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Canadian Racer: A Fine Selection of Obscure Tracks from the Canadian Vaults

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Beer, hockey, back bacon -- the great land of Canada is world-renowned for many things, but deep, scorching funk has never been one of them. Yet here is Canadian Racer, a collection of late-'60s and early-'70s grooves as hot as anything you'll find below the border, and while the wisenheimers among you might anticipate songs with titles like "Ain't It Funky Now, Eh?," there's nothing tongue-in-cheek here, only tight, propulsive tunes. Compiling both vocal and instrumental cuts, there's nothing here that's going to strike a chord of recognition with anyone but the most ardent Canadian musicologist, but collectors of dusty grooves and rare bits are going to be all over this stuff. Highlights include Bill Martin's "Funky Feeling," Marius Cultier's "Coco Boogaloo," and Patsy Gallant's "Psychedelic Party."