VARIOUS ARTISTS What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves (2006)

What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (2006)
It’s Party Time

RE-UPPED There’s a tangible significance to this massive collection, representing the ghosts of mostly long, gone artists and the memories of generally obscure titles – all originally issued by the extended Warner Bros. family of labels (including many out-of-business offshoots). Much of this music has been lost to history, like roadkill on the busy road to commerce, though, you’ve no doubt heard a handful of these tracks. The bulk of this 4CD collection, however, is known only to aged urban partiers or old white guys with walls full of scratchy 45s. But, like a good history teacher, What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves manages to take well-worn subject material and make it all vital and alive again. When this collection first came my way, I followed my usual M.O. for tackling any large collection… I put a few tracks on just to get a taste (before coming back to it later for more intensive listening). Four uninterrupted discs later I was wanting discs five & six (which don’t exist). A gathering that ranks with the best of all of them, from Nuggets to Trojan Dub. Amazon.


1
THE WATTS 103RD ST. RHYTHM BAND Spreadin‘ Honey
BAR-KAYS Soul-Finger
BROTHER JACK MCDUFF The Shadow Of Your Smile
JIMMY NORMAN Gangster Of Love (Parts I & II)
RUFUS THOMAS The Memphis Train
GRASSELLA OLIPHANT Get Out Of My Life Woman
EDDIE HARRIS Live Right Now
NATURAL BRIDGE BUNCH Pig Snoots, Part I
THE FREEDOM SOUNDS w/WAYNE HENDERSON Soul Sound System
CLARENCE CARTER Snatching It Back
ARTIE CHRISTOPHER Stoned Soul
THE T.S.U. TORNADOES Getting The Corners
TONY ALVON & THE BELAIRS Sexy Coffee Pot
MARK PUTNEY Don’t Come Around Here Anymore
THE COMMODORES Keep On Dancing
THE SOUTHSHORE COMMISSION Right On Brother-Part 1
ELDRIDGE HOLMES Pop, Popcorn Children
COLD GRITS It’s Your Thing
SOUL ANGELS It’s All In Your Mind
JOHNNY CAMERON & THE CAMERONS Funky John
JOYCE JONES Help Me Make Up My Mind
LOU JOHNSON Rock Me Baby
THE NOBLE KNIGHTS Sing A Simple Song
TITUS TURNER Do You Dig It
PHIL MOORE JR. Funky Canyon
THE FABULOUS COUNTS Jan Jan
THE RHINE OAKS Tampin

2
CYRIL NEVILLE Gossip
THE MIGHTY HANNIBAL Somebody In The World For You
LITTLE SISTER Stanga
ANADA SHANKAR Jumpin‘ Jack Flash
BRUTE FORCE The Deacon
DON COVAY & THE JEFFERSON LEMON BLUES BAND Sookie Sookie
CLARENCE WHEELER & THE ENFORCERS Right On
CURTIS MAYFIELD (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re Gonna Go
JOHNNY HARRIS Stepping Stones
6IX I’m Just Like You
THE UNEMPLOYED Funky Thing-Part 1
SHIRLEY SCOTT Messie Bessie
WILLIE WEST Fairchild
THE GATURS Cold Bear
MONGO SANTAMARIA I Can’t Get Next To You
LULU Feelin‘ Alright
MEMPHIS HORNS Soul Bowl
HAMMER Tuane
JOHNNY TOLBERT & DE THANGS Take It Off-Part II
HARLEM RIVER DRIVE w/EDDIE PALMIERI/JIMMY NORMAN Seeds Of Life
WILSON PICKETT Engine Number 9 (Single Version)

