Various Artists - Westbound Super Breaks - Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Break Beats (2xLP Vinyl)

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Much of modern hip hop has its roots in the adventurous recordings made at Westbound in the early to mid-70s. “Super Breaks” pays homage to some of their greatest sampled tracks.


Available on 2LP format.


While names like Funkadelic, Junie, Ohio Players, The Detroit Emeralds and Denise LaSalle will be familiar to most Soul lovers - especially those who treasure those 70ts grooves - obscuro-types like the James Brown excitable King Errisson and the flute driven bass pump-action of Pleasure Web will be new and most welcome. Same goes for Caesar Frazier - as the hip-cat singer chants "...I can feel the Funk!" at the beginning and end of the 5:05 minutes of his "Funk It Down" - it's the kind of fantastic brass and bass slow sexy groove you want to rave about and one that will drive most dancefloor shufflers into bottom-wiggling overdrive (look out ladies). The saucily titled "The Fuzz And Da Boog" by Fuzzy Haskins is pure instrumental Funk - all tight synths and brass jabs as it motors along. Then there's granny and the "Funky Worm" by The Detroit Emeralds - what fun (pictured in its label bag on Page 7 of the booklet). Spanky Wilson does a very cool Hammond keyboard-jabbing live cover of Bill Withers’ fab groove "Kissing my Love" (such a tender sender). The Detroit Emeralds show yet again why they’re a Soul Treasure amongst those in the know – the sexy, sexy shuffle of "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)". And there's so much more where that came from... Ignore the rather naff artwork - this is another winner from Ace and after 40 years of hitting us with forgotten grooves that need to be rediscovered - you'd think they be slowing down by now. On the evidence of this rather groovy little Boogaloo - there's little chance of that...

By: Matt Barry

A1 Junie - Suzie Thundertussy
A2 Funkadelic - You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks
A3 The Detroit Emeralds - You're Gettin' A Little To Smart
A4 King Errisson - Back From The Dead
A5 Pleasure Web - Music Man Part 2
B1 Magictones - Good Old Music
B2 Funkadelic - I'll Bet You
B3 Junie - Tightrope (Single Mix)
B4 Caesar Frazier - Funk It Down
B5 Fuzzy Haskins - The Fuz And Da Boog
C1 Ohio Players - Funky Worm
C2 Spanky Wilson - Kissing My Love
C3 The Detroit Emeralds - Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)
C4 Unique Blend - Does He Treat You Better
C5 Fantastic Four - Mixed Up Moods And Attitudes (Tom Moulton Mix)
D1 Funkadelic - I Wanna Know If It's Good To You?
D2 The Counts - Pack Of Lies
D3 Fantastic Four - Disco Pool Blues (Tom Moulton Mix)
D4 Denise LaSalle - Heartbreaker Of The Year

Catalogue Number: SEW2 163

Record Label: Ace