Friday, March 5, 2010

Today was a Day for "Florida Funk -- Funk 45s from the Alligator State" by Various Artists

Although I cannot absolutely pinpoint the reason(s) why this is the case, I listened to some funk most every day in February. March thus far has been a continuation of February--a bit (or a bunch) of funk every day and/or evening on the office or home speakers.

Today's album is yet another of the Jazzman/Now Again Records compilations of '60s and '70s singles that was gathered by some professional funk music collectors and put out in a series of wonderful geographically-based releases. The album was researched and compiled by Gerald Short, Malcolm Catto, and Angelo Angione and was the 3rd in the series. Florida Funk -- Funk 45s from the Alligator State was released in 2007 and covers the Florida funk scene from 1968 to 1975. It can be found on CD at and at various places online for download.

This one has a lot of James Brown and Caribbean influences alongside the deep time period funk grooves. Like I did for my posting on the label's Midwest Funk compilation, I'll let the official album introductory notes do the rest of my work for me:

...have now spent the past 3 years travelling the length and breadth of Florida – trekking through the everglades to snatch rare 45s from the jaws of 20ft gators – before escaping back to the UK with an amazing selection of music that highlights Florida as one of the funkiest states in the USA! From driving percussive instrumentals by obscure small-town groups, to heartfelt slabs of soul; from tropical Latin grooves to funk 45s so raw that they were blessed by James Brown himself!

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