Saturday, 29 December 2018

Blaxploitation 2 - The Sequel

Let's clean up the ghetto....


This is the correct track listing for this excellent two CD set. It is a wonderful compilation showcasing the very best of this down 'n' dirty, socially conscious, aware, gritty urban funk that so characterised the mid/late-seventies. While prog rock, glam, punk and disco are what many people remember from that period, this comparatively underground genre was just as important, just as influential and often criminally underrated.


CD 1

1. Little Child Running Wild - Curtis Mayfield
2. Papa Was A Rolling Stone - The Temptations
3. Trouble Man - Grover Washington Jr.
4. The Boss - James Brown
5. I Got So Much Trouble In My Mind - Sir Joe Quarterman
6. Superstition - Quincy Jones
7. Children's World - Maceo Parker
8. Celestial Blues - Gary Bartz
9. Liberation Conversation - Marlena Shaw
10. Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone
11. Do Your Thing - Isaac Hayes
12. The Ghetto '74 - Leroy Hutson

CD 2

1. Let's Clean Up The Ghetto - Philadelphia All Stars
2. Masterpiece - The Temptations
3. 24 Carat Black - 24 Carat Black
4. Freddie's Dead - Curtis Mayfield
5. From A Whisper To A Scream - Esther Phillips
6. Use Me - Bill Withers
7. Low Rider - War
8. Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye
9. Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
10. Wake Up Everybody - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

This is just as good as the first in the series of these excellent compilations. The iconic Blaxploitation numbers largely appeared on the first release, so on here the compliers were able to go a bit left field with some of their selections, such as the funky disco rhythms of War's Low Rider; Bill Withers' unique brand of folky soul on Use Me; Marvin Gaye's dance classic Got To Give It Up and Quincy Jones' instrumental take on Stevie Wonder's Superstition.

We also get two magnificent extended Temptations "psychedelic soul" tracks in Papa Was A Rolling Stone and the underrated Masterpiece. Herbie Hancock's lengthy jazz funk workout, Chameleon offers something different too. Some sweet seventies soul, with a social message, appears too in Harold Melvin's evocative Wake Up Everybody, and Sly & The Family Stone's catchy, laid-back funk in Family Affair.

Some serious funk is here in James Brown's The Boss and Curtis Mayfield's excellent Freddie's Dead making it a very impressive compilation. As with all of the series, the quality is outstanding.


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