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Beginning of the End

Funky Nassau: The Definitive Collection (Strut)

£20.99

Released: 1st June 2018
Vinyl LP

Strut presents the definitive reissues of two all-time classic Caribbean soul and funk albums, The Beginning Of The End’s ‘Funky Nassau’ (1971) and ‘Beginning Of The End’ (1976).

Emerging from Nassau in the Bahamas in 1971, the band was formed around the Munnings brothers (Ray, Leroy and Frank) and the first song they recorded, ‘Funky Nassau’, became a No. 1 Billboard R’n’B hit, selling over a million copies. “We wanted to create something new,” remembers Ray Munnings, “something that was truly Bahamian. We loved funk but wanted to include elements of junkanoo, the indigenous music of The Bahamas.” An album was written within a week and recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. “We brought in more Bahamian themes, like ‘Monkey Tamarind’, a wild fruit that grows there.”

These definitive official reissues of ‘Funky Nassau’ and ‘Beginning Of The End’ are remastered by The Carvery from original tapes and feature full length tracks from the studio sessions. Both albums feature a history of the albums and the band by vocalist Ray Munnings, alongside rare photos. ‘Beginning Of The End’ appears on loudpress 2LP for the first time. 

Tracklist

  1. Funky Nassau (Part 1)
  2. Funky Nassau (Part 2)
  3. Come Down
  4. Sleep On Dream On
  5. Surrey Ride 4.35
  6. Monkey Tamarind
  7. In The Deep
  8. Pretty Girl
  9. When She Made Me Promise