The announcement is especially striking when it comes to the prestigious Movements series. Like all its predecessors, this ninth volume contains Rare Groove nuggets recorded between the early 1960s and the late 1970s. The fact that only one of the songs appear anywhere else is a jaw-dropping phenomenon! The chronological track listing starts with two amazing cover versions: Fever by Gee Gee Shinn & the Boogie Kings and I'm A Woman by Connie Kaye Trio. Bus Brown, Earl Demus and Chuck Finney remain in the same direction although their contributions are slightly jazzier. Chick Willis' gut-wrenching Sometime Soon easily rivals James Brown's It's A Man's World and the recordings by Australia, J.R. and Joe Akens are beautiful examples of privately produced soul from the 1970s. The latin-soul of Cho Cho San by Hummingbird 4 heads the sound in another direction for the next three tunes, highlighted by one more stunning cover version, Oscar Brown Jr.'s Brother, Where Are You?. The album closes with some pre-disco tracks from the mid-to-late 1970s. Funk 7 collectors will freak out to finally get a chance to listen to Mel-O-Madnezz' superheavy What You Getting High On but will certainly also enjoy The Counts, Reunion and Hot Cakes' dance floor bomb cover of Harlem Shuffle.
Over a hundred great unknown songs have been re-released on the first eight volumes in the Movements series, the majority of which can not be found elsewhere, and Vol. 9 is no exception. The work of Germany's tiniest but grooviest record label is still incomprehensibly underestimated. We know you diggers, collectors, mavens, aficionados, fanatics, completists, enthusiasts, and just plain record geeks know what's up and we heartily salute you! Without your support there would be no Tramp Records. But now it's time for a broader cultural shift for good music and a sweeping move to uphold the legacy of the unsung heroes of funk and soul. Therefore, we humbly petition you: in 2018, Don't keep all this glory to yourself! Turn your friends and neighbors on! Thank you!