Two neglected '70s funk/soul albums; part of a Universal Funk series

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The Undisputed Truth – Hamilton Bohannon

Hamilton Bohannon

SUMMERTIME GROOVE

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The Undisputed Truth always seemed like Norman Whitfield’s musical laboratory. Side one of Face To Face is a gem; “You Make Your Own Heaven” is stealthy, clenched-teeth funk which simmers with tension rather than exploding, while “What It Is?” deconstructs itself as it goes along in the manner of PiL’s “Fodderstompf”.

The Bohannon album kicks off with “Let’s Start The Dance” and motors along as a streetwise equivalent of Moroder’s “From Here To Eternity”. Its blank grooves and agitated undertow anticipate both house music and the Talking Heads of “I Zimbra”.