Archive for ‘Soul’

octobre 25, 2010

Sfonx – Like A Monkey

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Origine du Groupe : France

Style : Funk , Soul

Sortie : 2010

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SFONX, c’est un groupe qui fait danser et transpirer, un concentré de groove bruyant et explosif ! A mi chemin entre rock survolté et funk psychédélique, 9 lyonnais qui n’ont pas froid aux yeux
ont inventé le Groove ‘n Roll (Groll pour les intimes). Une solide culture soul, des fulgurances de funk-rock furieux, quelques fragrances d’Afrobeat et de subtils clins d’œil au dancefloor
achèvent de donner à ce nouveau cocktail tout son arôme. Guitare, claviers, basse et batterie propulsent cet équipage infernal piloté par deux chanteurs endiablés et pimenté par une section de
cuivres délicieusement incisifs. Fort de cette formule irrésistible et imposante, SFONX donne la fièvre aux allumés du genre et le vertige aux moins avertis. Une chose est sûre, vous n’allez pas
en croire vos orteils !

Tracklist :

1. Happy People (3:43)

2. Like A Monkey (3:49)

3. Cocoon (4:23)

4. Deep Breath (4:26)

5. Everything You’ve Got (3:15)

6. Behind The Glasses (3:34)

7. Babbles Of Voices (4:06)

8. Time For Fever (4:39)

9. Nursery (4:02)

10. Speed Dating (4:59)

 

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octobre 20, 2010

Sly Johnson – 74

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Origine du Groupe : France

Style : Soul

Sortie : 2010

Sly Johnson, né Silvère Johnson, mais également connu sous le claquant pseudonyme de Sly The Mic Buddah, n’est pas un inconnu. Au sein du Saïan Supa Crew, groupe exemplaire de rap français à la
carrière courte mais au succès populaire crossover éprouvé, et ensuite en sideman de luxe auprès de Camille, Erik Truffaz, Rokia Traoré, Oxmo Puccino et quantité d’autres artistes
internationaux.

74, son année de naissance, est un premier album soyeux qui s’inscrit dans une veine estampillée nu soul, une étiquette certes rigide, mais qui a le mérite de délimiter le territoire. Un duo avec
Ayo, « I’m Calling You », après un « Slaave 2» qui cite le « Slave To The Rythm » de Grace Jones, offre un idéal complément de deux voix, féminine et masculine. « Hey Mama », nettement plus
rentre dedans, dans une couleur quasi Staxienne, confirme que le chanteur rappeur de Montrouge (qui ne s’exprime qu’en anglais tout au long de cet album) n’est pas là pour distiller que de la
douceur. Les cuivres claquent, la basse bourdonne et la guitare aguiche.

Pour montrer son héritage, il reprend un des plus grands tubes d’Otis Redding, « Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) », dans une version un peu ralentie, avec une guitare wha wha à la syncope contagieuse.
Plus inattendue, sa version de l’unique hit des Korgis, « Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometimes », en 1980, déjà repris récemment par Laurent Voulzy et par JP Verdin sur la B.O. de Lol, semble être
ici pour indiquer que l’artiste dépasse le classement urbain auquel il est prédestiné, même si sa version, très soul slow à la Billy Paul, s’affranchit des autres tentatives constatées. 74, avec
son parti pris rétro, seventies, au plus près de l’essence de cette musique, est une réussite dans sa réalisation, sa musicalité, et son interprétation.

Sly, après des années dans le métier, veut décoller l’étiquette de rappeur que son parcours lui a collée aux épaules. Mais on aurait aimé se laisser séduire par quelques chansons en français, qui
auraient formé nouveauté dans cette couleur. Là, il se met sur les rangs des collègues anglo-saxons, et du même coup se complique la vie dans son territoire d’élection, au moment où un jeune
cousin joue les oncles affranchis.

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Tracklist :

01 – Slaave 2 Ft. Slum Village

02 – Calling You Ft Ayo

03 – Hey Mama

04 – Fa – Fa – Fa – Fa – Fa

05 – Goodbye Tomorow

06 – Everybody’s got to learn sometimes

07 – Don’t justify urself

08 – Star Ft. Rachel Claudio

09 – Sexy

10 – I.S.A.R.

