Various: Country Funk 1969-1975

Last updated 14:36 23/08/2012
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Every so often, you come across an obscure mini-genre that seems improbable but works.

Long ago in California, a bunch of good ol' boys added funky bass and big horns to their twangs and worries, though only Gray Fox's swampy Hawg Frog, Larry Jon Wilson's Ohoopee River Bottomland and Mac Davis channelling Isaac Hayes in Lucas Was A Redneck really capture the spirit of both genres.

Bobbie Gentry's He Made A Woman Out Of Me is like Carla Thomas meeting Dusty In Memphis – even Bobby Darin is here, with Light Blue, from his downbeat early 70s period.

When the mixture is iffy, however, the results can be hilariously wrong, like Tony Joe White's Studspider and Jim Ford as a poor man's James Brown in I Wanta Make Her Love Me.

Best tracks: Lucas Was A Redneck (Mac Davis), Ohoopee River Bottomland (Larry Jon Wilson)

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.

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