The Beginning Of The End – 1971 – Funky Nassau

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This album is a true classic, an absolutely perfect blending of soul, calypso, funk, salsa and afro beat that is impossible not to stay still while listening to! It will always put a smile on your face and is constantly entertaining throughout. This album is heavily sampled in hip hop, for good reason!

A must have, brothers! Still sounds fresh! Read below the reviews and get it at once!

This is a fine @320 vinyl rip of the reissue Alston Records LP.

Tracks
A1 Funky Nassau (Part 1) 3:10
A2 Funky Nassau (Part 2) 3:20
A3 Come Down 2:20
A4 Sleep On Dream On 3:00
A5 Surrey Ride 4:29
B1 Monkey Tamarind 3:10
B2 In The Deep 4:50
B3 Pretty Girl (4:52)
B4 When She Made Me Promise 4:11

The Sites Reviews

1

A monster bit of funk that’s unlike anything else we can think of! Beginning Of The End hailed from The Bahamas, but don’t hold that against them because instead of being a Caribbean cliche, they took the best part of the island rhythms, and used them to forge an incredible approach to funk! They’ve got a choppy sound that’s the result of some incredibly dexterous guitar, bass, and drums and which you’ll recognize instantly from their one-time hit “Funky Nassau”, a killer funk track that never gets old, no matter how many bands cover it over the years! That gem kicks off the album, which then rolls into the monster funky “part 2”, which is even better! Other titles are equally wonderful and include “Come Down”, “Surrey Ride”, “Monkey Tamarind”, and “In The Deep”. Essential and one that you’ll be spinning for years! (Dusty Groove)

2

Thirty years after its maiden voyage, Funky Nassau sails again on a digitally remastered CD. Their number 15 pop smash “Funky Nassau Part 1 & 2” is the cream of this hands-on production by the Bahamas natives. The nine cuts fuses island rhythms and American jazz/funk into a doable, choppy mixture featuring guitars, bass, drums, and scratch vocals. Misclassified as a disco band, the Beginning of the End served up breezy Phil Upchurch-esque sounds, with “Come Down” and “Surrey Ride” being prime examples (All Music).

People’s Reviews

1

You know, i thought at first when i heard FUNKY NASSAU that this was gonna be one of those albums where the song released (of course, they are considered “one hit wonders”.) is the first cut and the rest of the album just plain sucks!!!! i have never been so happy to be wrong in my whole unfulfilled LIFE!!!!! this is the type of funkiness that i have dreamt about for the vast majority of my life!!!! ESSENTIAL BOMPALICIOUSNESS!!!! if you like that raw HUMMAFUNK, then you will enjoy this immensely.

2

What do you get when you cross pure 60’s soul, uncut funk and fresh latin and calypso? The Beginning Of The End. A couple of years ago i organized a party for friends and family. People started dancing a bit, so i decided to play this one. A major freak-out was the result. Still powerful after all these years…..

3

First off, the album is along the lines of 70’s James Brown, War, etc, etc… It’s neat to hear how funk influenced music all over the world (I immediately think of Fela Kuti), and this album doesn’t disappoint. Every track is invocative of funk music, with plenty of brass, nice guitar solos, and I especially enjoyed the lead singer – he has an undeniable Caribbean accent, but it just adds to the uniqueness of the sound. I totally recommend this album to any fan of the JBs, the Meters, and the list could go on and on.

4

Great, I remember it well from back in the day. When it came out in 1971, I really grooved on how unique the sound was, compared to the other songs on the radio at the time. Never got tired of hearing it.

Finally, What an awesome musical arrangement, with various instruments working together in such harmony and musical genius!

So, do you want me to say more? Grab it and let us know what you feel in the comments section.

Don’t sleep!!!!!

Listen up the killer “Funky Nassau”

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38 Comments
  • k02
    Posted at 19:28h, 12 August 2008 Reply

    Appreciate the great work Nikos. Iam know eager to hear this since you have labelled it a classic.

