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  • The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (180 Gram) The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (180 Gram) Quick View

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    The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (180 Gram)

    Baby Huey's only album, released after his untimely death, is titled The Living Legend with good reason. He was legendary in his appearance, a 400-pound man with a penchant for flamboyant clothing and crowned by a woolly Afro, a look that is best illustrated by one of several rare photos included in the Water Records edition that shows our man in a wide-lapeled polka-dot shirt with a lime-green jacket.


    Beyond his unusual appearance, though, he was graced with a stunning, fierce voice on par with Otis Redding and Howard Tate, wailing and howling one moment and oddly tender and sentimental the next. Nowhere on Living Legend is his range more apparent than the opening track, Listen to Me, where listeners are introduced to both the enigma of Baby Huey and his diamond-tough psychedelic funk backing band, the Baby Sitters. The high-energy instrumental workout Mama Get Yourself Together is worthy of the J.B.'s and a hazy, spiraling ten-minute rendition of Sam Cooke's chestnut A Change Is Going to Come confirms that the Baby Sitters could hold their own with Blood, Sweat & Tears.


    Further lore that catapults The Living Legend from good to great: the production was helmed by Curtis Mayfield, reason enough to make it near essential, and is highlighted by three of his compositions, Mighty Mighty, which Mayfield and the Impressions recorded a few years earlier; Running, a classic Mayfield cut that can only be heard here ripped to glorious bits by a band that is trying to let every member solo; and Hard Times, which Mayfield himself would revisit on his 1975 album There's No Place Like America Today, although Baby Huey's razor-edged reading remains the definitive version -- no small caveat considering Mayfield not only wrote the tune, but could rightfully be considered one of the architects of soul to boot.

    Listen to Me
    Mama Get Yourself Together
    A Change is Gonna Come
    Mighty Mighty
    Hard Times
    California Dreamin'
    Running
    One Dragon Two Dragon
    Baby Huey
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
  • The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story Quick View

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    The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story

    Baby Huey's only album, released after his untimely death, is titled The Living Legend with good reason. He was legendary in his appearance, a 400-pound man with a penchant for flamboyant clothing and crowned by a woolly Afro, a look that is best illustrated by one of several rare photos included in the Water Records edition that shows our man in a wide-lapeled polka-dot shirt with a lime-green jacket.


    Beyond his unusual appearance, though, he was graced with a stunning, fierce voice on par with Otis Redding and Howard Tate, wailing and howling one moment and oddly tender and sentimental the next. Nowhere on Living Legend is his range more apparent than the opening track, Listen to Me, where listeners are introduced to both the enigma of Baby Huey and his diamond-tough psychedelic funk backing band, the Baby Sitters. The high-energy instrumental workout Mama Get Yourself Together is worthy of the J.B.'s and a hazy, spiraling ten-minute rendition of Sam Cooke's chestnut A Change Is Going to Come confirms that the Baby Sitters could hold their own with Blood, Sweat & Tears.


    Further lore that catapults The Living Legend from good to great: the production was helmed by Curtis Mayfield, reason enough to make it near essential, and is highlighted by three of his compositions, Mighty Mighty, which Mayfield and the Impressions recorded a few years earlier; Running, a classic Mayfield cut that can only be heard here ripped to glorious bits by a band that is trying to let every member solo; and Hard Times, which Mayfield himself would revisit on his 1975 album There's No Place Like America Today, although Baby Huey's razor-edged reading remains the definitive version -- no small caveat considering Mayfield not only wrote the tune, but could rightfully be considered one of the architects of soul to boot.

    Listen to Me
    Mama Get Yourself Together
    A Change is Gonna Come
    Mighty Mighty
    Hard Times
    California Dreamin'
    Running
    One Dragon Two Dragon
    Baby Huey
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Birth Of Funk The Birth Of Funk Quick View

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    The Birth Of Funk

    Nobody in New Orleans laid into the blues so low down and dirty as Buddy Bol-den, whose Funky Butt became a staple in the repertoire of the city's early jazz bands. Jacksonville, Florida, 1960. Charles 'Hungry' Williams mentors young Clayton Fillyau after he had just joined the James Brown band: 'I don't care where you put it on those drums, remember where '1' is and you'll never lose the time.' Listen to Hungry on Huey Smith's Talk To Me Baby and then listen to how Clayton turns it into a relentless breakbeat on James Brown's I've Got Money. Earl King's Trick Bag, prefiguring the Meters, is as good an example of early New Orleansfunk as can be found. Not everything on here was cut in New Orleans. New York singer Vernon Harrel's Slick Chick is held together by an intriguingly syncopated bass line that hints at late '60s Studio One dub. And in case you think any of this was new, listen to Zutty Singleton's drum break on Victoria Spivey's Funny Feathers from 1929. Or Earl Palmer's sixteenth notes, off-backbeat snare accents and double-tempo hi-hats in 1953 on Professor Longhair's Tipitina and Who's Foolin' You.
    1. Say Yeah Yeah - Yvonne Fair
    2. Check Mr. Popeye - Eddie Bo
    3. The Popeye - Spider Johnson
    4. I'm Leaving You Today - Al Robinson
    5. Say Yeah - Porgy & The Polka Dots
    6. Talk To Me Baby - Huey 'Piano' Smith
    7. Trick Bag - Earl King
    8. What A Wedding Day - Shirley Raymond
    9. R B Special - Bob Bateman
    10. Tell Me The Truth - The Turquinettes
    11. Slick Chick - Vernon Harrel
    12. I've Got Money - James Brown
    13. Hold It - Bill Doggett
    14. Fat Boy - Billy Stewart
    15. Mudd - Roy Montrell
    Various Artists
    $30.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress) The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress)

    Colored Vinyl


    Baby Huey's only album, released after his untimely death, is titled The Living Legend with good reason. He was legendary in his appearance, a 400-pound man with a penchant for flamboyant clothing and crowned by a woolly Afro, a look that is best illustrated by one of several rare photos included in the Water Records edition that shows our man in a wide-lapeled polka-dot shirt with a lime-green jacket.


    Beyond his unusual appearance, though, he was graced with a stunning, fierce voice on par with Otis Redding and Howard Tate, wailing and howling one moment and oddly tender and sentimental the next. Nowhere on Living Legend is his range more apparent than the opening track, Listen to Me, where listeners are introduced to both the enigma of Baby Huey and his diamond-tough psychedelic funk backing band, the Baby Sitters. The high-energy instrumental workout Mama Get Yourself Together is worthy of the J.B.'s and a hazy, spiraling ten-minute rendition of Sam Cooke's chestnut A Change Is Going to Come confirms that the Baby Sitters could hold their own with Blood, Sweat & Tears.


    Further lore that catapults The Living Legend from good to great: the production was helmed by Curtis Mayfield, reason enough to make it near essential, and is highlighted by three of his compositions, Mighty Mighty, which Mayfield and the Impressions recorded a few years earlier; Running, a classic Mayfield cut that can only be heard here ripped to glorious bits by a band that is trying to let every member solo; and Hard Times, which Mayfield himself would revisit on his 1975 album There's No Place Like America Today, although Baby Huey's razor-edged reading remains the definitive version -- no small caveat considering Mayfield not only wrote the tune, but could rightfully be considered one of the architects of soul to boot.

    Listen to Me
    Mama Get Yourself Together
    A Change is Gonna Come
    Mighty Mighty
    Hard Times
    California Dreamin'
    Running
    One Dragon Two Dragon
    Baby Huey
    $19.99
    Colored Vinyl LP -Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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