The Funky 16 Corners
by Various Artists
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- Released: October 30, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Stones Throw
Rolling Stone - 3/14/02, pp.71-23.5 out of 5 stars - "...A victory for everyone looking to preserve America's precious funk resources."
Spin - 2/02, p.109"...DJ Peanut Butter Wolf and uber-[crate]-librarian Egon come correct...taking funk archaeology to new depths..."
Q - 2/02, p.1184 stars out of 5 - "...The music of the black American underclass before rap."
The Wire - 1/02, p.67"...One of the finest examples of the genre..."
Mixmag - 1/01, p.654 out of 5 - "...A joyous homage to the forgotten godesses of funk..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 2/02, p.106"...An essential purchase for anyone interested in black American music of the '60s and '70s."
- 1.Intro - Ebony Rhythm Band
- 2.Dap Walk - Ernie & the Top Notes, Inc.
- 3.Let's Go (It's Summertime) - James Reese
- 4.Trespasser - Bad Medicine
- 5.Funky 16 Corners, The - Highlighters Band
- 6.Kick, The - Rhythm Machine
- 7.What About You (In the World Today) - Co=Real Artists
- 8.Interlude - Ebony Rhythm Band (previously unreleased)
- 9.Dump, The - Soul Vibrations
- 10.Jody's Freeze - James Reese
- 11.Kashmere - Kashmere Stage Band
- 12.Fish Head - Slim and the Soulful Saints
- 13.Tighten Up Tighter - Billy Ball and the Upsetters / Roosevelt Matthews / Billy Ball & The Upsetters
- 14.Southside Funk - Soul 71 (previously unreleased)
- 15.Can We Rap - Carleen & the Groovers
- 16.Beautiful Day - Spider Harrison
- 17.Go to Work [Alternate Version] - Revolution Compared to What (alternate version)
- 18.Phantom, The - Bubba Thomas and the Lightmen Plus One
- 19.In the Rain - Wooden Glass / Billy Wooten (live)
- 20.Outro - Ebony Rhythm Band (previously unreleased)
- 21.Bunky's Pick [Bonus Track] - Cut Chemist (bonus track)
- 22.Funky Buzzard [Bonus Track], The - Turner Brothers / James Bell (bonus track)
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Recorded between 1968 & 2001. Includes liner notes by Egon.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Clarence Butler, William Perry (vocals, trumpet); Gordon Jackson, Spider Harrison, Lew Kimball, Dentist Jackson, James Bell (vocals); Dino Zimmerman (guitar, drums); John Scott, Ernest Williams, Jamie Brantley, Lee Martin, Rob Townsend (guitar); Marsha Frazier (flute, piano, electric piano); Doug Harris (saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); George Miller , Jesse Jones, Jr., David Morton, Jim Honeycutt, Clyde Walker (saxophone); Martin Williams (alto saxophone); Larry Blake, Joe Hardy, Teddy Patterson (tenor saxophone); Freddie Green, Pat Williams, Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson, Audrey Jones, Ronnie Davis, Soup, John Thomas , Carlos (trumpet); James Reese (trombone, organ); Jimmy Walker , Alexander J. Nichols, Charles Hunt (trombone); Emanuel Riggins (organ); Billy Wooten (vibraphone); Harold Cardwell, Clifford Williams, Matthew R. Watson, Dwayne "Buzzard" Garvin, Richard Clarke , Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Ron Anderson, Willie Hill , Matthew Watson, Cliff Williams , Bubbha Thomas (drums); Munyungo Jackson (congas).
Recording information: 19th Whole Night Club, Indianapolis, IN (1968-1974); Alabama (1968-1974); Dayson Recording Studio, Syracuse, NY (1968-1974); Mark V Green Studios, Greenville, SC (1968-1974); Music World Recording Studio, W. Columbia, SC (1968-1974); Nashville Sound Studios, Houston, TX (1968-1974); Nashville, TN (1968-1974); New Orleans, LA (1968-1974); Ohmit Recording Studio, Indianapolis, IN (1968-1974); Residence of Anthony Black's Parents (1968-1974); Residence of Miles "Butch" Loyd's Parents (1968-1974); Studio Seven, Dallas, TX (1968-1974); The Red October Chemical Storage Facility, Los Angeles, (1968-1974); The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA (1968-1974).
Editors: Gene Grimaldi; Matt Mahaffey.
This outstanding collection of funk singles compiled by Stones Throw Records includes 16 songs recorded between 1968 and 1974 by obscure underground groups from America. One of the strongest crossover funk labels of the last decade, Stones Throw pays due respect to modern music's forgotten grandfathers on this most grooving recorded history lesson of impeccable quality. Anchored by the Highlighters' classic "The Funky 16 Corners," whereby the Indianapolis group upped the ante in 1969's craze for bands counting "corners" (read: hit me three times!) by breaking the recorded benchmark with 16, this compilation leans heavily on the James Brown sect and celebrates the lesser-known groups of the genre, who with high talent and low budget put to tape some of the most raw funk ever captured to date. Representative modernist Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5 even gets an interpretation slot with "Bunky's Pick" on one of two bonus tracks. Every track is essential to the record and every groove a lost gem. An informative 16-page booklet with full-color photos is included. ~ Nic Kincaid
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