Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
A mythical want by hard core funk collectors for many years now, the Ben & The Platano Group – Paris Soul album is considered one of the strongest rare groove releases to come out of France in the 1970s. An all instrumental LP by a crew of nameless session musicians, the album touches on a myriad of styles including latin, funk / soul, rock, and jazz. Highlights include the Santana-esque Chicano low riders "Salute To Santa" and "Paris Soul", the punchy library-style euro hammond funker "Black Waders", the latin funk rocker "Culzean" (complete with sleazy flutes), and the percussive b-boy killers "Arte Pino Pasta" and "Platano Split". If you are strapped for cash (the album has changed hands for over $400) there are various reissues floating around that will keep you at bay.