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VA - Wheedle's Groove - Seattle's Finest in Funk & Soul (2004)

7-09-2013, 12:45
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VA - Wheedle's Groove - Seattle's Finest in Funk & Soul (2004)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Wheedle's Groove - Seattle's Finest in Funk & Soul
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Light In The Attic / LITA009
Genre: Funk, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Deep Funk
Total Time: 65:02 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 156 mb / 330 mb

Review by Rob Theakston
Following the success of soul-jazz compilations documenting the histories of Miami, New Orleans, and Philadelphia funk scenes and the treasure trove of rare gems each scene accrued during the '70s, Light in the Attic issued one documenting Seattle during one of the nation's most fertile times in music history. Many of these tracks were lovingly discovered through the archeological process of serious beatheads and collectors digging through forgotten dusty crates in warehouses and thrift shops. And while the obscurity of the compilation is obviously one of its larger selling points, what is most surprising is the quality of the musicianship that runs so deep from start to finish. The fiery James Brown ode of Ron Buford's "Deep Soul" and the Overton Berry Trio's sexy-as-all-get-out rendition of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" are but two of the genuine finds here. However, one mildly discouraging thing about Wheedle's Groove is the inclusion of several modern-day Seattle funk bands. While the groups do appear to be very much carrying on the tradition of their forefathers, the space on this disc would have been much more well spent presenting more classics in line with the time period. Including these groups to showcase Seattle's modern-day sound is a bit misleading to people expecting nothing but raw classics, but that's what the fast-forward button is made for, and it's only a minor distraction from the whole presentation. The opening liner notes and the extensively thorough profiles documenting the histories of the various groups are very nice touches. It's not a definitive purchase for beatheads à la the aforementioned soul-jazz comps, but Wheedle's captures Seattle's sound for better or worse during one of the city's most overlooked music periods, and those taking the plunge to purchase this will be richly rewarded.


01. Bold Soul Sister, Bold Soul Brother - Black On White Affair
02. Brighter Tomorrow - Soul Swingers
03. This Is Me - Cookin' Bag
04. Deep Soul Pt. 1 - Ron Buford
05. Hey Jude - The Overton Berry Trio
06. Thrift Store Find - Misterholmes & The Brotherhood
07. I Just Want To Be (Like Myself) - Robbie Hill's Family Affair
08. (Stop) Losing Your Chances - Cold, Bold & Together
09. Nothing In Common - Broham
10. Cissy Strut - The Johnny Lewis Trio
11. Little Love Affair - Patrinell Staten
12. A Bunch Of Changes - Black On White Affair
13. Louie Louie - The Topics
14. Runaway Train - The Clarence Mack Express
15. Wheedle's Groove - Annakonda
16. Balek - Sharpshooters
17. The Song I Sing - Cookin' Bag
18. Somebody's Gonna Burn Ya - Cold, Bold & Together
19. Ca'-Ba'-Dab' - Soul Swingers
20. I Let A Good Man Go - Patrinell Staten
21. Auld Lang Syne - Black On White Affair



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