Exit 9 – 1975 – Straight Up

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A very essential issue

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 

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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. 

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“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!

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24 Comments
  • Amos
    Posted at 21:41h, 02 April 2014 Reply

    The Art of Funk!!!!!!!!

  • SidewaySmileyFace
    Posted at 23:32h, 02 April 2014 Reply

    Funkay!!!

  • PirateFunk
    Posted at 00:25h, 03 April 2014 Reply

    Thank you for this treasure! Wasn’t even born in this time but this shit goes hard.

  • Zebra
    Posted at 21:33h, 03 April 2014 Reply

    This is pure listening joy.

  • Alan Hamilton
    Posted at 21:35h, 03 April 2014 Reply

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!

  • Demon
    Posted at 10:38h, 05 April 2014 Reply

    Hell Ya. That’s FUNK!!!!

  • Rafael
    Posted at 10:47h, 05 April 2014 Reply

    Thank u for posting thiis brilliant album.

  • Mark
    Posted at 15:45h, 05 April 2014 Reply

    cheers for great tune, and uploading the album, what i’d give to own that.

  • Joanna
    Posted at 11:49h, 06 April 2014 Reply

    So full of life and energy it is amazing!

  • REmi
    Posted at 11:51h, 06 April 2014 Reply

    This is my Music!!!

  • Rossi
    Posted at 15:40h, 06 April 2014 Reply

    Grazie per averlo postato.

  • Akihiko
    Posted at 16:04h, 06 April 2014 Reply

    SUBLIME …..

  • Wesley
    Posted at 08:46h, 07 April 2014 Reply

    Can’t stop listening!!! Good music is timeless!!

  • Sam2
    Posted at 09:31h, 07 April 2014 Reply

    Cool band! Never seen it before. Will check it out.

  • Mauro
    Posted at 09:47h, 07 April 2014 Reply

    sound’s good….

  • JTR
    Posted at 09:02h, 08 April 2014 Reply

    DAMMIT dese guys are awesome

  • Lemonhead
    Posted at 09:09h, 08 April 2014 Reply

    Funktastik!

  • Rois
    Posted at 22:52h, 08 April 2014 Reply

    hot as hot can get on record…….ouch

  • lester
    Posted at 23:02h, 08 April 2014 Reply

    Great stuff, thank you so much for posting this!

  • Rene
    Posted at 09:17h, 09 April 2014 Reply

    Oh! I’m gonna have a good time listening to this. Thank you.

  • Grumpy
    Posted at 08:36h, 10 April 2014 Reply

    Thanks!

  • Kurt
    Posted at 17:27h, 12 April 2014 Reply

    Thanks for this and all the great work

  • Max
    Posted at 13:57h, 07 June 2016 Reply

    Nice 🙂

  • Psychfan
    Posted at 02:42h, 05 June 2018 Reply

    Thanks very much!

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