3
BABY HUEY & THE BABY SITTERS Hard Times
HOUSEGUESTS What So Never The Dance-Pt. 1 & 2
EUGENE MCDANIELS Headless Heroes
WADE MARCUS Spinning Wheel
EARTH, WIND & FIRE Bad Tune
RASPUTIN’S STASH Mr. Cool
JUNIOR MANCE Don’t Cha Hear Me Calling To Ya
THE STOVALL SISTERS Hang On In There
THE BEGINNING OF THE END Funky Nassau (Part II)
MARK HOLDER & THE POSITIVES Whatever’s Fair
ED ROBINSON Face It
YOUNG-HOLT UNLIMITED Wah Wah Man
ARETHA FRANKLIN Rock Steady (Alternate Mix) (Previously Unissued)
BLACK HAZE EXPRESS Won’t Nobody Listen
ALLEN TOUSSAINT Goin‘ Down
MALO Suavecito
CHARLES WRIGHT You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin
TAMI LYNN Mo Jo Hanna
KING CURTIS Ridin‘ Thumb
MACONDO Almendra
LITTLE RICHARD Nuki Suki

4
UNITED 8 Getting Uptown (To Get Down)
HOWARD TATE 8 Days On The Road
LABELLE Moon Shadow (Edit)
SOCIETY’S BAG Let It Crawl
BLACK HEAT Wanaoh
CLARENCE REID If It Was Good Enough For Daddy
CLAUDIA LENNEAR Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky
THE MYSTIC MOODS Cosmic Sea
COLD BLOOD Kissing My Love
SEATRAIN Flute Thing (45 Edit)
THE METERS Chug Chug Chug-A-Lug (Push And Shove) Part II
FREDDI/HENCHI & THE SOUL SETTERS Funky To The Bone
BOBBY BYRD Try It Again
CORNELL DUPREE Teasin
DR. JOHN (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away
OSCAR BROWN, JR. Chicken Heads
FUNK FACTORY Rien Ne Va Plus
HERBIE MANN Cajun Moon (Single Version)
DARROW FLETCHER Improve
FAZE-O Riding High
FRED WESLEY & THE HORNY HORNS Four Play (Promo Edit)
EDDIE HAZEL California Dreamin‘ (Edit)

 

36 Comments

  • 1
    Mr. Saucy
    November 19, 2009 - 16:50 | Permalink

    This looks great, thanks a lot!

  • 2
    Record Fiend
    November 19, 2009 - 17:20 | Permalink

    Willard,

    This is probably the best funk comp of all time. Really, there's not a bad track on here. Some of the selections will take listeners by surprise when they find out who's doing them. Little Sister's "Stanga" is worth the price of admission alone.

    In a word, essential.

    RF

  • 3
    Anonymous
    November 19, 2009 - 19:16 | Permalink

    Magnificent. And thanks for everything else in the past. Big thanks. Many thanks.

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    November 19, 2009 - 16:45 | Permalink

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    Search HERE
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  • 5
    RevolutionaryBum
    November 19, 2009 - 23:59 | Permalink

    Sincere appreciation for turning me onto this and the previous post of V.A. Can You Dig It? It's truly lifted me into a whole new state of mind and musicianship ! Thanks Willard.

  • 6
    censusloss
    November 20, 2009 - 00:56 | Permalink

    Dunno about the BEST funk comp ( I guess the one you assemble for yourself is that )but it sure is a good one. I LOVE funk so another huge applaud is now duly given out to you, dear Willard

  • 7
    Anonymous
    November 20, 2009 - 08:55 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. You've got the most interesting music blog of all!

  • 8
    Anonymous
    November 20, 2009 - 09:13 | Permalink

    Mother Funk Super Fly My Man ….Super Fly

  • 9
    Jon
    November 20, 2009 - 17:52 | Permalink

    Hey Willard. I love riding along in the boat, but I'm devastated to find that Harry's set sail without me. How can I get a ticket for the next voyage?

  • 10
    Pete
    November 20, 2009 - 23:45 | Permalink

    Thanks! And again, thanks! One more time … thank you … et ad inf or nearly

  • 11
    Capt. Willard
    November 21, 2009 - 04:35 | Permalink

    No problems Jon. We're just re-tooling Harry. Be back in a couple days.

  • 12
    La Piazza Gancio
    November 21, 2009 - 13:53 | Permalink

    I bought this on release and was initially underwhelmed. But that was a very long time ago.

    As usual, your description is spot-on.

  • 13
    Jon
    November 21, 2009 - 16:32 | Permalink

    Whew! That's a relief…I thought maybe I'd been left up there above the Do Long bridge all by myself. Thanks Willard!

