The Soulsavers Sound System: Smoking & Drinking on a Tuesday Night (2003) www.thesoulsavers.com
I discovered this disc on one of my trawls through the cheap baskets in a Brighton junk shop - I just pick up stuff which looks somewhat offbeat or substantially different from the common lot - paying as little as I can for the priviledge in the process. What we have here is a Mix CD of the highest order - it cost me a mere 50 pence - probably the best buy I've had in ages. It contains a real funky assortment of tunes some well known, others less so, but nearly all of such a high calibre one cannot easily single out any particular favourites. The general mood here is of the jazzier side of the Woodstock Generation. Imagine Sly and the Family Stone meets Charles Lloyd, or the Temptations do a cultural exchange with Traffic - these people do not as far as I can tell appear on the mix but would be representative of the genres covered herein. Psychedelic Soul is what I'd call it. If you're an arts student making a movie of the Seventies Blaxploitation type, this would make a great soundtrack. My only beef is that being a mix cd you can't easily select a particular track, as they all flow into each other without separation so you have to listen to the lot. But if you like the sound of the album, then get onto the website and see if you can get your grubby mitts on a copy. If you succeed, you'll be eternally grateful!