Tommy Palmer Trio - "Swingin' The Down Home Blues" (4:25)
Ruth Martin - "How Come You Do Me" (2:06)
The Three Souls - "Herby's Tune" (3:21)
Arrie Mae Morton Trio - "Muddy Water" (3:25)
Michael Merchant - "Figs Grow In The Winter Time" (3:04)
Tim Angenend - "Fun City" (4:26)
Nicodemus - "Iceland Land Of The Micemen" (4:26)
Bill Osborn - "Bamboo & Rice" (4:47)
Review: The unstoppable Tramp label from Germany is back with our favourite of their series, the wonderfully executed Praise Poems. This here is the fourth chapter and, much like its previous siblings, there is an extensive collection of excellent - and much sought-after - funk and spiritual jazz from the 70s. With seventeen sublime cuts to go through, you won't be left without choices, especially when the compilation opens with the instantly seductive exotica excursion called "Goodbye Rainbow" by Michael Dues. We're not really sure where to begin and where to end in terms of our favourite picks here, but if you had to squeeze it out of us, we'd be buying this album the John Wesley Dickson Band's "High & Dry", "Under The Trees" by Carmelita", and the singular soul experiment called "Black Child" by Morris Dow & Eastern Sound. This cannot be missed - a sure bet!
Donnie Sanders & The Don Juans - "Shing-A-Ling Baby" (2:21)
Mr Clean & The Cleansers - "Karate" (4:14)
Frederick Knight - "Steppin' Down" (2:36)
Donald Ray & His Revue - "Strut Your Stuff" (3:02)
Little Ceasar & The Euterpeans - "It Ain't What You Do It's The Way How You Do It" (2:26)
Harold Andrews & The Sha-Bangs - "The Swimming Monkey" (2:15)
Take 5+2 - "Get Your Love" (2:55)
Moony Moon - "What About Mars" (2:30)
Al Sinclair - "No That Ain't Groovy" (3:03)
Jim Pipkin & The Boss Five - "Walkin' The Duck" (2:51)
TNT Powerhouse - "Basement Jam" (4:10)
The NT Band - "Good Foot" (1:53)
Living Funk - "Silver Black Summer Day" (4:19)
George E Johnson - "Wake Me Up" (2:50)
South Side - "I Feel The Groove (Commin' On)"
Review: Oh yes, it's the fourth edition of Tramp's mighty Feeling Nice series, proudly presented by Daniel Wanders and Hermann Jahn. The duo are as persistent as they are talented at compiling music series with a socio-political edge, always hinting at some sort of cultural tension. With this new piece of work, they've decided to showcase the deeper side of funk, the sort you wouldn't have found on Top Of The Pops. More than anything, this is a marvellous collector's item, filled with tunes from peeps like Mr Clean & The Cleansers, Jim Pipkin, Al Sinclair, and many other artists from the late 60s who were not as fortunate in their domination of the mainstream as other singers and producers. A mighty fun pack for any serious funk enthusiast.
Johnny Apollo - "I Feel Good" (feat Duffy Jackson)
Nola & Soul Rockers - "Reah Down & Get It"
Allen Matthews - "Allen's Party"
Kickin' Mustangs - "Kickin'"
Little Gregory & Conceepts - "Get Away!!!"
Filet Of Soul - "Do Your Own Thing"
Freddy Hill & Reno Bops - "Mr Lucky"
Soul Dukes - "Jelly Fish"
Little Genie Brooks - "James Brown Bougeloo"
Lil Buck & The Top Cats - "Cat Scream"
Soul Chargers - "Charge It Up, Baby"
Soul Explosion - "Barn Yard Pimp"
Carole Veal - "H'Way Of Love"
Carole Veal - "Your Love Is Like A Chain Around My Heart"
Review: The name really does say it all... Super rare and super heavy. And Tramp mean super rare; some of these super heavy funk jams only existed on a radio demo 50 press run (Soul Chargers' "Charge It Up Baby") while some of these were only given away free with a Tama drum kit (Johnny Apollo's cover of "I Feel Good") Unearthing gems from a genre that's been plundered heavily for the past 30 years, Wanders and Kirmayer have dug so deep for this that even the most dedicated funk enthusiast won't have many of these cuts. Super rare, super heavy and super essential.