Thursday, February 10, 2005

Detroit Emeralds tell it like it is, Rasputin Stash pass the buck

Detroit EmeraldsRasputin Stash

Detroit Emeralds - You're Getting A Little Too Smart

Rasputin Stash - The Devil Made Me Do It

No real link between these two groups except they're both master of funk.

The Detroit Emeralds are rightly regarded as a classic funk combo and here's one of the reasons why, You're Getting A Little Too Smart from their 1973 album I'm In Love With You. You can read a full biography of the group here

This track has been sampled many many times thanks to the opening beats but it's a great song in it's own right. It's got an insanely funky bass riff and strings that could keep your head nodding for ever. I love the way the track breaks down for a moments reflection before kicking back in, it's a fine example of a track that sounds like it requires no effort at all but is perfectly honed. Great organs as well. Absolutely brilliant and seriously underappreciated.

I was going to post up Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms), the soulful track sampled by De La Soul on Say No Go but I'm still having difficulties getting some of my vinyl on the computer (so many classic tracks unheard) so instead I'm posting a track from Rasputin Stash's 1974 album The Devil Made Me Do It, an overlooked gem of an album which offers up a more broody funk sound.

The bassline and delicate piano are extremely reminiscent of Isaac Hayes at his best but I really love the use of harmonies on offer here, as halfway through the track they drop the funk and delve into sweet soul before kicking back into the funk. Basically a great example of how the great bands of the time could fit a track of epic proportions into four and a half minutes.

Apologies for the rushed style of today's post, time is limited my friends, time is limited.

You can get a best of The Detroit Emeralds HERE

You can get a copy of the whole of Rasputin Stash's album HERE


Anonymous said...

damn... i was #101 trying to download these.

Junior said...

I only just noticed that it's changed from 200 to 100 downloads. As way of an apology for this I've reposted the tracks for another 100.

Hope you get in there before it goes again.

Anonymous said...

junior, you've been on my fave list for weeks but missing out on gold like these is killing me.....did you extend to 200? you post great stuff my friend so it is such a tease when you just KNOW you've out the loop on a treat. repost PLEASE!!
respect JW

Junior said...

Yeah I posted another 100 but they all seem to be gone.

I'm planning on switching back to rapidshare due to the unlimied downloads it offers so apologies to everyone who finds it a bit unwieldy but it'll have to do until i can get the ftp site sorted out.

I'm also planning on doing a round up of posts missed out on from my early days as well so let me know all requests for reposts.

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