Chance, James & The Contortions / Soul Exorcism Redux
Album: Soul Exorcism Redux   Collection:General
Artist:Chance, James & The Contortions   Added:Aug 2007

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-03-16 Pull Date: 2008-05-18
Week Ending: Apr 20 Apr 6 Mar 30 Mar 23
Airplays: 1 1 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 03, 2017: Neural facilitation
I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing
4. Apr 16, 2008: nag champa orangeasm
Contort Yourself
2. Oct 20, 2010: More-Brownian-Than-Usual Motion
Contort Yourself
5. Mar 30, 2008: Noise for your soul
I Danced With A Zombie
3. Apr 08, 2009: public noize racket
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
6. Mar 28, 2008: have you smelt my panties
Disposable You

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-03-10
Tortured funk-jazz from a 1980 concert (plus some later
recordings tacked on) by sax-wielding, splay-limbed,
perpetually agitated punk/James Brown-manque and his
accomplished band, featuring at least one Ornette Coleman
side-man. While this is undoubtedly a key live recording, the
lack of low end on what was initially issued as a cassette-only
release lowers the funk quotient. Still ... !!!

1. Intro: "The Dictator of Disco-Sophisto, The King of Ultrasoul"
*** 2. Right into an excellent, contemporary, pre-Thriller Michael
Jackson cover! The horns smoke throughout but at about the
5:50 mark, Chance launches into a signature skronk-funk solo
** 3. A slow-ish funk workout with silly lyrics but plenty of great
** 4. Wicked slide guitar and trumpet accenting Chance's
aggressive vox
*** 5. Chance takes an opportunity to abuse an organ before
settling into a sort of pleasant toe-tapper with a walking
bassline; excellent
* 6. Guitar and trumpet trade off riffs as Chance gives the
audience a lesson in his inimitable "Twitch" dance
*** 7. Uptempo riff-trading gives way to slower playing on
verses, which fortunately are few and short
** 8. The guitar and sax are as sharp-edged as the backing
vocalists' exhortations to "melt yourself" are rounded-off
*** 9. James Brown cover that perhaps Chance made his own by
performing relentlessly and commitedly; slow burn bill of
particulars against the slow destruction of users of King H
*** 10. Demand for outside assistance in controlling oneself;
great workout!
*** 11. The Contortions' anthem performed with great gusto and
maximum funk; ends with 30 seconds of applause
12. Avoid; play its live sibling, track 5, instead
*** 13. Another J.B. cover; an awesome combo of the funk of J.B.
and the sick organ and sax of J.C.; both were notoriously
independent, celebrated in this song.
* 14. Nah; The fake drums and cheesy synth makes this yuk
musically, tho’ JC still belts on vox and sax seven years after the
live tracks here were recorded; redeeming quality – the wordy,
still-snotty rap in the middle

Track Listing
1. Intro By Anya Phillips   8. Melt Yourself Down
2. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough   9. King Heroin
3. I Danced With A Zombie   10. Put Me Back In My Cage
4. Exorcise The Funk   11. Contort Yourself
5. Disposable You   12. Disposable You #2
6. The Twitch   13. I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing
7. The Devil Made Me Do It   14. Truth Or Consequence