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Various Artists - Super Cool - California Soul Vol.II

Super Cool California Soul 2
Various Artists - Super Cool - California Soul Vol.II
(CD/2xLP) Luv N'Haight, 2007-05-22

Tracklisting :
01. Gow Do Experience – Compared To What (Main Version)
02. Buddy Conner – Halfway Loving
03. Pat Hunt – Supercool
04. Cal Green – Revolution Rap
05. Mokie JJ & ROB – Beverly
06. Carmelita – Isn't It Lonely
07. Sy Hightower – I Know You’re Leaving Me
08. Spanky Wilson – Fancy
09. LAPD – Big Herm
10. Johnny Morrisette – I'm Hungry
11. David Glover – We Got To Get It Together
12. HP Riot – I Have Changed
13. Gow Do Experience – Psychedelic Sally
14. Rodney Trotter – Space Nigga'
15. Darondo – Such A Night
16. Gow Do Experience – Compared To What (Bonus Version)

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Press Release :
"A golden state's worth of funky soul from the 60s and 70s - pulled together in a collection that's arguably even better than the first volume in the series! The tracks here are all incredibly solid - tunes that aren't just great because they're rare, but because they perfectly illustrate the hard-hitting groove going on in the California underground..."
- Dusty Groove America

"Nothing less than a treasure trove of sunshine-soaked soul."
- Urban Junkies, London

"The then-sound of a regional underground, and a soundtrack for subcultures that birthed our leaders of today."
- East Bay Express

"Super Cool California Soul 2 delves deep for its riches...These songs have aged remarkably well while still retaining their period charms."
- OC Weekly

"What makes Super Cool California Soul 2 so compelling is not the obscurity of these tracks but the organic cohesiveness that holds them together."
- Exclaim! Canada

"The subtle, unmistakable flutter in your chest and overwhelming urge to soul clap will make you feel right at home in a place you may never have been before... Grade: A-"
- Campus Circle

"Providing us with another batch of (highly) sought after underground Cali doesn’t get more soulful than this..."
- Beyondjazz

Super Cool is the second volume in our California Soul series and features music recorded between 1966 and 1982. Spanning eclectic genres from soul jazz, blues, heavy funk, modern soul, Northern soul, and disco, there’s even a ballad (previously unavailable on CD) from Luv N'Haight favorite Darondo.

Despite a number of tracks being incredibly rare and highly sought-after, Super Cool was not compiled because of the rare-factor or value of the original releases alone. More importantly this is a treasure trove of music that connects the dots between artists and scenes, eras and genres, and none of the acts or tracks should not be lost to obscurity.

This is music by artists who may not be household names, but were session musicians, players, and characters who kept the scenes from San Francisco to Los Angeles and beyond alive. They were the sound of the underground and, far from being a cast of nobodies, artists included on Super Cool have played alongside Fela Kuti and George Clinton. Members of the bands featured were also integral players in acts like Funkadelic, War, and Sam Cooke's band, there’s even a second cousin to Martin Luther King amidst the line-up!

Rather than concentrate on one sound or scene, the California Soul series is an all-encompassing overview reflecting the eclectic range of soul music to come from the state. These tracks were pulled from a couple of decades which saw the social and political status quo undergo huge change in America. The wildly inclusive racial make-up of the population meant that California was an epicenter for that change. The art and music of the times obviously reflects such influences and it was easy to fill Super Cool with super-fly love songs, righteous shouts for freedom and cosmic flower-powered funk. While wide in scope the tunes included on this compilation (and Volume 1) can obviously only represent a tiny fraction of the multitude of soulful styles, tunes and artists from California, so enjoy now and hold tight for volume 3!


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