What It is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves: 1967-1977 (4-CD)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  RHI 77635

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Rhino

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.116
4 stars out of 5 -- "What it is: nonstop late-Sixties-and-Seventies party time from the deep recesses of these major-label catalogs."
Entertainment Weekly - p.73
"Even as greasy boogaloo gives way to polyrhythmic Cat Stevens covers, the four discs stave off the 4/4 behemoth of disco." -- Grade: A-

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Spreadin' Honey - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • 2.Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays
  • 3.Shadow of Your Smile, The - Jack McDuff
  • 4.Gangster of Love, Pts. 1 & 2 - Jimmy Norman
  • 5.Memphis Train, The - Rufus Thomas
  • 6.Get out of My Life Woman - Grassella Oliphant
  • 7.Live Right Now - Eddie Harris
  • 8.Pig Snoots, Pt. 1 - Natural Bridge Bunch
  • 9.Soul Sound System - Wayne Henderson / Freedom Sounds
  • 10.Snatching It Back - Clarence Carter
  • 11.Stoned Soul - Artie Christophher
  • 12.Getting the Corners - TSU Tornadoes
  • 13.Sexy Coffee Pot - Tony Alvon & The Belairs
  • 14.Don't Come Around Here Anymore - Mark Putney
  • 15.Keep on Dancing - Commodores
  • 16.Right on Brother, Pt. 1 - South Shore Commission
  • 17.Pop, Popcorn Children - Eldridge Holmes
  • 18.It's Your Thing - Cold Grits
  • 19.It's All in Your Mind - Soul Angels
  • 20.Funky John - Johnny Cameron & the Camerons
  • 21.Help Me Make Up My Mind - Joyce Jones
  • 22.Rock Me Baby - Lou Johnson
  • 23.Sing a Simple Song - Noble Knights
  • 24.Do You Dig It - Titus Turner
  • 25.Funky Canyon - Phil Moore, Jr.
  • 26.Jan Jan - Fabulous Counts
  • 27.Tampin - The Rhine Oaks

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Gossip - Cyril Neville
  • 2.Somebody in the World for You - The Mighty Hannibal
  • 3.Stanga - Little Sister
  • 4.Jumpin' Jack Flash - Ananda Shankar
  • 5.Deacon, The - Brute Force
  • 6.Sookie Sookie - Don Covay & the Jefferson Lemon Blues Band
  • 7.Right On - Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers
  • 8.(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go - Curtis Mayfield
  • 9.Stepping Stones - Johnny Harris
  • 10.I'm Just Like You - Gix
  • 11.Funky Thing, Pt. 1 - Unemployed
  • 12.Messie Bessie - Shirley Scott
  • 13.Fairchild - Willie West
  • 14.Cold Bear - The Gaturs
  • 15.I Can't Get Next to You - Mongo SantamarĀ”a
  • 16.Feelin' Alright - Lulu
  • 17.Soul Bowel - The Memphis Horns
  • 18.Tuane - Hammer
  • 19.Take It Off, Pt. 2 - Johnny Tolbert & De Thangs
  • 20.Seeds of Life - Eddie Palmieri / Harlem River Drive / Jimmy Norman
  • 21.Engine Number 9 - Wilson Pickett

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Hard Times - Baby Huey & the Baby Sitters
  • 2.What So Never the Dance, Pts. 1 & 2 - Houseguests
  • 3.Headless Heroes - Eugene McDaniels
  • 4.Spinning Wheel - Wade Marcus
  • 5.Bad Tune - Earth, Wind & Fire
  • 6.Mr. Cool - Rasputin's Stash
  • 7.Don't Cha Hear Me Callin' to Ya - Junior Mance
  • 8.Hang on in There - Stovall Sisters
  • 9.Funky Nassau, Pt. 2 - The Beginning of the End
  • 10.Whatever's Fair - Mark Holder & the Positives
  • 11.Face It - Ed Robinson
  • 12.Wah Wah Man - Young-Holt Unlimited
  • 13.Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin (Alternate Mix, previously unreleased)
  • 14.Won't Nobody Listen - Black Haze Express
  • 15.Goin' Down - Allen Toussaint
  • 16.Suavecito - Malo
  • 17.You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin' - Charles Wright
  • 18.Mo Jo Hanna - Teri Lynn
  • 19.Ridin' Thumb - King Curtis
  • 20.Almendra - Macondo
  • 21.Nuki Suki - Little Richard

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Getting Uptown (To Get Down) - United B
  • 2.8 Days on the Road - Howard Tate
  • 3.Moon Shadow - Labelle
  • 4.Let It Crawl - Society's Bag
  • 5.Wanaoh - Black Heat
  • 6.If It Was Good Enough for Daddy - Clarence Reid
  • 7.Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky - Claudia Lennear
  • 8.Cosmic Sea - Mystic Moods Orchestra
  • 9.Kissing My Love - Cold Blood
  • 10.Flute Thing - Seatrain
  • 11.Chug Chug Chug-A-Lug (Push N' Shove), Pt. 2 - The Meters
  • 12.Funky to the Bone - Freddi & Henchi & the Soulsetters
  • 13.Try It Again - Bobby Byrd
  • 14.Teasin' - Cornell Dupree
  • 15.(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away - Dr. John
  • 16.Chicken Heads - Oscar Brown, Jr.
  • 17.Rien Ne Va Plus - Funk Factory
  • 18.Cajun Moon - Herbie Mann
  • 19.Improve - Darrow Fletcher
  • 20.Riding High - Faze-O
  • 21.Four Play - Fred Wesley & the Horny Horns
  • 22.California Dreamin' - Eddie Hazel

Product Description:

Personnel: Cissy Houston, Richard Evans (vocals); Paul Lewinson (Moog synthesizer).
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Oliver Wang.
Arrangers: Abel Zarate; David Spinozza; Don Covay; Virtue Stiles; Ron Bufort; J. Cameron; Earth, Wind & Fire; Ed Bland; Andy Pappas; Eddie Palmieri; James Carmichael ; Gary Slabo; Pablo Tellez; Howie Albert; Jack McDuff; John Rayford; Johnny Harris; Kenny Ascher; Allen Toussaint; Leon Pendarvis; Marty Sheller; Ohio Players; Paul Lewinson; Ron Albert; South Shore Commission; Wade Marcus; Wardell Quezergue; Richard Evans ; Pat Rebillot; Riley Hampton; Andre Lewis; Bootsy Collins; Charles Wright.
Rare groove is the stuff that killer record collections are built on: obscure R&B, jazzy funk, and funky soul plucked from the deepest and dustiest of crates. Of course, not all listeners have the time, patience, or cashflow to go musical spelunking for old-skool gems. With that in mind, Rhino's superb four-disc box set, WHAT IT IS! FUNKY SOUL AND RARE GROOVES: 1967-1977, takes care of the hard part and offers 91 tracks of deep, sweaty funk from the genre's heyday.
While a number of the artists will be familiar to the average fan (the Commodores, Rufus Thomas, Labelle, Little Richard, among others), many more won't (Cornell Dupree, Cold Grits, Black Heat, Society's Bag, United 8, etc.). Of course, obscurity is the name of the game here: It's not hard to find a DJ spinning "Brick House," but Little Sister's "Stanga"--included here--is a different bag all together. Wallflowers beware, and "all the squares, go home

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