Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Charles Wright & The Watts 10|
Genres: Pop, R&B
2007 digitally remastered and expanded reissue of this album from the great Funk bands of the late '60s and early '70s, now featuring 10 bonus tracks including mono mixes and previously unreleased jams. Together is filled... more »
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2007 digitally remastered and expanded reissue of this album from the great Funk bands of the late '60s and early '70s, now featuring 10 bonus tracks including mono mixes and previously unreleased jams. Together is filled with Funk flavor and Soul seasoning and features one of the most underrated Funk ensembles to slap down some grooves on black wax (and now, silver disc). Includes new liner notes penned by Mr. Charles Wright himself! 17 tracks. Rhino.
Much more than express yourself!
Hilton Royale | Norway | 11/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had only heard a couple of tracks by Charles Wright & The 103rd before I bought this, and was
totally blown away on the first listen. As everybody else I'd heard "Express yourself"(one cool,
lazy mama of a funk song!), but I didn't know what to expect from the rest of the album.
You'll find some AMAZING songs here: "I got love" is a supercool(and kind of sexy)mellow groove,
"High as a apple pie slice II" clocks in at over 17 minutes, and I have never heard anything quite
like it. It sure is somethin' else! It's deeply rooted in the gospel, kind of experimental, but the
band never loose sight of the groove, even if it's loose and spaced out. It won't be anybodys bag
though, and I guess a lot of folks found this track pretty strange back in the day.
There are a lot of other good songs on it. It's not easy to nail down the groove they bring, it's a
mixed bag, but a lot of it is uplifting stuff, with nice horn arrangements and highly original songwriting.
"Jam no.4", one of the bonus tracks, is FANTASTIC!
Fat and smoking guitardriven funk, with tight drums and organ! A stone cold classic! Dynamite!
I've been listening to A LOT of funk lately(The compilations: King Funk, Texas Funk, Florida Funk,
Funky 16 corners and the box-set What it is)and this song rates among the funkiest!
B-B-B-B-Bad! What a groove!
If they are capable of getting into grooves as smoking fat as this one, I hope some of their other
albums comes with the same flavour, because now I'm gettin' everything by Charles & the 103rd!
There are some tracks that don't do nothing for me, and on the whole the album is more of a solid 4 star
affair, but for me the highlites carry so much weight that I got to give the 103rd some extra love!
PS! This is written about a year later, and in the meantime I have bought everything by Charles Wright
and The Watts 103rd, so if you dig this album you should definately buy "Puckey Puckey - Jams and
outtakes 1970 - 71". It's basically the band jamming in studio, and it got some fantastic songs on
it. Somebody once branded their music "Stonerfunk", and I think that's a pretty accurate description.
It's funk alright, but with a kind of lazy rock n roll feel to it.