Seriously, THIS is as good as it gets. Thirteen minutes of vintage Funkadelic, running through a medley of I Got A Thing, What Is Soul, I Just Want To Testify, I Was Made To Love Her, Friday Night August 14th, Music For My Mother which degenerates into a full blown Psychedelic Gospel and includes nods to The Right Time and It’s Your Thing, while George in the throws of the holy ghost and some seriously heavy blotter writhes on the ground, whistling and speaking in tongues. Yep, it’s that kinda show. I dunno how a band can be this loose and tight at the same time.
The titular 1982 sole LP from Vanity 6 is an absolute classic of it’s era. Written and produced by Prince, who also released his double LP 1999 the same year and was on an unparalleled hot streak creatively speaking, the album is filled with party funk every bit worthy of his genius. Seriously, there is not a bum cut on the record, and most of them have made their way into DJ sets of mine over the years.
Check out the below posted performance, LP, and this article on Prince’s tribute to Vanity at a show last night, which also has the only clip I could find of the unreleased Vanity 6 master jam, Vibrator, featuring Prince in a comedic sketch, in line with his vocal appearance on If A Girl Answers (Don’t Hang Up) from the Vanity LP.
I’ve got an unreleased Roy Head reel-to-reel demo, from presumably the late 70’s-early 80’s, for which I’ve never had the equipment to listen. Maybe now that I’ve reminded myself, I’ll get off my ass, digitize it and offer it up here. Until then, take a gander at Roy’s hot dance moves, as he performs his classic, Treat Her Right. Hey! Alright! Work it now!
The 1967 Lotus Records 45 A-side, Three Nights And A Morning, is a manic, outta control version of what was to become Withers future single, in a much less frenzied fashion, Harlem. The B-side, What’ll I Do, turns the Irving Berlin ballad, into an uptempo gospel mover, in an impressively different adaptation of that standard.
Can’t believe I’d never heard this. Thanks, Trunkworthy!