Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Mickey And The Soul Generation live disk

The second disc consists of six live demos. While these cuts are generally lower quality, both sonically and in terms of material, it's a revelation to hear a great funk band working through ideas -- to see how "U.F.O." grew from "Life's a Mystery" and how the group polished "Hey, Brother Man." Although there've been plenty of reissues highlighting the creative process of jazz and rock artists -- see Miles Davis' two-CD expansion of In a Silent Way or the Stooges' six-CD version of Fun House -- no one has lavished this kind of attention on a funk band. Iron Leg proves that Mickey and the Soul Generation is worthy of being the first.


A Pyrex Scholar said...

yeah mate. feel free to add a link to my spot and i will do the same.

GeeeFlat said...

Hi soul diggs. Great choice of LP:

This album is of much more significance than it looks and is at the origin of the term Acid Jazz:

Here's an extract of an interview from Gilles Peterson for BBC1 radio:

"After leaving Radio London in 1986, Gilles started his Sunday sessions - 'Talkin' Loud' & 'Saying Something' - at Camden's Dingwalls. Co-hosted by Patrick Forge, these ran for five years.

Coinciding with the emerging acid house scene, the sessions became a natural magnet for post clubbing come-down kids. 'Those five years were the best of my life as a DJ. Musically I did exactly what I was into, the Real Gilles Peterson trip'.

'We put on this old 7-inch at by Mickey and the Soul Generation which was a rare groove record with a mad rock guitar intro and no beat. I started vary speeding it so it sounded all warped. Chris Bangs got on the microphone and said, 'If that was acid house, this is acid jazz'. That's how acid jazz started, just a joke!'

Shortly afterwards, Gilles started the Acid Jazz label."

And we know what fine artists were re-issued during this UK jazz funk revival, but also new ones.

Hey we never knew what hit us! :D

Great work soul diggs :)