Arthur Verocai

Lead Performer: Arthur Verocai; Producer (group): Luv N'Haight

For some reason, California has become a center for funky musical archaeology; there’s the Now-Again and the Quannum labels, but Luv N’Haight has been the busiest. ”Funk & Soul” documents some supertight Bay Area also-rans from the days when neighbors like Sly and the Family Stone and Tower of Power were rocking seismic grooves. ”Arthur” Verocai is something else again – a lost slice of Brazilian psychedelic samba-pop from 1972 that shows hippie-era culture from another angle. AGE AIN’T NUTHIN’ BUT A NUMBER Sugar Pie DeSanto, whose ”Git Back” jump-starts Funk, is still rocking stages at the age of 68. You go, girl.

Originally posted November 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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