30 January 2007


One for the beatheads with this fantastic jazz/funk/soul/disco monster from the 70s.

Johnny Trunk had this to say about it:
It's been a long while since I listened to funk, and this is the first funky LP I've come across in ages that I really dig baby. It's late '74 and comes from the Detroit 8 mile district. It grooves beautifully in a slightly kitsch pre-disco fashion which I do like, it has a BIG LOVE number, a heavy funk number and best of all a killer McNair style cut called Flute Salad which I wish I'd thought of as a name for a track.

And here's a review from Dusty Groove:
One of THE indie soul treasures of the 70s -- a wickedly funky record that blends together jazz, soul, and club -- and which stands out with a sound that's all its own! You may well know the tag "moods and grooves" -- as the record's had an influence on countless scenes, and has been referenced by many artists over the years. But nothing beats this original set, a sublime batch of electric grooves performed by a core combo of electric keys, bass, and congas -- augmented by sweetened strings and some occasional chorus vocals -- bad-stepping around the grooves in a mostly-instrumental mode that rivals (if not betters) some of the best funky soundtrack work of the decade!

Thanks to Sheldon for tipping me off about this during a top curry and wine rinse out - NICE !



Amazing stuff! The tracklist please? Thanks.

Fred said...

Really wicked Lp. Got it when was repressed. The LP cover (the one you have put up) is the one used on the repress and is different from the original pressing.

marko said...

1.Funky Music
2.Beauty & The Beast
4.Chicago Calypso

1.Mocha Velvet
2.Is Anyone Listening?
3.Flute Salad
4.Gotta Get Away

Jeremy said...


Dinozaver said...

Wow! Some nice and crisp clavinet work here. Many thanks!

bacoso said...

hercules-sorry forgot to tag it BUT thanks marco for saving me having to list the titles !

Martian Shaker said...

excellent !
the original cover is in Melomaniac blog :

Martian Shaker

Jack Murphy said...

Every day I never cease to be amazed at the quality and sheer groove of the selections at Orgy in Rhythm. It is astounding! (And this Ju-Par Universal Orchestra is no exception)

I was wondering if you had a copy of the "Rich a la Rakha" album with Buddy Rich and Alla Rakha, produced by Ravi Shankar. I listened to it today in a shop and was reminded of its goodness.

Thanks for spreading the gospel of good music!

dgram said...

Thanks so much for this classic album! Although you don't mention it, Phil Upchurch is on guitar at his typically funky best.

Speaking of Upchurch, how about uploadinig his collaboration with Charles Stepney on the self-titled Upchurch? Or even something by The Rotary Connection? Upchurch/Stepney! I think it would be in keeping with the spirit of this fabulous blog.

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Meester Music said...

Thanks for the great post.

Speaking of funky Detroit stuff, I just posted a Dennis Coffey collection on my blog. BIG CITY FUNK includes classics like "Scorpio", "Son Of Scorpio" and "Theme from Enter The Dragon".

Please drop by and have a look.

Keep up the great work. Love yer blog!


zutalors said...


here you can find a back cover I made for this CD.
I have it in CD if you want the link, go ask.


Robin Timmers said...

superfunk, thanx!


pastyhead said...

bad cover...:( bad ass tunes..:)

soup said...

Im glad i took a listen. Thanks for your recommendation.

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Thanks for sharing your music! Never heard of this group until today. A DJ on youtube played it. Fell in love with the tune "time" the minute I heard it. The don't make music like this anymore. Thanks again!!!!!!