TRACK: Symphonic Four – Who Do You Think You’re Fooling (Part Two)
I came across this one after a friend/soul afficiando turned me on to the compilation Loving On The Flipside. It’s a collection of b-sides from various funk 45s culled from the Now-Again and Truth and Soul vaults. The tracks on the album are all funk tinged as expected, but the flipsides (get it?!) stand with the soul greats. There are a number of tracks I could pick from the compilation, but this one has a little bit of everything. It starts off with some psyched out keys and a gorgeous string of la-las before busting into this slow burner. A little digging tells me Symphonic Four were a band out of St. Louis, but the 7″ this was pulled from (the only thing they ever put on record as far as I can tell) was recorded in Detroit and has them backed by Parliament/Funkadelic. If anyone has more info on these guys, send it my way or leave a message in the comments. I highly recommend giving the whole comp a listen if you like what you hear.
Side note: Black Milk, a Detroit hip-hop artist, samples “Who Do You Think You’re Fooling (Part One)” on his track “Try.” Well worth a listen whether you’re into this one or not.