Tuesday, January 1, 2008
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.