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Carl "Sherlock" Holmes - Investigation No.1 - out on Tramp Records

Carl Sherlock Holmes Investigation No 1
Carl "Sherlock" Holmes - Investigation No.1
(CD/Digital) Tramp Records TR-9016, 2012-04-02

The Sherlock Holmes Investigation, led by funky guitarist Carl "Sherlock" Holmes only released one album, Investigation #1, in 1974, recorded for Curtis R. Staten’s C.R.S. label, and it's one of the rarest funk LP out there. An original copy, if by any chance you stumble upon it, may be worth up to 300$… Thankfully, German label Tramp Records has just reissued this gem on CD, along with two 45s collecting the best tracks from the record. The band included Chico Green on bass, John Hammond on keys, John Daves on flute, Jimmy Towns on bass, Chubby Brown on guitar, Art Grant on sax and vibes, congas and organ by guys called Dickie, Peachie and Sly. Their Burth Bacharach cover (Close To You) is more of novelty funk track in our book, the real treat to be found here lies in the anthem Investigaton, where breaks galore and the chorus is a singalong ('Everything I Do's Gonna Funky, From Now On'). A real stormer. The hard funk of Black Bag is also quite heavy, with a psychedelic rock edge, and the latin funk of Modesa sounds like classic War. Add to that the fast groove of Get down Philly Town, the soulful It Ain't Right and the closing and fuzzy bonus track The Pot's Hot (originally available as a 45 b-side), and you got another great funk/soul reissue to check for less than couple of tenners.

Carl Sherlock Holmes Investigation No 1
Carl "Sherlock" Holmes - Investigation No.1
(CD/Digital) Tramp Records TR-9016, 2012-04-02

Tracklisting :
01. Come On 03:24
02. Give Me Your Love 03:22
03. Cop It Proper 04:00
04. Emcee Marie 03:38
05. Crush It 03:09
06. Tonic Stride 05:01
07. Roughneck 03:11
08. Gold Brick 02:23
09. Spicy Brown 04:08
10. On The Reel 03:21
11. Case Quarter 03:25
12. Summalove 04:27

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Press Release :
Carl “Sherlock” Holmes started gigging in the early sixties forming Carl Holmes & the Commanders with whom he recorded a full length album for Atlantic in 1962 entitled Twist Party At The Roundtable. Later on he recorded a couple of 45’s for the Parkway and Verve labels. In May of 1966 a pre-Experience Jimi Hendrix gigged with the group but never recorded with them. After a final 45 for the local Philly label Black Jack, the group disbanded and Carl formed the Sherlock Holmes Investigation a solid outfit backed by a strong rhythm section packed with congas, vibes, flute, organ and sax. Philly’s Sigma Sound Studio was the place they recorded their sole album and Curtis R. Staten’s CRS Records was the label that released it.

This album has it all! Smokin funk breaks in Black Bag, Investigation, Get Down Philly Town, It Ain't Right and some syncopated latin-inspired jams in Modesa. All these coupled nicely by some fine mellow numbers in Close To You, Think It Over and Your Game . And all but one (Bacharach/David's Close To You) written by a guy named Len Woods, a remarkable songwriter, no doubt!

After Tramp Records has released four songs of this album on two 45RPM singles recently, the entire Investigation No.1 album is now available on CD. It even comes with a bonus track which has been originally released on 45RPM single only.


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