Various Artists – Midwest Funk

James Brown-inspired fare from Ohio to Oklahoma

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In an Alan Lomax-like feat of grand archaeology, label boss Gerald Short and collector Malcolm Catto endlessly criss-crossed the thousands of miles of America’s Grain Belt to hunt down rare late-’60s/early-’70s chunks of deepest funk. Among the treasures unearthed: The Wallace Brothers’ floor-troubling “What-cha Feells What-cha Get”, The Soul Toranodoes’ squelching “Boot’s Groove” and The Dayton Sidewinders’ “Funky In Here”. Seriously mashed.


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