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Skull Snaps: Skull Snaps *

Album Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Its legend lives on in the Northern soul scene and hip-hop..."

Album Notes

Original vinyl copies of Skull Snaps' one and only LP continue to exchange hands on the rare groove market for three figures. There are two reasons for this: one, it's rare, and two, the drum breaks from the album have been feasted upon for samples so frequently that samples of the samples have likely been sampled. It's not that the album is spectacular -- it's merely a decent early-'70s funk record from some accomplished musicians who don't exactly leave a trademark of their own throughout its nine songs. This soul-drenched funk album is most notable for the drums of "It's a New Day." It's the album's strongest cut, and the opening drum pattern is as ubiquitous they come -- you can hear it get put to re-use in well over two dozen popular rap songs. Anyone who likes hard funk will find much to like -- the vocals are gruff, the rhythms are tough yet nimble (the drums are crisp and smacking throughout), and the subject matter takes on everything from pimps to romance to everyday relationships. Charly reissued the album on CD in 1995. ~ Andy Kellman


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