Midnight Movers – 1974 – Follow The Wind

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The second, and last, album by the magnificent Midnight Movers. Whereas their premier release, 1970’s ‘Do It In The Road‘, is a bit rougher and rawer, ‘Follow The Wind’ nonetheless is another amazing funk fest, crucial for Mama Earth’s funkadelphians.

Tracks
A1 Follow the Wind 3:25
A2 Mystery Woman 3:28
A3 Can’t Stand the Heat 4:20
A4 Lost for Words 3:55
A5 Party (With Every Muscle in Your Body) Part I 3:15
A6 Party (With Every Muscle in Your Body) Part II 2:16
B1 Frankenstein 2:47
B2 Blackenstein 3:03
B3 Mississippi Foxhole 4:36
B4 Long Train Running (Without Love) 4:06
B5 Sacrifice 3:39
B6 Flight to Freedom 5:05

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By soulmakossa

The title-track was the band’s biggest hit, a no-holds-barred jam propelled by chanking guitars, stutter stepping drums and those gorgeous blaxpo-style horn/flute riffs. Deep, thick, muddy bass here, too… Basically an instrumental, the group chants the song’s title a few times, but leaves most of the room to be taken up by the groove. Weird ‘siren’-like, feedback guitar line in there too…

Mystery Woman” is funk rock at its finest: pumping drums and bass, tambourines, piles of horns and a droning clavinet in the back. A groove that just won’t let up, featuring some snappy drum breaks and firebreathing guitar licks… like the boys sing, ‘fly on, with ya bad self!’

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That same swampy, greasy rock vibe is all over the frantic “Can’t Stand the Heat“, whereas “Lost for Words” constitutes the mandatory slow jam, with its breezy, flute-based groove and Earth, Wind & Fire-esque vocal harmonizing. Side A nonetheless concludes with another wah-wah’d floorshaker in the guise of the jubilant “Party“.

The flip opens with a very interesting spin on Edgar Winter’s rockzillian opus “Frankenstein“, which is snazzily followed by a band original, the equally stupendous stomp “Blackenstein“.

It’s back to the funky swamps with the cruisin’ head-bobber “Mississippi Foxhole“, a well-oiled instrumental where organ, flutes and that omnipresent, crackeling electric guitar play the piece’s leit motif in unison. Features a sick sax solo, as well.

The Movers further up the ante with the hard rockin’ gospel/funk hybrid “Long Train Running“, with Patterson in his gruffy, raw vocal bag. I’m pretty sure the guitar pattern on this thang has been sampled to death in the Age of Hip Hop.

With “Sacrifice“, there’s time for a breather. Probably the most ‘mellow’ of the batch, although lyrically pretty deep, there’s acoustic guitars here (to my knowledge the only place on the disc) set against that wall of brass. A bit of folksy funk rock…

The album ends the way that it began, however, and that’s with a UNK of FUNK. The frenetic feel-good message driven “Flight to Freedom” is an apt closer to this wonderful, underappreciated rock-solid outing by a shamelessly underrated group of funkateers.

 

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26 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 20:20h, 25 July 2016 Reply

    thankyou very much
    pj

  • Letto
    Posted at 22:54h, 25 July 2016 Reply

    Another ace.

  • Cometome
    Posted at 09:22h, 26 July 2016 Reply

    Good stuff as always! Thanks!

  • Donovan
    Posted at 18:55h, 26 July 2016 Reply

    I already have this album — and all I have to say is that it is a rare beauty. My favorite track: Mystery Woman

  • Kierra
    Posted at 19:22h, 26 July 2016 Reply

    John legend sampled Lost For Words

  • Telly
    Posted at 19:28h, 26 July 2016 Reply

    ahhhhhhhh ….soooooooooooooooooooooo good

  • Ricky
    Posted at 09:15h, 27 July 2016 Reply

    Thanks! It should be listened.

  • Sean
    Posted at 12:10h, 27 July 2016 Reply

    Damn, another great album in the best soul site ever.

  • Lars
    Posted at 18:08h, 27 July 2016 Reply

    Sounds like the good ole days to me

  • Lawrence
    Posted at 08:43h, 28 July 2016 Reply

    I’ve never heard them at all, thanks a lot for bringing back on this blog!

  • Noel
    Posted at 09:40h, 28 July 2016 Reply

    This sounds pretty hot, trust your taste anyway. thanx.

  • Jenovic
    Posted at 18:34h, 28 July 2016 Reply

    I gotta check this one out. Guys you never disappoint. Many thanks.

  • Greci
    Posted at 23:02h, 28 July 2016 Reply

    Perfeito!!!!!

  • Tedd
    Posted at 19:33h, 29 July 2016 Reply

    absolutely lovin’ it!!!

  • rich
    Posted at 20:31h, 29 July 2016 Reply

    thank you nikos

  • Hank
    Posted at 09:31h, 01 August 2016 Reply

    Oh hell yes. Beautiful times….Beautiful Music…..

  • Clyde
    Posted at 20:27h, 01 August 2016 Reply

    Made me feel young again!

  • Jackes
    Posted at 10:58h, 02 August 2016 Reply

    Wonderful :)

  • tony cover
    Posted at 16:16h, 07 August 2016 Reply

    Fantastic post, nuff respects

  • Devil
    Posted at 19:35h, 22 August 2016 Reply

    cool :)

  • Lin
    Posted at 09:33h, 25 August 2016 Reply

    The Afros are cosmic.

  • Dan
    Posted at 21:43h, 11 September 2016 Reply

    Superb stuff – thanks a million

  • Dan
    Posted at 21:44h, 11 September 2016 Reply

    Superb stuff – thanks so much!

  • NIja
    Posted at 02:29h, 17 November 2016 Reply

    Excellent !

    TX

  • Grumpy!
    Posted at 15:24h, 30 December 2016 Reply

    Thank you!

  • Jevta
    Posted at 20:28h, 15 August 2017 Reply

    groovy sh”” 🙂 Thanks 4 share !

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