The Greyboy Allstars
West Coast Boogaloo
Let The Music Take Your Mind
The Browns At Home
When The Greyboy Allstars initially formed in the mid-90s, the legendary California booga-loo revivalists flaunted the carefree essence of their collective youth. Their fabled residency at San Diego’s Green Circle Bar spiraled into a series of concerts that stretched toward dawn, as they triangulated their take on the revolutionary funk of Grant Green and Idris Muham-mad, Leon Spencer and, of course, James Brown’s infamous J.B.’s. In subsequent years, they played hundreds of shows, becoming a tireless party syndicate that delivered a new brand of spirited instrumental exploration.
In 1994, The Greyboy Allstars would release their now classic debut album, ‘West Coast Boogaloo.’ Long out of print, the collection returns on vinyl via a fresh pressing from beloved reissue label, Light In The Attic Records. Its eight tunes feel as anachronistic and urgent as the day they were released over 25 years ago. This was the golden era of hip-hop crate dig-gers, after all, with DJs plundering rare groove records to shape the perfect beat. Here was a band who had dug into those same crates and returned with anthems of their own.
They floss their old-school knowledge with dope versions of Rusty Bryant’s classic “Fire Eat-er,” Leon Spencer’s “Miss Riverside,” and Kool & The Gang’s “Let The Music Take Your Mind,” inspired by Grant Green’s cover of the same cut. They are no slouches with the pen, as the originals are as potent as their covers. Standouts are the soulful acid-jazz groove “Soul Dream,” the brisk, Tower of Power-esque “Fried Grease,” and the angular groover “Gravee,” all featuring guest shots from the legendary Fred Wesley.