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Various Artists: Soul Emissaries: SuperFunk

Track List

>You Bring the Tears - Samson & Delilah (mono)
>Love Highjacker - George Jackson
>Dark Skin Woman - Billy Cee
>Sweet Thang - William Bostic
>Teardrops - The Two Things In One
>Born to Live with Heartache - Mary Love (mono)
>Sweetback - Viola Wills (mono)
>Foolish Man, Pt. 2 - The Huck Daniels Co
>Work It Out - Marcene Harris
>Jodine - Earl Foster (mono)
>Funky Kingston - The Tribe
>Days Got Brighter - McKinley Mitchell
>Behind Closed Doors - Chuck Brooks
>We Can Work It Out - Raymond Parker (previously unreleased)
>What You Do to Me - William Bostic
>So Fine - Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers
>Nobody's Doin' a Doggone Thing - Lee Porter/Peaceful Persuasion (mono)
>Brother Jack - The Funky Kids (previously unreleased)
>Daddy Please Stay Home - Obrey Wilson (previously unreleased)
>Forgotten - Lamont Johnson (previously unreleased, mono)

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: Dean Rudland; Philippe Rault.

Ace revives their SuperFunk series in 2015 with Soul Emissaries. The title alone is a tipoff that this collection has a bit of a heavier soul bent than its predecessors, and that's quite appealing. These rarities, dating as early as 1971 and as late as 1984, aren't focused on the groove but they are rhythm-heavy, offering an addictive blend of song-oriented, danceable funk. Often, this does mean that Soul Emissaries edges toward proto-disco, a hybrid that's fetching, but there's a variety of different styles here: a down-and-dirty variation on the Jody on "Jodine," the reggae of "Funky Kingston," an elastic reinvention of the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" from Raymond Parker, and a bit of neon Rick James sleaze on William Bostic's "What You Do to Me." All these styles are held together by that focus on the song and those deep, infectious rhythms that turn this into a never-ending party. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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