Various Artists

Birth Of Funk 1949 – 1962


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Jacksonville, Florida, 1960. Charles ‘Hungry’ Williams mentors young Clayton Fillyau after he had just joined the James Brown band: ‘I don’t care where you put it on those drums, remember where ‘1’ is and you’ll never lose the time.’ Listen to Hungry on Huey Smith’s Talk To Me Baby from 1962 and then listen to how Clayton turns it into a relentless breakbeat on James Brown’s I've Got Money. Not everything on here was cut in New Orleans. New York singer Vernon Harrel’s Slick Chick is held together by an intriguingly syncopated bass line that hints at late ‘60s Studio One dub. And in case you think any of this was new, listen to Earl Palmer's sixteenth notes, off-backbeat snare accents and double-tempo hi-hats in 1953 on Professor Longhair’s Tipitina. (Serious students dig out Zutty Singleton’s drum break on Victoria Spivey’s Funny Feathers from 1929). Here you are then. 47 funky tracks from the 50s and early 60s. Get on down.

Tracklist

Disc One: 1. Edgar Hayes - Fat Meat 'n' Greens 2. Professor Longhair – Tipitina 3. Chris Powell - Mambo Gunch 4. Mose Allison - The Seventh Son 5. Ahmad Jamal Trio – Poinciana 6. Bill Doggett - Hold It 7. Ernie Freeman - Live It Up 8. Earl King - Come On (Pts 1 & 2) 9. Drits & Dravy - Talk That Talk (Pt. 1) 10. Ike & Tina Turner - I Idolize You 11. Jack McDuff - Brother Jack 12. James Brown - And I Do Just What I Want 13. Roy Montrell – Mudd 14. Sugar Pie DeSanto - Can't Let You Go 15. Al Robinson - I'm Leaving You Today 16. Earl King - Trick Bag 17. Eddie Bo - Check Mr. Popeye 18. The Isley Brothers -Teach Me How To Shimmy 19. Gino Parks – Fire 20. Joe 'Guitar' Morris - The Git Back (Pt. 1) 21. Prince La La - She Put The Hurt On Me 22. Stanley Turrentine – Baia 23. Fabulous Playboys - Honkey Tonk Woman 24. Vernon Harrel - Slick Chick. Disc Two: 1. James Brown - Mashed Potatoes U.S.A. 2. Billy Stewart - Fat Boy 3. Jimmy Pace - Stop My Heart From Crying 4. Lee Dorsey - People Gonna Talk 5. Ernie K-Doe - I Got To Find Somebody 6. Marvin Gaye - Hitch Hike 7. Pistol - Keep On Lovin' You 8. Porgy & The Polka Dots - Say Yeah 9. Ray Johnson - Soul City 10. Shirley Raymond - What a Wedding Day 11. Fred Lowery – Goodbye 12. Spider Johnson - Doin' The Popeye 13. Huey 'Piano' Smith - Talk To Me Baby 14. Dolores Johnson - What Kind Of Man Are You 15. Turquinettes - Tell Me The Truth 16. Bob Bateman - R B Special 17. James Booker - Big Nick 18. Wallace Johnson - Clap Your Hands  19. Roosevelt Fountain - Red Pepper (Pts 1 & 2)20. J. C. Davis - Coolin' Out  21. David Rockingham Trio -Joy De Vie 22. Bobby Mitchell - You Got The Nerve 23. James Brown - I've Got Money