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Kearney Barton

  • 1. Babyback
    2. H.O.E.
    3. Jesus Christ Pose
    4. Humpty Dumpty
    5. Everything Good Is Bad
    6. Rainy Sea
    7. Sea of Grass
    8. Fools Gold
    9. Baddest
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 43

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Horn
    EngineerJack Endino; Kearney Barton

    Personnel: Leonard Hammond (vocals, percussion); Larry Hammond, Curtis Hammond Jr., Calvin Law (vocals); Johnny Horn (guitar, keyboards); Harvey Thompson (tenor saxophone); Jim Horn (baritone saxophone); Quintin Ware (trumpet); Charles Rose (trombone); Gregory Davison (piano, Wurlitzer organ, Moog synthesizer); Overton Berry (piano); Stefan Nelson (Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ); Mike Stone , Andy Sells (drums); Tony Gable (percussion).
    Recording information: Audio Recording, Seattle, WA (2008).
    For the uninitiated, Kearney Barton is a veteran recording engineer from the Pacific Northwest whose rsum runs the gamut from classical audiophile discs to classic over-the-top garage punk singles from the Sonics and the Wailers. Barton also recorded plenty of local funk and soul acts at his Seattle studio, Audio Recording, and a number of rare sides he cut later popped up on the 2004 compilation WHEEDLE'S GROOVE: SEATTLE'S FINEST IN FUNK AND SOUL 1965-75. The compilation generated enough interest in Seattle's old-school R&B scene that a number of acts reunited for new sessions at Barton's studio, and this follow-up reveals these experienced funkateers haven't lost their touch with the passage of time. The mood of many of these tracks is laid back, but the bass and drums lay out potent grooves even on fusion-styled numbers like Overton Berry's "Humpty Dumpty" and Johnny Horn's "Baddest," and when the bands lock into something hot, such as Ron Buford's "H.O.E.," you'd be hard-pressed to imagine that most of the folks on this album are nearing eligibility for Social Security. And even if a down-and-dirty funk remake of Soundgarden's "Jesus Christ Pose" with a gospel choir on the side sounds like a bad joke, Pastor Pat Wright's passionate take on the song will make you a believer. This is a joyous and soulful reunion for the Wheedle's Groove crew, and most of these tracks are sharp enough to suggest many of these acts ought to cut albums of their own.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.85) - "37 minutes of the hottest funk and coolest grooves you'll hear all year."
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