It's kind of like those 67 era Hendrix recordings but with freakier drumming and vocalising. He and his band whoever they were - and they should take a bow -sound like they really mean it. As I said, there's one or two cuts that are pretty standard r'n'b that have just been grooved up a little to comply with the changing times, but the majority are great trips.
This is Knight's Chubby Checker - 'Chequred' album moment and it convinces. It's well worthy of its reissue, a pity there hasn't been more fanfare about it.
If you dig 'Love Love' and 'Hush Now' (as I do) you could probably consider most of this set as the logical progression from them without Hendrix's presence but with the similar groove and vibe. Norman Stone's psychedelic soul productions on the Temptations etc around this time may well have had an influence as well.
DON'T get the Dutch press. Apart from the worse different cover it is more soulfull. It is a different album then the US pressing. The US pressing is heavy psychedelic stuff, but the Dutch pressing has more a soul mix. They left out the long acid tracks. I never really liked the album untill I heard the US pressing.
You are right, this record deserves a wider audience as it is killer heavy acid stuff. Absolutely essential!!!
BTW The same counts for the Velvert Turner group. Also two different mixes exist on the US and the German pressing. The German pressing is the one to get.
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A couple of 45s from it were released in the UK, but the LP only came out originally in Holland and the US I think. It's a cool LP of psych tinged funky rock.
Yes the Velvert Turner Group album is excellent. I like both mixes. Both mixes are available as a double CD in a gatefold card mini-LP sleeve. I bought a copy on UK Ebay for £5 not long ago, a seller semed to have multiple copies, and is well worth looking for.
I never knew the Curtis Knight album had a different mix for Dutch release. Looks like the CD comes from the US edition.
Yes indeed, I am just about to get the Chico Magnetic Band under the name of Freemont's Group - 'The Best of Jimi Hendrix' CD which was made as a Hendrix cash in at the time of his death or shortly after I think. However, it's not a slavish copy (how could it be with a guitarist like Hendrix!) it's very interpretive and regarded as one of the better records of its kind.