11 – 26.06.74

 

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octobre 16, 2010

The Budos Band – The Budos Band III

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Origine du Groupe : North America

Style : Soul , Instrumental

Sortie : 2010

Voici une nouvelle production Daptone, celle-ci était plutôt attendue. Après leur ep de 2009, Le Budos Band nous propose donc le troisième album du combo avec ce « III » qui suit les remarquables
« I » et « II ». On pourrait commencer à se dire que Thomas Brenneck et sa bande de musiciens commencent à nous sortir par les oreilles avec leur formule afro-soul-funk et pourtant c’est encore une
fois une petite bombe qu’ils nous lâchent. La formule n’a pas changé, les protégés de Brenneck brassent un bon paquet de références passant par l’ Éthiopie, le rock et des ambiances parfois plus
psychédéliques. Le tout avec un sens du groove quasi naturel. Percussions, claviers et cuivres enflammés s’en donnent à cœur joie sur des mélodies entêtantes. Alors difficile de ne pas saluer une
belle mécanique comme celle-ci, « Rite of the ancients », « Unbroken, unshaven » ou « Mark of the unnamed » ont tout pour devenir de vrais classiques. Pas de panne d’inspiration donc et grande maîtrise
pour ce talentueux combo. Ce « III » est au final fortement recommandable pour la deuxième partie de saison.

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Tracklist :

01 – Rite of the Ancients

02 – Black Venom

03 – River Serpentine

04 – Unbroken, Unshaven

05 – Nature’s Wrath

06 – Golden Dunes

07 – Budos Dirge

08 – Raja Haje

09 – Crimson Skies

10 – Mark of the Unnamed

11 – Reppirt Yad

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octobre 15, 2010

Rachel and The Soul Criminals – Plain and Simple

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Origine du Groupe : Germany

Style : Soul , Funk

Sortie : 2010

Twenty-year-old singer Rachel Scharnberg, obviously anything but a sixties kid, presents herself as an artist deeply influenced by original soul and funk music from way back, by the warm and
intense performances that made us admire Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway, the sound being kept alive by the likes of Daptone Records today. “Plain & Simple” is all about pure, hand made
music. No samples, no gadgets, nothing but vintage instruments, an amazing voice and analogue recording gear. In case you ever wondered what makes vinyl records and analogue techniques so special
– this is a perfect demonstration of the raw, uncut sound of Soul.

Equally vital to this album as Rachel is, there’s Soul Criminals trombinist and bandleader Michael Theissing-Tegeler (MTT) with his compositions and his unique way of producing. A few years back,
he teamed up with The Shack Band and delivered “Geb’s auf” (“Give it up”), a funky gem embraced by DJs, vinyl collectors and soul lovers alike, and now he finally returned to recording. Tegeler
draws his inspiration from Daptone mastermind Gabriel Roth’s manifesto “shitty is pretty”, a guide to analogue recording techniques aiming at the intense sound that only a reel-to-reel tape
recorder is able to capture. Unpretentious yet sophisticated, Rachel, MTT and the Soul Criminals are on top of their game, young musicians who have spent half their lives on stage and have worked
with German greats as diverse as Curse, Tom Gaebel, Sarah Connor, Brings, Stefanie Heinzmann, Denyo or Luis.

This record is driven by honest devotion to music. Music that touches you, makes you want to dance – music that simply feels good. The Soul Criminals are based in Cologne’s Parkhaus-Studio, which
itself is widely renowned for distinct, unconventional productions. Soulplex Recordings and online radio station soulsender.de, both highly respected players not only in Cologne’s music scene,
have teamed up with Rachel and the Soul Criminals in order to spread the word: It’s “Plain & Simple!”

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Tracklist :

01- Plain & Simple [03:34]

02- Speechless [03:44]

03- Do Your Worst [03:37]

04- Crying In The Rain [03:31]

05- One 4 Ray [04:52]

06- Turn The Music On [04:22]

07- Pleasure & Pain [03:46]

08- In The Park [04:34]

09- 2 Late [04:47]

 

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octobre 13, 2010

Palov & Mishkin – Think Twice

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Origine du Groupe : Grèce

Style : Funk , Soul , Breakbeat

Sortie : 2009

Palov & Mishkin : The Infamous duo and re edit extraordinaire are bombing the soul out of you with their first album release on Cast-a-blast, following a highly acclaimed compilation Backslam
Extravaganza and a series of E.P’s for labels like Gamm, Resence, Scribble, Rebtuz and remixes for The Hot 8 brass band and Lovemonk’s Más Achilifunk – Gipsy Soul From 21st Century. Think Twice
selectively combines heavy guitar funk, south American flavors, block breaks and exotic soul with tropicalismo in a playful mash down of styles and genres that characterize the Palov &
Mishkin sound.

