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.

Tracks
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.

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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.

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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.

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50 Comments
  • hooch
    Posted at 00:19h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks a lot Mr Moo, Nikos – superb LP indeed 🙂

  • cheeba
    Posted at 00:39h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    Legendary! Was not aware that it had been reissued, will have to order a copy now that it’s available. Thanks Mr. Moo & Nikos!

  • Eugene
    Posted at 00:58h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks for continuing to broaden and deepen my soulful education. This is a “masterclass”. Loading it on my walkman for the trip to work tomorrow. Should have a smile on my face.
    Regards,

    Eene

  • prunalogsusan
    Posted at 07:49h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    awww man! i just happened upon this site a few days ago. everything about it just rules. i wanted to leave a comment before but didn’t know where to start. now today i see theres a new post and so i’m doin it up. i LOVE this music and am always searchin to expand my soul funk collection. thanks to yous my wantlist has now doubled. keep on keepin on!
    thanks soooo much,
    -timT

  • Bob
    Posted at 11:28h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    Great, man!!!!

  • Jeremy
    Posted at 12:52h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    Superb! Mr.Moo thank you for sharing.

  • SoulSIzzle
    Posted at 12:21h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    One of those records I’ve had for a long time but still come back to time and time again. The title track still has an indescribable effect on me.

  • J RAMM
    Posted at 16:34h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    HELL YES!!!! CRAZY STUFF ON YOUR BLOG MAN! NICE
    PEACE J RAMM

  • rich
    Posted at 22:37h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    thank u mr. moo great collection u have

  • justme
    Posted at 23:06h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    This is a great album. I had a good copy but yours is a higher bit rate. It is such a good album that I downloaded it again. Thank you!

  • Brian Davis
    Posted at 22:23h, 26 January 2010 Reply

    Wow! Another Album I missed completely. I can only thank you for sharing. It’s your site, and a few others that inspired me to recently start my own. Many, Many Thanks.

  • Len
    Posted at 00:54h, 27 January 2010 Reply

    Wow!!! A very interesting disc indeed. I can not ever recall seeing this in the racks “back in the day”.I guess we can assume this one sank without a trace too… Which of course is a crime! I hear traces of Sly & The family Stone in here as well. Thank You Nikos and Mr. Moo for your love,devotion and all the hard work you have put into bringing this fantastic music to the people.

  • Giorgos
    Posted at 10:35h, 27 January 2010 Reply

    The clip track is super funky. Can’t wait to hear the rest. many thanks.

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 13:40h, 27 January 2010 Reply

    A funky gem – as always on your blog. I think i´ve never listened to a boring album on this side. Brilliant job. thanx Mr Moo and Nikos.

  • Jaogg
    Posted at 20:38h, 27 January 2010 Reply

    THANKS A LOT!!!!

  • Bobby
    Posted at 23:46h, 27 January 2010 Reply

    Killer organ and drums. Thank you all.

  • Tim
    Posted at 23:54h, 27 January 2010 Reply

    This is great…I’m listening to it for the 5th time in less that 24 hours, and am really digging it. Thanks for sharing!

  • snowmonkey
    Posted at 03:42h, 28 January 2010 Reply

    Wow! Great vocals and well crafted songs. Thanks!

  • bunsoplenty
    Posted at 06:52h, 28 January 2010 Reply

    awesome, love this blog!

  • Kirk
    Posted at 10:34h, 28 January 2010 Reply

    Love it. Much love from Cuba.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 14:23h, 28 January 2010 Reply

    Wonderful LP – that raw energy is irresistable – sounding like they were having a real gas in the studio. Exceptional vocals and passion. Being a little boring, my faves are the more sweet ‘Who’s for the young’ and ‘Take me back’, but this really is a album experience. Thank you so much Mr Moo for introducing this rare beauty.

  • Tom
    Posted at 15:15h, 29 January 2010 Reply

    As always Much Thanks.

  • romy
    Posted at 17:14h, 29 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks a lot for the last two LPs, very excited to listen to them tonight!

  • Andre B
    Posted at 22:42h, 29 January 2010 Reply

    thanks so much for this great record. gotta love those old soulful organs. much appreciated!

  • Pietro
    Posted at 23:40h, 29 January 2010 Reply

    Super funky with rock elements. A wonderful album. Thank you so much.

  • k02
    Posted at 06:32h, 30 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 17:31h, 30 January 2010 Reply

    good stuff, thanks eva so much!

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 17:52h, 30 January 2010 Reply

    Thank you ,nice album .This weekend seems to be nice with this music

  • Kelly
    Posted at 18:39h, 30 January 2010 Reply

    Amazing music. Such a great website. Thank u.

  • Sly don
    Posted at 00:28h, 31 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks so much!

  • Gareth E
    Posted at 13:23h, 31 January 2010 Reply

    Great stuff from the golden team. Thank you once more.

