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Album Review

Thanks perhaps to the resurgent interest in vinyl collection and the deep soul and funk of the 1960s and '70s, there have been a number of bands that have sprung up specializing in various forms of the genres. Orgone, a nine-piece from Los-Angeles, is among these bands, and is also among the better of them. While their sound certainly pulls from the harder funk of the early '70s, the group is also clearly inspired by Afro-beat, psychedelic rock, and disco, all of which are on display on Cali Fever, an album of originals, and their fourth full-length. This isn't to say, however, that each is played with equal success. The reverb and dry percussion in "It's Time Tonight" are certainly "authentic" sounding, but the song itself feels a little dull and lifeless, not even exhibiting some of the purposeful flatness that can make disco so great. Part of this is due to the work of the singer, Fanny Franklin, who, while certainly in possession of a powerful and flexible voice, doesn't have much personality in her presentation, and the songs that do feature her vocals are unfortunately less interesting, and less lively, than those that are strictly instrumentals. Because at heart, Orgone is an instrumental band, and it's these songs that have been their best, and that are the album's best. "Matanza," for example, a Brazilian-influenced piece, retains a lightness and an easy danceability even once all the horns come in and play around with Ethio-jazz phrasing, thanks in part to the percussion work, which is never overblown. Similarly, the hard-hitting "Last Fool," which opens up Cali Fever, is bass-filled and aggressive enough to mean something without having to resort to rock guitar riffs, and the title track is loose and funky so to make it almost feel like an improvisation, even though there are few wasted moments. Unfortunately, however, there aren't enough of these songs to make the record feel as complete and solid as some of the band's other releases, and while certainly not a disappointment, Cali Fever doesn't quite fulfill the expectation Orgone set up with their previous work.

Customer Reviews


Um....... wow!
Sounds like the Meters were sitting with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Roll the windows down and turn it up!

A Bangin Mix Of Instrumental & Vocal Tracks

A more focused album than Killion Floor with a shorter track list adn on-average shorter songs, Caali Fever is Orgone stripped down to their very best. The instrumentals contain heavy grooves punctuated by blaring horns and the vocal tracks are tighter with stronger hooks. Standout tracks are the frenetic and deeply groovy Sandstrom, the disco-tinged The Only One and the mean rhythm and infectious hook of Crazy Queen. This is musicianship of the highest caliber that should appeal to any audiophile whose tastes in music wander into the realm of Stax or New Orleans funk.

Take a listen to the previews of the tracks mentioned above (Crazy Queen, Sandstorm, The Only One). If you are not feeling these tracks, you need to have your soul revoked.

Caught in a groove

This is a refreshing dose of funk and soul. I am very impressed with this album.


Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a lively, evocative set of covers and original material, Los Angeles-based ensemble Orgone brought new attention to the funk revivalist and jam band circuits when they launched their recording career with Ubiquity Records in the mid- to late 2000s. Orgone's sound hosts a myriad of groove-oriented styles, including but not limited to deep funk, '60s Memphis soul/blues, Fela-inspired Afro-beat, hip-hop, Latin jazz, and electronic dance and house. Many of the band's musicians started playing together...
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