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Absolutely the Best of Dennis Coffey

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Album Review

Like Big City Funk, released by Spain’s Vampi Soul in 2006, Absolutely the Best of Dennis Coffey covers the guitarist’s output for Clarence Avant's Sussex label: Evolution (1971), Goin’ for Myself (1972), Electric Coffey (1972), and Instant Coffey (1973). This is the one to get. It boasts considerably better sound and a lengthier track list. The entirety of Evolution — featuring the oft-sampled Top Ten R&B hit “Scorpio” and a grinding version of Led Zeppelin's “Whole Lotta Love” — is scattered throughout the sequence, while smart selections from the other three albums — including the number 11 R&B hit "Taurus," "Son of Scorpio," and "Theme from Enter the Dragon" — take up the other half of the disc. Prime instrumental funk informed by acid rock, gutsy soul, and street-level jazz.

Biography

Born: November 01, 1940 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

Dennis Coffey remains an unsung hero from the halcyon era of Detroit soul, contributing guitar to landmark records issued on the Motown, Ric-Tic, and Revilot labels in addition to cutting a series of efforts under his own name, most notably the cult classic blaxploitation soundtrack Black Belt Jones. Born and raised in the Motor City, Coffey learned to play guitar at age 13 while visiting relatives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Though a fan of country music throughout adolescence, while attending...
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