Soul Strut 100: # 57 - Whatnauts - On the Rocks

RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,546 Posts
edited July 2012 in The Soul Strut 100
I will slowly be unveiling the Top 100 Soul Strut Related Records as Voted by the Strutters Themselves.

# 57 - Whatnauts - On the Rocks



The list so far:

# 100 - Jr. and His Soulettes - Psychodelic Sounds
# 99 - Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul
# 98 - Donny Hathaway - S/T (1971)
# 97 - Bernard Wright - ???Nard
# 96 - Tom Scott - Honeysuckle Breeze
# 95 - People Under the Stairs - Question in the Form of an Answer
# 94 - Harlem River Drive
# 93 - Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
# 92 - Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear
# 91 - Muddy Waters - Electric Mud
# 90 - Les McCann - Layers
# 89 - Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
# 88 - Leroy Hutson - Hutson (1975)
# 87 - ESG - S/T (1981)
# 86 - Can - Tago Mago
# 85 - Bohannon - Stop & Go
# 84 - WILLIAM DEVAUGHN - Be Thankful For What You Got
# 83 - Power of Zeus - The Gospel According to Zeus
# 82 - Gang Starr - Hard To Earn
# 81 - The J.B.???s - Doing It to Death
# 80 - Parliament - Osmium
# 79 - McNeal & Niles - Thrust
# 78 - The Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Malik
# 77 - Earth, Wind, and Fire (1971)
# 76 - Dr. Dre - The Chronic
# 75 - Black Sabbath (1970)
# 74 - Trap Door / An International Psychedelic Mystery Mix (2006)
# 73 - Bob James - One
# 72 - Matthew Larkin Cassell - Pieces
# 71 - The Beginning Of The End - Funky Nassau
# 70 - Big Bear - Doin??? Thangs
# 69 - Steely Dan - Aja
# 68 - Quasimoto - The Unseen
# 67 - Curtis Mayfield - Curtis/Live! (1971)
# 66 - Al Green - Im still in love with you
# 65 - The Beatnuts - Street Level
# 64 - Archie Whitewater - Archie Whitewater (1970)
# 63 - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca & the Soul Brother
# 62 - Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
# 61 - The J.B.???s - Food For Thought
# 60 - Don Blackman (1982)
# 59 - Niagara - (Tiddies)
# 58 - Can - Ege Bamyasi
# 57 - Whatnauts - On the Rocks

Please discuss your reactions to this record. The thread will be archived later here.

About


3rd album of aching-sweet soul with impossibly high, soaring vocals & cozy string arrangements. Produced not in Philly, but Baltimore, by George Kerr (apparently they were his pet project). Kerr also did work for the O'Jays, Moments & the legendary Skull Snaps. Quite endearing liner notes declare "Billy's lead is like a cool whiskey sour."

Contains the sampled classic "Why Can't People Be Colors Too."




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  • pcmrpcmr 5,591 Posts
    one of the first records Soulstrut hipped me to!

  • finelikewinefinelikewine "ONCE UPON A TIME, I HAD A VINYL." http://www.discogs.com/user/permabulker 1,416 Posts
    Added to the spotify soul strut top 100 list:

    http://open.spotify.com/user/1121775350/playlist/54CR4Ce88uFkr6shaMHxVX

  • they only came in at #57? i should have taken this seriously and not voted for Van Full of Pakistans fifteen times.

  • Controller_7Controller_7 4,052 Posts
    I can't think of this group and not think of my friend Andy. He went for years calling this group the Whatanuts. We were talking about them and I said "you mean the Whatnauts?" and it blew his mind and he laughed. He'd reversed the two letters and never thought twice about it.

    Never seen a copy of this.

  • strataspherestratasphere Blastin' the Nasty 1,033 Posts
    This might as well be the Machine lp because I will probably never see the og of either one in the field.

  • karlophonekarlophone 1,697 Posts
    Controller_7 said:


    Never seen a copy of this.

    same here. never seen it on a wall, in a store, in a crate, at an auction, in anyones collection... not a whiff of it for 15 years. Have a reish i got in late 90s.

  • leonleon 883 Posts
    Bought the OG in the field for $75, first and last time i ever spotted it irl. A great album back to back, allthough the htf'ness adds to the myth, which can not be said about a great deal of the albums lower on the Slstrt top 100.. Alas, part of the cult IMO.

    Off topic: when will Machine be rereleased? MP3's will not do :-)

  • kalakala 3,341 Posts
    it pops up in the north east
    i've found 3 copies over the years

  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts
    I've had it more times than their other 2.

  • Great record. I found a sealed original for cheap a while back, but ended up selling it and now have the reissue filed. Anyone ever seen the japanese press?

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts

    Never seen a copy of this.

    Unless it's by the Moments or Sylvia, I very seldom see any All Platinum LPs in the field prior to 1975,

  • BowlsBowls 28 Posts
    I've never seen this record in the field. Not sure what I'd shell out for it at this point either.

    I do know one thing, however.

    If your facial expression didn't change the first time you heard those drums drop on "Why Can't People Be Colors Too"........check your pulse. Absolutely devastating sounds. Props to whoever engineered those sessions.

  • holmesholmes 3,532 Posts
    love this LP and i'm not even really that much into sweet soul sounds.

  • DJ_EnkiDJ_Enki 6,471 Posts
    Bowls said:
    I've never seen this record in the field. Not sure what I'd shell out for it at this point either.

    I do know one thing, however.

    If your facial expression didn't change the first time you heard those drums drop on "Why Can't People Be Colors Too"........check your pulse. Absolutely devastating sounds. Props to whoever engineered those sessions.

    all of this.

  • DelayDelay 4,530 Posts
    DJ_Enki said:
    Bowls said:
    I've never seen this record in the field. Not sure what I'd shell out for it at this point either.

    I do know one thing, however.

    If your facial expression didn't change the first time you heard those drums drop on "Why Can't People Be Colors Too"........check your pulse. Absolutely devastating sounds. Props to whoever engineered those sessions.

    all of this.
    in all the years of buying and selling records, i've never come across one either. even on the east coast, and in baltimore, not one.

  • Big_StacksBig_Stacks "I don't worry about hittin' power, cause I don't give 'em nuttin' to hit." 4,670 Posts
    Hey,

    Here's another great LP on the Soul Strut 100. Whille I love "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?", my main songs are "I'll Erase Your Pain" and "You Forget too Easy." I'm glad these underground joints are getting some shine.

    Peace,

    Big Stacks from Kakalak
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