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|1. HOUSE OF THE RISING FUNK - Chubukos|
|2. THE MESSAGE - Blue Mitchell|
|3. FUNKY BUTT - The Delegates|
|4. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN (ALL I NEED) -Ellerine Harding|
|5. NEVER DID I EVER STOP LOVING YOU - Alice Clark|
|6. I WANT YOU BACK - Bobby Shad & The Shad Men|
|7. SOUL MAKOSSA - Afrique|
|8. SO MUCH TROUBLE IN MY MIND - Charles Kynard|
|9. I NEED SOMEBODY (INST) - Linda Perry & The Funky Boys|
|10. GRITS AIN'T GROCERIES (ALL AROUND THE WORLD) - Maxine Weldon|
|11. THE SPIRIT - Curtis Fuller|
|12. BOOGER BEAR - Charles Williams|
|13. ROCK STEADY - Charles Kynard|
|14. RESPECT YOURSELF - Dave Hubbard|
|15. INNER CITY BLUES (MAKES ME WANNA HOLLER) -Sarah Vaughan|
|16. I KNOW SOMETHING THAT YOU DON'T KNOW -Ellerine Harding|
|17. PATIENCE - Dave Hubbard|
|18. BACON BUTT FAT - Charles Williams|
* Charles Williams, Charles Kynard and Maxine Weldon's jazz-tinged funkiness has appealed to club DJs and dancers down the years. Clubs have been receptive to Alice Clark's wonderful `Never Did I Ever Stop Loving You'. Ellerine Harding's obscure LP gives up two soul masterpieces. We also feature the number one lady of jazz, Sarah Vaughan, tearing into Marvin Gaye's `Inner City Blues' while label boss Bob Shad's take on the Jackson 5's `I Want You Back' is phenomenal.
* The Chubukos and Afrique were the same band of New York session greats, pouring their souls into some of the funkiest grooves ever. Their take on `Soul Makossa' is the best of several that were put down in New York and their `House Of The Rising Funk' is an amazing slice of rhythmic repetition that is a break-beat classic. Funk cuts by Linda Perry and the Funky Boys and the Delegates may be obscure because they were released on hard to find 45s, but are nevertheless excellent.
* This CD is beautifully packaged with fascinating photos from the label's previously unexplored archive.