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Spiders Webb – 1976 – I Don’t Know What’s On Your Mind

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A real treasure from the Cali scene of the 70s – the one and only album from drummer Spider Webb – and a wicked batch of bass-heavy grooves throughout!

Spider’s drums are definitely great, and his offbeat vocals are completely charming, too – but the basslines are what really drive the record – often with a slightly skittish quality that seems to hint at the more dynamic dancefloor modes to come on the New York scene of the early 80s – yet still fused nicely here onto a Fantasy Records blend of jazz, funk, and soul!

Carol Kaye plays some mighty nice guitar on the record – and titles include the classic groover “I’ve Learned From My Burns” – plus “Carry Me Through”, “Good Thing”.

A1 I Didn’t Know What’s On Your Mind 5:32
A2 I’ve Learned From My Burns 5:04
A3 Reggae Bump 5:17
B1 Spider’s Webb 4:28
B2 Carry Me Through 5:09
B3 Good Thing 5:18
B4 Soft Wind 5:14

Spiders Webb is the group founded by legendary bass and guitar player Carol Kaye and her husband, drummer Kenneth Ronald Rice, and this is their sole album, from 1976.

The jazz funk era saw many musicians morph from sidemen to leaders – star acts in their own right. Harvey Mason, Herbie Hancock and Lonnie Liston Smith all achieved a level of fame after moving into the crossover arena from the world of jazz.

Those behind Spider’s Webb never got close to that level of success but their solitary album for Fantasy, “I Don’t Know What’s On Your Mind”, provided the world with a classic floor-filler and six other numbers that showed the skill of all those involved. That the line-up on the record contained one of the most distinctive bass players in popular music was somewhat overlooked, especially as she hardly touched the instrument on this record but instead played lead guitar.