The Politicians - Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic 1971-1972
The Politicians - Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic (The Hot Wax Sessions) 1971-1972
rare groove quintet, were obviously influenced by the Parliament. This
album was cut in 1972 in the midst of the invictus/hotwax regime.If you like raw, guitar influenced funk this is an album you can not overlook !
Tracks : 1 Psycha Soula Funkadelic 3:50 2 The World We Live In 4:23 3 Church 3:17 4 Free Your Mind 2:52 5 Everything Good Is Bad 4:17 6 Song For You 4:36 7 Speak On It 5:42 8 Funky Toes 4:06 9 Politicians Theme 3:01 10 Close Your Big Mouth 3:11 11 Love Machine_Vocal 2:52 12 Love Machine_Instrumental 2:35
Reviews 1 Incredibly
messed-up funk -- a 70s instrumental classic that's delighted our ears
for years! The set's got a cosmic sound that mixes together
conventional guitar-based funky with some weird electronic touches at
times -- going for a fuzzed-out moogy quality that really deepens the
groove -- and which goes even further on those tunes that push the
basslines all the way into the red! The group's headed by McKinley Jackson,
and features some ex-members of Parliament -- all coming together in a
full, rich sound that almost has traces of soundtrack sophistication at
times -- yet which manages to come across with the burning energy of a
funky 45! The album includes the classics "Funky Toes" and
"Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic" -- plus the group's legendary take on "Free
Your Mind", a sample classic from years back!
Great stuff if you dig a fuzzy Westbound sort of funk groove
2 Fronted by McKinley Jackson
this set could easily be fit into the current blaxploitation category
with its early 70's wah wah style of guitar playing so reminiscent of
the soundtracks of Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield of the day. Best
example check out the superb guitar playing on the track entitled
were the house band for Hotwax/Invictus and their style of playing is
so evident of the big hits of the label by the likes of Chairmen of the
Board/Freda Payne/Honeycone/Laura Lee etc. Not an album for dancing,
mind you it does include the instrumental version of 'Love Machine'
which back in 1971 was my top floor filler at Manchester's Jilly's
nightclub in Gore Street, where nothing could topple it from being the
most requested single for almost three months. The vocal version
featuring Jackson is here too.
you prefer your music a little gentler then check out the gorgeously
arranged 'A Song For You' which could match Isaac Hayes' 'Ellie's Love
Theme' any day of the week. A truly amazing arrangement and must surely
rank as one of the best tunes on the set.
'Politicians Theme' takes you on an instrumental journey again and
another tune that could have been another 'Across 110th Street' for
example. Classic blaxploitation at it's best. If you want a really
class album that gives the listener the best of what was on offer at
the time from these now famous labels then this is a must !