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Mickey & the Soul Generation - Iron Leg/the Complete dbl lp


"Best known for their 1969 paper hit
“Iron Leg,” the mixed instrumental combo Mickey & the Soul
Generation came to semi-national attention following Nipsey Russell’s
performance of the Iron Leg dance on Johnny Carson. Though they shared a
label with Ben E. King, they lacked access to the same promotion and
marketing resources. A tour with Sam & Dave and opening slots for
James Brown, Kool & the Gang, and The Supremes found them performing
for thousands nightly, but still sleeping on floors. By the mid-’70s
the group had fractured, with members joining the army, bottling Coke,
and starting families. Their run would end in 1977 with two
members turning in a passing Average
White Band impression called “Southern Fired Funk” before their handful
of 45s fell completely out of vogue and made their journey to thrift
shops and cut-out distributors.
At the dawn of the century, Josh Davis (AKA DJ Shadow) tracked Mickey
and his Soul
 Generation down for the purpose of
reissuing their recordings on his upstart Cali-Tex label. “Mickey and
the Soul Generation are my favorite funk band,” Davis wrote in 2002.
“They were strong contenders for the title from my very first listen
back in '
92. ‘Iron Leg’ being the standout track
on an otherwise flaccid jazz-funk compilation of the day. Already a
favorite rare-groove selection in the ever-accepting UK club scene, I
too found myself buoying my bedroom DJ sets with snatches of the
irresistible Soul Generation Sound. It became an instant priority of
mine to locate an original.” That 2003 reissu
riginal.” That 2003 reissue  was met with critical praise, and
ultimately turned a new generation of music lovers onto rare funk and
soul. Numero has gone back to the scene of the crime and re-canvased for new leads
, helping Davis expand on his
original work, with updated liner notes, tons of newly discovered
photos, and a previously unreleased track." - NUMERO GROUP

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 12 July, 2013.

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