  • Martin
    Posted at 21:08h, 12 August 2008 Reply

    Fantastic!!! Just ordered the CD. Thanks for let me know….

  • Liam
    Posted at 21:43h, 12 August 2008 Reply

    Precious. Had no idea. Really makes me groove. Isn’t only the killer single but the whole album.

  • sauce
    Posted at 22:22h, 12 August 2008 Reply

    Good lookin out on this one. Been on the wishlist for a while.

  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 23:31h, 12 August 2008 Reply

    had the 45 as a kid and played it to death… bought another copy years later and thankfully I did because they are pretty expensive these days (about 40 bucks a piece). When I found the CD I spent my last penny to get one and money well spent. Brothers and sisters, download this, then go out and get a copy of the CD because you know you’ll want one πŸ™‚

    Peace and blessings.

  • Fi n
    Posted at 01:00h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    Yeah!!!!! You continue to amaze me. Bless you Nick.

  • Liston
    Posted at 01:08h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    Funk!!! Funk!!! Funk!!! Thanks for another great drop.

  • T.A.
    Posted at 01:30h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    Exactly, a MUST HAVE.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 01:36h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    One of my all time favorite funk tunes. this is real funk, real soul real music.this is when artists had real talent. classic….

  • roger1
    Posted at 02:41h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    thanks

  • robert
    Posted at 03:06h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    An absolute gem! Thanks for the continued generosity.

  • Louis
    Posted at 10:08h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    It reminds me my dad, who playing it (funky nassau 45) in every party. Later he bought the album which i still enjoy ….the cover cause is full of scratches! so great i can have a digital copy now.

  • Don
    Posted at 10:12h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    i love this FUNKY SHIT!

  • SotirisP
    Posted at 10:58h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    No 1. Very nice.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 14:04h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    Wohoooo! πŸ™‚

    /Laf

  • Jason
    Posted at 14:26h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    A summer song (indeed a killer)and a summer album which takes you high. Perfect for the period, the beach, the parties. Great tunes after all. Always in my play list for years and years.

  • Oak
    Posted at 16:06h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    “come down” is at least equal to the hit and my fav from this excellent album. Thanks for sharing. Great rip too.

  • cav
    Posted at 19:26h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    I don’t often leave comments but damn, this album is simply amazing… there’s not one song i don’t like… something to keep me dancing! haha

  • magicsoul
    Posted at 22:32h, 13 August 2008 Reply

    a classic….sampled for troy intro (pete rock)….dope

  • Funkzilla
    Posted at 00:37h, 14 August 2008 Reply

    Thanks for a great rip… what a fantastic album. Haven’t heard this for ages. pure genius from beginning to end!! cheers

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 02:13h, 14 August 2008 Reply

    I am so glad you like it guys. Another Nikos(a Soul funk expert here in Greece) who owns a Records Shop, persuade me to buy the reissue of this classic LP, 4 -5 years ago. He insisted that i should own this and finally he was so right! Niko Petroulaki thanks for all the amazing albums you recommended me and the knowledge you gave me.

  • Greg
    Posted at 10:29h, 14 August 2008 Reply

    Summer of 1971. These were great times, I remember listening to the song like it was yesterday!

  • kizza
    Posted at 13:19h, 14 August 2008 Reply

    Classic album!

  • Donovan Mills
    Posted at 13:39h, 14 August 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the gem. Bravo for your dedicated work. Love this site.

  • xblue
    Posted at 13:50h, 14 August 2008 Reply

    wow *great* album – thank you so much for sharing!!!

  • Tony
    Posted at 16:35h, 14 August 2008 Reply

    Great post by all means. Love this site.

  • MadFunk
    Posted at 03:03h, 15 August 2008 Reply

    Amazing album nikos. Great Rip. Thanx for sharing.

