CD West Indies Funk, Vol. 3 [Digipak] (CD 15649400),
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West Indies Funk, Vol. 3 [Digipak]

  • 1. Funky Abbey Road - Original Tropicana Steel Band
    2. Do Your Thing - Trinidad & Tobago Steel All Stars
    3. Hold On I'm Coming - Sapodilla Punch
    4. Midnight Man - Earl Rodney
    5. Make It Funky - Silvertons
    6. Sandy Beach - Johnny Hackworth's Caribbean Sound
    7. Ain't No Sunshine - Original Tropicana Steel Band
    8. Devils Out Tonight, The - Carl McKnight's Sweat and Steel Drum Band
    9. 2001 - Life
    10. Calypso Rock - Original Tropicana Steel Band
    11. 90 Percent of Me is You - Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers
    12. Cissy Strut - Trinidad Steel Drummers
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TRA 424005

  • Credits

    San Juan's Trans Air imprint set a high standard with the previous two volumes in their West Indies Funk series. They rounded up obscure 45s and album tracks from numerous obscure Caribbean outfits, from proto reggae and instrumental funk groups to steel bands that played the cruise ship circuit and fantastically original arrangements of well-known jams dictated, no doubt, by economic necessities of the tourist trade -- but who cares? Those two offerings were solid through and through. That said, one can't be blamed for wondering just how deep the well goes before it hits sand. It might, but West Indies Funk, Vol. 3 is every bit as fine as its predecessors. Go no further than album opener "Funky Abbey Road," by the Original Tropicana Steel Band. The sound quality is quite high on this number, and while the title certainly hints at the Beatles, this jam is actually a completely insane percussion and guitar orgy based on "I'm a Man" by Chicago (off their debut album). Later on the same group nails -- with muddier sound -- an equally twisted version of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," with stellar snare breaks. It gets wilder still with the Trinidad & Tobago Steel All Stars laying out a tough and spliffed-out version of Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band's "Do Your Thing." While there isn't a weak tune in the bunch, there are some other clear standouts: the pure hand-drum, jazz-funk glory of Earl Rodney's "Midnight Man"; the primitive "The Devil's Out Tonight" by Carl McKnight's Sweat & Steel Drum Band; and the Trinidad Steel Drummers' completely narcoticized reading of "Cissy Strut" to close the package. You can't go wrong with this series thus far, and these three volumes are a summer party soundtrack all on their own. No matter what time of year it is, it's always summer in these grooves. ~ Thom Jurek

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