The Funky Cuts
The Funky cuts will feature a couple of songs from the notorious album from Sly and The Family Stone. Mostly a solo album from Sly with lots of overdubbing and no songs recorded by the band as an ensemble. Billy Preston, Bobby Womack and Ike Turner all played on the album. It produced several hits and despite some mixed reviews hit the charts.
I didn't pick up on it till I read Greil Marcus's book Mystery Train and I tracked down a copy in Record and Tape Exchange in Jamaica Street. I used to play a side at a time when I was setting up at the Vicky Cafe in GSA.
Here's an excerpt from Mystery Train
This music defines the world of the [mythical figure of] Staggerlee who does not get away, and who finds hell as advertised. There is an enormous reality to the music: a slow, level sense of getting by. It is Muzak with its finger on the trigger; the essence of the rhythms James Brown has explored without the compensations of Brown’s showmanship or his badass lyrics. It is a reality of day-to-day sameness and an absence of variety—like prison—that requires, if one is to endure it, either a deadening of all the senses, or a preternatural sharpening of them, so that the smallest change of mood or event can be seized on as representing something novel or meaningful.
In this sense, and only at the farthest margin, the music is part of the way out of the disaster it affirms. If you listen, you get sharper, and you begin to hear what the band is hearing; every bass line or vocal nuance eventually takes on great force. The disaster gains an emotional complexity, and you enter it.13:00 - 14:00