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Hailing from Munich, Germany, The Poets of Rhythm were arguably the world's first retro-soul group, paving the way for later acts like Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse. Hugely influenced by James Brown and mid- to late-'60s soul-funk in general, they started releasing records in 1992, debuting with "Funky Train" b/w "Hotpie's Popcorn Pt. 1." They also adapted a vast collection of old-school-sounding aliases (including Dynamic Soundmakers, The Soul-Sliders, and Bus People Express) in hopes of tricking listeners into thinking they were a hyper-obscure group from back in the day. This exceptional collection features 18 key jams from throughout their career. It includes JB-style party-starters ("Augusta, Ga"), seasonal tidings ("Santa's Got a Bag of Soul"), a Doors redux ("Wallow in the Myrrh"), and tripped-out, Can-esque joints like "Smilin' (While You're Crying)" and "Discern/Define." With about half instrumentals and half vocal numbers, this is consistently fantastic music from a group that deserves more recognition.


Formed: Munich, Germany

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

German funk band Poets of Rhythm began in Munich after friends Boris Geiger and Jan Weissenfeldt were first exposed to the raw funk that came out of the U.S. in the late '60s and early '70s. Soon, they decided to form their own group, and with Geiger on percussion and vocals, Weissenfeldt on guitar, his brother Max on drums, and Jan Krause on bass, they started writing their own material. After releasing their first single, "Funky Train," in 1992, the Poets' (who had by now added Till Sahm on organ,...
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