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Living in the Streets Vol.1: Wah Wah Jazz Funky Soul & Other Dirty Grooves CD

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  • Audio CD (6 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00002M876
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Use Me - Isaac Hayes
  2. Light My Fire - Tammi Lynn
  3. Mighty Mouse - Caesar Frazier
  4. You - Spanky Wilson
  5. Loose And Juicy - Pazant Brothers
  6. Sweet Buns And Barbeque - Houston Person
  7. One Monkey Can't Stop The Show - Jacqueline Jones
  8. Gimme Shelter - Cal Tjader
  9. I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky - Ripple
  10. Brother You Know You're Doing Wrong - Idris Muhammad
  11. Marriage Is A State Of Vibes - Dave Hamilton
  12. Mister Bass Man - The Fatback Band
  13. Chili Mac - Preston Love
  14. Afro-Mania - Preston Epps
  15. New Beginning - Sonny Constanzo Big band

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By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wah Wah. Do those words stutter down your backbone and shuffle your size nines? Wah Wah. Spitty guitar strumming and chicken-plucked bass playing, syrup-growling voices laying it on thick and throbbing. Wah Wah. Yeah, o yeah. Now, you are living in the streets. It's the late sixties, early seventies, crack has a hold on the brown stones and things haven't improved for Martin Luther King and Malcom X's bulletholes. And come the summer, it gets hot and sweaty sitting there on the steps of your tenement. But the funk that's coming fruit-juice and rye out of your transistor is a musical icebox door open on you, and it's cool.
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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agreed with the funky guys review... and apart from that all I can say is "O Spanky, where have you been all my life..?"
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ok not as good as I had hoped
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so so
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful Funkiness Galore! 6 Nov. 2014
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first volume of the "Living in the Streets" series that I bought, but I like it enough that I plan on getting the others in the series too. If they are anything like this solid collection, there will plenty of great grooves indeed.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Track listing 7 Nov. 2012
By michael mccarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Amazing compilation. Required funk esp. if you've never heard Ripple's "I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky"

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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right On!! 28 Jan. 2008
By Music Maven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The other reviewer is right on - the Living in the Streets compilations (3 of them) offer some of the funkiest grooves out there. I'm a slave to digging up comps with rare groove, funk and soul tunes ... especially those with a genesis in 70's black music. I've had all three comps for a few years now and have just been going through a re-listen and can't believe how good these discs are and how they really stand out against so many other compilations out there. Wah wah jazz, funky soul and dirty grooves really sums up the gems on all discs with hardly a dud track in there. And, for the true test of track rarity, I'm also in the habit of checking out the artists in these sort of compilations to see if I can find the source albums ... well, there are a few well-known artists and tracks accessible, but for the most part, many artists represented on these discs who have no other listings, or some whose original discs are going for great sums. Having listened again to all three discs, I put the Living in the Streets complitations pretty well top of my list for this genre of compilation and I'm stunned all over again at the rich seam of 70's black music that must exist that such outstanding music can still be so rare. What else is out there that we don't know about yet?!! No question, buy all three compilations now.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar bunch of Jams 30 Mar. 2005
By JandJ - Published on Amazon.com
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Any funk fan should NOT be without this collection. Great tracks lots of nice beats and just some really good tunes. I greatly suggest getting anything on the BGP(Beat Goes Public) label, especially Vol.2 and 3 of this series. GOOD MUSIC.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 12 Jan. 2015
By Jazzdrummer - Published on Amazon.com
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