Charles Wright: Live At The Haunted House (may 18, 1968)

SKU: 13427504
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd st. Band: Live At The Haunted House (may 18, 1968)

Charles Wright: Live At The Haunted House (may 18, 1968)

SKU: 13427504

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Artist: Charles Wright
Title: Live At The Haunted House (may 18, 1968)

Between their first and second albums, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band taped a May 18, 1968 performance at the Haunted House night club in Hollywood for possible future use. Edited versions of a half-dozen of the songs appeared on their 1968 album Together, and an edited version of another ("Bottomless") was issued as a B-side. But this two-CD set, issued on Rhino Handmade a good 40 years later, has about two-and-a-half hours from the performance, with complete and uncut versions of the aforementioned songs. On the one hand, it's a valuable historical document; there aren't all that many live recordings of significant late-'60s soul-funk bands, and this one has both very good sound and very tight performances. On the other hand, it's not the group at their most interesting, since all but three of the songs are covers. Granted, they sound like one of the best cover bands you could have possibly heard at the time, playing with both guts and precision, and taking some liberties (some improvisational) with the source material, though not too drastic or lengthy ones. They're certainly versatile as well, taking on hits from Motown, Stax, James Brown, Sly Stone, the Impressions, Jackie Wilson, and others, as well as the occasional surprise or relatively obscure tune, like Willie Bobo's "Fried Neck Bones" and Otis Redding's "Sweet Lorene." Yet the hit-dominated set list just isn't the place to hear the outfit at their most original and innovative, though they offer fair original instrumentals in Wright's "The Joker" and Gabriel Flemings' "Bottomless." It does, however, also include the jam that grew out of "Funky Broadway, " "Do Your Thing, " that with some editing turned into their first hit. As usual, Rhino Handmade's packaging of this archival release is excellent, with lengthy historical liner notes.

1.1 Intro
1.2 The Joker
1.3 Get Ready
1.4 Come See About Me
1.5 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
1.6 I Can't Turn You Loose
1.7 Philly Dog
1.8 Ain't Too Proud to Beg
1.9 (I Know) I'm Losing You
1.10 Mustang Sally
1.11 I Can't Turn You Loose (Reprise)
1.12 Intro to Set 2
1.13 Something You Got
1.14 Dance to the Music
1.15 Fried Neck Bones
1.16 (Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay
1.17 (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
1.18 Bottomless
1.19 Stormy Monday
1.20 Respect
1.21 Satisfaction
1.22 Day Tripper
1.23 Funky Broadway
1.24 Do Your Thing
1.25 Band Intros
1.26 (I Wanna) Testify
1.27 I Can't Turn You Loose (Reprise)
1.28 Sweet Lorene
1.29 Misunderstanding
1.30 I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
1.31 Knock on Wood
1.32 (I'm a) Road Runner
1.33 Try a Little Tenderness
1.34 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Version 2)
1.35 Something You Got (Version 2)
1.36 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
1.37 Since I Lost My Baby
1.38 Stand By Me
1.39 We're a Winner
1.40 I Can't Turn You Loose (Reprise)
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