- Audio CD (2 April 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: BGP/Ace
- ASIN: B000NJL660
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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SuperFunk 5: SuperFunk Is Back: Rare And Classic Funk 1968-1977 CD
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* Since it first appeared on the scene in 1999, Super Funk has become a market leader in the release of rare and previously unreleased cuts aimed firmly at the deep funk dancefloor.
* Super Funk is back after three years absence, with its best volume musically and some of the scene's absolute rarest records. These are joined by some underplayed classics and an amazing eight unreleased monsters.
* Of the rarities, the Uniques' ultra-expensive `Give Me Another Chance' has been creating the most fuss. Only one copy of this record has been found and was snapped up by DJ Ian Wright for $3000 and is currently filling dance floors the world over. `Hi Off Life' by the Eternal Flames is almost as rare, with only a small handful of this excellent slice of Ghetto Funk ever having turned up. Produced by Fatback's Bill Curtis, the band were a bunch of Queens teenagers aiming for their one shot at glory, which never came. Smithtonian's `Just Sitting', a glorious slice of hip hop-style funk, is so rare because it is the B-side of a record that only turns up as a one (A) sided promo; it is so sought-after because it is so good.
* In the unreleased stakes we have cuts by Dyke and the Blazers, an alternate take of The Phillips Brothers' super-rare `Now' single, as well as an unreleased Pt 2 and a whole new unreleased cut. DJ Snowboy has been going wild over our unreleased version of James Brown's `Mother Popcorn', whilst many more will go crazy for the brilliant 87Th Off Broadway's `Can't Get Enough', a discovery from some vaults in San Francisco. From the classics file we have Alvin Cash's super-funky 70s remake of `Twine Time' and Jackie Wilson's `Shake A Leg', a track so full of life that you think Jackie has come back from the grave every time you hear it.
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Once again, the sleuths at BGP have uncovered some VERY rare funk recordings from the late 1960s through the mid 1970s. Perhaps the best known name on this collection is Jackie Wilson, who weighs in with a fine 1973 song titled "Shake A Leg." Another "name" artist on here is Dyke and the Blazers, a great but underrated band from Phoenix (check out the collection of their stuff that BGP has reissued!), who offer up the gritty "Let a Woman Be a Woman, Let a Man Be a Man." Another veteran act on here is the Diplomats (again, check out their reissued material on a full CD), who later become a very funky outfit called Skull Snaps.
Fans of other volumes of the "Super Funk" will recognize a few more names amidst the obscurities. One of the more obscure songs on here is "Can't Buy Soul" by a guy named Hebrew Rogers. Notably, the song was written and produced by Preston Epps, the legendary "bongo man" who has turned up himself on some of these "Super Funk" collections. And rest assured that the rest of the tracks on here are all consistently good stuff. We should feel lucky that some of these very rare (and in many cases, if you want to buy the original 45 single, very expensive!) records have been made available on CD.
The CD comes with a 12-page booklet with capsule reviews of each track, written by album compiler and soul/funk authority Dean Rudland. Another very welcome reissue for fans of quality soul and funk music.