Saturday, February 23, 2013

The PC's LTD--Fast Man (Booty Man) (1969)

Lovers of obscure 45s will certainly want to listen to Fast Man by The PC's LTD at least once- that is if they can find it of course. It's a pretty underground release; Fran Records in Virginia originally published the record, though it seems that Fran also had some operations in Kentucky as well. The company was a division of Viv, and they had the same ear for funk that their parent company did.

Since it was recorded far from the glitter lights provided by the Stax Records company towers in Memphis, Fast Man certainly sounds unpolished. However, Norfolk isn't exactly known as a hotbed for recording studios, and true fans will appreciate the homemade sound. Even if it was a local release, the group stayed away from minimalism and experimentation. This was pure funk.

Trying to find information on The PC's LTD. is pretty difficult and even the exact date when the record was recorded is pretty elusive. It was probably cut sometime around 1969. Even if it's early, though, the track is hard hitting. Lovers of funk will appreciate the back beat syncopation and the remarkably smooth groves. It's easy to imagine that many top disc jockeys jumped at the chance to lay down this rare piece of wax when funk was at its height in the 1970s. It's a shame that The PC's LTD. don't seem to have cut any more records.

The A-Side: Fast Man (Booty Man)

While the track really is pretty funky, it's hard to figure out just what direction the combine wanted to take. It starts off with some raucous cheers that pick up again and again throughout the piece. After a minute or so, some smooth lyrics take over and mix with an accompaniment provided by a brass section that would have done Miles Davis proud. It's almost as if the band were a group of college students messing around with instruments. Then again, that's what makes the record so cool. It's still has its underground touch after all these years.

The B-Side: Stick Man

The B-side track is actually a bit more polished. Soulful vocals abound on Stick Man, though purists will probably say that the song starts off a bit clumsy. Once it reaches the first sorrowful guitar solo, though, fans are sure to fall in love with the track. Some might question whether or not this group actually started out playing the blues, since the guitar riffs seem to be pulled straight out of a twelve-bar lament. Then again, people can speculate whatever they want since so little information is available on the group.
Jason Kane is an avid vinyl collector with a passion for older music. Jason writes about every vinyl, from LPs and Singles to equipment like speakers and Music Hall Turntables



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