Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974 Vol. 1 - Various Artists on 2LP
Stones Throw did it again in 2004 with a massive batch of older funk rarities that tops most of the rest on the market! Cold Heat is a follow-up to the label's smoking Funky 16 Corners set and like that one, it's overflowing with great bits that had barely (or never) been heard by the rest of the world at large. Compiler Egon went through a range of rare singles, masters, and demos and came up with tunes that burn with a brightness that's undeniable. The grooves are all on the harder end of the James Brown Funky People side of the spectrum and some tracks are by names that finally got their due here, thanks to Egon, Wax Poetics, and some of the other funky forces doing the good work over the years. In a way, the collection is a summation of some of the singles and reissues released through the Now Again/Stones Throw imprint, but it also features some other bits and alternate versions that are totally great in their own right!