East Of The Underground

Mercredi 25 Juillet 2007

Wax Poetics
1971 / Août 2007


East Of The Underground
Wax Poetics devient aussi un label, leur première sortie la réédition de l'album East of the Underground


1. I Want to Take You Higher (Sylvester Stewart)
2. Smiling Faces Sometimes (Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield)
3. (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go
(Curtis Mayfield)
4. People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield)
5. Getting Over
6. I'll Bet You (Sidney Barnes, George Clinton, Theresa Lindsey) /
California Dreamin' (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips)
7. Popcorn / Oye Como Va (Tito Puente)
8. I Love You for All Seasons (Sheila Young)
9. East of Java (Mack David)
10. Walk on By (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)

In 1971, in the midst of America's conflict in Vietnam, the U.S. Army held a show-band contest and showcased the two winning bands in a promotional album. East of Underground, the gritty runner-up, managed to capture the spirit of America with their sweet-soul covers of Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and Funkadelic.

The quality of the recording is superior, as is the musicianship: the falsetto harmonies, the gritty guitar, the devouring drums. But song choice is just as responsible for the success of the album.

Unlike other obscure-funk reissues and compilations, East of Underground is immediately familiar, instantly gratifying, and endlessly playable. And especially poignant today

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