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VA - Hard To Explain: More Shattered Dreams Funky Blues 1968-1984 (2014)

2-12-2015, 17:12
Music | Blues | Funk | FLAC / APE

Title: Hard To Explain: More Shattered Dreams Funky Blues 1968-1984
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: BGP Records
Genre: Blues, Funk
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 62:58 min
Total Size: 145 / 344 MB


01. The Creeper - Freddy Robinson
02. Gimme Some Of Yours (I'll Give You Some Of Mine) - Artie White
03. You Upset Me Baby - Larry Davis
04. Walk On - Finis Tasby
05. Getting Down - Obrey Wilson
06. It's Hard To Explain - Ray Agee
07. Don't Down Me People (Pt 1) - Memphis Soul
08. Lovemaker - Lowell Fulsom
09. Cold Sweat - Albert King
10. I Want You - Smokey Wilson
11. I Don't Understand It - Ice Water Slim & The Fourth Floor
12. Go Go Train - Smokey Wilson
13. He Made You Mine - Big Daddy Rucker
14. Find Something Else To Do - Finis Tasby
15. Gettin' Down With The Game - Adolph Jacobs
16. I Finally Got You - Jimmy McCracklin
17. Them Love Blues - Earl Wright
18. Hey Little Girl - Tommy Youngblood
19. Sister Rose - Shakey Jake Harris
20. It's Real (Pt 1) - Jimmy Robins

Great compilation of late 60s and 70s funky blues! Mostly mid to uptempo. Totally solid all the way through!

Description from the Ace website:
We were pleased when our “Shattered Dreams” collection proved to be a good seller. It had been compiled on something of a whim to examine how blues developed during the late 60s and 70s, a period when it had fallen out of fashion.

Blues records were being issued most often for regional independent labels in areas with established blues scenes, such as Los Angeles and Chicago. They weren’t released with the charts in mind, but were part of the strategy to keep the artist in the public eye and maybe earn them a gig, or a place on local jukeboxes. For years these later blues records were seen as hybrids and largely ignored, until young funk collectors hungry for new sounds started to pick them up.

“Hard To Explain” covers a variety of styles, all influenced to some degree by aspects of the American black music spectrum. Jimmy Robins, Ray Agee and Big Daddy Rucker slow things down and give us blues enriched by deep soul ballads, whereas Earl Wright, Larry Davis, Tommy Youngblood and others update the R&B dancer. On the funkier side, we open with Freddy Robinson, who remade his hit ‘The Creeper’ with the help of Isaac Hayes’ backing band the Movement, while Albert King totally transforms James Brown’s ‘Cold Sweat’. Other stars of the compilation include Smokey Wilson, Finis Tasby, Artie White and Jimmy McCracklin, who all help prove that the blues didn’t die in the 70s, but instead adapted to what was going on in the world at large. This immediacy still shines through today, making this another vital collection from a sometimes less fondly remembered era in blues history.

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