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Friday, Apr 20 2007 | 16:58

“Super Cool” is the second volume in the “California Soul” series and features music recorded between 1966 and 1982. Spanning eclectic genres from soul jazz, blues, heavy funk, modern soul, Northern soul, and disco, there’s even a ballad (previously unavailable on CD) from Luv N’Haight favorite Darondo.

Despite a number of tracks being incredibly rare and highly sought-after, “California Soul II – Super Cool” was not compiled because of the rare-factor or value of the original releases alone. More importantly this is a treasure trove of music that connects the dots between artists and scenes, eras and genres, and none of the acts or tracks should not be lost to obscurity.

This is music by artists who may not be household names, but were session musicians, players, and characters who kept the scenes from San Francisco to Los Angeles and beyond alive. They were the sound of the underground and, far from being a cast of nobodies, artists included on Super Cool have played alongside Fela Kuti and George Clinton. Members of the bands featured were also integral players in acts like Funkadelic, War, and Sam Cooke’s band, there’s even a second cousin to Martin Luther King amidst the line-up!

Rather than concentrate on one sound or scene, the California Soul series is an all-encompassing overview reflecting the eclectic range of soul music to come from the state. These tracks were pulled from a couple of decades which saw the social and political status quo undergo huge change in America. The wildly inclusive racial make-up of the population meant that California was an epicenter for that change. The art and music of the times obviously reflects such influences and it was easy to fill Super Cool with super-fly love songs, righteous shouts for freedom and cosmic flower-powered funk. While wide in scope the tunes included on this compilation (and Volume 1) can obviously only represent a tiny fraction of the multitude of soulful styles, tunes and artists from California, so enjoy now and hold tight for volume 3!

The compilation VariousCalifornia Soul II” (Luv N’ Haight) is going to be released May 18, 2007.

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