Masterful funk from the Detroit powerhouse labels of Eastbound and Westbound
by Dean Rudland

The film ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Motown’ is trying its best to reinstate one of the oldest music history myths, namely that Detroit died a sudden musical death at about the time that Berry Gordy’s eye was caught by the Californian sun and a beckoning Hollywood. Fortunately someone forgot to tell Detroit. In 1969, Holland, Dozier and Holland set up their Hot Wax and Invictus outfits and Armen Boladian’s Westbound Records opened up its doors as one of the most adventurous mainstream record labels to commit music to vinyl. Over the following decade it would release pop, jazz, sweet soul and some wonderfully deranged funk.

A1 Funkadelic– I’ll Bet You
A2 Bobby Franklin’s Insanity– Hit It And Quit It
A3 Silky Vincent– Funky World Part 1
A4 Boots*– Rpm
A5 Alvin Cash– Stone Thing Part 1
B1 Freddie Wilson– In Born Soul
B2 Funkadelic– You Can’t Miss What You Can’t Measure
B3 Melvin Sparks– Get Ya Some
B4 Donald Austin– Crazy Legs
B5 Jimmy Scott (6)– Pair And Spare
C1 Jackie Harris and The Exciters– Get Funky Sweet A Little Bit
C2 Robert Lowe– Back To Funk
C3 Albert Washington– You’re Messing Up My Mind
C4 Ohio Players– Feelin’ Alright
C5 The Counts– Why Not Start All Over Again
D1 King Errisson– Conga Man
D2 The Motivations*– I Love You
D3 Spanky Wilson– Shake Your Head
D4 Mighty Elegant– I Dont Know What It Is But It Sho’ Is Funky
D5 The 19th Whole*– You Caught Me Smiling
(BGP Records)