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Errol's Pick

Just as Detroit is associated with Motown, Seattle is known as the city that gave the world grunge. But it also boasted an incredibly vibrant soul, funk scene in the 60s and 70s that not many people know about. The first time I heard about this little-known scene was 10 years back when I found a record titled "Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Finest In Funk and Soul 1965-75". It was a revelation because I wasn't aware such a scene had existed in the Emerald City. But there was, and it turned out some very tasty disco, soul and funk platters that hardcore music collectors have been paying top dollar for. Light In The Attic, the Seattle-based label that released that compilation, will be releasing a second volume next week titled "Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul and Boogie Volume 2". It picks up nicely where its predecessor that traced the soul scene to 1975 left off. This one features tracks recorded between 1972 and 1987, when disco superseded soul, and many of the jams here reflect those changing tastes. As John Studamire of the band Priceless said in an interview (quote) "A lot of the groups around town would have to incorporate that disco sound or you'd sound totally dated".

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