Released on Record Store Day 2022, Super Skunk features tracks by Cannonball Adderley, the Bar-Kays, and Gary Bartz, among others, taking listeners on the ultimate groove trip—zigzagging between hard-bop soul jams and rhythmic meditations.
Side A opens with Gary Bartz’s supremely funky “Make Me Feel Better,” a cut off the saxophonist and singer’s 1973 Mizell Brothers produced LP, The Shadow Do! Cannonball Adderley continues the vibe with 1974’s “Pyramid,” while the Bar-Kays luxuriate in a 1978 cover of Traffic’s “Feelin’ Alright.” Closing out the first side is “The Houston Express,” a 1971 soul-jazz delicacy from Houston Person, followed by Art Jerry Miller’s chilled-out instrumental, “Finger Lickin’ Good.”
Philadelphia fusion pioneers Catalyst pick up the pace on Side B with “Ain’t It the Truth,” an upbeat selection from their 1970 self-titled debut, while Woody Herman delivers a fantastic cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Fat Mama.” The set continues with “Las Cuatro Culturas” by Mexico’s Rabbits & Carrots. The high-energy instrumental is culled from the group’s 1970 LP, Soul Latino, a sought-after rarity among funk fanatics and crate diggers. The album closes with the hard-grooving “You’ve Got to Do Your Best,” from the Pazant Brothers & the Beaufort Express’s 1975 LP, Loose and Juicy.
Limited to 5,800 units worldwide, Super Skunk was pressed on eye-catching opaque red vinyl and housed in a jacket designed by the GRAMMY®-winning art director, Masaki Koike, with original illustrations by Humberto Howard.
Record Store Day 2022
Gary Bartz – Make Me Feel Better
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Pyramid
The Bar-Kays – Feelin’ Alright
Houston Person – The Houston Express
Art Jerry Miller – Finger Lickin’ Good
Catalyst – New-Found Truths
Woody Herman – Fat Mama
Rabbits & Carrots – Las Cuatro Culturas
The Pazant Brothers & The Beaufort Express – You’ve Got to Do Your Best
Produced by Mason Williams
Package Design – Masaki Koike
Illustrations – Humberto Howard