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09.26.06 06:33 PM

Listening Party: What It Is! Funk Box Set

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The images for this box set kind of speak for themselves, but it wouldn't hurt to have a sample listening experience of its contents.

Click here to listen to a full stream listening party of What It Is Funk Box.

It's chockfull of those classic break beats that crate diggers and budding producers hunger for, which is making it a worty purchase for me. Besides, Mr. Soulsides himself, Oliver Wang has co-signed it, as he's written the liner notes for the set. I feel strongly about laying down my hard-earned ducats on this one.

And just in case you don't have time to listen, here's a track listing of the four-disc set. There's a lot of great music in there that's hard to find on vinyl, disc, or digital.

WHAT IT IS! FUNKY SOUL AND RARE GROOVES (1967-1977)
Track Listing

Disc One
1. The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band – “Spreadin’ Honey”
2. Bar-Kays – “Soul-Finger”
3. Brother Jack McDuff – “The Shadow Of Your Smile”
4. Jimmy Norman – “Gangster Of Love (Parts I & II)”
5. Rufus Thomas – “The Memphis Train”
6. Grassella Oliphant – “Get Out Of My Life Woman”
7. Eddie Harris – “Live Right Now”
8. Natural Bridge Bunch – “Pig Snoots, Part I”
9. The Freedom Sounds featuring Wayne Henderson – “Soul Sound System”
10. Clarence Carter – “Snatching It Back”
11. Artie Christopher – “Stoned Soul”
12. The T.S.U. Tornadoes – “Getting The Corners”
13. Tony Alvon & The Belairs – “Sexy Coffee Pot”
14. Mark Putney – “Don’t Come Around Here Anymore”
15. The Commodores – “Keep On Dancing”
16. The Southshore Commission – “Right On Brother—Part 1”
17. Eldridge Holmes – “Pop, Popcorn Children”
18. Cold Grits – “It’s Your Thing”
19. Soul Angels – “It’s All In Your Mind”
20. Johnny Cameron & The Camerons – “Funky John”
21. Joyce Jones – “Help Me Make Up My Mind”
22. Lou Johnson – “Rock Me Baby”
23. The Noble Knights – “Sing A Simple Song”
24. Titus Turner – “Do You Dig It”
25. Phil Moore Jr. – “Funky Canyon”
26. The Fabulous Counts – “Jan Jan”
27. The Rhine Oaks – “Tampin’”

Disc Two
1. Cyril Neville – “Gossip”
2. The Mighty Hannibal – “Somebody In The World For You”
3. Little Sister – “Stanga”
4. Anada Shankar – “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
5. Brute Force – “The Deacon”
6. Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band – “Sookie Sookie”
7. Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers – “Right On”
8. Curtis Mayfield – “(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go”
9. Johnny Harris – “Stepping Stones”
10. 6ix – “I’m Just Like You”
11. The Unemployed – “Funky Thing—Part 1”
12. Shirley Scott – “Messie Bessie”
13. Willie West – “Fairchild”
14. The Gaturs – “Cold Bear”
15. Mongo Santamaria – “I Can’t Get Next To You”
16. Lulu – “Feelin’ Alright”
17. Memphis Horns – “Soul Bowl”
18. Hammer – “Tuane”
19. Johnny Tolbert & De Thangs – “Take It Off—Part II”
20. Harlem River Drive featuring Eddie Palmieri & Jimmy Norman – “Seeds Of Life”
21. Wilson Pickett – “Engine Number 9” (Single Version)

Disc Three
1. Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters – “Hard Times”
2. Houseguests – “What So Never The Dance—Pt. 1 & 2”
3. Eugene McDaniels – “Headless Heroes”
4. Wade Marcus – “Spinning Wheel”
5. Earth, Wind & Fire – “Bad Tune”
6. Rasputin’s Stash – “Mr. Cool”
7. Junior Mance – “Don’t Cha Hear Me Calling To Ya”
8. The Stovall Sisters – “Hang On In There”
9. The Beginning Of The End – “Funky Nassau (Part II)”
10. Mark Holder & The Positives – “Whatever’s Fair”
11. Ed Robinson – “Face It”
12. Young-Holt Unlimited – “Wah Wah Man”
13. Aretha Franklin – “Rock Steady” (Alternate Mix) (Previously Unissued)
14. Black Haze Express – “Won’t Nobody Listen”
15. Allen Toussaint – “Goin’ Down”
16. Malo – “Suavecito”
17. Charles Wright – “You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin’”
18. Tami Lynn – “Mo Jo Hanna”
19. King Curtis – “Ridin’ Thumb”
20. Macondo – “Almendra”
21. Little Richard – “Nuki Suki”

Disc Four
1. United 8 – “Getting Uptown (To Get Down)”
2. Howard Tate – “8 Days On The Road”
3. Labelle – “Moon Shadow” (Edit)
4. Society’s Bag – “Let It Crawl”
5. Black Heat – “Wanaoh”
6. Clarence Reid – “If It Was Good Enough For Daddy”
7. Claudia Lennear – “Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky”
8. The Mystic Moods – “Cosmic Sea”
9. Cold Blood – “Kissing My Love”
10. Seatrain – “Flute Thing” (45 Edit)
11. The Meters – “Chug Chug Chug-A-Lug (Push And Shove) Part II”
12. Freddi/Henchi & The Soul Setters – “Funky To The Bone”
13. Bobby Byrd – “Try It Again”
14. Cornell Dupree – “Teasin’”
15. Dr. John – “(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away”
16. Oscar Brown, Jr. – “Chicken Heads”
17. Funk Factory – “Rien Ne Va Plus”
18. Herbie Mann – “Cajun Moon” (Single Version)
19. Darrow Fletcher – “Improve”
20. Faze-O – “Riding High”
21. Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns – “Four Play” (Promo Edit)
22. Eddie Hazel – “California Dreamin’” (Edit)

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