Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cold Heat -- Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974 Vol 1

Cold Heat is a follow-up to the smoking Funky 16 Corners set -- and like that one, it's overflowing with great bits that have barely (or never) been heard by the rest of the world at large. Compiler Egon has gone through a range of rare singles, masters, and demos -- and has come up with tunes that burn with a brightness that's undeniable. The grooves are all on the harder end of the James Brown Funky People side of the spectrum -- and some tracks are by names that are finally getting their due, thanks to the work of Egon, Wax Poetics, and some of the other funky forces doing the good work over the past few years. In a way, the collection's a summation of some of the singles and reissues coming out through the Now Again/Stones Throw imprint -- but it also features some other bits and alternate versions that are totally great! Titles include "Don't Go" by Aristocrats Organization, "Loaded To The Gills (edit)" by Michael Liggins & The Supersouls, "Mr Chicken (alternate)" by The Soul Seven, "Slipping Into Darkness" by Dayton Sidewinders, "James Brown Medley" by The Apollo Commanders, "Scorpio" by Kashmere Stage Band, "Sad Chicken" by Leroy & The Drivers, "Street Scene" by Leon Mitchinson, "Free Your Mind" by Amnesty, "The Thing" by Carleen & The Groovers, "Go For Yourself (edit)" by Kenny Smith & The Loveliters, and "The Stretch (edit)" by Detroit Sex Machines.


marram62 said...

marram62 said...

1. The Thing Carleen & The Groovers
2. Free Your Mind Amnesty
3. The Stretch (edit) Detroit Sex MacHines
4. Loaded To The Gills (edit) Michael Liggins & The Supersouls
5. Go For Your Self (edit) Kenny Smith & The Loveliters
6. Slipping Into Darkness Dayton Sidewinders
7. James Brown Medley ("I Made A Mistake/Lowdown Popcorn" edit) The Apollo Commanders
8. Cold Heat Lil' Javier And The Faulous Jades
9. The Cissy's Thang The Soul Seven
10. Color (original 7" version) L.A. Carnival
11. Don't Go The Aristocrats
12. Drugs Ain't Cool (instrumental) Ebony Rhythm Band
13. Mr. Chicken ---- (alternate take) The Soul Seven
14. Street Scene Leon Mitchison
15. Scorpio Kashmere Stage Band