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Tracklist :

01. Blunts, Parachutes, Headphones & Beats feat. Bnc 2:58

02. Never Forget 2:54

03. A Case Of Amnesia 2:13

04. Rude Mamba pt.1 4:09

05. China Man 1:32

06. Halo Halo 2:22

07. Et De Clarinete 3:15

08. Theme From Backslam 3:16

09. Fast Train Humming 2:44

10. Rude Mamba pt.2 3:41

11. Oiust Atou 2:24

12. Block Rock feat. Bnc 3:22

13. De Mi Careta 2:37

14. Jack The Nose 2:50

15. Nude 0:51

16. Pai-Voi Dub 2:56

17. Basking In The Ambience 3:35

18. Crush Test 4:01

19. Basking In The Ambience (TM Juke Remix) 5:37

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octobre 8, 2010

Robert Randolph and The Family Band – Walk This Road

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Origine du Groupe : North America

Style : Blues Soul , Alternative Rock , Funk

Sortie : 2010

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Hot, young guitarists spring have sprung forth every few years for more decades than I can be bothered to count. Each generation spawns a new crop and while many are momentarily interesting,
“guitar god” is a cannibalistic business and very few have much shelf life. There are exceptions and Robert Randolph has taken a bold step forward, daring to join the few and the proud.

Randolph is a unique talent as anyone who has listened to the work of his first three albums with his Family Band or his collaboration with John Medeski and the Dickinson boys of North
Mississippi Allstar fame can attest. There is more to Randolph than a dazzling command of the steel guitar, or Sacred Steel as it is referred to in the Church Of God where he first learned the
instrument.

There are a host of things that set Randolph apart and one of them becomes obvious in the liner notes he wrote for We Walk This Road. After completing the tour for the Colorblind album, he went
in search of a producer with special ears and knowledge; someone who understood the connections of his rock and gospel roots and who would, as Randolph puts it, “help us put those things in their
most compelling context.” He found that producer in T Bone Burnett.

I’ve heard people described as having “old souls.” It’s an expression I’ve never much liked but it is an effective bit of shorthand for Randolph. He is still a very young man but his musical
upbringing is quite old, having learned his instrument through the traditions of his church. The crafty, versatile Burnett was able to speak Randolph’s language, having studied an impossibly vast
scope of American and world musics. When artist and producer got on the same page, they brewed something special blending blues, roots, gospel, soul, and spirit into a potent, magical
cocktail.

“If I Had My Way” incorporates a portion of Blind Willie Johnson’s “If I Had My Way” into an original composition Randolph co-wrote with Burnett and an assist from, Ben Harper and it is a
magnificent, soaring piece of music fusing gospel and blues with folk. Randolph uses Johnson’s original as a jumping off point and actually “samples” a piece of that original and uses it to segue
in and out of his own composition. The segue concept is one used throughout the record with the idea being to tie the music Randolph is making in the present with its roots. There are times these
segues are effective bridges between songs but there are times when they do more to distract than connect.

Randolph’s re-imagining of Bob Dylan’s « Shot of Love » hits with the weight and force of a heavyweight’s fist. Dylan is so easy and obvious to cover that nearly everyone does it but so few capture
the essence and power of his songs, settling to merely sing them « better” or “prettier.” This version takes the power of the Dylan original and amplifies and magnifies.

The beautiful “I Still Belong To Jesus” opens with more than a passing feeling of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” The airy, ethereal intro gives way to a more substantive, anthemic song that not only
proclaims Randolph’s devotion but also delivers a unifying message of social justice. This is another of Randolph’s achievements in the material on this record, both the songs he wrote and those
he’s chosen to interpret on the record. There is a theme and a message on this record but it’s one that uplifts rather than preaches. Even John Lennon’s “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier,” which can be
delivered as scathing, anti-war screed, is a plea for peace and understanding rather than heated rhetoric in Randolph’s hands.

We Walk This Road is soul music in nearly every connotation of the word and its title is instructive. This is the kind of deep, rich, authentic music the world needs and the music contained
therein should be experienced as a journey from beginning to end; he wanted his music to have context and We Walk This Road exquisitely provides that. With this album Randolph has made a record
worthy of his immense gift and that is cause for celebration and repeated listens.

