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What It is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves: 1967-1977

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Spreadin' Honey - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
    2. Soul Finger - 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 - The 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
    0. 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 Santamara
    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
    0. 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
    0. 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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 77635

  • Credits
    ProducerCurtis Mayfield; Curtis Ousley; Dave Crawford; Alan Gardner; Les Carter; David Rubinson; Dennis King; J.C. Moore; Don Covay; Donald Height; Dr. C.J. Johnson; Virtue Stiles; Richard Pegue; Frazier; Hadley Murrell; J. Cameron; Andy Pappas; Eddie Palmieri; Fred E. Smith; Erik Jacobsen; David Robinson; Lockie Edwards, Jr.; Johnny Brantley; Jerry Greenberg; George Clinton; Daniel Secunda; Hal Winn; Edward Langford; Matt Abels; Herbie Mann; Tommy Smalls; Howie Albert; Clinton Moon; Ian Samwell; Sidney Pinchback; Jack Adams; Danny McGinnis; William Truckaway; Stan Kessler; Mark Meyerson; Mark Holder; Jerry Butler; Jerry Ragovoy; Jerry Wexler; Jerry Williams; Jimmy Douglass; Joe Wissert; Joel Dorn; Johnny Harris; Allen Toussaint; Alex Hassilev; Michael Cuscuna; Michal Urbaniak; Andrew Love; Richard "Popcorn" Wylie; Rick Hall; Ron Albert; Arif Mardin; Sly Stone; Steve Alaimo; Steve Cropper; The Mighty Hannibal; Tom Dowd; Vicki Wickham; Wardell Quezergue; Wayne Jackson; Willie Clarke; Bill Inglot; Mason Williams; Tom Wells; Bob Todd; Bobby Byrd; Bobby Robinson; Bootsy Collins; Brad Shapiro; Buell Neidlinger; Charles Wright

    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; The 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

  • Critic 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-
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