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Sweat Band

Sweat Band

Review by Gary Hill

Okay, the name might be clever, but it’s also a little obvious. That said, this is some great funk music that leans into jazz and Zappa like progressive rock. This is a lot of fun. There are a few tracks that aren’t all that effective, but overall, this is quite a good disc.

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Track by Track Review
Hyper Space

Bring the funk! This is a killer jam that’s got some electronic progressive rock and space music in the mix. The guitar solo is on fire.

Freak To Freak
This one feels to me like a cross between Parliament and Frank Zappa. It’s funky, catchy and energized.
Love Munch
This groove feels a lot like smooth jazz. It’s a cool tune that works quite well.
We Do It All Day Long (Reprise)
This is more of a pure funk vibe. I have to say, it’s odd to have the reprise track before the real song.
Jamaica
There’s an energetic and playful funk groove here. It has some spoken and some sung vocals. It feels a bit tongue in cheek and all fun.
Body Shop
Funk drives this groove, but there are some bits of Zappa elements here, too. This is another fun song on a disc that has nothing but fun songs.
We Do It All Day Long
Another fun tune, this thing just plain grooves.
Freak to Freak (Single Version)
This is a different version of the earlier tune.
Body Shop (Single Version)
And the second and final bonus track is another single version.
 
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