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Iron Leg: The Complete Mickey & The Soul Generation

by Mickey & The Soul Generation

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Best known for their 1969 paper hit “Iron Leg,” the mixed instrumental combo Mickey & the Soul Generation came to semi-national attention following Nipsey Russell’s performance of the Iron Leg dance on Johnny Carson. Though they shared a label with Ben E. King, they lacked access to the same promotion and marketing resources. A tour with Sam & Dave and opening slots for James Brown, Kool & the Gang, and The Supremes found them performing for thousands nightly, but still sleeping on floors. By the mid-’70s the group had fractured, with members joining the army, bottling Coke, and starting families.

At the dawn of the century, Josh Davis (AKA DJ Shadow) tracked Mickey and his Soul Generation down for the purpose of reissuing their recordings on his upstart Cali-Tex label. That 2003 reissue was met with critical praise, and ultimately turned a new generation of music lovers onto rare funk and soul. Numero has gone back to the scene of the crime and re-canvased for new leads, helping Davis expand on his original work, with updated liner notes, tons of newly discovered photos, and a previously unreleased track.

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released July 16, 2013

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Josh Davis, when not busy recording under his DJ Shadow alias, is a blackbelt record enthusiast and accumulator of sui generis recordings. Co-curated by Dante Carfagna, another vaunted compiler of records and record histories, the Cali-Tex label brought Pieces of Peace finally to vinyl and handled an LP’s worth of J.C. Davis recordings. ... more

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