Boomkat Product Review:
*Now Available On CD* Funk and Soul Essentials from San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Area. 50th release for Luv N'Haight, returning to the Bay Area where they began, born out of the Groove Merchant record store on Haight Street in San Francisco and paving the way for the mother-label, Ubiquity. They searched harder and dug heavier for tracks on this second volume, with a musical spectrum spanning from raw funk to gritty soul. The tunes featured here were part of the soundtrack to the SF Bay Area soul and funk underground from the late 60s to mid 1970s. While local guys Sly Stone and Tower of Power were selling millions of records a network of groups were doing their own thing, playing gigs in local bars and releasing music often on their own dime. Amongst the rarities and underground hits here, some acts only released one single, while others are certified legends who continue to perform. The Bay Area was, and still is, a melting pot of cultures and sounds. The funk scene in San Francisco and surrounding areas reflects that eclectic vibe as artists incorporated rock, Latin, and blues influences into their work. The stories behind the 15 tracks here are too detailed to get into now, but everyone can pick a winner from this lot... Mary Love, Dawn And Sunset, Project Soul, Soft Touch, Sugar Pie DeSanto, San Franciso T.K.O.s, The International Ray Camacho Group, The Windjammers, Faye Marshall, Little Denise Stevenson, Primevil, Victor Green, Uptights Band, The Relatives, and Mike Selesia.