Rating: NNNNNo one at Warner may realize the true value of their soul-era vault treasures, but thankfully the sharpies at.
No one at Warner may realize the true value of their soul-era vault treasures, but thankfully the sharpies at Ace do, and the excellent Where It’s At Atlantic excavation series continues with this 20-track assortment of pounding early-70s jazz-funk. As usual, there’s some overly familiar material, but it’s tough to gripe about such monumental jams as King Curtis’s Memphis Soul Stew and Donny Hathaway’s The Ghetto, recently revived by George Benson. What makes the hefty import price tag of Funkin’ The Ghetto seem like a bargain is the appearance of hard-to-score burners like Getting Uptown by United 8, Mongo Santamaria’s conga bash through I Can’t Get Next To You and Lotti Golden’s one-two knockout combination of Sock It To Me Baby and It’s Your Thing, not to mention the two savage snappers by Willie Tee’s Gaturs. Get down!