26.9.05

SoulShaker 2 da Uppers.org

Various Artists - SoulShaker Volume 2 (Record Kicks RKX010)

Bologna, Italy’s Soulshaker night club has become semi legendary in mod/60’s/funk-soul circles. It should seem fitting to capitalize on the buzz and issue a hip sampler CD (AGAIN)… so they did.

Comprising of a whirl of soul/Hammond/bass and drum/horn accented sounds from all over the world what we have here is a tasty selection.The Voodoo Trombone Quartet serve up the catchy “Your Pleasure is Our Pleasure”, not at all out of place with sounds you’d find on all the funky easy/kitsch CD comps that were legion in the late 90’s.
Big Boss Man contribute “Kelvin Stardust” an incredibly catchy organ groover that sounds like the late Roy Budd directing The Spencer Davis Group from their CD “Winner” (see links section). Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are something of a legend here on the east coast of the U.S. and their name is always running across the lips of mods/60’s enthusiasts and soulies/funksters alike.
One listen to her version of Kenny Rodgers and The First Edition’s (via Betty Lavette ) “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)” and you’ll know why. Speedometer’s “You Got the Message” is a soulful organ driven female fronted number that has an almost uptempo Northern groove to it with some Muscle Shoals sounding backing. Classic! And they’re not even Yanks…. they’re from the U.K.! More please?! I was really diggin’ Kahuna Kawentzmann’s “Go Go Sitar” (a welcome diversion from all the B-3 action here with some funky sitar action from a few year's back) till it began skipping (along with the next cut which wouldn’t play) thanks to some black enamel stuff that looks like the ink they use on the label side splattering on the “play” side.
Italy’s The Link Quartet (highlight’s of last year’s Mod Chicago weekender) remind me of what The James Taylor Quartet sounded like before Acid Jazz turned me off of them with their nifty “Sweet Little Apples” followed immediately by San Francisco’s own Nick Rossi Set presenting Mose Allison’s “Foolkiller”. Nick & Co.’s version sounds amazing, imagine if Brian Auger used The Big Roll Band or The Blue Flames when cutting his version and you might have what I’m ineptly talkin’ about! The Diplomats Of Solid Sound played the 2nd Mod Chicago weekender, the room was spinning too much for me so their set was not too well absorbed by me (unlike the brown ale which prevented any decent investigation). Luckily they're onboard here with the house shaking/ party rollicking "Loaf And Jug", though I wonder what's in the jug...
There are a great deal on numbers that blur together in a flurry of organ/handclaps and bass n’ drum type stuff, not my scene so I’ve excluded mentioning them…but actually there’s not a bad pick in the bunch, though The Slow Slushy Boys version of “I Can’t Believe What You Say” has me thinkin’ “I can’t believe they recorded that”.
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Bill Luther 2005[Published 25 September 2005]