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9 Sep 2016

Charles Hilton Brown ‎ “Owed To Myself” 1974 ultra rare killer..! Psych Soul Funk

Charles Hilton Brown ‎ “Owed To Myself”  1974  ultra rare killer..! Psych Soul Funk
Thanks to this re-press on Schema Records, is now available also in Compact Disc a rare album of Charles Hilton Brown. Entitled “Owed to Myself”, it has been recorded in 1974 during Charles’ stay in Italy. As himself describes in the liner notes: “I met Assagai in London, while on a tour, and there it was decided that Assagai would become a part of Charles Hilton Brown, vice or verses, that’s why this album, whose real nature comes from Africa, exploit in an unique Soul, Funk/Rock sound”. First track of the album is the famous “Try a little Tenderness” of Otis Redding; we find also an elegant version of “Ain’t No Sunshine” of B. Whiters, but the real surprise are the tracks composed by Charles himself, full of energy and completely to be discovered. We have identified G.R.F. as the explosive track, the most “appetising” for Afro/Funk DJs. A swirling blend of soul, funk, and jazzy grooves – and a super-rare album that we’ve never seen in the original! Supposedly, backing on the record is by the British Afro Funk group Assagai – which sounds right to us, because there’s a nice rolling conga groove on many of the tracks. Lead vocals are by Charles Hilton Brown, in a nicely raw soul style that reminds us a bit of Otis Redding, and a bit of Mike James Kirkland on some of his early 70s material. The record features vocal covers of a number of soul hits – like “Try A Little Tenderness”, “Love Train”, and “Ain’t No Sunshine” – plus some originals that are even better, like the funky instrumental “GRF”, and the tunes “Maddox” and “Tell Me Once Again”. Nice and raw, and with a sound hip enough to match the record’s cover! Dusty Groove America Tracklist: 1 Try A Little Tenderness 6:00 2 I’m Coming Home 4:43 3 Tell Me Once Again 4:57 4 Maddox 4:35 5 Love Train 3:50 6 G.R.E 5:20 7 Ain’t No Sunshine 5:00 8 Argument’s 4:10 The band: Roy Edwards: trumpet - trombone Frederick Mathias: alto sax - tenor sax Kirk Redding: tenor sax Gabriel George: drums, additional percussions Ayinde Folarin: congos David Canpot: guitar Peter Nelson: keyboards, organ, piano fender rhodes …. 

They have a lot of courage to say that music is liquid: what the hell does that mean? From a dictionary: applies the liquid condition of a body that, for low molecular aggregation, possesses its own volume but takes the form of the receptacle in which it is located. For now I did not see the songs in my iPod assume the shape or become like whiskey or wine, and fortunately, were it not for the old covers of cardboard discs, I would not even have a clue about what would happen to me to listen . Then some covers seems made for being found: take for example the protagonist of today’s post, seems sewn on to my Pellacchia funk worshiper. 

Not only; “Owed to Myself” by Charles Hilton Brown is one of those discs that the Indiana Jones of the vinyl if you invent. But first you should plan a premise: the artist of today’s post does not come from nothing but during the golden age of Italian beat was a member of the vocal group the Four Kents, four American soldiers stationed in Italy in the sixties They gladdened the nights of the dancers of the Piper in Rome and Viareggio. Then the solid material, made of sweat and notes there was plenty for Charles Hilton Brown when he left the group, went into the studio, here in Italy needs to be reminded, to record what remains his only test in long format soloist (to his credit also has a 45, “Mamma Rosa”, 1970) and at the same time one of the disks remained unavailable for a long time. 

“Owed to Myself” he was released in 1974 for the label Ampex and was re-released in 2000 on CD by the praiseworthy Schema Records. Beyond the whims Collector’s the album’s content is a miracle of groove and funk, where our well supported by the British band of assagai, doth eight songs ranging from the cover of “Soul Train”, “Is not No Sunshine” and “Try a Little Tenderness”, reworked with honesty but no surprises to the remaining five original pieces these are truly a source of joy. Three in particular are my favorites: “I’m Coming Home” opens the door to the groove reminiscent Stonesiana, turns around sympathy for the devil to be understood, but they are the two instrumental tracks “Maddox” and “GRF” to give body and volume to work. Songs oozing groove and funk in every note, find in it the sound of the ghettos and so Africa here, then comes the grand finale with “Arguments”, funk piece with half a jazz trumpet among African suggestions. Believe me when I tell you that this record is like a communion with the funk and soul, and it is not liquid music at all: it is solid as a rock and eye that does not split your MP3 player….translat.. 

Try A Little Tenderness 6:00 
I’m Coming Home 4:43 
Tell Me Once Again 4:57 
Maddox 4:35 
Love Train 3:50 
G.R.F. 5:20 
Ain’t No Sunshine 5:00 
Arguments 4:10 

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