Motown legend! Features Mick Collins,Rachel Nagy, and Lisa Kekaula!
"Guitarist of choice for major artists as diverse as Del Shannon,
Funkadelic and The Temptations, Coffey was a member of the original
Motown â€™Funk Brothersâ€™ backing band and was key in bringing heavy wah
wah guitar to soul and R&B during the late â€™60s.
The canon of classics featuring Coffeyâ€™s work is immense - from
Temptationsâ€™ â€™Ball Of Confusionâ€™ and â€™Cloud Nineâ€™ to Edwin Starrâ€™s â€™Warâ€™
and Freda Payneâ€™s â€™Band Of Goldâ€™, the list is a roll-call of classic
soul and R&B landmarks.
As a solo artist, Coffey is perhaps best known for a series of rare
groove classics during the early â€˜70s including the million-selling
breakbeat staple â€˜Scorpioâ€™ and soundtrack to cult action flick â€™Black
Belt Jonesâ€™. Alongside producer Mike Theodore, his â€˜70s â€˜Theo-Coffâ€™
productions and his prolific guitar work ranged from raw funk to classic
disco, including CJ & Coâ€™s â€˜Devilâ€™s Gunâ€™ and The Sylversâ€™ â€™Boogie
For 2011, Dennis Coffeyâ€™s new self-titled album is a revelation, a
dense, fuzz-heavy haze of incendiary psychedelic soul. Much of the set
recalls the sentiments of earlier solo work such as his seminal, trippy
â€™Hair â€™Nâ€™ Thangsâ€™ album.
For these sessions, in addition to a host of new compositions, Coffey
personally cherry-picks tracks upon which he first appeared and enlists
an illustrious guest list for all-new interpretations. Stones Throwâ€™s
new soul hero Mayer Hawthorne takes up The Parliamentsâ€™ poignant
mid-tempo swayer â€™All Your Goodies Are Goneâ€™, Fanny Franklin from killer
Hollywood funk combo Orgone voices a new version of Wilson Pickettâ€™s
psych-soul jam â€™Donâ€™t Knock My Loveâ€™ and Lisa Kekaula from California
garage-soul band The Bellrays takes on the 100 Proof Aged In Soul
stomper â€™Somebodyâ€™s Been Sleepingâ€™. The Detroit connection looms large
throughout the set â€“ Mick Collins from the Dirtbombs alongside Detroit
Cobrasâ€™ Rachel Nagy unleash a dark, brooding take on Funkadelicâ€™s â€™I Bet
Youâ€™. UK chart sensation Paolo Nutini contributes a passionate version
of Rodriguez' â€žOnly Good For Conversation.â€œ Completing the list of
collaborations, Milwaukee funk sensations Kings Go Forth (Luaka Bop)
mould an intense funk jam around some heavy Coffey licks on â€™Miss
For his new compositions on the album, Coffey revisits the
uncompromising instrumental style he is renowned for. Album opener â€™7th
Galaxyâ€™ echoes the hard guitar â€™nâ€™ breaks of his Detroit Guitar Band
recordings for Sussex, â€™Knockaboutâ€™ whips up an epic funky soundtrack
groove and â€™Space Travellerâ€™ simmers on a sleazy, guitar-drenched, slo
mo workout." - Strut Records
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 13 August, 2012.