|Various Artists / Out On A Funky Trip: Funk, Soul & Reggae From Randy's, 1970-1975|
|Album:||Out On A Funky Trip: Funk, Soul & Reggae From Randy's, 1970-1975||Collection:||Reggae|
|Add Date:||2007-11-11||Pull Date:||2008-01-13||Charts:||Reggae/World|
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Out on a Funky Trip: Funk, Soul & Reggae from Randy’s|
Reviewed by Sadie O., 11/9/07
Just what it says – Funk, Soul and Reggae from a great Jamaican studio, early 70’s. It’s all too easy to get the impression that there was only One Studio in Jamaica back then, and only Reggae was being played, but that’s not at all the case, and this terrific comp will set you right. Jamaica was still tuning into the radio stations out of New Orleans, and digging the funk in a big way. It’s probably the increasing trend towards Rastafarianism and pot that really turned the tide solidly towards Reggae, so now we only have a few tracks like these from Randy’s to show us what else was going on. These puppies rock (and are quite professionally done, compared with a lot of the more stoned Reggae numbers) – check it, nuh!
No FCCs detected. I’m not too crazy about tracks 9 and 15, but everything else is great to fantastic, IMO.
1. 3:22 ****uptempo, jazzy funk instrumental strut. Tons of horns, and something bloopy. Great!
2. 3:42 ***rock steady cover of the Edwin Starr classic, soulful vocals, and relevant once again…
3. 4:31 ***ultra funky somewhat uptempo cover of Manu Dibango with fine female chorus and fun male lead vocals, strong playing.
4. 3:11 **bass & snare intro, then uptempo Blaxploitation funk with group vocals and harmonica.
5. 3;13 ***midtempo dub “version” with lots of upbeat, funky attitude. No vocals, alas! Remember, Toots did “Funky Kingston”, so the funk thing ain’t no fluke.
6. 2:54 ****upbeat rocking strut with a fine drummer and gnarly synth.
7. 1:49 **sweet uptempo reggae instrumental with flute.
8. 3:14 ***rather uptempo instrumental with lots of interesting instrument sounds – odd bass sound and funky, scratchy guitar.
9. 2:36 *slightly uptempo bubble, cover of the insipid pop hit – only interesting because of the reggae beat, although the vocals are perfectly nice. I just hate this song so much… heh!
10. 3:13 ***midtempo skank with sprightly melodica and bass bits – lovely “version”.
11. 2:37 ****downtempo skank with female chorus. Based on something I recognize but can’t remember right off… Some crazy male vocals and ska-style vocal beatboxing.
12. 2:59 ****dub version of track 11. Some entertaining effects…
13. 4:03 **aw, such a pretty, downtempo skank instrumental cover…
14. 3:35 **back to super funk! Part 2 of track 8 – instrumental, and the guitar gets pretty random and crazy here.
15. 3:49 *very slow soul ballad with spoken vocals, with the first Jamaican accent I’ve noticed on the record.