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Living in the Streets Vol.1: Wah Wah Jazz Funky Soul & Other Dirty Grooves CD
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The sounds contained on Living in the Streets 1, 2 and 3 reference strutting jazz, freaked out funk and gabbering soul - these are the cuts you'd have turned the volume on the radio up for back-when. You want authentic vibes, well, here, you got them. These tracks are sugar in your coffee, they're the Huggy Bear of your inner self hot-footing down through Harlem, they are African drums sounding over the savannah of the projects. Wah Wah. Wah Wah. Dig it? You will.
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I like this description of the music in the liner notes: "This compilation brings us the feel of an era when jazz clubs were on every corner, and subterranean hives of iniquity pumped out soulful funkiness to an afro'd crowd wearing hot pants, platforms and flares." Indeed, those were magical times, although the songs on this compilation cover an even wider swathe of time, ranging from 1967-1979.
For me, the two weakest cuts on the CD are the two covers that open the album: Isaac Hayes doing a version of the Bill Withers classic "Use Me", and Tammi Lynn covering "Light My Fire." These two tracks are by no means awful, just not as strong as the rest of the material on this collection. And there is some great stuff on here indeed. Organ wizard Caesar Frazier's "Mighty Mouse" is a jazz-funk classic and vibes master Cal Tjader's cover of "Gimme Shelter" is almost unrecognizable ... in a very good way. The tracks by the Fatback Band, Ripple, Idris Muhammed (there is an uncredited female vocalist on this track who is very good), Dave Hamilton, and Preston Epps are also quite impressive. The last track on the album, "New Beginning" by Sonny Constanzo Big Band is a horn-powered dyanamo, sort of a big band funk workout.
And that's what I like about compilations like this one: they offer a lot of "no name" or obscure tunes that are truly excellent. Diamonds in the rough, or rare jewels, this collection of "wah wah jazz, funky soul, and other dirty grooves" is sure to please fans of 1970s soul and funk. I'm ready to hear more!
01. Isaac Hayes - Use Me
02. Tammi Lynn - Light My Fire
03. Caesar Frazier - Might Mouse
04. Spanky Wilson - You
05. Pazant Brothers - Loose And Juicy
06. Houston Person - Sweet Buns And Barbeque
07. Jacqueline Jones - One Monkey Can't Stop The Show
08. Cal Tjader - Gimme Shelter
09. Ripple - I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky
10. Idris Muhammad - Brother You Know You're Doing Wrong
11. Dave Hamilton - Marriage Is A State Of Vibes
12. Fatback Band - Mister Bass Man
13. Preston Love - Chili Mac
14. Preston Epps - Afro-Mania
15. Sonny Constanzo Big Band - New Beginning