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Thursday, Nov 06 2003 | 16:04

V/A ‘Bay Area Funk: Funk & Soul Essentials From San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Area 1967 – 1976’

This is probably the most essential release on Luv N’Haight to date! This compilation has taken years to complete as a result of tracking down the original artists & acquiring the proper licensing rights. It was compiled by the Luv N’Haight tune detectives Andrew Jervis & Michael McFadin, along with the help of DJ Riddm of Funky Riddms Records in Berkeley. Without these bands and their efforts we might not even be here – this compilation taps into the source of the Bay Area funk and soul sound past and present On this first volume of Bay Area Funk, 16 tracks represent the best of the infamous Bay Area scene. Ranging from the boogaloo and shing-a-ling sound of Marvin Holmes and the Uptights to the psychedelic funk-jazz of P-I-R-Square. The compilation covers the period from 1967 to 1976 and is jam packed with music from the key originators and characters including a 12 year old Little Denice produced by blues legend Jimmy McCracklin, rhythm and blues hero Rodger Collins, KSOL radio station director “Hard Punching” Herm Henry, and Sugar Pie Desanto, former opening act for James Brown who is still pulling back-flips on-stage even in her late 60s.

The Bay Area Funk sound features at least two distinct approaches. San Francisco and the rest of the Peninsula (including East Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo, etc.) added rock and Latin rhythms to soul grooves while The East Bay (including Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo, etc.) blended Blues and Jazz with Funk Reflecting the mix of races that migrated to the area, the music, feelings, and the love of their people, Bay Area funk is a unique sound, as you’ll hear on this compilation.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Herm Henry of the San Francisco TKOs on Bay Area Funk.


“Definitely an impressive feat … the highest quality in classic material.” EXCLAIM

“Bay Area funk was defined by its heavy use of rock and blues inflected guitars, but as this superb compilation shows the music was as diverse as it was raw. Heavy music.” STRAIGHT NO CHASER

“Impeccable selection as usual from the Ubiquity Camp.” TURNTABLELAB.COM

“A killer! As revolutionary as the music and political climate was in the Bay Area in the late 60s and early 70s, it’s damn near criminal that there haven’t been more representative collections of the music — enter Luv N Haight Records, who are here with the first ever comprehensive compilation of Bay Area funk and hard soul!” DUSTYGROOVE.COM


@ The Shattuck Down Low
2284 Shattuck Avenue (at Bancroft), Berkeley, CA
9:30-close. $10 before 11pm.
Info: (510) 548-RIDM


Bay Area Funk Record Release Party
with a live performance by the godfather of Oakland funk:
Johnny Talbot & Da Things
Plus special guest Marvin Holmes
With DJs Riddm, Platurn, and Sean

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