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Funk Factory-Funk Factory-'75 Polish Psychedelic Jazz-Funk-Michał Urbaniak-NEW LP

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Funk Factory-Funk Factory-'75 Polish Psychedelic Jazz-Funk-NEW LP

Funk Factory Funk Factory LP
Be With Records
BEWITH016LP

Polish-American Jazz-Funk / Fusion supergroup. They only released one self-titled album in 1975.
Members:
Michał Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak

An exquisite slice of psychedelic jazz-funk, Funk Factory was criminally overlooked upon release but became a crate-diggers classic over time. The entire album represents a space-aged opus, featuring tripped-out keys, tight drums and baked synths; all laced by Urszula Dudziak’s ethereal vocals drifting around the exceptional instrumentation.

Wax Poetics: “Ah, that Funk Factory is crazy! And talk about rare!”

An exquisite slice of psychedelic jazz-funk, Funk Factory was criminally overlooked upon release but became a crate-diggers classic over time. Yes, the LP is most famous for containing the peerless dusty groove of “Rien Ne Va Plus”, heavily lifted by the Beastie Boys for their Paul’s Boutique standout “Car Thief”. Yes, you’d be correct to assume said gem is worthy of the price of admission alone. Yet, to those in the know, Funk Factory represents so much more than a Dust Brothers sample-source. Indeed, the entire album represents a space-aged opus, featuring tripped-out keys, tight drums and baked synths; all laced by Urszula Dudziak’s ethereal vocals drifting around the exceptional instrumentation.

Funk Factory were boldly led by brilliant Polish violinist and saxophonist Michal Urbaniak and vocalist Dudziak. Two additional, accomplished Polish musicians were involved: virtuoso keyboardist Wlodek Gulgowski and singer Bernard Kafka, founder and leader of great Polish vocal group Novi Singers. To augment this solid foundation, a sensational American rhythm section was assembled, with bassists Anthony Jackson and Tony Levin, drummers Steve Gadd and Gerald Brown and guitarists Barry Finnerty and John Abercrombie.

Legend has it that Urbaniak created this seminal record in response to his American colleagues’ claims that Eastern European musicians were not “funky”. Funk Factory demonstrates that Urbaniak and his cohorts could play funk as well as any American musician. As sophisticated and multi-layered as the best of the genre, it deserves to be as canonical as the greatest works of Herbie Hancock and George Duke. Accomplished and utterly unique, this intoxicating blend of crack musicians created an irresistibly heady dose of transportive funk that sounds every bit as vital today as it would have in 1975.

Original copies are prohibitively expensive so this officially licensed 180g version enables a wider audience to now discover its genius. Dovetailing neatly with the recent interest in forgotten Eastern European grooves, this timely release of a true lost treasure is sure to be one of the year’s essential vinyl reissues.

 

Funk Factory ‎– Funk Factory
Label:
Be With Records ‎– BEWITH016LP
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g
Country:
UK
Released:
11 Aug 2016
Genre:
Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul
Style:
Psychedelic, Jazz-Funk, Soul-Jazz, Funk, Disco
Tracklist
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A1     Watusi Dance

    Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Steve GaddKeyboards – Wlodek GulgowskiSoprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Violin – Michał UrbaniakVoice – Bernard Kafka*, Urszula DudziakWritten-By – Wlodek Gulgowski

    4:38
A2     Horsing Around

    Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Gerald Brown*Guitar – Barry FinnertyKeyboards – Wlodek GulgowskiPercussion, Synth – Urszula DudziakViolin, Soloist – Michał UrbaniakVoice – Ann Tripp, B.K. Singers, Bernard Kafka*, Bill Ruthenberg, Linda "Tequila" Logan, Urszula DudziakWritten-By – Josef Topola, Norman Simon

    3:56
A3     Rien Ne Va Plus

    Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Steve GaddKeyboards – Wlodek GulgowskiVoice – Ann Tripp, B.K. Singers, Bill Ruthenberg, Linda "Tequila" LoganVoice, Solo Vocal – Bernard Kafka*, Urszula DudziakWritten-By – Bernard Kawka

    5:15
A4     After All The World Goes Home

    Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Gerald Brown*Guitar – Barry FinnertyKeyboards – Wlodek GulgowskiPercussion, Synth – Urszula DudziakViolin, Soloist – Michał UrbaniakVoice – Ann Tripp, B.K. Singers, Bernard Kafka*, Bill Ruthenberg, Linda "Tequila" Logan, Urszula DudziakWritten-By – Michał Urbaniak, Norman Simon

    5:13
B1     Next Please

    Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Gerald Brown*Guitar – Barry FinnertyKeyboards, Soloist – Wlodek GulgowskiVoice, Percussion – Urszula DudziakVoice, Solo Vocal – Bernard Kafka*Written-By – Bernard Kawka

    3:12
B2     The Music In Me

    Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Gerald Brown*Guitar – Barry FinnertyKeyboards – Wlodek GulgowskiViolin, Soloist – Michał UrbaniakVoice – Ann Tripp, B.K. Singers, Bernard Kafka*, Bill Ruthenberg, Linda "Tequila" LoganWritten-By – Bernard Kawka, Linda "Tequila" Logan

    4:06
B3     Funk It

    Bass – Tony LevinDrums – Steve GaddGuitar – Barry FinnertyKeyboards – Wlodek GulgowskiPercussion – Urszula DudziakViolin, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist – Michał UrbaniakVoice – Bernard Kafka*, Urszula DudziakWritten-By – Michał Urbaniak

    3:42
B4     Lilliput

    Bass – Tony LevinDrums – Steve GaddGuitar – Barry FinnertyKeyboards – Wlodek GulgowskiPercussion – Urszula DudziakSoprano Saxophone, Soloist – Michał UrbaniakVoice – Bernard Kafka*, Irene Howard, Urszula DudziakWritten-By – Wlodek Gulgowski

    5:27
B5     Sinkin' Low

    Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Gerald Brown*Guitar, Soloist – John AbercrombieGuitarViol [Vi-tar], Soloist – Michał UrbaniakKeyboards – Wlodek GulgowskiVoice – Bernard Kafka*, Urszula DudziakWritten-By – Bernard Kafka*

    4:55
Companies, etc.

    Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
    Copyright (c) – Be With Records
    Licensed From – Warner Music UK Ltd.
    Recorded At – Atlantic Studios
    Pressed By – Record Industry – 16162
    Produced For – Fusion Musical Productions
    Published By – Lato Music
    Published By – Norman J. Simon Music Co.

Credits

    Arranged By [Vocal Arrangements] – Bernard Kafka*
    Art Direction – Paula Scher
    Cover [Collage] – Anita Siegle
    Engineer [Recording & Re-Mix] – Gene Paul
    Photography By [Back Cover] – David Gahr
    Producer – Michał Urbaniak

Notes
℗ 1975 WEA International Inc. © 2016 Be With Records. Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd.

Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York

Thanks to Exinde International for Vi-tar, Wurlitzer for electric piano, Musitronic for Mutrons and Dr. Sterling Gorrill for violin synthesizer.

Published by:
LATO Music (A1, A3 to B5)
LATO Music/Norman J. Simon Music Co. (A2)
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Barcode: 5050580657915
    Rights Society: ASCAP
    Matrix / Runout (A-side runout etched, 16162 1A stamped): BEWITH 016 LP. A1 16162 1A
    Matrix / Runout (B-side runout etched, 16162 1A stamped): BEWITH 016 LP. B¹ 16162 1A⃫ B

 

 


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