Black Nasty – 1973 – Talking To The People

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Great unique funk sound from the early 70’s. If you like Funkadelic or the Ohio Players you will certainly enjoy this. Its worth the money for the title track alone. But there is so much more, interesting cross funk with blues and rocking boogie tracks.

Like Rare Earth and early Funkadelic, Black Nasty took a very rock-minded approach to Detroit soul and funk, probably too rock-minded for many program directors at black radio. And at the same time, Black Nasty was too funky and soul-oriented for FM rock radio. So Black Nasty fell through the cracks in the early to mid-’70s, although it enjoyed some commercial success after evolving into the ADC Band and recording the major funk hit of 1978, “Long Stroke“. The band’s only album as Black Nasty, Talking to the People, was a commercial disappointment but a creative triumph. Those who savored the Motor City funk/rock experiments of Rare Earth and early Funkadelic will find a lot to admire about gritty, hard-edged smokers like “Nasty Soul“, “Getting Funky Round Here” and the single “Black Nasty Boogie” (which brings to mind John Lee Hooker’s work with Canned Heat). To its credit, Black Nasty has no problem turning around and providing silky, mellow slow jams such as “Rushin’ Sea” and “I Must Be in Love“, both of which feature singer Audrey Matthews. It is Nasty’s other lead singer, Terrance Ellis, who handles the more up-tempo gems.

Tracks
A1 Talking to the People 2:50
A2 I Must Be in Love 3:47
A3 Nasty Soul 3:43
A4 Getting Funky Around Here 2:49
A5 Black Nasty Boogie 5:51
B1 We’re Doin’ Our Thing 3:51
B2 I Have No Choice 3:39
B3 It’s Not the World 3:42
B4 Rushin’ Sea 3:41
B5 Booger the Hooker 3:28

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Review by Soulmakossa   

While released on Stax Records, Black Nasty were Detroit all the way. Combining hard, unpolished funk with brutal guitar noise, the band obviously was deemed way too ‘radical’ for early ’70s black radio standards. Their sole release, this gem right here, didn’t create any waves at the time of its release. It’s been treasured by Raw Funkers ever since its resurrection in the ’90s, tho’.

Talking to the People” encapsulates everything great about this band. Artwell Matthews’ crashing, thundering drums and Mark Patterson’s bass create a sizzling, loping, menacing funk groove for James ‘Blood’ Ulmer to blaze his electrified gee-tar madness over. A powerful message tune, riding it firmly on the one, it starts the whole band on vocals, giving it that multi-layered, tribal vibe.
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That ballads weren’t Black Nasty’s strongpoint is soon made clear with “I Must Be In Love“. There’s still a mildly funky rhythm underneath it all, but the vocals are pretty sugary and the overall atmos is a bit too preconceived and stale for my taste.

Gettin’ back to the real deal, Black Nasty then pumps out the monster jam “Nasty Soul“. A ferocious Funkadelic-styled anthem, with that droning, heavy beat and Ulmer’s spastic guitar noise on top of it. The self-explanatory “Getting Funky ‘Round Here” is the undisputed party joint, drenched in a nasty clavinet-driven stew of rock solid all-out jammin’.

Up next is the group paying hommage to John Lee Hooker and their hometown… “Black Nasty Boogie” ain’t lyin’. A filthy, irreverent, boisterous boogie romp that could give Canned Heat a run for its money. Preposterous…

Ulmer’s chankin’ guitar goodness sets the mood for the funkathon “We’re Doing Our Thing“, a lowdown piece of groove meat, awash with purring Hammonds and Patterson’s walking basslines. Deep in the pocket, this instrumental also features a clever, counter-melodical snazzy bridge.

 

I Have No Choice” is the second mellow track here, but it’s a good one, with lead singer Johnnie Mae Matthews wailing like a bona fide Southern Soul man. Sounds a bit like some of Bobby Womack’s great early ’70s mid-tempo ballads. The softest spot, however, is reserved for the breezy “Rushin’ Sea“. Nice ballad, but pales in comparison to the funk laid down here…

It’s Not the World” gets thangs back in the pocket; a loping message-driven jam with more of that typical LOUD guitar danglin’ on in the back. Ulmer’s solo here references to Chuck Berry.

Finally, “Booger the Hooker” is a well-chosen Last Stand of Stank: tongue-in-cheek lyrics deal with the clean boy gone wrong dope-wise and is another super hard slab of gritty funk rock.

 

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20 Comments
  • JarMartino
    Posted at 10:17h, 15 February 2016 Reply

    Niiiiiiice! Thanks 4 sharing this 1:)

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    Posted at 12:03h, 15 February 2016 Reply

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  • Reggie
    Posted at 12:29h, 15 February 2016 Reply

    Omg thank you so much for posting this!!! I have been looking for this!!

  • Tiago
    Posted at 22:46h, 15 February 2016 Reply

    Unbelievable that I actually overlooked this album all this time.

  • Kika
    Posted at 12:09h, 16 February 2016 Reply

    Thanks for putting this together. Groovin’ in my seat as I work …

  • Rodrigues
    Posted at 19:58h, 16 February 2016 Reply

    Maravilhosos e melodiosos momentos…

  • The Dragon
    Posted at 12:44h, 17 February 2016 Reply

    It’s always a pleasure to find such nice soul music here… Thank you!

  • Zico
    Posted at 21:36h, 17 February 2016 Reply

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  • Andre Malo
    Posted at 23:01h, 17 February 2016 Reply

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    Posted at 01:06h, 18 February 2016 Reply

    turn it up!!!!!!

  • William Smith
    Posted at 10:32h, 18 February 2016 Reply

    You’ve got my head so full of songs with all these incredible shares, I should just get this and say thanks 🙂

  • Gregory
    Posted at 13:02h, 18 February 2016 Reply

    Awesome! 🙂 

  • Darman
    Posted at 14:21h, 18 February 2016 Reply

    Love this LP!

  • Dave
    Posted at 22:40h, 18 February 2016 Reply

    this is very catchy, holy shit.

  • KingF
    Posted at 23:31h, 18 February 2016 Reply

    i’ve never heard it before, looking forward to checking it out.

    thank you!

  • Cameo
    Posted at 19:37h, 19 February 2016 Reply

    Wow wht a band.

  • Albert
    Posted at 15:26h, 21 February 2016 Reply

    A Funk Sensation

  • Tom
    Posted at 12:25h, 23 February 2016 Reply

    Superb find! Props!

  • Graham
    Posted at 12:20h, 27 February 2016 Reply

    funky in still funky

  • angel
    Posted at 01:24h, 01 March 2016 Reply

    That good shit.

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