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This review is from: Country Funk Volume - 2 1967 -1974 (Audio CD)
The law of diminishing returns suggests that this second collection of tracks in the Country Funk series should be a bit ropey but, hell, here's the exception to the rule. If anything, this is an even more potent funk gumbo than the first.
There are some seriously low-down tunes on here and special note must go to Bob Darin's ode to his harmonica `Me & Mr. Hohner' which is all seedy streetlife and police hassle & Jim Ford's `Rising Sign' has one of the nastiest grooves I've heard in a long while. The incongruous opening track is a stunning reading of Elvis' `Don't Be Cruel' which appears to have been prescribed a course of serious downers and while not being possessed of `the funk' is one of the highlights here. Even Dolly Parton's `Getting Happy' is a surprisingly strong entry and my only criticism of both this and its predecessor is the lack of balance in offering female talent. Where some of the previous LP came across as a bit novelty and cash-in, every single track on here is killer and won't have you touching the skip button.
All in all, across 17 peerless tracks, to these ears you've got a contender for compilation of the year which will also miraculously transform whatever vehicle you're driving into the General Lee. Indispensable.