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First released in May 1970 Country Funk’s debut was a confident and heady mix of psych, blues rock and country rock. Despite achieving little success in their day, 40 years on the “Funkers” are now highly regarded, finally achieving the credit that was originally denied them.
Country Funk’s debut has been newly packaged with extensive liner notes, unpublished photos and 4 unreleased bonus tracks.
1, Apart of Me
2, Phoebe (Mourning Pink)
3, Really My Friend
4, Not This Time
5, For Me
6, Poor Boy
7, A Way To Settle Down
8, When I’m Without You
9, Comin’ In
10, If I Find A Way (Song of Love)
11, Another Miss
1, One Time Lover
3, Melrose Street 5829
SHINDIG - April 2012 Review:
"Jason Smith of the ever cool Fantastic Expedition 'zine has launched the Slipstream label to officially release the forgotten West Coast bands he so loves. His first release is a far superior, better sounding and legit version of Country Funk's only album. It boasts decent liner notes (based on an in depth interview from Fantastic Expedition) and four unreleased 1967 cuts from earlier outfit ADAM including the superb Bee Gees like "Woman" (later covered by Pure Prairie League) and the trippy "Melrose Street 5829" (which easily rivals anything Emitt Rhodes cut around this time).
Country Funk was released in May 1970 after a few name and line up changes...plus a short prison sentence. At the album's heart lie the influences of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and a dose of hairy Byrds, Moby Grape and the Dead. Although not a classic, this loose-groovin' but tight collection of songs moves along nicely with genuine heart and soul."
RECORD COLLECTOR - April 2012 Review:
"Transplanted New Yorkers who fell into the late 60s Boston scene via spells in California and, er, prison, Country Funk released an album and single via Polydor in 1970 - but sales resoundingly failed to inspire staffers to break out Cava and party hats in the label's boardroom. The single "A Part Of Me" (or "Apart Of Me", the original release helpfully spells it two different ways on the album sleeve and label), wheezed to no. 97 in Pennsylvania and that was all she wrote until the track was smartly sampled by Beck for "Sissyneck" from 1996's Odelay.
Despite rather unenticing packaging and short but sweet sleeve notes, this expanded reissue of that 1970 album should find a welcoming home wherever Chris Hillman's "Younger Than Yesterday" -era songs for the Byrds are valued. Majoring on the country element and minoring on the funk, the band's strengths mirrored Moby Grape: "Really My Friend", for example, features steeply banked harmonies over an aw-shucks lope, with a fizzing San Fran-style guitar solo to take it home. The same could be said of "A Way To Settle Down": sweet and tender roughneck country rock which subtly but crucially differed from the Eagles blend... to the tune of several million record sales."
The new reference opus ENDLESS TRIP recently commented:
“These are strong, individualistic songs with some interesting twists (check out the protracted ending to “Really My Friend”). The album is carefully arranged, played and sung, but still sounds nicely loose and flowing. They may not be the most versatile band you’ll ever hear, but what they did they did well, and they deserve a wider hearing.”
German Magazine GOOD TIMES recent review:
"Follow us deep down in the history of American Country-Rock of the 70s with the first release of the new British label Slipstream Records. It is the story of Adam Taylor who, together with his school pal Hal Paris, founded a number of bands until the end of the 60s, when they finally got a major contract with Polydor under the name of Country Funk. But in spite of being a first class band (for instance with bass player Jim Lanham, establishing member of the Pure Prairie League) and having a number of first class songs with influences from Blues, Folk, Country and Psychedelic, their debut could not achieve sales worth mentioning. A fact that is, from today´s view, simply unbelievable, as Country Funk delivers Country Rock à la Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco or the Gram Parsons-Byrds at its best. The Re-Issue of this hidden gem gets even better with additional 4 songs, that Taylor recorded with his former band Adam in 1967
The full story of Country Funk can be read in FANTASTIC EXPEDITION issue 3. Original members Hal Paris and Joe Pfeifer recall these early days and explain the meaning behind their songs and their colourful often funny history.
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COUNTRY FUNK - Self titled (SR0001)