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21-track compilation includes "I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky," as well as other 1973-74 recordings. There are also eleven previously unreleased tracks, some instrumental (the liner notes do not give exact dates for those, although they sound like they originate from the same era). It's nothing special, but it's good, atmospheric mid-level funk/soul that has some pop appeal without sounding too polished.


Formed: Kalamazoo, MI

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '70s

An interracial Michigan soul-funk band, Ripple had an R&B hit in 1973 with "I Don't Know What It Is but It Sure Is Funky," and made several other recordings for the GRC label in the mid-'70s. They were an eclectic hodgepodge of influences circulating in soul music at the time -- sometimes they can sound like a more pop-inclined version of Kool & the Gang, other times they sound like a less distinctive variant of Stevie Wonder. Their brand of funk was neither...
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