  • Andre
    Posted at 12:14h, 15 August 2008 Reply

    Legendary!!!!! Thank you so much! Sterling work.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 13:24h, 15 August 2008 Reply

    ”Mini skirts, maxi skirts and Afro hair do
    People doin’ their own
    Don’t care ’bout me or you
    Nassau’s gone honky
    Nassau’s got soul now, oh yeah”

    Summer madness…. Summer fonkiness…. Make every single day in your life a Funky Nassau day, at least in your mind if you please…. Need to say more?

  • manny
    Posted at 03:57h, 17 August 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • Moe
    Posted at 21:00h, 01 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks for Sharing. =)

  • Mr sam
    Posted at 13:42h, 01 March 2009 Reply

    Don’t hesitate! Get it! Since I heard it, it is my every morning wake up album. Another pearl from Nikos.

  • kostas
    Posted at 19:51h, 14 November 2009 Reply

    It’s a really great album!!! very thanx for this one!!

  • Raphael Munnings
    Posted at 12:07h, 05 September 2010 Reply

    Hello I am Raphael Munnings Lead Singer and Composer on Funky Nassau. Thank you for putting this out there.This year we are celebrating the 40th. Anniversary of Funky Nassau contact me in the Bahamas.

  • Raphael Munnings
    Posted at 12:40h, 05 September 2010 Reply

    The year was 1969, and Nassau was in for the wave of this energetic young band called Beginning Of The End. The band, according to lead singer Raphael, was quite a unique group inasmuch as it was heavily influenced by the pop culture that was very vibrant in the United States.

    The flower power movement and the hippie generation gravitated towards artists like Marvin Gaye, Impressions, Jerry Butler, and Jimmy Hendrix. Hard rock, rhythm ‘n’ blues, funk, jazz, and of course the Latin music that was heard over the airwaves from Cuba went into one big melting pot that helped in creating Nassau’s newest sound. The members made a decision to quit their jobs and rehearse for six months in order to make this band a success.

    With the influence of Freddie Munnings Sr. who ran an extremely successful nightclub, ” The Cat and Fiddle”, the Munnings brothers along with Fred Henfield had ample opportunity to perform with and hear the many foreign acts that appeared at the club. Among them were Nat King Cole, Count Basie, Flip Wilson and just about any major star of the 50’s and 60’s entertainment era. These young musicians took full advantage and learnt the many styles that graced the stage of “The Cat and Fiddle”.

    The members of the band were Fred Henfield on bass guitar, Leroy Munnings – lead guitar, Frank Munnings – drums, and the youngest member Raphael Munnings – vocals and keyboards. Together they came up with the music of “Funky Nassau” which sold over a million copies worldwide. Assisting with the lyrics was Tyrone Fitzgerald, “Dr. Offfff”, who died in 2003. Tyrone was to become a leading innovative junkanoo icon in the Bahamas. After months of experimenting with various fusions, the band was ready to present their brand of Bahamian music. In addition to the rhythm section, the band used a few horn players that contributed to the sound of the group. Those musicians were: Neville Sampson, Vernon Mueller, Kenneth Lane and two other relatives, Ralph Munnings and Freddie Munnings.

    The New Year brought in the urge to record this new sound, and in 1970 Percy Munnings, the uncle of the young Munnings brothers, after relentlessly being hounded, yielded and provided a $2,000 advance to the group to assist them in cutting the record. With cash in hand, these fine musicians were joined by Neville Sampson on trumpet and Ralph Munnings (cousin) on sax in a recording session in Miami, recording “Funky Nassau” and “Gee Whiz It’s Christmas” on the B-side of the record. The Criteria Recording Studio at the time only had 8 tracks, and did a wonderful job in capturing this new sound.

    With no sophisticated editing machines in those days, the live performance was done eight times in total before being satisfied with the end product. Upon their return to Nassau a few days later, the 5,000 copies of the 45rpm record were sold out in less than two weeks. It is worthy of mention that Jeff Scavella who was the first to play the song and Charles Carter another influential radio DJ contributed to the success of this record on the local scene. As anticipated, the song “Funky Nassau” took a back seat to “Gee Whiz It’s Christmas” which was done in a junkanoo style.

