VA – California Funk: Rare Funk 45’s From The Golden State (2010)

VA - California Funk: Rare Funk 45's From The Golden State (2010)
Artist: Various
Album: California Funk: Rare Funk 45’s From The Golden State
Genre: Deep Funk, Psychedelic Soul
Label: Now-Again Records
Released: 2010
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Water Color – All Bundled Into One (4:50)
The 4th Coming – Cruising Down Sunset (3:06)
Apple And The Three Oranges – Curse Upon The World (2:59)
L.A. Bare Faxx – Super Cool Brother (3:06)
Arthur Monday – What Goes Around Comes Around (Part 1) (2:52)
Chucky Thurmon – Turn It Over (2:48)
California Gold Notes – W.B. 302 (3:21)
Ray Frazier & The Shades Of Madness – I Who Have Nothing (Am Somebody) (2:55)
Rhon Silva – Get It Right (2:30)
Enrique Olivarez & Los Vampiros – Al’s Place (2:22)
J.G.D. & The New Breed – North Richmond Breakaway (3:06)
John Heartsman & Circles – Talking About My Baby (3:33)
King Solomon – Politician Rag (2:49)
Billy Larkin & The Delegates – Funky Fire (3:36)
Leon Gardner – Farm Song (2:37)
Lil Lavair & The Fabulous Jades – Cold Heat (2:43)
Delores Ealy & The Kenyattas – Honeydripper (2:24)
Enrique Olivarez & Los Vampiros – Arriba Tipo (2:21)
Winter – Bones (2:43)
The Edwards Generation – Smokin’ Tidbits (3:06)
Mr. Clean & The Soul Inc. – What’s Going On (4:19)


With 21 slabs of pure, joyous funk complete with huge drums, blistering horn charts, pulsing basslines, stacks of wah-wah fuzz guitars, and enough energy and rhythm to rearrange the stratosphere, this delightful set of rare and independent California funk releases from the late ’60s and early ’70s is as much a nonstop dance party as it is an affirming revelation. It never stops grooving — from the opener, Water Color’s “All Bundled into One,” a release so rare only one copy is known to exist, to the closer, a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” by Mr. Clean & the Soul Inc., this is one powerful document. None of these sides was a national hit, and most didn’t even crack the local airwaves, but it’s not because they lack quality. There is so much to marvel at here, including the above-mentioned tracks as well as Arthur Monday’s thundering and slightly spooky “What Goes Around Comes Around” and the charging horns and percolating guitar of J.G.D. & the New Breed’s “North Richmond Breakaway.” It’s joyous funk as deep as the ocean is blue. You can’t go wrong with this one.
Review by Steve Leggett

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