusion is that it shows how widespread the cross-fertilisation of soul, funk, jazz, rock and electronica once was. The only blot on an otherwise pleasing Technicolour audioscape is a mistake in the mastering process that has replaced Gil Scott-Heron’s The Bottle by Wilton Felder’s Inherit the Wind, which is, as the Womacks would say, is "kinda strange and funny".

--Kevin Le Gendre

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this is a great album the first disc being the strongest with an excellent cover. once you have listened you will want more, I've given it 4 stars because I'm still looking for that ultimate compilation, might have to make one up myself.
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By Brad Ackert on 10 April 2013
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This is an incredible compilation. If you want to know where the breaks from some of the hip hop that you listen too, this is for you. Not only a history lesson into hip hop but record that stands on it's own.
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funk, jazz & soul rarities 23 Aug. 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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I love compilations such as this one, combining fairly well known tracks ("The Bottle" by Gil Scott-Heron and "Person to Person" by Average White Band) with cool covers ("Inner City Blues" by Reuben Wilson and "People Make the World Go Round" by Milt Jackson) with lesser known album tracks ("Life on Mars" by Dexter Wansel and "Jungle Strut" by Gene Ammons) and really obscure stuff ("The World we Live In" by the Politicians and "Get Down with the Get Down" by Melvin Sparks). Throw in some killer cuts by the likes of Billy Paul, Deodato, Lonnie Smith, MFSB, the Last Poets, and a whole lot more, and you have yourself a most excellent collection. I also like the "Latin" version of Gil Scott-Heron's "The Bottle"; "La Botella" by Joe Bataan. A few tracks on here bore me, but most of the tunes are good to excellent. A lot of music worth discovering on this 2 disc set.
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