I hear you CWlondon check out The Brand New Heavies the CD Shelter, good sound quality and decent recording. They are kind of a R&B and funk fusion different and worth listening to.
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Tireguy, I have heard the Brand New Heavies and think they are very pleasant and lively band, although a bit trendy and I am not so sure they will age well. Nonetheless, I used their CDs very successfully when entertaining nubile, young guests during my bachelor days in London. Did anyone else enjoy the scenes in American Beauty where Kevin Spacey decides he has to get in shape to feel young again? "All Right Now" (Free) and "The Seeker" (The Who) if I remember correctly. Surely there must be other suggestions for musically credible, high energy pop/rock/soul music. Anyone...anyone???
I'm not sure these are what you're looking for. But since you seem to be fishing for suggestions, I'll lay these on you: A La Carte Brass & Percussion "Boogeyin'! Swamprock, Salsa & 'Trane"; C-Nuts "Blitzkrieg Bop and Other Jazz Mutations"; Joe Stanley "King of the Honky Tonk Sax"; and maybe "Bluiett's Barbeque Band".
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