on 31 October 2008
I had only heard a couple of tracks by Charles Wright & The 103rd before I bought this, and was
totally blown away on the first listen. As everybody else I'd heard "Express yourself", but I
didn't know what to expect from the rest of the album.
You'll find some AMAZING songs here: "I got love" is a supercool mellow groove.
"High as a apple pie slice II" clocks in at over 17 minutes, and I have never heard anything quite
like it. It's deeply rooted in the gospel, experimental, loose and spaced out. It won't be anybodys
bag though, and I guess some people found this track pretty strange back in the day.
There are a lot of other good songs on it. It's not easy to nail down the groove they bring, it's a
mixed bag, but a lot of it is uplifting stuff, with nice horn arrangements and highly original songwriting.
"Jam no.4", one of the bonus tracks, is FANTASTIC!
Fat and smoking guitardriven funk, with tight drums and organ. Dynamite! I've been listening to A LOT of
funk lately(The compilations: King Funk, Texas Funk, Florida Funk, Funky 16 corners and the box-set What
It Is)and this song rates among the funkiest. B-B-B-B-Bad! What a groove!
If they are capable of getting into grooves as smoking fat as this one, I hope some of their other
albums comes with the same flavour, because now I'm gettin' everything by Charles & the 103rd!
There are some tracks that don't do nothing for me, and on the whole the album is more of a 4 star
affair, it's a bit uneven, but for me the highlites carry so much weight that I got to give the 103rd
an extra star just for the shine of it.
PS! This is written about a year later, and in the meantime I have bought everything by Charles Wright
and The Watts 103rd, so if you dig this album you should definately buy "Puckey Puckey - Jams and
outtakes 1970 - 71". It's basically the band jamming in studio, and it got some fantastic songs on
it. Somebody once branded their music "Stonerfunk", and I think that's a pretty accurate description.