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artist:THE BEGINNING OF THE END
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THE BEGINNING OF THE END (2LP) -pre-order-

label:STRUT (UK)


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A1. SUPPR WOMAN
A2. TRIP TO NOWHERE
B1. JAMAICA
B2. I°«VE GOT THE NEWS
C1. FALLING APART AT THE SEAMS
C2. THAT°«S WHAT I GET
D1. BLUESTRAIN
D2. JUMP IN THE WATER
D3. BAHAMIAN BOOGIE



Strut presents the definitive reissues of two all-time classic Caribbean soul and funk albums, The Beginning Of The End°«s °∆Funky Nassau°« (1971) and °∆Beginning Of The End°« (1976).

Emerging from Nassau in the Bahamas in 1971, the band was formed around the Munnings brothers (Ray, Leroy and Frank) and the first song they recorded, °∆Funky Nassau°«, became a No. 1 Billboard R°«n°«B hit, selling over a million copies. °»We wanted to create something new,°… remembers Ray Munnings, °»something that was truly Bahamian. We loved funk but wanted to include elements of junkanoo, the indigenous music of The Bahamas.°… An album was written within a week and recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. °»We brought in more Bahamian themes, like °∆Monkey Tamarind°«, a wild fruit that grows there.°…

By the time of their second album in 1976, the band was managed by Don Taylor, also Bob Marley °«s manager. °»Don took us to Byron Lee°«s studio in Jamaica and used Teddy Randazzo (Little Anthony & The Imperials) to direct the sessions,°… recalls Munnings. °»He gave us more of an uptempo jazz funk sound with Chicago-style horns.°… The album led to a run of incredible bad luck. Booked to support Marvin Gaye°«s °«What°«s Goin°« On°« tour, the US Musicians Union stepped in and ordered a US group to fill the slot. They were then added onto a major Bob Marley tour in 1976 before he injured his foot, cancelling all dates.

These definitive official reissues of °∆Funky Nassau°« and °∆Beginning Of The End°« are remastered by The Carvery from original tapes and feature full length tracks from the studio sessions. Both albums feature a history of the albums and the band by vocalist Ray Munnings, alongside rare photos. °∆Beginning Of The End°« appears on loudpress 2LP for the first time. The CD edition features both albums + all extra singles recorded by the band.


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