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Club Africa
Club Africa
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 25.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad A** African Soul, 16 Feb 2004
This review is from: Club Africa (Audio CD)
The best of american funk music mixed with the phrasing and tempos of traditional african music and you have got an amazing album. for lovers of world music and beat junkies alike. There are some familiar names like Miriam Makeba, Oneness of Juju and The Daktaris, along with more obscure acts and tracks. The whole thing's compiled by Russ Dewbury, so you know it's gotta be good. Pop this in your hi-fi and dig the heaviest grit to come out of the dark continent

45 Kings
45 Kings

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but lacking, 14 Feb 2004
This review is from: 45 Kings (Audio CD)
I just bought this album today, and while I'm loving the sounds, (Well, the "Boo Boo Song" is annoying, but otherwise...) I'm disappointed that this funk compilation had no real liner notes! No stories about the musicians or the songs, no mention of labels or release dates, nothing. A cardinal sin. The songs are billed as being gritty, raw funk, but the sound is actually a little more of a Southern soul vibe. They don't sound like they came from 45s, either. Maybe the folks at Fat City cleaned a lot of the grime out of the original presssings, because they sound really clean. Despite its faults, 45 Kings is a pretty good spin. Just wish I knew which 45s these kings (and queens) hailed from.

Blue Break Beats Vol.1
Blue Break Beats Vol.1
Offered by MMT-UK
Price: 23.52

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue and Groovy, 14 Feb 2004
This review is from: Blue Break Beats Vol.1 (Audio CD)
This is one of the first groove compilations I bought off the blue note label, and it wasn't the last. The blue breakbeats comps bridge the gap between mainstream jazz and the soul/funk vein. Lots of punchy organ, riff-filled drumming and funky percussion. The best part is the theme: all the songs have been sampled at one time or another by various DJs, and the liner notes lay it out. All the songs pretty much have that Sunday morning comedown feel and they segue nicely into each other. Grant Green's "Sookie Sookie" and The Three Sounds' "Your Love is Too Much" are the high points of the jam. Recommended to the neophyte groover, definitely worth a peep.

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