Exit 9 – 1975 – Straight Up
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A top killer funk groove and hard to find on original vinyl.
Prime New York City funk from 1975. A strong album that matches the major forces in Funk at that time (Kool & The Gang, Fatback Band, Parliament, Ohio Players) Jive Man is a brilliant up-tempo opener. Fly, Miss Funky Fox & the superb closer M.F.B all match that opening song.
If you love 70’s funk, then this album is definitely for you. It’s an absolute gem, love it!
A1 Jive Man 5:05
A2 Straight Up 3:19
A3 Julie I Love You 3:47
A4 Fly 3:37
B1 Miss Funky Fox 3:36
B2 Thoughts Of You 5:09
B3 I Love You! Love You Completely 3:04
B4 Rhapsody In Funk 3:40
B5 M.F.B 4:06
Exit 9 were a nine-piece funk band from New York who in 1975 cut this album for the Brunswick subsidiary label BRC. In the tradition of other Soul Brother reissues, this is a particularly sought after funk album with original pressings rare and expensive. Appealing to the huge funk scene that has been steadily growing world-wide, this album is rootsy laden with raw grooves, funky rhythms, tight brass and strong melodies. There is also a slight jazz flavour to the arrangements, making comparisons with early Kool & The Gang valid. The album includes the dancefloor favourite ‘Miss Funky Fox‘ along with many other club and radio friendly tracks.
“Straight Up” was the only album released by Exit 9, a nine-piece funk band out of New York. The group was a young one, with all members aged between of 16 and 20 when “Straight Up” was recorded. Originally called “Qualified Funk”, the group built a reputation as a solid soul/rock outfit. A few months before this album was recorded, the group signed on with new managers, John Jenkins and Modeste Clark, changed their name to Exit 9, and shifted to a more dance music approach, with funky rhythms, strong melodies, tight brass, and guitars adding a raw edge to many of the songs. “Miss Funky Fox” , an upbeat dancefloor favourite, is probably the best known track, but the entire album is strong, with highlights including the title track and “Jive Man,” both infectious, up tempo groovers, and the mellow “Thoughts Of You” .Exit 9’s sound has been compared to pre-disco Bohannon and early Kool And The Gang – heady company to say the least! No wonder “Straight Up” is so popular with crate diggers and groove junkies!