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various artists california funk rare funk 45s from the golden statevarious artists california funk rare funk 45s from the golden state

Various Artists: California Funk: Rare Funk 45s From The Golden State

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The Jazzman/Now-Again Funk series has offered surveys as broad as they are deep: Midwest Funk, Texas Funk, Florida Funk, Carolina Funk. Yet this might be the most important trawl of all: California Funk. Over a decade in the making, this, from compilers Malcolm Catto and Gerald "Jazzman" Short, is the Funk masterpiece. This anthology examines what happened to the independent ensembles who gigged during Sly and the Family Stone's Bay-area renaissance. It delves into the stories sidemen who worked alongside LA's Charles Wright and the Watt's 103rd Street Rhythm Bands and offers answers to elusive questions. At the same time, it offers thunderous drums, fuzzy wah-wah, fat basslines, blistering horns and exhortations akin to James Brown and his many disciples over its 21 track selection.

This official reissue was licensed by the lost bandleaders, bass players, drummers, label owners and studio-vets, independents, all, lost to history no more. Packaged as a "mini-LP" in a thick, "paste-on" gatefold cardboard sleeve Now-Again's issue of California Funk also comes with a 24-page full color booklet with full liner notes, annotation, and never-before-seen photos of these most impressive organizations.

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1. Water Color - 'All Bundled Into One'
Producers: Rick Wild
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2. The 4th Coming - 'Crusing Down Sunset'
Producers: A. Furth; J.S. Williams; Jack Williams
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3. Apple & The Three Oranges - 'Curse Upon The World'
Producers: Edward Nelson
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4. L.A. Bare Faxx - 'Super Cool Brother'
Producers: Bill McCloud
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5. Arthur Monday - 'What Goes Around Comes Around (Pt 1)'
Producers: Arthur Monday
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6. Chucky Thurmon - 'Turn It Over'
Producers: Jerry Goldman
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7. California Gold Notes - 'W.B. 302'
Producers: Joe Combs
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8. Ray Frazier & The Shades Of Madness - 'I Who Have Nothing (Am Somebody)'
Producers: The Shades Of Madness
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9. Rhon Silva - 'Get It Right'
Producers: Vess Davis
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10. Enrique Olivarez Y Los Vampiros - 'Al's Place'
Producers: Enrique Olivarez
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11. J.G.D. & The New Breed - 'North Richmond Breakaway'
Producers: Tim O'Malley
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12. John Heartsman & Circles - 'Talking About My Baby'
Producers: John Heartsman
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13. King Solomon - 'Politician Rag'
Producers: Mader-D
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14. Billy Larkin & The Delegates - 'Funky Fire'
Producers: Samuel Johnson
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15. Leon Gardner - 'Farm Song'
Producers: Igloo Records
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16. Lil Lavair & The Fabulous Jades - 'Cold Heat'
Producers: Leonard Wojtowicz (aka Ray English)
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17. Delores Ealy & The Kenyattas - 'Honey Dripper'
Producers: Allen White; Jimmy Liggins
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18. Enrique Olivarez Y Los Vampiros - 'Arribia Tipo'
Producers: Enrique Olivarez
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19. Winter - 'Bones'
Producers: KT Patterson
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20. The Edwards Generation - 'Smokin' Tidbits'
Producers: Chuck Edwards; Carolyn Barnett
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21. Mr. Clean & The Soul Inc. - 'What's Going On'
Producers: Chuck Johnson
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