The Funk Anthology (2CD)

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The Funk Anthology (2CD)

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Track Listings

Disc 1 (of 2)

1. Listen Ain't That a Bitch
2. Listen Superman Lover
3. Listen I Need It
4. Listen Real Mother for Ya
5. Listen I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby
6. Listen Baby's in Love with the Radio
7. Listen Tarzan
8. Listen Funk Beyond the Call of Duty
9. Listen It's About the Dollar Bill
10. Listen Love That Will Not Die
11. Listen I'm Gonna Get You Baby
12. Listen ET
13. Listen Miss Frisco (Queen of the Disco)
14. Listen You Can Stay But the Noise Must Go
15. Listen Feel the Spirit of My Guitar
16. Listen Gangster of Love

Disc 2 (of 2)

1. Listen Don't Be What UC
2. Listen What the Hell Is This?
3. Listen I Don't Want to Be President
4. Listen Strung Out
5. Listen Cop & Blow
6. Listen Booty Ooty
7. Listen Lone Ranger
8. Listen Telephone Bill
9. Listen Love Jones
10. Listen Before I Let You Go
11. Listen Voodoo What You Do
12. Listen Come and Dance with Me
13. Listen Ain't Nobody's Business
14. Listen Bow Wow
15. Listen Johnny G. Is Back

About the Album

Shout! Factory's two-disc The Funk Anthology compiles the best of blues icon Johnny "Guitar" Watson's recordings for the DJM label from 1970 to 1981. Also included are three tracks off Watson's 1994 comeback album, Bow Wow. A hugely influential artist, Watson was often overshadowed by his more well-known contemporaries including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Sly Stone, and George Clinton. While Watson got his start rockin' out in the '50s with such blues crossover classics as "Too Tired," "Hot Little Mama," and the mind-blowingly innovative instrumental "Space Guitar," he made an even bigger mark in the '70s playing his unique and equally innovative brand of funk. Changing from a slick pompadour to a groovy afro and three-piece suits, Watson reimagined himself as a blues pimp extraordinaire and backed up his bravado with musical chops that had already made good on the developments of T-Bone Walker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and Ray Charles. Referring to himself as the "Original Gangster of Love," Watson's funk recordings found the multi-instrumentalist/vocalist mixing jazz harmonies, blues, soul, raw funk, disco, and R&B all into his own unique style. This is humorous, raunchy, rhythmically compelling, and melodically infectious music that benefits as much from Watson's juicy synthesizer skills as his adept guitar playing. Barring some horn section and drum parts, Watson often played all the instruments on his recordings, and tracks such as "Ain't That a Bitch," "Funk Beyond the Call of Duty," and "It's All About the Dollar Bill" prefigure work by the similarly inclined funk iconoclast Prince. Also notable is his 1980 rap track "Telephone Bill," which certainly stands as one of the earliest recorded examples of the genre. Featuring gatefold packaging that showcases all of Watson's iconic over-the-top album covers, a booklet full of photos, and lovingly written liner notes by music biographer David Ritz, The Funk Anthology is the definitive tribute to a true funk original. ~ Matt Collar, All Music Guide
Artist: Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 2
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 5.0 x 5.6
Walmart No.: 000861806
UPC: 0082666317712

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 2 out of 5★ by very few good songs on both cds Good service from walmart, just not to trilled about the music selection. 08/18/2014
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