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.
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
Little Beaver – 1972 – Cat US LP
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.
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.