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Various - RCA Victor Gold Series Goes Funk
 

RCA doesn't exactly have the strongest legacy when it comes to black music, so the title of this disc is amusing.  Goes Funk is essentially a full-price sampler for the massive reissue campaign that BMG has undertaken in the last couple of years. 

Drawing largely upon the Flying Dutchman catalog, a label known for spiritual soul jazz, the tracklisting is dominated by artists such as Lonnie Liston Smith, Leon Thomas and a pre-Arista Gil Scott-Heron, whose classic "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" kicks off the proceedings. Other highlights include Smith's "Peace and Love" and two cuts by the Headhunters, "If You've Got It You'll Get It" and "Straight From the Gate."

The collection ends with a couple of oddly chosen blues pieces that don't fit the mood of the other songs.  T-Bone Walker, Joe Turner and Eddie Vinson are definitely legendary singers, but would be better served on a separate, blues-oriented disc. Buy this for the Flying Dutchman material, most of which remains out of print.

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Released 2001 on RCA (click on cover to buy)

Selected Tracks:

Leon Thomas - Echoes
Lonnie Liston Smith- Rejuvenation
Gil Scott-Heron - The King Alfred Plan

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