We all know that the influence of James Brown 's music stretched far and wide, and the new Guerilla Reissues collection Good God! offers just a tiny sampling of the many wild and wonderful covers of the funk innovator's tunes recorded during the peak days of King James's reign, 1968 to 1974.
Not concerning themselves with licensing issues and locating master tapes, the mystery compiler lifts tunes from vinyl issued all over the world, including some choice Brazilian joints like Toni Tornado 's rare single B-side Sou Negro and Waltel Branco 's Tema De Zorra (Popcorn With A Feeling), a killer rip through Cold Sweat by Mexican garage rockers El Klan , an elegantly jazzy reworking of Hot Pants Road from Balkans badass Tihomir "Pop" Asanovic and a crucial Caribbean swing through Think (About It) by the Skorpyons of Jamaica originally released on the super-rare Blackout promotional LP given to travellers at the Zurich airport for some reason.
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When most people think of studio ace Norman Petty , it's often in connection with the classic early rock 'n' roll he cut in Clovis, New Mexico, with Buddy Holly.
Less is known about Petty's recording ventures of the later 60s, but like most indie studio operators in America, he was busily recording aspiring pop, psych and garage rock acts hoping to be the next Beatles.
But Petty's expertise with four-track techniques and the hotshot Fireballs players he had on call if some slouchy teen couldn't handle his bass or drum part meant whatever left the studio wasn't going to be an embarrassment.
As you'll discover from the excellent Get Ready To Fly (Big Beat) comp, even the stuff by unknowns like the Apple-Glass Cyndrom , Hooterville Trolley , Shi Guys , Group Axis , Butter Rebellion , Intricate Blend and the Daniel Paul Revelation had memorable aspects. Canuck rock fans of Wes Dakus will be particularly intrigued by Stu Mitchell 's trippy track Acid, backed by the Rebels . Wicked. www.acerecords.com.
Along with being a great songwriter and guitarist, Bevis Frond main man Nick Saloman has also amassed an impressive collection of psych and prog records. So the Psychic Circle label has given him the opportunity to compile some of his favourite forgotten early progressive masterworks from the late 60s and early 70s.
The resulting Lovin' Fire collection thankfully sidesteps the squirrelly faux-classical foolery and goes straight for the heavy pounding and guitar scorch mostly from England and Holland, with detours into Germany and South Africa. Although some collectors won't be pleased to learn that some tracks aren't all that rare, like the funky Lamp Lighter by Paul Nicholas , which you can pick up for a fiver on RSO, there are many thrilling oddities like Mother's Game by Silence and Mayroc 's dope title track, taken from a one-sided acetate. www.soundlinkmusic.com.