The Voltaire Brothers is another great band led by the awesomely talented Mick Collins, he of the fantastic Dirtbombs and formerly of the groundbreaking Gories. Both those bands have an obvious interest in classic soul and low-fi sixties garage, here Collins satisfies his love of seventies funk. Many of the tunes here are pure Funkadelic / Parliament, but Collins retains his punk attitude with odd musical ideas and sometimes the rough and ready playing of the Dirtbombs. The songs themselves are catchy soul wonders which would be equally at home in the bedroom or on the dancefloor. However you will be dancing around your bedroom. Irresistable and joyous in more places than not, this is… Read more
The "Sampled" series has proved to be an unbeatable source of rare classics sampled by recent stars. The 4th enstallment is excellent, not as good as Vol. 3 which was the best of the series, but again they have dug up some priceless treasures. Sly Stone's brilliant "Into my own thing", a surprisingly funky Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock's "Wiggle Waggle", Linda Lyndell's "What a man", two lots of David Axelrod, are just a few of the many highlights. You may want to skip over Shirley Bassey's "Light my fire", however it is at least interesting. But you won't have your finger over the fast forward button for long.
This can be reviewed variably. If you like blaxploitation soundtracks, it is one of the best examples of the genre from one of the most successful films of the genre. It has some truly stunning tracks, like "The Boss", aswell as some great funky instrumental passages, evoking the era perfectly. However, for the casual listener these might be seen as mindless filler. I believe it's a fantastic funk record, but I'm biased and could never give James anything less than three stars.