Super Cool is the second volume in our California Soul series and features music recorded between 1966 and 1982. Spanning eclectic genres from Soul Jazz, Blues, Heavy Funk, Modern Soul, Northern Soul, and Disco, there’s even a ballad (previously unavailable on CD) from Luv N’Haight favorite Darondo.
Super Cool was not compiled because of the rare-factor or value of the original releases alone. More importantly this is a treasure trove of music that connects the dots between artists and scenes, eras and genres, and none of the acts or tracks should not be lost to obscurity. This is music by artists who may not be household names, but were session musicians, players, and characters who kept the scenes from San Francisco to Los Angeles and beyond alive. Artists included on Super Cool have played alongside Fela Kuti and George Clinton and members of the bands featured were also integral players in acts like Funkadelic, War, and Sam Cooke’s band, there’s even a second cousin to Martin Luther King amidst the line-up!
Rather than concentrate on one sound or scene, the California Soul series is an all-encompassing overview reflecting the eclectic range of soul music to come from the state during times which saw the social and political status quo undergo huge change. California was an epicenter for that change. The art and music of the times obviously reflects such influences and so Super Cool includes super-fly love songs, righteous shouts for freedom and cosmic flower-powered Funk.
The booklet includes full liner notes with interviews and anecdotes supplied by the artists, plus facts and figures, rare photos, and images of the releases. “California Soul” has become a brand name for Ubiquity with over 25, 000 shirts featuring the California Soul logo and name sold. Watch out for more merchandise to be released in conjunction with this album soon.