Jim Ford found!
Since the UK Edsel label reissued Jim Ford 's funky country classic Harlan County album in 1997 without any input from the outsider auteur, journalists have been on the hunt for the elusive singer/songwriter who has maintained a lower profile than his best friend, Sly Stone. Many people assumed Ford must be dead.
Evidently, he's alive and well and living in a trailer in northern California, according to Swedish writer L-P Anderson , who tracked him down and compiled The Sounds Of Our Time (Bear Family), which appends 15 bonus tracks drawn from singles and surprisingly great-quality unreleased studio sessions and demos provided by Ford to the original Harlan County album.
The mysterious mastermind behind Aretha Franklin's Niki Hoeky and Bobbie Gentry's Ode To Billie Joe proves they weren't flukes with country-soul corkers like Big Mouth USA, It Takes Two (To Make One), Happy Songs Sell Records (Sad Songs Sell Beer), Go Through Sunday and the amazingly prescient title track sung as a duet with ex-pal Bobby Womack . That's not all. Ford was sitting on "literally hundreds of unreleased recordings," and if they're up to his usual high standard, count on much more amazing music to come. www.bear-family.de.
Why wait 10 years for some major label to posthumously issue a career-spanning overview of the amazing tracks that were built on beats provided by J Dilla when you can hear a choice selection assembled by DJ Soul for his Assorted Donuts mixtape?
Along with familiar joints from Mos Def , M.O.P. , Ghostface , the Roots , Big L and Redman , there are also a couple of dope exclusives like Dilla's jarring remix of Notorious B.I.G. 's Kick In The Door along with freestyles and interludes from Talib Kweli , Busta Rhymes and others. Download it for free temporarily at www.okayplayer.com dilla/djsoul.
The funk collector world was abuzz last fall with the auction of the recklessly ripping Give Me Another Chance (Esar) single by Sacramento's Uniques , which drew bids in excess of $3,000 from people who thought it might be the only copy.
Well, another one has turned up on eBay, but if you can't afford the $3,750 (U.S.) asking price, you can get that killer track on the just-issued fifth volume of Ace 's SuperFunk compilation series SuperFunk Is Back (BGP), along with 20 more joints of ultra-rare rawness like Smithsonian 's slow-burning Just Sitting (on the flipside of Mississippi Mud), the Eternal Flames ' twisted Hi Off Life and a load of previously unissued mad badness from the Mello Matics , Smokey Wilson , Lorenzo Holden and Jeanette Jones .
SuperFunk Is Back also includes the fab Let A Woman Be A Woman - Let A Man Be A Man, by Buffalo's Dyke & the Blazers , who have a tremendous two-disc collection We Got More Soul - The Ultimate Funky Broadway also released by BGP and similarly stuffed with wicked unreleased studio outtakes and unedited versions. Club selectors should note that the best of the unissued party rockers have been collected on the limited double-vinyl version, so grab it while you can. www.acerecords.com.