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    The Birth Of Funk (Awaiting Repress)

    Nobody in New Orleans laid into the blues so low down and dirty as Buddy Bol-den, whose Funky Butt became a staple in the repertoire of the city's early jazz bands. 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 and then listen to how Clayton turns it into a relentless breakbeat on James Brown's I've Got Money. Earl King's Trick Bag, prefiguring the Meters, is as good an example of early New Orleansfunk as can be found. 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 Zutty Singleton's drum break on Victoria Spivey's Funny Feathers from 1929. Or Earl Palmer's sixteenth notes, off-backbeat snare accents and double-tempo hi-hats in 1953 on Professor Longhair's Tipitina and Who's Foolin' You.
    1. Say Yeah Yeah - Yvonne Fair
    2. Check Mr. Popeye - Eddie Bo
    3. The Popeye - Spider Johnson
    4. I'm Leaving You Today - Al Robinson
    5. Say Yeah - Porgy & The Polka Dots
    6. Talk To Me Baby - Huey 'Piano' Smith
    7. Trick Bag - Earl King
    8. What A Wedding Day - Shirley Raymond
    9. R B Special - Bob Bateman
    10. Tell Me The Truth - The Turquinettes
    11. Slick Chick - Vernon Harrel
    12. I've Got Money - James Brown
    13. Hold It - Bill Doggett
    14. Fat Boy - Billy Stewart
    15. Mudd - Roy Montrell
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