Various Artists | What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) | 4 CD Set

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Funk emerged in the 1960s, a scorching sound that amped up the spirit of R&B and became the precursor to hip-hop. While major artists topped the charts with funk hits throughout the '60s and '70s, What It Is! celebrates the smaller onesãthe heady, groove-monstrous strain of gutbucket funk that remains a major force in American music.

A four-CD, 91-track compendium that would take incalculable hours to assemble from dusty bins at disappearing record shops, What It Is! is culled mainly from the treasure-filled vaults of Atlantic, Atco, and Warner Bros. Records. It's an unprecedented shadow history of funk, pulling together rare sides from well-known artists and definitive grooves from less-known but supremely gifted masters of the art form.

Artists include Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, Eugene McDaniels, Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters, Allen Toussaint, Little Richard, Labelle, Eddie Hazel, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lulu, Wilson Pickett, Malo, The Meters, Cyril Neville, and many more. Deluxe packaging houses a massive booklet with rare photos, liner notes, and track-by-track commentary.

Track Listings:

Disc 1
1. Spreadin' Honey - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
2. Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays
3. The Shadow of Your Smile _ Brother Jack McDuff
4. Gangster of Love, Pts. 1 & 2 - Jimmy Norman
5. The Memphis Train - Rufus Thomas
6. Get out of My Life Woman - Grassella Oliphant
7. Live Right Now - Eddie Harris
8. Pig Snoots, Pt. 1 - Natural Bridge Bunch
9. Soul Sound System _ The Freedom Sounds (featuring Wayne Henderson)
10. Snatching It Back - Clarence Carter
11. Stoned Soul - Artie Christopher
12. Getting the Corners _ The T.S.U. Tornadoes
13. Sexy Coffee Pot - Tony Alvon & The Belairs
14. Don't Come Around Here Anymore - Mark Putney
15. Keep on Dancing - The Commodores
16. Right on Brother, Pt. 1 _ The Southshore Commission
17. Pop, Popcorn Children - Eldridge Holmes
18. It's Your Thing - Cold Grits
19. It's All in Your Mind - Soul Angels
20. Funky John - Johnny Cameron & The Camerons
21. Help Me Make Up My Mind - Joyce Jones
22. Rock Me Baby - Lou Johnson
23. Sing a Simple Song - Noble Knights
24. Do You Dig It - Titus Turner
25. Funky Canyon - Phil Moore Jr.
26. Jan Jan _ The Fabulous Counts
27. Tampin - The Rhine Oaks

Disc 2
1. Gossip - Cyril Neville
2. Somebody in the World for You - The Mighty Hannibal
3. Stanga - Little Sister
4. Jumpin' Jack Flash - Ananda Shankar
5. The Deacon - Brute Force
6. Sookie Sookie - Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band
7. Right On - Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers
8. (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go - Curtis Mayfield
9. Stepping Stones - Johnny Harris
10. I'm Just Like You - Gix
11. Funky Thing, Pt. 1 _ The Unemployed
12. Messie Bessie - Shirley Scott
13. Fairchild - Willie West
14. Cold Bear - The Gaturs
15. I Can't Get Next to You - Mongo SantamarÍa
16. Feelin' Alright - Lulu
17. Soul Bowl - The Memphis Horns
18. Tuane - Hammer
19. Take It off, Pt. 2 - Johnny Tolbert & De Thangs
20. Seeds of Life - Harlem River Drive (featuring Eddie Palmieri & Jimmy Norman)
21. Engine Number 9 - Wilson Pickett

Disc 3
1. Hard Times - Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters
2. What So Never the Dance, Pts. 1 & 2 - Houseguests
3. Headless Heroes - Eugene McDaniels
4. Spinning Wheel - Wade Marcus
5. Bad Tune - Earth, Wind & Fire
6. Mr. Cool - Rasputin's Stash
7. Don't Cha Hear Me Callin' to Ya - Junior Mance
8. Hang On In There _ The Stovall Sisters
9. Funky Nassau, Pt. 2 - The Beginning of the End
10. Whatever's Fair - Mark Holder & The Positives
11. Face It - Ed Robinson
12. Wah Wah Man - Young-Holt Unlimited
13. Rock Steady (Alternative Mix) - Aretha Franklin (previously unissued)
14. Won't Nobody Listen - Black Haze Express
15. Goin' Down - Allen Toussaint
16. Suavecito - Malo
17. You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin' - Charles Wright
18. Mo Jo Hanna - Tami Lynn
19. Ridin' Thumb - King Curtis
20. Almendra - Macondo
21. Nuki Suki - Little Richard

Disc 4
1. Getting Uptown (To Get Down) - United B
2. 8 Days on the Road - Howard Tate
3. Moon Shadow - Labelle
4. Let It Crawl - Society's Bag
5. Wanaoh - Black Heat
6. If It Was Good Enough for Daddy - Clarence Reid
7. Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky - Claudia Lennear
8. Cosmic Sea _ The Mystic Moods
9. Kissing My Love - Cold Blood
10. Flute Thing - Seatrain
11. Chug Chug Chug-A-Lug (Push N' Shove), Pt. 2 - The Meters
12. Funky To The Bone _ Freddi/Henchi & the Soul Setters
13. Try It Again - Bobby Byrd
14. Teasin' - Cornell Dupree
15. (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away - Dr. John
16. Chicken Heads - Oscar Brown Jr.
17. Rien Ne Va Plus - Funk Factory
18. Cajun Moon - Herbie Mann
19. Improve - Darrow Fletcher
20. Riding High - Faze-O
21. Four Play - Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns
22. California Dreamin' - Eddie Hazel