Galactic – Vintage Reserve

galactic-vintage-reserveArtist: Galactic
Album: Vintage Reserve
Label: Volcano
Release date: April 15, 2003
Genre: Raw Funk / Jazz / Hip-Hop
Format: mp3, Quality: CBR 320 kbps

This best of Galactic is in a sense the best way to check them out. While their three previous studio albums all had more than enough moments that were compelling, they never quite held it together for an entire set. Live at Tipitina’s was a fine set, but it didn’t really capture the Galactic live experience. To be honest, Stanton Moore’s solo records were more consistent. That said, Galactic have amassed a fine catalog, and this best-of provides this band with all of their strengths intact and on display. There are 15 tracks here. Twelve are culled from the various long-players; two previously unreleased in the States (live versions of “Sew, Sew, Sew” and “Doo Rag/Triple Threat”) and one, “The Green Minute,” appears here for the first time period. The booty shakers are all here: “Something’s Wrong With This Picture,” “Double Wide,” “Tighten Your Wig,” “Century City,” “Jeffe 2000,” “Get a Head On,” “Meter Maid,” “Bobski 2000,” “Go Go,” and a few others. The record is sequenced out of chronological order; instead its order is determined by the way tracks feel against each other. Like everything Galactic, this is about vibe, and in that department it’s a monster too. If anything, it feels more like a fifth Galactic album than a best-of. It’s also revelatory in terms of what this band, as opposed to their whammer (extended) jammer cousins, is capable of. No (read: rhythmless interpretive) dancing to these jams is necessary. Just let the backbone slip into the rhythm section and feel that bass propel you onto the floor.

1. Welcome to New Orleans (0:16)
2. Something’s Wrong With This Picture (5:56)
3. Doublewide (4:54)
4. Tighten Your Wig (3:13)
5. Century City (4:56)
6. Jeffe 2000 (1:00)
7. Go Go (3:04)
8. Start from Scratch (4:14)
9. Bobski 2000 (1:43)
10. Get a Head On (5:38)
11. The Green Minute (3:50)
12. Metermaid (1:39)
13. Quiet Please (10:56)
14. Sew Sew Sew (Big Chief Monk Boudreaux/Galactic/Lil Rascals Brass Band/Triple Threat DJ’s – Live) (7:53)
15. Doo Rag ( Galactic/Triple Threat DJ’s – Live) (8:51)

Download: Galactic – Vintage Reserve (2003)


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