Funk Express (CD)

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Format: CD 
Label: Raw Venture 
Year: 2021 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 


1. Come On And Boogie (Part 1 - Vocal)
2. Come On And Boogie (Part Ii - A Fantasy Of Fusion)
3. In The Pocket
4. Who Are You
5. Sticks And Stones
6. Time Has No Ending
7. Slow Down (You Keep Telling Me)
8. Keep That Same Old Feeling
9. I Love You, I Do
10. Get Up Get Down
11. I Want To Ta Ta You Baby
12. The Key

Originally released in 1980.


Chuck Brown – lead vocals, electric guitar
Jerry Wilder – bass guitar
Gregory Gerran – congas, percussion
Ricardo D. Wellman – drums
Leroy Fleming – tenor saxophone, flute, timbales, background vocals
Skip Fennell – keyboards
Curtis Johnson - organ, keyboards
John M. Buchannan – keyboards, trombone
Donald Tillery – trumpet, background vocals

Originally released in 1980, "Funk Express" precedes the Go-Go sound Chuck Brown pioneered, but you can hear the initial elements of call and response and percussion breakdowns, as well as the signature tight horn and rhythm section of the Soul Searchers. 

It features the Soul Searchers' trademark blistering Latin disco and earnest balladry, along with P-Funk-ish booty shakers (Sticks & Stones) and tunes in Chuck's own developing signature style (In The Pocket).  Throughout are some of Brown's most assured vocal performances.

The collection includes 4 tracks recorded at the same time but never before released, including a beautiful rendition of Johnny Guitar Watson's " I Want to Ta Ta You Baby."

Chuck Brown is a music innovator who started his career on Clarence Avant's Sussex label before moving to Source. In the mid-eighties he fully developed his Go Go sound with hits like We Need Some Money, Run Joe, Go Go Swing and others.

In the 90s he recorded a jazz and blues duet album with Eva Cassidy and dedicated the "Timeless" album of jazz and blues standards to her after her passing.

In the 2000s Chuck Brown had a huge resurgence with 5 Billboard charting albums over 12 years and a Grammy nomination. He was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, a street was named after him and later Chuck Brown Memorial Park opened in DC.

He recorded collaborations with Thievery Corporation, Kindred the Family Soul, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Majors, Ledisi, Jill Scott, Faith Evans, Wale, Raheem DeVaughn, DJ Kool, Sugar Bear, Little Benny and others.

The "Funk Express" album is a collectible collection of pure uplifting Funk, R&B and body moving grooves, remastered for true music lovers to enjoy after being unavailable for decades. All aboard!

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