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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: BGP / Ace
  • ASIN: B004VV4302
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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* Ray Dobard's Music City operation was at the heart of the Bay Area's black music scene from the 50s onwards. By the 1970s his shop and studio were places where aspiring funk, soul and jazz groups would go to attempt to find fame and fortune. Few did, but some great music was laid down, the best of which is here.

* The CD contains 17 tracks, 15 of which are previously unissued, and are a great view into a lost era of Bay Area music. The best known artists are Two Things In One and Darondo. Two Things In One were a big local attraction who released several singles on Music City, now very sought-after by funk DJs and collectors. Dorando has been lionised in recent years for his Music City 45 `Didn't I' and also appears with the Al Green-styled `Gimme Some', lifted from the vaults. BGP have also turned up an unreleased cut by the Houston Outlaws, a version of their Westbound B-side `Got To Keep Loving'.

* Elsewhere there is out-and-out funk from Vic Green - whose singles as Big Vick Hammond have made him a cult hero - and unknown acts such as Chuck Thurman, the Soul Sensations and Dry Ice. Jazzy grooves come from Charles Doc Williams and Al Tanner, hip folk funk from Bob Carson and the black consciousness message behind the Soul Messengers.

* The booklet features in-depth notes from Bay Area expert and Music City historian Alec Palao, and an introduction by compiler Dean Rudland that places the music in its contemporary context.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TCH TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2011
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It amazes me that BGP can release this superb compilation together with Dorondo's "Listen To My Song" CD at the same time as letting the distinctly sub-par "SuperFunk's Mission Impossible" out of the hutch. The less said about the truly lamentable "SuperFunk's Mission Impossible" the better but I suspect it'll mark the end of that largely excellent series of compilations. To happier matters; this compilation of largely funk orientated tracks from the '71-'75 time period recorded at the famed Music City record label based in the Bay Area of California (across the bay from San Francisco) is simply excellent. This was a great time for Bay Area music having been spurred on by the colossal late 60's / early 70's success of Sly & The Family Stone (with Tower of Power about to really get going as well). The album itself is enjoyably eclectic covering jazzy funk, wah-wah funk, string-laced funk, flute funk, political funk and even one or two funk-ballads which brings a welcome dose of variety so things don't get too monotonous. One thing it doesn't have is 'funky soul' which has become the mainstay of funk compilations these days even though a little of that stuff goes a long, long way and frankly I heard enough 'funky soul' for a lifetime or two since "samey" doesn't begin to describe it! Admittedly a good number of the tracks are instrumentals but their variety of sounds means that it all remains exceedingly listenable and very little outstays its welcome and the vocal tracks (about half the compilation) are universally strong with sadly one unexpected exception; the much heralded Darondo whose 1st take of "Gimme Some" is marred by some tacky ill-thought out lyrics (which he sensibly removed on the subsequent version).Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Syd - Published on
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...although right off, I think the subtitle "Funk and Soul Grooves" is not a good characterization of the music here. It is not like most of the funk and soul I have. This has more of a `live,' progressive, somewhat jazzy feel to it with not a lot of studio production. Gratefully, the musicians are top notch and the music sounds in tune all the way through. The music reminds of Gil Scott Heron's First Minute of the New Day era and is every bit as good. One of the great highlights here is a track by the mysterious, scarce and intriguing Houston Outlaws from Westbound. (Ain't No Tellin' is a lost classic) Somehow, they ended up at this studio. (Are the Houston Outlaws really Archie Bell and the Drells?) I was sweating the sound quality of this, as I have heard really bad BGP/ACE issues of funk. (Go read my reviews of Southern' Funkin' and Golden State Funk and Detroit Funk Vaults) but the samples I heard told me this way OK. Yes, this will add something to your collection. It is different than most...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vital soul from Darondo, Houston Outlaws & More! 3 July 2014
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
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I'm very, very pleased that I stumbled onto the Amazon listing for this compilation, otherwise I might never have even known about its existence. Noting that this CD featured music by talented artists that I'd heard before --- specifically; Darondo, The Two Things in One, and Houston Outlaws --- I figured that it was worth taking a chance on. Oh man, it was that and more. A great collection of harmonic soul and blistering funk!

All of these recordings were made for the Music City label from 1971-1975 and reflect the R&B sound of that period; songs that are both funky and soulful, and some with jazz and gospel influences. As expected, I enjoyed the tracks by the Two Things in One (check out the excellent reissue of their old recordings that is now available on CD) and one by their guitarist Kevin Burton, the eccentric but sleek Darondo, and the funky Houston Outlaws, but there were plenty of other highlights too, including a tune by the Soul Messengers, a 9-minute-plus jam by Love Uprisers, and the album's closing track, a tortured soul-gospel workout by The Cookin' Bag. And if "Giant Hamburger Part 2" by Victor Green doesn't leave you with a big smile on your face, all hope is lost. Totally fun and funky!

I can't rave about this collection enough. You get plenty of music (over 75 minutes), and tunes of a very high quality. Plus the CD comes with a 20-page booklet that contains a short essay by noted soul compiler Dean Rudland, a history of the label, information about each act, and some vintage photos. Another great package from the reliable BGP reissue label.

Another collection of recordings from the label, the 3-CD set "The Music City Story", that covers output on the label from the early 1950s through the late 1970s, has received some rather poor reviews, but don't let that prevent you from getting this single disc CD. This is a vital, satisfying collection of soul and funk that should please discerning listeners and soul fanatics.
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