  • 14
    Anonymous
    November 21, 2009 - 17:16 | Permalink

    I can dig it!! Thank you – d.

  • 15
    Capt. Willard
    November 22, 2009 - 21:18 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the comments.

  • 16
    Art Ducko
    November 23, 2009 - 05:36 | Permalink

    A lot of Memphis in there, bro. Maybe time for a Stax retrospective? See you down at the Rendezvous…

  • 17
    RW
    November 25, 2009 - 01:39 | Permalink

    My wife gave me this for Christmas a few years ago and I keep it in the car. I keep it close because I never know when I'm gonna need Tami Lynn's ""Mo Jo Hanna," or the raw backwoods funk of Natural Bridge Bunch's "Pig Snoots, Part 1" or Ananda Shankar's lively cover of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" or Little Richard's sleazy/sexy "Nuki Suki" or Curtis Mayfield's sizzling, brutal "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Gonna Go" or Rasputin Stash's supercool "Mr. Cool" (I totally dig those high-fives.) To listen to these four discs is to find yourself right in the middle of the hottest, slickest, most mind-blowing 1970s blaxploitation movie ever made, from its wicka-wicka guitars to its horny horns. It will give you drive in your stride and dip in your hip. Enjoy!

  • 18
    Keanu Reeves
    November 25, 2009 - 04:32 | Permalink

    Dude, you're a poet & don't know it! Awesome!

  • 19
    Rolf
    November 26, 2009 - 11:43 | Permalink

    Thanks.

  • 20
    Capt. Willard
    November 26, 2009 - 13:15 | Permalink

    Thanks RW, you have spent some time with this one in the car. Thanks for commenting.

  • 21
    rap
    November 29, 2009 - 04:04 | Permalink

    Thanks, W. Nice one!

  • 22
    Anonymous
    July 15, 2011 - 22:53 | Permalink

    Bingo says…Thank you brother!!

  • 23
    buzz baby jesus
    November 5, 2011 - 18:23 | Permalink

    Perfect antidote for too much SMiLing.

  • 24
    Anonymous
    November 5, 2011 - 23:50 | Permalink

    Bingo says…Thank you brother!!

    It was worth repeating again.

  • 26
    Peppingfton
    November 6, 2011 - 08:47 | Permalink

    Capt Willard – thanks again for this awesome post! You constantly bring out the best hidden gems, best blog on the web!

  • 27
    Cosmo Lupertazzi
    November 6, 2011 - 13:45 | Permalink

    Well how prescient of me, as I said in an earlier post for the previous item … “What It Is” !!!

    Thanks Willard!

  • 28
    Captain Capers
    November 9, 2011 - 16:54 | Permalink

    Thanks again! Willard’s Wormholes once again led me down the rabbit hole to a wonderland of great music.

  • 29
    November 12, 2011 - 17:30 | Permalink

    Thank You Willard!

  • 30
    Rob
    November 23, 2011 - 05:36 | Permalink

    I’ve really been enjoying this collection . Thank you Willard.

  • 31
    ate2zee
    January 16, 2012 - 15:03 | Permalink

    I’m seriously overjoyed to find this, & have no doubts about what I’ll be listening to the rest of the day. Thanks for re-posting. It’s awe inspiring for sure.

  • 32
    ClintN
    May 1, 2012 - 02:44 | Permalink

    I keep coming back to your wonderful website over the years and just saw this great funk collection again which I got to know thanks to you. The marvellous Allen Toussaint is contributing to it and I was wondering whether you are willing to share more of Allen Toussaint recordings from your just breathtaking music collection.Thank you!

    • 33
      Willard
      May 1, 2012 - 08:49 | Permalink

      Sorry to disappoint… but my breathtaking music collection doesn’t have any Toussaint. No Duke Ellington, either. I’ve got a lot of New York Dolls, though. Thanks for the kind words.

  • 34
    Anonymous
    December 17, 2012 - 22:44 | Permalink

    You’ve piqued my interest but the links are now removed.
    Any chance for a re-up?

    • 35
      Willard
      December 17, 2012 - 23:48 | Permalink

      New links up. Thanks.

  • 36
    Michael
    February 18, 2013 - 09:20 | Permalink

    Very grateful for this, Captain.

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