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on 22 January 2004
Well it's always something special about your first love. This was the album that introduced me to the 'deep funk' genre, the real underground funk of the seventies beyond the pale of better known artists as James Brown or the Funkadelic outfit.
It's full of highly charged tracks as the ones by Little Royal and Roosevelt Matthews - rare, fast and hard as the subtitle promises.
In my mind Marie Queenie Lyons is the real heroine of this volume. Represented with three tracks, the seductive 'Fever' the groovy 'See and don't see' and the fantastic, superloaded 'Your thing ain't no good without my thing', she sings with unrestrained fervour and passion.
Another favourite is 'Don't get funky' by Glora Walker. Strange advise to one powerful lady! You'd be hard pressed to find a nastier chunk'o'funk than this one.
Two funky divas and then some.
Also listen to: Dean Rudland's Superfunk trilogy (BGP)
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on 6 May 2001
There is so much good stuff on here it should take up permanent residence in your cd player. what's even better is that you won't find these tunes on every other funk compilation - or even any other compilation. you have found a gem. buy it.
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on 22 October 2008
Out of the 24 tracks here an astonishing 17 is well worth having.
12 of these tracks are very good, and 5 are just fan-funkin-tastic!
Both tracks with Bill Doggett are so cool they could probably
smoke cigarettes underwater! Other highlites include Marie Queenie
Lyons, J. Hines & The Fellows and Gloria Walker.
It's a real shame that Gloria Walker didn't record more than she did,
because everything I've heard from the woman sounds great.
This is mos def one of the top notch funk compilations out there, from
the label who started the whole thing when James Brown opened up his
brand new bag.
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on 31 August 2015
Hate to be the one dissenter here but to be honest this was not the hard and heavy funk I expected. The opening track promised much but it was downhill from there. Probably better described as slightly funked up soul, rather than full blown funk. If, like me, you like your funk of the brand to be found on the James Brown comps In The Jungle Groove or Motherlode, or maybe like the material to be found on the Cold Heat compilation, then what is here comes across as pretty weak.
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on 26 February 2009
These slabs of funk are sooo good, that you should be able to get this CD on an NHS prescription. Put the CD on, get loose , and move that booty.
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on 13 March 2012
Not to bore you with info on the musicians or respective record labels, this is just one great CD of big funky tunes that will live on and on and on.
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