BEGGAR & CO
This a definitive collection of Beggar & Co songs with their best known songs revisited, remixed and remastered. In places you will hear new parts added in to refresh the original ideas. Overall this album sets out to capture the musical journey taken, the inspirations and work as pioneers of Brit Funk. Hence, one of the lesser known songs of the Fatback Band, “Goin’ To See My Baby” is reworked and included on this definitive collection.
Beggar & Co were formed by Kenny Wellington, “Breeze” McKreith and David Baptiste as an offshoot of the earlier band they founded, Light Of The World. The music represents the love of Jazz Funk and the influences that shaped the development of Brit Funk. Here they acknowledge influences that came from the great self contained bands of the genre such as Kool & The Gang, Fatback Band and others whose music had such a significant impact on the dancefloor. Included too are fresh takes of the crossover pop hits “Somebody Help Me Out” (remixed by Ernie McKone & Boogie Back), and “Time” (originally Light Of The World) written by Wellington, Baptiste & McKreith. All these have been remastered brining extra depth and warmth to the recordings.
“Victoria Park” is one of the songs here we have taken back to the studio and added to with extra harmonies and instrumentation. “While The City Sleeps” has been rearranged to reflect more the importance bands like Brass Construction had on the Brit Funk style and revolves more around the bass and horn driven groove that so filled the dancefloors
1) Somebody Help Me Out (Boogie Back Extended Mix) (6:31)
2) Open Sesame (2021 Remaster) (4:15)
3) Time (4:43)
4) Summer Is Here At Last (2021 Remaster) (4:18)
5) Victoria Park (2021 Remix) (6:46)
6) Niija (2021 Remaster)(3:43)
7) Say What's On Your Mind (2021 Remaster) (6:24)
8) Sleeping Giants (2021 Remaster) (3:58)
9) While The City Sleeps (2021 Remix) (3:50)
10) Goin' To See My Baby (2021 Remix) (3:39)
11) Yesterday's Gone (Instrumental) (3:11)
12) Somebody Help Me Out (Boogie Back Radio Mix) (4:55)