East of Underground: Scorch’n, Gritty, and Raw Funk via US Army 1971
The first time I heard this band was on the Waxpoetics Website, I believe. It wasn’t in a mix, that’s for sure. But this is some of the best funk out there, in my humble opinion. The drummer is playing so damn fast on “If there’s Hell Below” that as a drummer, I can’t believe it.
The US Army holds a “Battle of the Bands” at a US base in Germany and these guys were the “runner-up.” The army only pressed one copy of the band. And somehow DJ Spinna heard about this story, went to Germany, to the base, and got his hands on it! Good man! All Army regulars that came together from various backgrounds to give it there all. It’s incredibly impressive. And nobody knows what became of these gifted young men. They might be dead and Vietnam was in full swing. It’s a shame because these men had no business being in anybody’s army. They very well could have been a serious, serious group. A serious piece for any crate digger or funk aficionado. All the tracks are good, each and every one. Go buy it.