Sunday, October 7, 2012

WILLIE & THE MIGHTY MAGNIFICENTS "Play That Funky Beat" (1968-1971)

WILLIE & THE MIGHTY MAGNIFICENTS "Play That Funky Beat" (1968-1971): New Jersey late-60s/early 70s funk & soul -some cool-ass stuff on here. You get the "On Scene '70" LP, the "Very Soulful" LP plus bonus cuts!
Willie & the Mighty Magnificents were a New Jersey-based funk ensemble led by guitarist/vocalist Willie Feaster, who recorded for Joe and Sylvia Robinson's All Platinum label family. Initially completed by bassist/keyboardist Val Burke and drummer Arnold Ramsey, the group had a harder, deeper, more Southern-tinged sound than the smooth soul artists who tended to dominate the label's output. Willie & the Mighty Magnificents issued their first single, "Check It Baby," in 1968 and followed it the next year with the cult funk classic "Funky 8 Corners." Further single releases over 1969-1970 included "Play That Funky Beat" (originally titled "Concerto in F"), "Make Me Your Slave" b/w "Soulin'," and "Think Funky." Their first full-length album, On Scene '70, featured some of those previous singles. Saxophonist Tyrone Johnson became a member of the group, and Skip McPhee and Ronnie Pace also filled the drum chair at various points. A second LP, Very Soulful, was released in 1972. The group also issued records under the name Willie & West, including the single "Get Away From Me Girl"; there was also a Willie & West LP, At Their Best. (Steve Huey, Allmusic)
01 Funcky 8 Corners (Vocal) 02 Funky 8 Corners (Inst) 03 I Know The Score 04 The Hurts On You Baby 05 Say It Again 06 Ridhing High 07 Toe Jam 08 Play Thet Funky Beat 09 Take My Love 10 Dearest One 11 Keep On Running 12 Come On Back 13 Get Away From Me Girl (Don't Wait For Me) 14 I Never Knew 15 I Surrender 16 Forever More 17 Think Funky 18 Annie Had A Baby 19 Sunday 20 Psycho 21 My Thing 22 Check It Baby 23 Soullin 24 I Oughta Know 25 Without You 26 Bowlegged Woman 27 Always Lovers 28 What Can I Do 29 Confessions Of Love
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