- Audio CD (14 Aug. 1989)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Bgp
- ASIN: B000003L9B
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Acid Jazz Best of
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However ,at the price I paid 'worth it alone for Maceo's Water Melon Man!!
You can tell this is from a small label, as some artists appear more than once on the compilation, and the inlay is hardly the most professional. For the price you accept this however, and you do get some interesting tracks not easily found elsewhere, perfect for evening listening.
The production quality is generally OK, a good system will bring out the drum+bass which carries most of the songs. Intelligent use of brass peppers many tracks, and unobtrusive synths serve to give an ambient, lounge feel to the compilation. Those tuned to more commercial music may find a few moments of cheese (eg the first few seconds of the CD), but nothing you wouldn't expect for this price. The tracks sit cohesively together as a collection that may equally inspire you to dance or chill.
This record is a gem, I recommend it. If you don't like it - at least its not pop.
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With that said, I have to say of the dozen tunes presented here, none would be on my personal "Best of" list, even though most of the artists would. In fact only about half of the tunes would even fit in the definition of Acid Jazz as set out on the CD cover... the majority being more of an "Adult Contemporary" flavor, that is a bit bland.
The pace of the album as a whole is uneven, but taken individually, there are still some excellent performances here, like "Peace" by Exodus Quartet, "Jazz in the House" by Count Basic, and "Das Land" by No Se.
Truth is, I had nothing to worry about, but, this disc is different than most Acid Jazz cd's, since Acid Jazz was a new spin on jazz for the rave generation (or acid house, or drum n bass, or trip hop, etc). But this disc is a time tunnel back to 1968-73, but if you were to close your eyes, or just to listen to the tracks selected, you'd have never guessed that these were older tracks. The funk, is there. The grooves, are there. The free form sax/trumpets are there. The guitar rhythms, strum and solo with ease in the breeze. You can almost come to the conclusion, that they were possibly on LSD, or had taken a trip or 2, and put the vibes of the summer of love into their jazz dna.
Sometimes, jazz is so wide and complex, that it scares off the casual listener. There's so many artists, styles, and nations that perform it that you almost don't know where to start. So, this disc, is like a friend, who dug through the dusty vinyl, polished off some old cuts, and made you a mix cd. That is this disc.
If you don't know where to begin with acid jazz, this cd isn't a bad place to start. I own Totally Re-wired 1-12, but honestly, I could easily mix a few of these tracks into those cd's into a iPod, and the qualtity would be evenly matched. Perhaps no new synthesizers are in these tracks is the only thing to be upset about, but the hammond organs make up for it.
I'm glad I got this disc for free, and if anybody wanted to discover acid jazz, or figure out what it really is, they can start here. Or with any volume of the Totally Rewireds....
Some unknown favorites:
Martine Girault's Been thinking about you
Brooklyn Funk Essentials Take the L Train
Repercussions' Promise me nothing
Snowboy's For Betty Page
Ronny Jordan's So What
Anyway, there are too many to mention. Take the plunge, this album is a great value.