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VA - Black Power: Music of a Revolution (2004)

5-10-2014, 15:06
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VA - Black Power: Music of a Revolution (2004)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Black Power: Music of a Revolution
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Shout Factory / D2K37398
Genre: Funk, Soul, Rhythm & Blues
Total Time: 2:15:19
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 327 mb / 920 mb (Covers)

VA - Black Power: Music of a Revolution (2004)

The leaders of the black community in the late '60s/early '70s demanded change-and so did the artists. This 2-CD set is the first to unite the political and musical statements of that heated time: rare sound bytes of Malcolm X, Huey Newton and Stokely Carmichael join Say It Loud-I'm Black and I'm Proud James Brown; Fight the Power Pt. 1 Isley Brothers; Respect Yourself Staple Singers; The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Gil Scott-Heron; out-of-print tracks by Sons of Slum and Watts Prophets, classics by Marvin Gaye, O'Jays, Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone and more. 38 fiery recordings.

Review by Thom Jurek
Black Power: Music of a Revolution is a solid collection of soul and funk interspersed with choice spoken word excerpts from the civil rights and black power struggles of the 1960s, beginning with the voice of Huey Newton articulating the demands of the Black Panther Party, which opens onto both parts of Marvin Gaye's astonishing "You're the Man." And we're off. Along with well-known acts such as the Isley Brothers, Gil Scott-Heron, the O'Jays, Parliament, Curtis Mayfield, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Nina Simone, Hank Ballard, the Staple Singers, and James Brown are lesser-known yet necessary performers like the Soul Children, Dyke & the Blazers, and the Philadelphia International All Stars. Interspersed between the musical tracks are revolutionary exhortations by Stokely Carmichael, Kathleen Cleaver, Malcolm X, and Newton. The surprises are additions by Johnnie Taylor, McFadden & Whitehead, Kim Weston, and Billy Paul. But the omissions are glaring: Sly & the Family Stone are nowhere present; neither is Stevie Wonder, or Isaac Hayes. In addition, there is no jazz on this set. Why on earth were Archie Shepp and Sun Ra left off this collection? Why was poet Amiri Baraka (cited in the notes as the major force he was/is) not included? Gerald Early's liners are interesting, but they also belie his musical prejudice in claiming that the jazz vanguard of the 1960s was "...where atonality was clumsily married to bouts of intense, at times almost sentimental, lyricism." Wow, for a second he reads like Stanley Crouch or Wynton pontificating to Ken Burns. Ultimately, Black Power: Music of a Revolution is a sloppy mess to be sure, but a curious and engaging one at times.


Disc 1
01. Huey Newton - The Black Panther Party Calls For
02. Marvin Gaye - You're The Man (Part 1&2)
03. The Philadelphia International All Stars - Let's Clean Up The Ghetto
04. Kathleen Cleaver - Change It
05. Segments Of Time - Song To The System
06. Sons Of Slum - Right On
07. S.O.U.L. - Tell It Like It Is
08. Earth, Wind & Fire - Mighty, Mighty
09. Les McCann & Eddie Harris - Compared To What
10. The Soul Children - I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To
11. Huey Newton - Power To The People
12. The Chi-Lites - Give More Power To The People
13. The O'Jays - Give The People What They Want
14. Stokely Carmichael - We Want Black Power
15. James Brown - Say It Loud...I'm Black And I'm Proud
16. Hank Ballard - Blackenized
17. Stokely Carmichael - So Much Strength
18. The Isley Brothers - Fight The Power
19. Malcolm X - Stop Singing and Start Swinging

Disc 2
20. Malcolm X - Standing and Fighting
21. Temptations - Message From a Black Man
22. The Watts Prophets - Part - E, S
23. H. Rap Brown - Violence is as American as Apple Pie
24. Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
25. The Last Poets - When the Revolution Comes
26. Billy Paul - Am I Black Enough For You
27. Stokely Carmichael - Black Unity
28. Eddie Kendricks - My People...Hold On
29. William deVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got
30. Parliament - Chocolate City
31. Curtis Mayfield - We're a Winner (Live)
32. Dyke & The Blazers - We Got More Soul
33. Johnnie Taylor - I Am Somebody (Part 2)
34. Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - Express Yourself
35. The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself
36. Nina Simone - To Be Young, Gifted and Black
37. Kim Weston - Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
38. McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now

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