James Booker – The Paramount Tapes (1973)
First time on vinyl
VJQC Score: 99%
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This here is the Louisiana gutbucket funk album you never knew about. I didn’t either, until it arrived in yesterday’s VMP box. I have likely played it a half dozen times in succession, then realized what a funk BOMB song 1 of side 2 is. Added to Spotify BBQ Playlist and proceeded to spontaneously record the next 2 Minute Vinyl review. I don’t wanna write it, I wanna say it. About another half dozen spins of side 2 and here we are. Listen to the link below. Song 1, side 2,”So Swell When You’re Well”. You can smell it. And yes, that’s a whole lotta cowbell.
VJQC Score: 99%. It sounds flawless, the booklet that comes with these VMP Classics records take the vinyl experience to another level. Copies of this reissue are also available at independent record shops, sans booklet. If dirty New Orleans funk is your thing, oh boy….
See that absurdly large lava lamp? I thought it was gonna be the same size as the green one when I ordered it online. Meet Gargantua The Red. She is Spinal Tap perfect.
So Swell When You’re Well