Saturday, April 27, 2013

40 Year Itch : Funkybutt Tunes from April 1973

Buddah Records exec Cecil Holmes puts together a funky studio band ( featuring Randy Brecker) to record this all instrumental album full of blaxploitation movie themes. "Slaughter" was a Top 20 R and B tune for Billy Preston in 1972.


With soulful lead singer Lydia Pense, The Bay Area band Cold Blood rivaled Tower of Power in pure funkiness. This Bill Withers cover is driven by the great Sandy McKee on drums.


Motown artist Willie Hutch, who wrote songs for The 5th Dimension, The Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye,  had a Top 20 R and B hit with "Slick" from The Mack soundtrack, which is still considered among the very best of blaxploitation soundtracks from the 1970's.

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