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Funky Compilations

XGreat compilations from labels like Soul Jazz, Ace, Numero, BBE, Vampi Soul, BGP, Luv N Haight, Harmless, Tramp, Jazzman, and others!



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VariousLocal Customs – Downriver Revival ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/1970s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
One of the coolest collections ever put out by The Numero Group – and that's saying a lot, given the hipness of the label! Downriver Revival chronicles the story of a unique studio in Michigan – Double U Sound, a custom recording spot that captured a wonderful range of soul, funk, gospel, and other sounds from the local community – beautifully presented here in a full 2LP set, plus a bonus DVD that features the near-complete 200 song archive of the studio! The DVD's really unique – so we'll talk about it first: Done with an interactive menu that lets you literally comb through the boxes of tapes in the Double U vault – selecting each reel recorded by the studio, and sampling the rich array of wonderful sounds from this untapped Michigan scene – a huge amount of music, far more than you'd ever find on a 2LP compilation. The DVD also features a documentary on the studio and Downriver Revial project – and that alone would be worth the price of admission – but the 2LP set then features 24 key numbers pulled from the vaults – tracks that were either issued on rare 45s, or never issued at all – and which represent a wonderful array of soulful sounds that definitely lives up to the Numero standard! Titles include "There's A Light" by Shirley Ann Lee, "Take Care Of Us" by The Revelations, "Untitled Jam" by Bobby Cook & The Explosions, "Foot Stumping (alt)" by Organics, "While You Were Gone" by Combinations, "Heaven" by Deliverance Echoes, "Untitled" by Burgess Band, "Round N Round" by Junior Mays Group, and "Walk With Me" by Calvin Cooke. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousGroove Pa Svenska – Jazz, Funk, Afro, Soul, Pop, & Rock 1966 to 1984 ... CD
Amigo (Sweden), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $19.99 24.99
Sweden funky? You bet your bippy – and if you've got any doubts on that account, check out this mighty mighty set! The collection's a wonderful overview of the funkier side of the Swedish musical spectrum of the 60s and 70s – and pulls together a wide range of tunes from a real variety of sources – not just the few Swedish break and rare groove classics that we already know, but also a huge number of bits that we never would have heard otherwise. The great thing about these tracks is the way that they freely work with the styles they're using for inspiration – in a way that blends together Latin, African, Brazilian, and American modes – yet manages to come up with something completely different in the end. Titles are also from a good range of different labels too – showing the real diversity in the Swedish recording scene of the time, clearly one of the most culturally well-developed in Northern Europe during the postwar years. 17 tracks in all – with titles that include "Jamtlandsk Brudmarsch 73" by Merit Hemmingson & Folkmusigruppen, "Maldito Primitivo" by Hot Salsa, "Been To Canaan" by Alice Babs, "Horroscope" by Ralph Lundsten & The Andromeda All Stars, "Hot Pepper" by The Impossibles, "Happiness Is" by Melvyn Price, "Hovmastarsoppa" by Bernt Staf, "You Never Come Closer" by Doris, "Funkum" by Reebop, "En Larling Pa Varan Gard" by Sylvia Vrethammar, "Sar" by Jojje Wadenius Mitt, "The Snake" by Douglas Westlund & Kjell Ohman, "70 Kila Mtu" by Archimedes Badkar & Afro 70, "Gorillan Gar Ut" by Bo Nilsson, and "Otinku" by Modern Sound. CD
(Out of print.)

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