on 29 December 2004
If you know your funk you own this already. If you don't but are getting into funk well why not jump in the deep end and buy this straight away? No funk collection is complete without it.
You'll find this is one of those albums that is chocked full of outstanding, era forming tunes. There is however one small weakness - the out and out funk masterpiece "Blow Your Head" completely steals the show, making all those other classics look limp next to it. That's the only complaint I can come up with!
But have a listen to "I'm Paying Taxes What Am I Getting?" and "Same Beat" for starters and you'll realise the depth in the album as well as the fact this hits out with black politics in a charming, humourous, soulful and of course unbelievably funky way.
Landmark album here folks.
on 7 April 2010
As it was so hard to find and very expensive on vinyl even for a tenacious crate-digger (£200 at one time) I had forgotten all about this album until I heard one of the tracks again recently and then saw the cover, a jaw dropper. Fred Wesley and his horn playing ensemble were the backbone of the James Brown, then Parliament (P-Funk) and George Clinton funk generation coming out of the late 60s into the 70s 80s and right into the 90s, becoming the inspiration for a another generation of musicians from Hip Hop to Neo Soul. This album comes right out of the Ali V Frazier early 70s Black America, creative boiling pot and the track "Blow Your Head" must have been like a nuclear bomb going off when played back then. Way ahead of it's time with a moogy high-voltage mega-amp sonic base, funky drumming and phatt horn section.. priceless.