The intelligentsia have been claiming it for quite some time, and now finally, after many petitions, demonstrations and protests, a tiny little record label from Germany has achieved what only Google and “troubleshooter par excellence” Angus MacGyver have ever accomplished: admission into the worldwide dictionary. “To Google” and “to MacGyver” will soon be joined by the newly coined verb “to Tramp”. The term can be decoded as “to seek and find the seemingly hopeless” or “looking for something hidden”, always connected with a positive output.
For several years, gold seekers at the most humble and tiniest record label on earth (however certainly one of the funkiest!) follow their dedicated passion. Their brand new masterwork, Movements 8, focuses on rare privately produced american soul, jazz and funk, and proudly bears the title as the 8th volume in the Movements Series.
It took long to find the original vintage records and master tapes, but it took even longer to find the musicians behind the recordings. It required painstakingly detailed work to get everything together. While other labels’ compilation quality might wane after some years, getting further watered down as the volumes increase, and banking on the success of earlier releases, the Movements series is a positive exception. The people behind this series know how the wind blows, and will stop at nothing to provide music lovers, DJs, and collectors only sweetest fresh breeze of heretofore unheard and uncompiled masterpieces. Songs by Papa Albert French, Thyme, Kay Dennis, Joe Wilson, Ulysses Crockett, John Timmons, and all the fellow campaigners emphasize this statement. The detailed liner notes and unseen photographs complement the whole package. The staff at Tramp always produces albums from their compilation series’ as if it were their last so that each record can be enjoyed in it’s own right. That being said, you can trust that Tramp is already seeking “to Tramp” more gems like these for a 9th volume.
01. Papa Albert French – Bald Headed Beulah (M. Baird)
02. Herb Jones – Tell Old Bill (C. Sandberg)
03. Thyme – Bony Bony (G. Lux)
04. Kay Dennis – Feeling Good (L. Newley)
05. Howlett Smith – Slow Down, Girl (H. Smith)
06. Joe Wilson – Sam Sam The Money Man (J. Wilson)
07. Shelley Fisher – I’ll Leave You Girl (S. Fisher)
08. Doc Rand & Purple Blues – I need a woman (The Purple Blues)
09. The Noteables – Funky frog (C. Sivesind)
10. King Cain Silvertone Band – Don’t Give A Damn (L. Johnson)
11. Ulysses Crockett – Sunshine Superman (Donavan)
12. Respect – Soul Entertainer (R. Robinson)
13. Pedicin-James Ltd. – Ode to Billy Joe (B. Gentry)
14. B.J.’s Blues Band – Short Fat Fanny (L. Williams)
15. Nathan Bartell – Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up (F. Wilson)
16. Deep Heet – Funky Beat (F. Gomez)
17. John Timmons & Funkshun – Love At First Sight (J. Timmons)
The compilation Various “Movements Vol.8” (Tramp Records) is going to be released March 18, 2016.