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Mighty Imperials

Though none of the four members of the Mighty Imperials was over the age of 18 when they sat down in the Desco Records studios in 1999 to work on the music for Thunder Chicken, they were talented enough to entice gospel singer Joe Henry to add his voice to four of their tracks. With Leon Michels on organ, Homer Steinweiss on drums, Nick Movshon on bass, and Sean Solomon on guitar, the Mighty Imperials played deep funk reminiscent of early James Brown and the Meters. A single, "Kick the Blanket/Toothpick," came out that same year, but after Desco folded, the album sat on the shelves. In 2001 a bootlegged version was issued illegally in Britain, but finally, in 2004 Daptone took hold of the record and released it officially. By that time, the members of the Mighty Imperials were playing in different bands (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Soul Fire, El Michels Affair) or involved in other activities, but the album still received positive critical response. ~ Marisa Brown
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I liked it. :-)
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Bobonnit, I think yer fulla shite, AND I think yer tryin' to get a rise. Yer probably Stanton Moore's alter ego.
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Boring, sounds like these guys learned how to play with sampling or electronic drum machines instead of like real musicians
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chrisnyarrow
Funk to da bone
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Soul squared
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What a tight funky band !!!!!
WOW :) X
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Holy s**t! "Not even 18!" Bar Mitzvah funk at it's best!
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Cold sweat is an aptly named tune. I need something to knock the edge off after that. Like a junkie com in' down I'm all a cold sweat
:-o. I'm not sure if I wanna dance, play hall, drive fast or just go to bed. I'm breathless :-)
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Joseph's popcorn is a funkin poppin tune! Damn reading where these cats ended up is impressive they do need to reunite for a show in my hometown ;-)
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Oh Yes INDEEDY now!!!
PERMANENT reunion!!!
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ptacg
Reunion
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solid funk. i welcome all the funk i can handle
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These guys just blew my mind! I love when this happens to me
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Its just a copy of Booker T and MG's-but hey glad to hear its still considered cool! -STAX Family
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such talent at such at only 18. much repsect, i play alot of jaz guitar so i can appreciate what it takes to jam like that. skillz good tempos, its on point, not my fav group but still
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colinpurdy
Thunder Chicken is great groovy track. I say Might Imperials reunite!
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martinhousto n
hey- do you know what chicken lickin' is?
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good stuff to jam with drinks and good friends
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WISH THEY RECORDED MORE
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econnelly1
Great Stuff! Love funk, disco, even though I am 68
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there is a bar near my house with the funkiest jukebox on earth-my friend played this-lady gaga and four gay dudes came in danced,had one drink,tipped HUGE ! and then left... true story...
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Not too shabby.
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I love these guys... "Joseph's Popcorn" is another good track by them!
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Good Good Good stuff. Music you can't sit still to, g'won - try it.
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jllender
Couldn't agree more- this is some funky, chicken lickin' s**t! Luv it!
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g.broz
I play this for my two teenage musicians and their friends...th e y love the genre...beat s Lady Gaga any day of the week
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benzx020
thats some dirty a** funk
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craig_willia m s 6
Man! Forget that radio Bull....This type of basement, back alley, cook me some greens and throw in a ham bone crank rocks my socks off......
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great funk!!!
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in the words of borat very nice
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bealestmusic
very nice for some youngsters. we fo sure need mo stuff like this. if you like this you should check out the city champs or the gamble brothers band from memphis.
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right away tomp55555 thunder chicken right up my alley way. dig the s**t out of this s**t. long live funky a** rhythm sections.
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uuuuuugggggg g g h h h h h h h !
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powersxc90
NNNNAAAAASSS S T T T T T Y Y Y Y Y Y ! ! ! ! ! That's all I gotta say 'bout dat!!
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Too bad we are living in this day and age that doesn't fully appreciate funky music like this! There MUST be something wrong with us when we value the (c)rap over this stuff!
There is NO comparison!
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cant believe it was cut in 99.
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Funkyer than a cardboard suitcase fll of IOU's
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Look out, I'm about to start dancin'.
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Awesome Jams! I thought it was at least 30 years old, they are under 18! WOW!!!!
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very hot band !!
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kn1ght
The New Meters? Hmmmmm....
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maiellafunk
nice!

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