Horn Rock & Funky Guitar - Grooves 1968-1974

Horn Rock & Funky Guitar - Grooves 1968-1974

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1968 was the year when rock music went back to its roots. Many cite Dylan and the Band and their search for a mythical America, but for others it was a return to the jazz, soul and rhythm and blues they had grown up with and that first got them into music. Horn Rock and Funky Guitar Grooves explores these escapes from psychedelia in a 17-track compilation that stretches geographically from New Jersey to San Francisco, and on down to Memphis and New Orleans as rock once again became danceable.

Horn Rock traditionally refers to the jazz style of big band-arranged rock associated with the likes of Blood, Sweat and Tears (who are featured with Roller Coaster) and Chicago, music that showed the influence of jazz on the post-war children who became rock stars in the 1960s. It’s clearly there with Al Kooper’s take on Hayes and Porter’s Toe Hold, San Francisco’s The Sons with their De La Soul-sampled Boomp, Boomp, ChompChase’s frenetic Run Back To Mama, Lighthouse’s Acid Jazz floor-filler One Fine Morning and Donnie Brooks’ previously unreleased Blow Your Mind.

Others looked to the touring R&B bands for their influence. This was most obvious in the Memphis-recorded Delaney & Bonnie’s It’s Been A Long Time Coming, and the bands that emerged from Bill Graham’s San Francisco label; Cold BloodTower Of Power and Hammer. The last of those replaced the horns with guitars and organ, as did the East Coast’s Crystal Mansion. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and his alumnus Mike Bloomfield in the Electric Flag embraced horns after starting out as pioneers of electric guitar. Horn Rock and Funky Guitar Grooves embraces an era and a sound that is often overlooked for self-consciously heavier and hipper sounds. These records are today sampled for their good grooves, and championed by DJs of retro sounds for their dancefloor adaptability.

 Tracklisting

  1. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band– Buddy's Advice
  2. Al Kooper– Toe Hold
  3.  Delaney & Bonnie– It's Been A Long Time Coming
  4.  Cold Blood– Understanding
  5. Lighthouse (2)– One Fine Morning (L.P Version)
  6. Blood, Sweat And Tears– Roller Coaster
  7.  Tower Of Power– Clever Girl
  8. Donnie Brooks– Blow Your Mind
  9. Chase (5)– Run Back To Mama
  10. Hammer (4)– Tuane
  11.  Crystal Mansion– Somebody Oughta' Turn Your Head Around
  12.  The Flock– Clown (Part 1)
  13. Tobias Wood Henderson– Gypsy Boy II
  14.  Black Magic (36)– Shoes
  15. The Electric Flag– Make Your Move
  16.  The Sons*– Boomp, Boomp, Chomp
  17.  American Sound Ltd*– Aunt Marie
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