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13 Nov 2016

The Grodeck Whipperjenny “The Grodeck Whipperjenny” 1970 + “Secret Second Album”1970 -71 US Hard Fuzz Acid Psych Funk

The Grodeck Whipperjenny “The Grodeck Whipperjenny” 1970 US Hard Fuzz Acid Psych Funk
Sitting Here On A Tongue 2:50
Wonder If 2:55
Why Can’t I Go Back 3:40
Conclusions 4:33
You’re Too Young 1:48
Put Your Thing On Me 4:40
Inside Or Outside 1:00
Evidence For The Existance Of The Unconscious 10:28 
The Grodeck Whipperjenny “Secret Second Album”1970 -71  Originally recorded 1970-1971. The record includes James Brown with The Grodeck Whipperjenny as backing band. Originally issued on the King label in 1971 as a James Brown record with the name “Sho is funky down there” reissue by  Le Fumme Angelo ‎ Italy in 300 copies.
A1 Just Enough Room 5:57
A2 Your Mother 4:29
A3 Can Mind 5:24
B1 S.I.F.D.H. 8:25
B2 Don’t Mind 3:45
B3 Bob Scoward 3:15 
Originally released in 1970 on James Brown’s People label. The band was led by James’ sometime producer Dave Matthews, and this is their one-off LP of killer fuzzed-out funk (emphasis on) rock. “The Grodeck Whipperjenny, recorded in 1970 in Cincinnati, is an album that won universal critical claim but still failed to propel the highly talented outfit into the big time. Described by one critic as ‘a superb psychedelic/progressive effort – full of imagination and fresh ideas,’ others locked into the album’s abundant funky rhythms, prompting another pundit to excitedly proclaim Grodeck as 'an acid funk monster of an album which will blow the flavor saver right off your mug!’ Every track is excellent in its own right which makes it difficult to single out particular highlights, but 'Conclusions’ is a superb instrumental of jaw-dropping strings, heavy Hammond and stinging guitar, while 'Evidence For The Existence Of The Unconscious’ features fine keyboards, echoed vocal and fuzz guitar.”……. 

The Grodeck Whipperjenny were wolves in sheep attire: a Cincinnati-based group of jazz musicians flexing their rock chops under the auspices of future CTI artist and Grodeck leader David Matthews, who at the time was serving as arranger and writer for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The band’s lone 1970 release exists in the sonic hinterland between Funkadelic-style psychedelic soul and a distinctly soulful prog rock that shares some territory with Brian Auger and Norman Whitfield’s Motown productions. 

The soupy results are truly sublime with funky tracks like “Sitting Here on a Tongue” coasting on Kenny Poole’s fuzz guitar and Jimmy Madison’s insistent drums that surely made Brown, who gets his requisite “A James Brown Production” credit, proud. The proceedings get even harder and heavier with the lysergic caveman stomp of “Put Your Thing on Me” and “Why Can’t I Go Back.” Matthews gets to strut his arranging stuff on the string-heavy “Conclusions” and takes his Hammond for a ride on the trippy “Evidence for the Existence of the Unconscious.” A few dated speed bumps, “I Wonder” and “You’re Too Young,” prevent this from being a through and through classic, but it’s a wild ride otherwise and not to be missed. 
by Wade Kergan….. 

The Grodeck Whipperjenny 
*Mary Ellen Bell - Vocals 
*Jimmy Madison - Drums 
*David Matthews - Organ, Piano, Trombone 
*Michael Moore - Bass 
*Kenny Poole - Guitar, Vocals 

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