  • Jason
    Posted at 23:20h, 31 January 2010 Reply

    great post! thanks

  • Alexandros
    Posted at 10:27h, 01 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks a lot for this ultra rare gem!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:03h, 03 February 2010 Reply

    Perfect! Thanks a lot!

  • Mr Sam
    Posted at 00:04h, 03 February 2010 Reply

    perfect! thanks a lot!

  • KenG
    Posted at 23:16h, 06 February 2010 Reply

    Absolutely stunning and beautiful album. Sweet soul music doesn’t get much better than this. Thanks.

  • Lee Roy
    Posted at 21:08h, 16 February 2010 Reply

    Betty Davis – Anti Love Song

  • HeavySoulBrutha DaveB.
    Posted at 00:33h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks so much!!!

  • hamnegger
    Posted at 22:37h, 25 March 2010 Reply

    not familiar with this but the blurbs make it sound very tasty, thankyou

  • Repsho
    Posted at 17:12h, 08 May 2010 Reply

    Who’s For The Young is like funk CPR for my dying soul – God bless ya guvnor

  • Curtis
    Posted at 06:44h, 17 May 2010 Reply

    Mr. Moo,
    Thank you for featuring The Brothers on your site, and thanks to all of the Bloggers who made such wonderful comments about our music. I am Curtis Johnson, one of the originators of the group, and while Googling Brothers Unlimited, I came across your site. I e-mailed the link to that page, to my contacts that include some of the remaining members of the group.
    Thanks & God Bless

  • TJ
    Posted at 08:03h, 17 May 2010 Reply

    Mr. Moo,

    I am the son of one of the original Brothers Unlimited (Harold Johnson). Like my uncle Curtis (another original Brothers Unlimited) said earlier in a blog, I too want to thank you guys for showcasing The Brothers. My father would be proud that the music that I listen to from an early childhood has continue to inspire others to this very day.

    Thank You Again and God Bless You

    TJ
    The Funk is still alive and “A Change Is Gonna Come”

  • Trina
    Posted at 19:31h, 17 May 2010 Reply

    Mr. Moo
    I am the Sister of Curtis and the late Harold (Quake) Johnson. I would like to also thank you for keeping real music alive.

  • Jerry
    Posted at 22:09h, 17 May 2010 Reply

    Mr. Moo,

    I’m Jerry, the lead singer in the group Brothers Unlimited (except Take Me Back). Along with Curtis I want to thank you for keeping the music alive. The album was actually recorded in Memphis and mixed in Muscle Shoals. If you need any history on the group feel free to contact me at: [email protected]
    Once angain thank you.

  • Jerry
    Posted at 22:12h, 17 May 2010 Reply

    Mr. Moo,

    Oh by the way that’s me in the tiger suit sitting on the stature.

    Thanks,
    Jerry (Lead Singer)

  • JJ
    Posted at 06:35h, 20 May 2010 Reply

    oH MY GOD I AM 20 AND THIS SHIT HAS JUST BLOWN MY MIND I HIT REPEAT ON THAT VIDEO ABOUT 100 TIMES BEFORE I EVEN CLICKED THE DOWNLOAD ! WOWW LOVE THIS KIND OF FUSION SORTA LIKE BLACK MERDA KIND OF VIBE , CAN YOU RECCOMEND ANYTHING ELSE LIKE THIS I GUESS ITS A LONG SHOT ?

    CAN’T THANKYOU ENOUGH FOR SHOWING ME WHAT REAL MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT PEACE.

  • Grumpy
    Posted at 10:40h, 02 June 2010 Reply

    One word is sufficient for this one … awesome !
    Thanks!!

  • edd
    Posted at 22:09h, 09 July 2010 Reply

    First off, thanks for this one. I listened to it and the Black Magic records this morning. This is a bit more in the Mer-Da vein, maybe. But, hey, I don’t wanna be negative, but I must point out that you mention the Fallout label, who reissued the Brothers Unlimited record. You should be aware that Fallout has a VERY bad reputation amongst reputable music folks as a label who essentially bootlegs old records such as this one–they don’t license stuff and they don’t work from best sources (often from LPs) and in general, aren’t reputable. Feel free to look up the rather extensive info to this effect on the interwebs. (I have personal experience with Fallout via a friend of mine, whose rather well-known and now officially reissued record they put out in their shoddy fashion a few years back, so I hope you’ll take this into consideration when you tell folks to buy the Brothers Unlimited CD from such a label. Are the Brothers getting paid, and was their record actually licensed??)

  • Plastic
    Posted at 15:14h, 14 January 2012 Reply

    This one was a pleasant surprise, hadn’t heard of it before. I love music around this time, the tail end of the sixties and the start of the 70s — looking back to joyful 60s soul and forward to funk. Reminds me a little of very early Funkadelic. Thanks for this, great album.

  • Funky Skynet
    Posted at 02:13h, 27 April 2012 Reply

    This band is hot and soulfull, i like when every tracks are good, thanks !

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