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Tracklist :

01.Segue 1 (0:25)

02.Traveling Shoes (3:48)

03.Segue 2 (0:10)

04.Back To The Wall (3:31)

05. Shot Of Love (5:36)

06.I Still Belong To Jesus (6:02)

07.Segue 3 (0:27)

08.If I Had My Way (5:35)

09.Segue 4 (0:22)

10.Don’t Change (4:47)

11.I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama (5:50)

12.Walk Don’t Walk (4:06)

13.Segue 5 (0:20)

14.Dry Bones (3:42)

15.Segue 6 (0:17)

16.I’m Not Listening (5:03)

17.Salvation (5:59)

 

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octobre 3, 2010

Maceo Parker – Live at 34th Internationale Jazzwoche 2003 (Full Concert)

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Origine du Groupe : North America

Style : Jazz , Funk , Soul

Sortie : 2003

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Maceo Parker  (born February 14, 1943) is an American funk  and soul jazz saxophonist, best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic in the
1970s. Parker was a prominent soloist on many of Brown’s hit recordings, and a key part of his band, playing alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. He is now just as well known for his own shows,
as he has toured continuously under his own name since the early 1990s and has built up a strong fan base.

Tracklist :

Intro

Gimme Some Love

Uptown Up

Baby Knows

There Was a Time

My Love

Hey Jude

Line Up :

Maceo Parker- Alto Sax and Vocals

Greg Boyer- Trombon

Ron Tooley- Trumpet

Will Boulwares- Hammond B3, Keyboards

Bruno Speight- Guitar

Rodney Curtis- Bass

Jamal Thomas- Drums

Martha High, Correy Parker, Charles Sherrell- Vocals

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octobre 2, 2010

Little Axe – Bought for a Dollar, Sold for a Dime

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Origine du Groupe : North America

Style : Blues , Alternative , Soul

Sortie : 2010


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After nearly two decades of blues re-invention, singer/guitarist Skip McDonald has perfected his particular and peculiar metamorphosis of the form. Is Little Axe a band or an
alternative name for McDonald himself? It’s quite possibly both, as every live appearance possesses a very strong group vibration. McDonald now prefers the stance of grizzled bluesman from
Dayton, Ohio, but his prime breakthrough came as a member of Sugar Hill Records’ in-house band, and had formed Tackhead by the time the mid-80s arrived.

Regardless of whether his assumed ‘authenticity’ is similar to that sought by born-again bluesman Keb’ Mo’, it’s not really an issue when McDonald clearly embraces the
form with authority, creativity and innovation. A massive part of the already massive Little Axe sound has always been provided by dub-king producer Adrian Sherwood, his influence so sonically
pervasive that he counts as an equal collaborator. The old master-crew is assembled for these sessions in
Peter Gabriel‘s Real World studio: bassist Doug Wimbish, drummer Keith
LeBlanc and soaring singer Bernard Fowler. There are also two guest vocal spots from Jamaican veteran Ken Boothe. Less familiar, but still crucial to this album is harmonica player Alan Glen,
whose stinging trills lift up nearly every song.

The feedback avenues are now beyond easy tracking, as old blues elements are channelled through fresh techniques. There are even versions of two Tackhead songs, further
confusing the lineage between old-timey rural foot-clumping and shining 1980s funk-hop beats. There’s a reading of the song popularised by long-departed down-home bluesman
Son House: his Grinnin’ In Your Face is shortened to Grinning.

The album opens and closes with 50-second mini-songs, their gospel traits swirling into the heavens. Most of the remaining bulk favours a much longer six-minute average within
which to slink and saunter, emanating a spellbinding aura. The distinctive Little Axe sound is a dreamy miasma, creaming up elements of funk, rock, soul and gospel. It’s perpetually intertwining
into a genre weave. The vocal layers build up a call-and-response thickness, and a couple of tunes even hint at ska and reggae rhythms. The cumulative slowness begins to take on the feel of an
imaginary
Funkadelic ballad collection.

The guitars are always draped in exotic echo, held in perpetual slow motion, except for when Hammerhead gets to sludge-truckin’ and Return proves itself the hardest and
heaviest track. By this time, there’s a beautifully sustained flotation in place.

 

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Tracklist :

01 – Guide My Feet

02 – Soul of a Man

03 – Grinning

04 – Take a Stroll

05 – Hands Off

06 – Can’t Sleep

07 – Hammerhead

08 – Can’t Stop Walking Yet

09 – Hear Me Cry

10 – Too Late

11 – Another Friend Gone

12 – Tell Me Why

13 – Return

14 – When the Sun Goes Down

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septembre 28, 2010

Curtis Mayfield – Live in Germany (Full Concert)

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Origine du Groupe : North America

Style : Soul , Funk , Blues

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Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American  soul, rhythm and blues, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for his anthemic music with The
Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Super Fly. From these works and others, he is highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious
African-American music.[1][2]  He was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums.

