Mammatapee ‎– Mammatapee!


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WHK 3171 Mammatapee Mammatapee!(LP, Album) Whitfield Records WHK 3171 US 1980 Sell This Version
WHK 3171 Mammatapee Mammatapee!(LP, Album, TP) Whitfield Records WHK 3171 US 1980 Sell This Version


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June 20, 2016
referencing Mammatapee!, LP, Album, WHK 3171

Although it may not be the strongest session Norman Whitfield oversaw, it's also far from the weakest. Whitfield made good use of the Nytro horns (who would later work with Rick James as the Punk Funk Horns) and brought in some serious high-calibre ammo by enlisting Mowtown veterans Junior Walker, Melvin "Wah Wah Watson" Ragin and Funk Brother Jack Ashford for the proceedings.

There are some sweet samples for beatcrafters here (especially in the ballads), a couple tunes with real fire for the dance floor and one of my fave conscious party tracks of all time, "Caught Up In The Race." Curiously, it's the most "spiritual" track on the album yet it was written by Walter Downing and not the future pastor Mark Kenoly so it seems they had some kind of inverse synergy as songwriters.

"Caught Up In The Race", "Sweet Poison" and "Something On Your Mind" are sentimental faves so they edge the album up to 4/5 stars for me. YMMV.