The Gaturs


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If Wasted ended after "Gatur Bait," the third song, it would be a soul classic. Smooth grooves -- in the best sense -- that never let the jazz leanings take over, the Gaturs brought a less-drum-specific take to the New Orleans funky soul sound, complete with some great tambourine-shaking. Leader/keyboardist Willie Tee had scored earlier regional hits with "Teasin' You" and it's sound-alike follow-up, "Thank You John," two of the sweetest-sounding songs in the pimping songbook. By the time of these early-'70s recordings, Tee had played behind many of New Orleans' top artists, both on record and on-stage. His voice had also deepened. However, none of that can explain the vapidness of much of Wasted. Juxtaposed with standouts "Booger Man" and "Cold Bear" are downright boring lite-jazz vamps with lyrics that make many later-day adult contemporary songs seem insightful. Just when you're ready to give up completely, the Gaturs sucker you in for some more with a decent track like "Funky Funky Twist."

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