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Dyke and the Blazers

  • Dyke's Greatest Hits [Original Sound, 1970] B+

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Dyke's Greatest Hits [Original Sound, 1970]
Dyke is militantly funky--the "we" in "We Got More Soul" isn't just his band but all black people, including Pearl Bailey and Nancy Wilson. On that tune, "Funky Walk," and "Funky Broadway" (and let us not forget "You Are My Sunshine"), he more than earns his hard line. But elsewhere the harsh shouting vocal rhythms just aren't funky enough to overcome all by themselves--Dyke's not James Brown yet, and the JB's play trickier, catchier patterns than the Blazers. B+