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CURTIS MAYFIELD: Original Album Series

Listening to 5 classic CDs: a bargain at under $20. Leave it to the Brits to properly assess this collection. “The message was and still is in the man’s music” — indeed, and now more so than ever as I have been banging on for some time. Curtis Mayfieldfunkgospelmusicsoul

Tank and the Bangas

This group is attracting a lot of interest — and rightly so. Don’t ask about their genre: they will befuddle any attempt to pigeon hole themselves. They are unlike anything else out there, quirky even by New Orleans standards. OffBeat Jazz Fest Review funkgospelJazzmusicnew orleansPoetrysoulTank and the BangasTarriona “tank” BALL

Psychedelic Gospel Funk or “Jesus on LSD”

Welcome to my world — it doesn’t get much better than this. And not far removed from Baby Huey. If I could choose my relatives . . . Label blurb A Funky Gospel Sound Is Resurrected Rev. Gean West, founder of West Dallas gospel-funk greats The Relatives, has died funkgean westgospelpsychedelic funksoulthe relatives

The Baby Huey Story

Genius — the best piece on Baby Huey I could find. Listen to the tour de force that is “A Change Is Gonna Come” — James Brown, Sly, Curtis Mayfield (the producer), Percy Sledge, Isaac Hayes, Bobby Womack, and Etta James all rolled into one. “Hard Times” so evocative of the early seventies along with Bobby…