While the late Rufus Thomas can no longer be called the Funkiest Man Alive, the Fantasy label collection of his Stax label booty bumpers (recorded between 67 and 75) bearing that title proves that the consummate entertainer behind The Funky Penguin, The Funky Bird and The Funky Robot had a valid claim on the appellation. If you'd ever seen him doing The Push And Pull onstage in his canary yellow hot pants, you'd heartily agree.
Unless you're on a CD-R swapping list with the Kyoto Jazz Massive kooks or have $400 to blow on eBay, chances are the charmingly eccentric self-titled debut of Brazilian producer/arranger Arthur Verocai is something missing from your life. Imagine Charles Stepney revising Tim Maia 's Racional, dabbling into spiritual funk, and you'll get an idea of the trippy treat the Ubiquity label has re-released for your listening pleasure. Hey, with ringers like Toninho Horta , Ed Maciel and Paulo Moura involved, how can you go wrong?
While many artists save their throwaway tunes to fill out European EPs, we now know the Go Betweens save their less fantastic numbers for solo projects. So in many cases, their singles' B-sides are just as good as, if not better than, their album tracks. That's true of the otherwise unavailable songs on the German issue of their Caroline and I (Clearspot) EP, namely the bittersweet Robert Forster reverie A Girl Lying On A Beach and Grant McLennan 's future "lost classic" Instant Replay, which has nothing to do with sports. You need it.
With talk of the anticipated new Big Noyd disc, Only The Strong, being pushed back to 2004, hardcore hiphop headz will have to settle for J-Love 's Armed And Dangerous mix disc surveying Noyd's most memorable verbal beatdowns on wax. While the legitimacy of the release may be suspect - there's no label, publishing credits or UPC code - the track selection is impeccable, covering such thug rap classics as Give Up The Goods, Shoot 'Em Up and the title track along with choice collabos with 50 Cent, Nas, Rakim and Cormega. All killer, no filler.