Little Beaver -1974 – Party Down

One of the few really fantastic albums to come out of the Miami scene of the seventies! The great Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on cuts like “I Can Dig It Baby”, “Money Vibrations”, “Let The Good Times Roll”, and “Party Down (parts 1 & 2)”. The sound is sort of a mix between Shuggie Otis’ Inspiration Information LP and heavier funk outings, and the record’s a classic bit of southern 70s funk.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Cat Records LP with covers.

Tracks

A1. Party Down Pt. 1 3.14
A2.
Party Down Pt. 2 3.33
A3.
Money Vibrations 3.39
A4.
Get Into The Party Life 4.06
B1.
I Can Dig It Baby 5.18
B2.
Let The Good Times Roll 5.49
B3.
Let’s Stick Together 5.01

Bonus

Little Beaver – 1972 – Cat US LP

 

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This is a great album. Little Beaver is a great unknown guitar player and this is some of the coolest, funkiest music around. The album has lots of great, laid back grooves. Fans of Jaco probably know of this because it features him on ‘I can dig it baby.’ That track has some great bass playing on it.This album is a must for any music fans, especially fans of funk and jazz.

 

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Everybody liked Little Beaver; he played guitar on TK sessions for Betty Wright, Lattimore, Timmy Thomas, and others, so owner Henry Stone threw him a bone every now and then and let him record under his name. He never came up with enough quality material to fill an album, but that didn’t stop TK Records from issuing Little Beaver LPs. Party Down features both sides of Little Beaver’s finest recording, the jazzy “Party Down”; the melodic, lilting winner features his articulate lead guitar and sweet chord progressions. Only “Get Into the Party Life” is comparable; it too has jazzy overtones but is not as compelling.

“Let’s Stick Together” and “I Can Dig It Baby are also great funky tunes.

After ending his recording career in the late 1970s, he was recruited by Betty Wright in 2003 to play on Joss Stone’s albums The Soul Sessions and Mind, Body & Soul.

His track “Get Into The Party Life” is prominently sampled on Jay-Z’s track “Party Life” from his American Gangster album.

This album was included in the 100 Best Soul Albums ever by Mojo Magazine.

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11 Comments
  • BKS
    Posted at 15:56h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    yoooo i need this album the link is damaged my dude…please let me know if i can can get this from u personally emailed or whateva. Yo i love ur site by t he way i come here for ALL my samples my dude

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 16:18h, 09 June 2008 Reply

    BKS – the link is ok now (sorry it was an old deleted link)

  • Robert
    Posted at 09:04h, 15 October 2008 Reply

    I had not heard of Little Beaver until I found your site. Wow!!! Now I’m addicted and have found most of his records. What a talented guitarist, I can dig it. Thank you very much for what you do!! Bringing these incredible gems out of obscurity for those of us who missed out when it came out.

    All the best to you & yours,
    Robert

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 01:34h, 06 December 2008 Reply

    Wicked album – especially enjoyed ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ – I downloaded it a while ago but I left no comment at the time (my apologies) – thank you Nikos

  • out2gecha
    Posted at 00:39h, 30 January 2009 Reply

    Classic rare soul. Thanks!

  • Mr sam
    Posted at 22:12h, 01 March 2009 Reply

    Beautiful album. Very pure guitar player. Thank you Nikos

  • SPC
    Posted at 01:28h, 20 February 2010 Reply

    Really enjoyed this – thank you! Especially liked Get Into The Party Life & Let The Good Times Roll

  • uncleken
    Posted at 15:44h, 19 July 2010 Reply

    Party Down – Little Beaver now that brings back memories thanks

  • sean
    Posted at 05:24h, 22 September 2010 Reply

    What a groove! Love this. Remember hearing a single or two back in the 70s but this whole LP is so strong, and in a way different from other stuff of the era.

  • PAT PAUL
    Posted at 05:32h, 06 December 2010 Reply

    IS LITTE BEAVER STILL WITH US ???

  • Jan
    Posted at 23:36h, 28 March 2012 Reply

    Nice albums with good music. Thank you.

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