Dyke & The Blazers Very Best of Dyke & The Blazers - The Funky Broadway
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- All songs written by Arlester Christian except track 13 written by Davis-Mitchell.
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
Led by Arlester "Dyke" Christian, The Blazers were the back-up band for the O'Jays in the mid-'60s and actually hit the charts before the O'Jays did. Their "Funky Broadway" was both a top twenty R&B hit and Pop hit, while "We Got More Soul" and "Let a Woman Be a Woman - Let a Man Be a Man" were both Top 40 hits in 1969.
- 1.Funky Broadway (Parts 1 & 2)
- 2.Funky Walk (Parts 1 & 2)
- 4.Broadway Combination
- 5.City Dump
- 6.The Wrong House
- 7.So Sharp
- 8.Don't Bug Me
- 9.Funky Bull
- 10.Shot Gun Slim
- 11.We Got More Soul
- 12.Let A Woman Be A Woman, Let A Man Be A Man
- 13.You Are My Sunshine
- 14.My Sister's And Brother's Day Is Comin'
- 15.Runaway People
- 16.I'm So All Alone
- 18.The Wobble
Dyke & The Blazers includes: Arlester "Dyke" Christian (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
At first glance, Collectables' Funky Broadway: The Very Best of Dyke & the Blazers appears to be inferior to Kent's So Sharp!, featuring only 18 tracks as opposed to 24. But look closer: Kent separates the group's multi-part singles into separate tracks, while Collectables runs them together. The only real difference between the two is that So Sharp! features an alternate, two-part version of "Uhh" in addition to the edited single version, while Funky Broadway has only the edit; otherwise, the track selections are identical. Either way, you get an hour's worth of some of the hardest, earthiest funk the late '60s produced. Dyke & the Blazers weren't innovators, but they were among the earliest -- and best -- to pick up on James Brown's early funk sound. Their grooves were loose, choppy, and improvisational, and pretty much defined the word "stanky." Dyke's singing voice could charitably be described as a bleat, so it's no wonder he spent more time chanting, shouting, and riding the groove than trying to carry a tune. Put it all together, and Dyke & the Blazers' brand of funk was not a pretty thing -- which, of course, is what made them great. Their original version of "Funky Broadway" makes Wilson Pickett's hit cover sound like it rolled off the Motown assembly line. Aside from the ten-minute narrative "The Wrong House," most of these songs are short and to the point, working a groove for the length of a 45-rpm record. Whatever their limitations, though, Dyke & the Blazers' work still holds up extremely well, and funk fans shouldn't hesitate to embrace these early standard-bearers. ~ Steve Huey
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