East of Underground East of Underground Vinyl LP
In 1971, in the midst of America's conflict in Vietnam, the U.S. Army held a show-band contest and showcased the two winning bands in a promotional album. East of Underground, the gritty runner-up, managed to capture the spirit of America with their sweet-soul covers of Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and Funkadelic.
The quality of the recording is superior, as is the musicianship: the falsetto harmonies, the gritty guitar, the devouring drums. But song choice is just as responsible for the success of the album.
Unlike other obscure-funk reissues and compilations, East of Underground is immediately familiar, instantly gratifying, and endlessly playable. And especially poignant today.
East of Underground East of Underground Track Listing:
1. I Want To Take You Higher
2. Smiling Faces Sometimes
3. (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go
4. People Get Ready
5. Getting Over
6. I'll Bet You / California Dreamin'
7. Written-By – George Clinton, John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Sidney Barnes, Theresa Popcorn / Oye Como Va
8. I Love You For All Seasons
9. East Of Java
10. Walk On By
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