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The Soul-Saints 1992 - 2003,
This review is from: The Anthology 1992-2003 (Audio CD)
Drawing inspiration from Funkadelic, James Brown, The Meters and the sounds of New Orleans,
Poet of Rhythm's main players, Bo Baral and JJ Whitefield recorded A LOT of high grade funk
during an eleven year period, from 1992 - 2003.
They got signed by the German label Soulcity Records, who released "Practice what you preach"
in 1992, but disagreements over marketing and accounting made the band decline to record new
songs under the contractually bound name of The Poets Of Rhythm. Instead they recorded an
incredible amount of self-released seven inches under various names; Bus People Express, The
Woo-Woos, The Pan-Atlantics, Soul Saints Orchestra and a few more.
Daptone have collected 18 of these songs, and among them you'll find some reeeal funky chickens.
"More mess on my thing" is a modern funk classic and the funkiest bird on the farm, it's strutting
it's stuff like a rooster in celebration . Other groovers include "Funky Train", "50 yards of soul"
and "Santa's got a bag of soul", the funkiest, hardest hitting Christmas song ever recorded. Lordy Lordy!
Faaantastic! In addition to these songs there are quite a few cool, mellow instrumentals on it, like
"Choking on a piece of meat pt.2", "Ham gallery" and "Discern/Define".
The lyrics are a bit corny, almost verging on the parodic and they get away with murder on a few occasions.
Poets Of Rhythm, most certainly, but no poets.
If you dig this album please check out the Whitefield Brothers fabulous "In the raw". By far the rawest and
funkiest album these cats released. I don't know why Daptone didn't include anything from that album, they
could easily have selected at least 3 outstanding tracks from it; "Thunderbird", "Rampage" and Yakuba".