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ARTIST
TITLE
The Champ
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
VAMPI 103CD VAMPI 103CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/7/2011

The Mohawks were a band fronted by arranger, Hammond grinder and king of British Library music composers, Alan Hawkshaw. All top session musicians, The Mohawks released their astonishing 1968 LP The Champ, chockfull of incredibly groovy and funky tracks. Vampisoul presents this club/groove masterpiece with no less than six bonus tracks not included on the original album. This is a high-octane release with soul/jazz organ fueling hits, one after another. The songs herein contain arguably the best and grooviest Hammond heard east of the Atlantic, the heaviest bass ever played in London, tight-or-die drum work and a full set of explosive horns. An endless string of killer dancefloor fillers, from 1 to 12 (not to mention our bonus tracks, taken from 7" singles!). You'll sure recognize the title track (or at least its organ intro). A cult classic for more over 30 years, sampled by dozens of hip hop artists such as Erik B. & Rakim, De La Soul, DJ Shadow, etc. Since the early '60s, Alan Hawkshaw played his custom-built Hammond organ in thousands of studio sessions for a myriad of artists: Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Georgie Fame, David Bowie, Cliff Richard, Donovan, The Tremeloes, Dusty Springfield, Los Bravos, Barbra Streisand and Olivia Newton-John.