Various - Mocambo Funk Forty Fives
Various - Mocambo Funk Forty Fives
(CD/LP) Mocambo MCD1001/MLP1001, 2008-01-14
This unique compilation spotlights the best tracks of Mocambo Records' scarce 7inch vinyl releases that took the deep funk scene by storm in summer 2006. Along with the labels own productions (Mocambo Allstars, The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band and Gizelle Smith), the first releases sported new recordings by obscure English groups like The Delta Rhythm Section, The Sound Stylistics and the supreme Vinylizor Productions team (Jay Glover, Gary Crockett & Dominic Glover) as well as unreleased tracks by such greats as the James Taylor Quartet and Speedometer.
01. The Delta Rhythm Section - Funkin' Fever - 2:41
02. Glover, Crockett & Glover - The Prophet - 3:01
03. The Sound Stylistics - Party People - 2:39
04. Mocambo Allstars - Swamp Strut - 3:29
05. James Taylor Quartet - Walkin' the Walk - 2:59
06. Speedometer - Do Watcha Like - 3:18
07. The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Look-Ka Py Py - 2:44
08. The Sound Stylistics - Back on the Streets - 3:02
09. Mocambo Allstars - Another Message - 4:00
10. Ian Langley - Chicano Chaser - 3:25
11. James Taylor Quartet - Highway Patrol - 3:19
12. Speedometer - Hustle the Mustle - 2:56
13. The Delta Rhythm Section - The Getaway - 2:59
14. The Sound Stylistics - Get Ya Some - 2:54
15. Gizelle Smith & the Mocambo Allstars - Free Vibes
16. Glover, Crockett & Glover - Listen Up - 3:01
Press Release :
Mocambo records are my newest and latest love of my life. Having picked up four 45s in one go and being thoroughly amazed at how fantastic they are, the word HAS to be spread. First up is `Funkin` Fever` is a slice of big band jazz funk with the emphasis on funk. Enormous horns, breakbeats and a smokin` rhythm section unite in pure musical perfection. Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz)
This unique compilation spotlights the best tracks of Mocambo Records' scarce 7inch vinyl releases that took the deep funk scene by storm in summer 2006.
Along with the labels own productions (Mocambo Allstars, The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band and Gizelle Smith), the first releases sported new recordings by obscure English groups like The Delta Rhythm Section, The Sound Stylistics and the supreme Vinylizor Productions team (Jay Glover, Gary Crockett & Dominic Glover) as well as unreleased tracks by such greats as the James Taylor Quartet and Speedometer.
Not only the fact that all of the recordings were previously unreleased gems, it was also the way the 7" inch singles were released that made the records desirable collector's items in their own right. While it would have been possible to sell a 1000 copies of each, the label decided to stick with the charm of obscure and forgotten Funk 45s and not press more than 300 copies of each release. Manufactured at a private pressing plant in Germany, the records not only delivered the sound of rare Funk 45s, but also the look and, of course, the quantity. One of the Delta Rhythm Section's 7inches did not even reach the amount of copies that had been licenced because the stamp did break before the whole edition could be finished.
Needless to say, the records were sold out in a short time. For people who missed the limited vinyl edition, it was still impossible to get hold of the brilliant tunes. Popular request led the label to "re-issue" the best sides of the original 45s on this compilation so that all fans of the material can enjoy the music without breaking the bank.
The selection of tunes included in this compilation is broad variety of styles in the genre of funk.
While the Delta Rhythm Section provides a more perfected version mid seventies big band funk, the Sound Stylistics stand for the raw garage sound of small labels in the early 70s with a wild instrumental style that became known as 'deep funk' (hence the library album title of the same name).
The bonafide productions of Jay Glover, Dominic Glover and Gary Crockett focus on classic vintage keyboard instruments as the Minimoog, Hohner Clavinet D6 and the Hammond B-3.
The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band brings some West Indian flavour to the mix by performing a classic Meters track with Steel Drums and killer breakbeats, showing that New Orleans is just a stone's throw away from the South Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago.
The UK's primo funk outfit Speedometer round up the compilation with uptempo Latin-tinged dancefloor funk while the Mocambo Allstars pay homage to the late James Brown, the J.B.'s instrumental sound and early rap groups with three of their own productions.
Other artists such as the James Taylor Quartet and Ian Langley represent the cinematic side of funk with their takes on blaxploitation scores, giving the listener a perfect underscore for vintage urban drama, big city hustle and car chase scenes.