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Totally Wired and Illicit Grooves ~ Acid Jazz - The Birth of a Scene 87-90


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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BGP
  • ASIN: B000VZPPX6
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Frederick Lies Still - Galliano
2. People Get Ready - The Brand New Heavies
3. The Killer - The Night Trains
4. Earthly Powers - A Man Called Adam
5. Haw Right Now - Patrice Rushen
6. Like A Gun - King Truman
7. Let the Good Times Roll - Galliano
8. Cut and Run - The Lazee Mothers
9. Got To Give - The Brand New Heavies
10. Mighty Mouse - Caesar Frazier
11. Spinning Wheel - New Jersey Kings
12. Rejoice In Righteousness - Bukky Leo
13. Mr PC - Snowboy

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* In September 2007 Acid Jazz Records will score a Top 40 hit with the Andy Lewis and Paul Weller single `Are You Trying To Be Lonely'. It will be a fine start to the label's 20th anniversary year, one that will be followed up by this compilation charting the label's formative years, in the form of a tribute to the label's legendary Totally Wired compilation series. These are the first steps in a year-long celebration, which will see a Radio 2 documentary and a DJ tour.

* The CD looks at the early Acid Jazz scene through the label's early singles, classic old cuts that filled dancefloors, and essential album tracks. This is the original sound of Acid Jazz as defined by Gilles Peterson and Edward Piller. Its aim is to sum up one of the most vibrant club scenes of the late 80s -the one true alternative to the march of house music.

* As well as early singles by Galliano, the Brand New Heavies and A Man Called Adam (featuring Paul Daily of Leftfield), this compilation also sees the first ever CD release of the rarest Acid Jazz single. The single - King Truman's `Like A Gun' - was in fact a pseudonym for Paul Weller and his Style Council cohorts, and was withdrawn within days because his record label objected. Only 300 copies escaped and they sell for about £150. This is the first time that Paul has ever allowed it to appear on CD.

* The CD is compiled by original Totally Wired compiler Dean Rudland, and has an in-depth interview with Piller and Peterson. "Totally Wired and Illicit Grooves" documents a key moment in UK dance music.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GJ on 2 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Whilst this CD is subtitled "Acid Jazz - The Birth of a Scene 87-90" it, in fact, only deals with the birth of the record label of that name. And it is an odd selection of tunes.

It starts, reasonably enough, with Galliano's "Frederick Lies Still", which was the first record released on the label and was a nice summary of what was popular on the scene at the time: Pucho's latin percussion and Marco Nelson's funky bass performing a classic seventies funk number (Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead") with Rob Gallagher's poetry/ "rap" over the top. But some of the other selections seem a little less obvious or, I'm tempted to say, worthwhile. The Brand New Heavies get two tracks allocated: the wonderfully funky "People Get Ready" and "Got to Give" which was much more typical of the bland soul-pop for which they would become famous.

Chris Bangs, a noted DJ on the scene, and later the producer of Galliano's first album also gets two tracks both, as Lay Zee Muthas and the Quiet Boys (with Rob Gallagher again). These are quite "dance" oriented records beat and sample based with little to really fit with the other tracks on the album. Similarly "Killer" by the Night Trains is a nice enough tune but is basically a bit of jamming over a looped groove and does not pack a punch the way their "And Now We have Rhythm" from the seminal "Acid Jazz and Other Illicit Grooves" does. Staying with the loops and "dance" records, A Man Called Adam's "Earthly Powers" is enjoyable dancefloor fare but, again, not hugely exciting.

The CD will, I'm sure be bought by many for "King Truman's" "Like a Gun" another likeable enough tune but not the sort of thing that would set the dancefloor alight or define "the acid jazz sound" (if indeed such a thing was possible).
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