Saturday, 29 December 2018

Blaxploitation 3 - The Payback

Across 110th Street....


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. Ball Of Confusion - The Temptations
2. Ironside - Quincy Jones
3. Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye
4. Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
5. Joy - Isaac Hayes
6. All The Way Lover - Millie Jackson
7. Public Enemy Number 1 - James Brown
8. Ain't No Sunshine - Grover Washington Jr.
9. Breakout - Johnny Hammond
10. Who Is He (And What Is He To Do ) - Creative Source
11. Be Thankful For What You Got - William DeVaughn
12. Love TKO - Teddy Pendergrass

CD 2

1. One Nation Under A Groove - Funkadelic
2. Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
3. Give Me Your Love - Curtis Mayfield
4. Westchester Lady - Bob James
5. Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
6. Melting Pot - Booker T. & The MGs
7. Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
8. Hot (I Need To Be loved, Loved, Loved) - James Brown
9. Ike's Mood - Isaac Hayes
10. Bad Montana - Maynard Parker
11. It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers
12. Lady Day & John Coltrane - Gil Scott-Heron
13. The World Is A Ghetto - War

This, the third in this excellent series, is actually a very diverse collection of funk and soul, meandering a bit away from the "blaxploitation" movie soundtrack thing, which is not a bad thing, because we get a really impressive mix of mid-seventies urban black music.

Highlights on here are The Temptations' socially-aware Ball Of Confusion; Marvin Gaye's sublime funk of Trouble Man; Bobby Womack's atmospheric Across 110th Street; William De Vaughn's soulful Be Thankful For What You Got and James Brown's uber-funky Hot (I Need To Be Loved Loved, Loved), which used the killer riff from David Bowie's Fame.

Some soundtrack-style orchestrated instrumentals are present in Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man, Quincy Jones' Ironside and Bob James' Westchester Lady, some sweet Philadelphia soul in The O'Jays' Back Stabbers and some funky jazz in Gil Scott-Heron's Lady Day And John Coltrane. We get some lively pop funk in Funkadelic's One Nation Under A Groove and some saucy, sexy fun in Millie Jackson's All The Way Lover. As with all the other albums in this series, I cannot do anything other than recommend this.