Brothers Unlimited – 1970 – Who’s For The Young
Here’s one of the most sought after funk/soul albums ever made, contributed by Mr.Moo, with two fantastic crossover soul tunes in “Got to get over” & “Take me back”, a great cover of the classic Sam Cooke’s “A change is gonna come” and my personal fav “Life, Dreams, Death” – a funk rock cut with killer organ, psych vocals and early 70’s war vibe.
Dusty Groove : An excellent album of southern funk – and darn rare, too! We know almost nothing about the Brothers, but they’re a 14 piece combo with a tight ensemble funk sound that clearly shows roots of both the Memphis and Muscle Shoals scenes where the album was recorded! There’s a lot of fuzzy guitar, almost in a Detroit Westbound mode – but the band’s also got a sweetly southern funk style, with lots of organ bubbling underneath the tracks, punctuated by some pretty tight drum work that really makes the best cuts groove nicely in a more righteous take on the Stax/Volt sound of the time. A really wild one – and the kind of record that makes your jaw drop when you realize that some lucky A&R guy was actually able to get an underground soul album released by a major label!
This is a @320 vinyl rip (supplied by Mr.Moo) of the reissue Capitol LP including covers.
A1. Who’s For The Young? 3.03
A2. A Change Is Gonna Come 3.44
A3. Got To Get Over 2.54
A4. Hey Little Rich Boy 3.33
A5. Get Away 2.49
B1. Life, Dreams, Death 5.40
B2. Spoonful 3.33
B3. Take Me Back 2.10
B4. What We Need Is Harmony 2.48
This group of musicians and vocalist came to together in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, with a unique live sound blending funk, soul, rock, funkadelic, and smooth vocals. The group was organized by John “Kousi” Harris from Pensacola, Fl., formerly of the group J Robinson and The Dynamics who recorded on the MALA label, and Jerry Jones a local Memphis Vocalist. Curtis Johnson, and brother Harold “Quake” Johnson had formerly been members of The Chips/ Astors, that recorded with Stax Records. The musicians had been playing locally with several groups, when John and Jerry had and idea to join these different talents to create a new sound. The group was self managed, with Curtis doing the booking and creating tours throughout Memphis night clubs, and on the Florida, and Alabama Gulf Coast. The group also travelled north to the Michigan area, but spent most of their time in the lower south east. In 1970, the group produced (with Fame Records) and recorded an album that was released on the Capitol Records label, “Who’s For the Young”. In 1972, the group disbanded, allowing some members of the group to join the “new” Bar-Kays, when the group was re-organized, following the death of Ottis Redding and all but 2 members of The “Original” Bar-Kays.
Taken from the back cover:
This is the real real thing. Real fine, funky, hard-driving, up-tempo, contemporary, own-home, nitty-gritty solid soul from Muscle Shoals and Memphis. If you wanted to give this sound a label, it would have to be one of those hyphenated ones – something like soul-pop-contemporary folk-rock. The basis is definitely country – cotton-row-feet country. But it’s also incredibly complex, sophisticated, right-now, urban-international. Organic. And original. And yet it sounds a bit like everything good you’ve ever heard. The Brothers Unlimited are not ordinary musicians – vocal and instrumental. They are twelve very specific guys who have worked together for the past year, playing on sessions at Fame Recording Studios in Memphis. They are very tight – personally and professionally – and working this way with their producer, they’ve developed a thing of their own that’s unique. The music is alive. It breathes and sweats. These are the sounds and the cries of youth – of empathetic everyones – today.
It’s been a legendary rarity for years and made its long-overdue CD debut in 2008 through Fallout Records. Buy a digital copy from Amazon or Ebay along with a lot of reissue LP’s. The only available original LP I came across is in Groove Collector.