Curtis Mayfield, né le (3 juin 1942 à Chicago et mort le 26 décembre 1999, était un chanteur, auteur et compositeur de soul, de funk, de rhythm and blues, principalement connu pour la bande
originale du film de blaxploitation Superfly.

Il fait tout d’abord partie du groupe The Impressions puis il se lance avec succès dans une carrière solo. Il devient probablement le premier de la nouvelle vague de chanteurs afro-américains à
introduire des commentaires à caractère social dans ses chansons. Cette musique engagée devient très populaire pendant cette période de difficultés sociales des années 1960 et 1970.

Tracklist :

– Superfly

– It’s Allright

– Gypsy Woman

– Freddy is Dead

– Pusherman

– Billy Jack

– People Get Ready

– Move on up

– To be invisible

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septembre 28, 2010

The Haggis Horns – Keep On Movin’

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Origine du Groupe : U.K

Style : Funk , Soul

Sortie : 2010


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As we’re on a roll call, not only have the Haggis Horns worked with these chart toppers but also some FLY favourites like Nightmare On Wax, Roots Manuva, Mark Ronson and The Cinematic Orchestra
and released their debut album, Hot Damn!  in 2006 when they were well on their way as the British Dap-Kings.

All was going so well and then founder member and Corinne Bailey-Rae’s husband, the band’s saxophonist Jason Rae tragically died passed away 2008. So, second guessing, this album is formulated on
the theme of album title, Keep On Movin’.

Teaming up with Nia Saw on vocals (who has performed around the world with Zap Mama and DJs alongside funk, soul, jazz, northern soul and mate of Paul Weller and legend Keb Darge), the 10 piece
band is as horny as funk.

Original from Scotland (hence the name) Malcolm Strachan (trumpet), Atholl Ransome (tenor saxophone and flute) and Ben Barker (guitar) form the core of the band that’s now has expanded to include
two more horns (Jim Correy and Rob Mitchell) and Morgan Pugh (bass), Luke Flowers (drums), Sam Bell (percussion) and Joe Tatton (keyboards, guitar)

Whilst this album is coming out on First Word (can you believe Jonny Trunk hadn’t hard of them? This is catalogue number FW55 after all!), the groove is real Freestyle Records, Mr. Finewine and
Keb Darge so to speak.

Kicking off with the opening track, ‘Way Of The Haggis’, the Haggis Horns are in full front line blowing action (with funky guitar and strings!). This instrumental sets a high standard but
certainly gets us in the groove.

As long time lovers of Alice Russell, Nia certainly has the same funky soul when she joins in on tracks ‘Pass It On’, ‘On The Edge’ and the title track ‘Movin’ On’.

She also features on ‘Too Blind’ and ‘The Cockroach Grind’ which may remind those with good memories of the groove of Scotland’s Average White Band whose’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ was so influential
back in the day. The Haggis Horns take on this period/classic/style is ‘Putting On The Beef’. Sounds like a euphemism I know, but this is meaty funky soul jazz and comes into the Jazz Chronicles
category of “future classics”.

‘Love Gets You High’ probably even more so as the Donald Byrd/Frizzell Brothers influence is all too clear to hear. For rare soul 45 b-sides from New Jersey/West Orange, check out ‘The Snarf
Dance’ (what’s Snarf?) and the instrumental ‘The Jerk’.

Whilst label mates The Simonsound are completely different to The Haggis Horns, there is a lineage from funk to soul to hip hop, breaks and beyond.

Ending on a track called ‘Keep On Dancing’, dancing is definitely what you’ll want to do when you’re listening to this album as The Haggis Horns have some of the hardest funk, soul and jazz
around town – keep on movin’ people to the sound of The Haggis Horns.

by Gerry Hectic

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Tracklist :

1. Way Of The Haggis (4:29)

2. Pass It On (4:50)

3. The Jerk (2:51)

4. On The Edge (5:37)

5. Movin’ On (4:13)

6. Too Blind (4:41)

7. The Cockroach Grind (4:57)

8. Putting On The Beef (3:51)

9. The Snarf Dance (4:33)

10. Love Gets You High (4:48)

11. Keep On Dancing (4:15)

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