Out on a Funky Trip

There's more to Jamaica than reggae music....

Motion Records is proud to present this collection of rare funk, soul and soulful reggae cuts put together by some of Jamaica's finest musicians, with a little help from their friends. The album includes some hugely collectable rarities, much sought after by DJs.

The majority of the tracks were recorded at Kingston's legendary
Randy's Studio, some produced by the late Vincent Chin and the rest by Clive Chin. The Lynn Taitt cuts were produced by Victor Chin in New York. Clive trawled the Randy's Studios archives to come up with several of the rare unreleased tracks here.

Motion's 'Funky Trip' project consists of two 10-inch EPs, a CD album, plus a special collector's LP pressed on 180gm vinyl with a gatefold sleeve, which is available now. There are slight differences in the tracklists of the CD and LP. Full details can be found here.

Although reggae was the dominant force in Jamaican music at the time, there was still a demand for covers of the soul, funk and disco tunes heard at dances and on the radio. But with the 1973 release of the stunning Lynn Taitt 7-inch 'Stepping Up' backed with 'Out On A Funky Trip', Taitt broke the mould by coming up with two compositions of his own that bear comparison with any American funksters like The Meters or The JBs.

Also included on the album are Jablonski's 'Soul Makossa', possibly the wildest and most dancefloor-friendly version of the Manu Dibangu classic. Generation Gap offer their take on Edwin Starr's 'War', funk fans Skin, Flesh & Bones provide three of their trademark floor fillers, and Barry Waite & Ltd's 'Funky Sting' (Parts 1 & 2) are sparse wah wah funk gems, from a 7-inch much sought after by collectors. There are also soulful cuts from The Maytals, Tommy McCook, King Cole and Eric Frater.

Whereas a couple of recent compilations have featured reggae covers of soul tunes, this set primarily features funk and soul, many of the tunes sounding more New York than Jamaica.

Out on a Funky Trip - The Full Tracklists
Out on a Funky Trip!

CD album...FAST CD016

1. Stepping Up (Lynn Taitt)
2. War (Generation Gap)#
3. Soul Makossa (Jablonski)
4. Having A Party (Skin, Flesh & Bones)#
5. Who Knows Better [Version] (The Maytals)
6. Out On A Funky Trip (Lynn Taitt)
7. Bubble Strut (Tommy McCook)#
8. Funky Sting Part 1 (Barry Waite & Ltd)
9. Knock Three Times (King Cole)
10. You Haven't Done Nothing (Skin, Flesh & Bones)
11. Reggae Stomp (Skin, Flesh & Bones)
12. Reggae Stomp Dub (Skin, Flesh & Bones)
13. Last Date Part 1 (Eric ‘Rickenbacker’ Frater)# 14. Funky Sting Part 2 (Barry Waite & Ltd)
15. Childhood Days (Charley Ace)#


1. Stepping Up (Lynn Taitt)
2. Soul Makossa (Jablonski)
3. Funky Sting Part 1 (Barry Waite & Ltd)
4. Reggae Stomp (Skin, Flesh & Bones)
5. Having A Party (Skin, Flesh & Bones)#
6. Run Babylon Run (Roots Convention)
7. Out On A Funky Trip (Lynn Taitt)
8. War (Generation Gap)#
9. Who Knows Better [Version] (The Maytals)
10. Soul Makossa Part 2 (Jablonski)
11. Funky Sting Part 2 (Barry Waite & Ltd)
12. Reggae Stomp Dub (Skin, Flesh & Bones)
13. Childhood Days (Charley Ace)#

# previously unreleased


The Stepping Up EP
(10-inch Vinyl) FAST10EP014

1. Stepping Up (Lynn Taitt)
2. Who Knows Better [Version] (The Maytals)
3. Soul Makossa (Jablonski)
4. Cathy's Clown (Jimmy London)

The Funky Trip EP
(10-inch Vinyl) FAST10EP015

1. Out On A Funky Trip (Lynn Taitt)
2. Having A Party (Skin, Flesh & Bones)
3. War (Generation Gap)
4. Knock Three Times (King Cole)

Extracts from reviews of the album
Copyright of all original authors is acknowledged

Re-releasing some of the funky dance-floor reggae jams cut at Kingston's legendary Randy's Studio during the mid-70s peak years seems like a smashing idea that's confirmed by the fab 'Stepping Up' EP, the first 10-inch sampler from the Motion label's forthcoming 'Out On A Funky Trip – Funk & Soul From Randy's 1970-75'. Along with Lynn Taitt 's head-nodding title track (the b-side of his 'Out On A Funky Trip' single), you get Jimmy London 's charming stab at the Everlys' 'Cathy's Clown'; but the big winner is Jablonski 's nutty revision of Manu Dibango's 'Soul Makossa', which easily tops the other reggae-ised versions by Byron Lee and Brent Dowe. Bring on Volume 2!

Reggae-funk fusions - you can't live without them really can you? The tracks on this 'Stepping Up' EP really did it for me this week - the production on the Lynn Taitt track is amazing!
Piccadilly Records soul/funk release of the week

Jamaican Funk: The real deal! The past few years have seen a massive rise in what once was a deeply naff genre: reggae artists covering American soul and funk songs. Most collections are reggae versions of US hits - which were popular in Jamaica - but Motion dive into the fray with a CD that sees the musicians going the whole hog. The Kingston scene in the early 1970s was heavily influenced by the radical Black movements in the States ­ clearly seen in the fashions of the time. Motion picks up on the musical vibe of the era through the sessions that were driven by the godfather of the ‘Rock Steady’ era: Lynnn Taitt. The Trinidadian guitarist, who helped Johnny Nash to international success, had spent time in New York following his departure from Jamaica in 1968.The sessions, which featured many top musicians who weren’t part of the reggae scene, produced a fine series of funky tunes that make for a really new listening experience. ****
Record Collector (Jeremy Collingwood)

Put simply and succinctly, if you love Blue Note grooves, Oneness of Ju Ju, the JBs and Living Funk as well as Glen Brown, this will be up your street.... Unmissable, if funk is your thing!
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