    When the New Year rolled in, it brought in “Funky Nassau” which was supported by tourists and locals alike. Percy Munnings was no doubt quite pleased to collect on the loan that started the ball rolling for this project. Sometime in 1971, one of the 5,000 copies sold during the holiday season in 1970 ended up in the jukebox at an Elks lodge in Miami, Florida. As fortune would have it, a disc jockey by the name of Fred Hanna who also happened to be the program director of a local Miami station WMBM heard this new sound for the first time. Mr. Hanna convinced the owner of the lodge to loan him the record that he used to quiz his radio audience as to the name of the artist. Well, no one could guess who the artists were and this in itself sparked great interest in the Miami area.

    With the overwhelming response and request for “Funky Nassau” the DJ sent out a message to the band back in Nassau telling them “You Guys Have Got A Hit”! The band immediately flew into Miami where they were introduced to Henry Stone, who happened to be one of the largest record distributors in the South Florida area at that time. Henry Stone struck a distribution deal with the band on his label, Alston Records that was also affiliated with Atlantic Records. Soon after, WEDR, WQAM, and just about any station on the FM dial was tuning in to “Funky Nassau”.

    Fortunately, the writers Raphael Munnings and Tyrone Fitzgerald had the insight to get their work registered with BMI, unlike many Bahamian song compositions, which were and continue to be lost to foreign entities due to the innocent ignorance or naivetΓ© of our musicians. However, the band was caught by surprise with the success of this record and never really got a firm understanding of what was going on. Cash advances from the record company and record sales royalties shot these young Bahamians into unbelievable stardom.

    The only live appearance outside the Bahamas was at the University of Miami in 1971 at the invitation of Bahamian students studying there at the time. Dressed in junkanoo costumes and adding lots of Bahamian music to the repertoire, they entertained a crowd of approximately 5,000 enthusiastic fans. It was not until1974 that the band finally recorded another album entitled “Beginning of The End” which never really took off as “Funky Nassau” had. Despite being managed by Don Taylor (manager for Bob Marley and T-Connection), the group never really re-captured the missed opportunities of the early 70’s. The band played the local club scene up until 1975, and did several promotional trips for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, but never made it to the international touring circuit.

    Looking back, Raphael remembers the impact of the song “Funky Nassau”, and recalls that some politicians went so far as to call for a ban on local radio stations, claiming the title painted negative connotations. In fact, “Funky Nassau” spoke of what was going on in the Bahamas. “Mini skirts, maxi shirts, and afro-headed dudes, people doin’ their own thing they don’t care ’bout me or you” is a line of lyrics reflecting the social climate in the City at the time. The charm and friendliness of the people of Nassau started to be substituted with a disinterest.

    Additionally, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, with all the trimmings were the order of the day. It was a new music, loud music, and these young Bahamian rockers shook the room with sheer volume. Totally contrary from the softer goombay sounds of their time, this band, although they didn’t last very long, made a lasting impression on the sound of Bahamian music.

    But the world hadn’t heard the last from this revolutionary hit yet. In the year 2000, the song made a grand appearance in the movie, “Blues Brothers 2000”. Among the stars performing the track in the movie were Erykah Badu, Joe Morton, Dan Aykroyd, and The Blues Brothers Band. The music continues to be fused with disco and house mixes all over America, Europe, and the rest of the world. The artistic freedom embraced by these young innovators in the late sixties would appear to be testimony that uniqueness will stand up against all time

  • Dave
    Posted at 04:44h, 11 July 2011 Reply

    Thanks for this wonderful journey through memory lane. Beginning of the end came on the scene with their hit like a tornado.

  • 2 Dam Funky
    Posted at 15:54h, 20 January 2014 Reply

    Wicked album, great songs & thanks for posting Nikos.

  • Psychfan
    Posted at 02:09h, 10 June 2018 Reply

    Many thanks!

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