Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Grodeck Whipperjenny - S/T (1970)

This seems to be pretty readily available on the Internet, but it was new to me so I thought I'd share it... Cincinnati's The Grodeck Whipperjenny was led by writer/arranger Dave Matthews, a favorite of James Brown, who even put this out on his own label. This is their first and last album under their own name (although they backed up JB on another fine LP) and, to my ears, is a minor psychedelic soul gem. And psychedelic is how we like our soul. There are a few clunkers on here, but I think basically what you need to know is that there's a song called "Put Your Thing On Me" and it's as good as its name would suggest.

1 comment:

  1. They also backed JB on his first recording of "Talkin' Loud and "Sayin' Nothing" which was cut at the King studios in Cincinnati on Feb. 26, 1970 - only 11 days before Brown's then-regular band went on a mutiny before a show in Columbus, GA and were summarily replaced in a matter of hours by a new band which included future funk bass legend Bootsy Collins and his guitarist brother Catfish (who participated in Brown's better-known funk rendition of "TLASN" which was recorded in October 1970).

    Oh, and the Brown album The Grodeck Whipperjenny backed him on, Sho' Is Funky In Here, was his very last for King.