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Various Artists Chains And Black Exhaust 2002

Various Artists Chains and Black Exhaust 2002

Chains and Black Exhaust is a compilation album of rare and obscure funk, soul and rock songs from the late 1960s and early 1970s, released in 2002 by Jones, a sub-label of Memphix Records. The album features 17 tracks by mostly unknown artists who were influenced by the psychedelic and countercultural music of Jimi Hendrix, Funkadelic, James Brown and others. The album has no track listing, artist names or liner notes, and the disc just says "Jones". The front cover artwork shows "Home Of The Chicago Thunder Birds M.C." and the back cover art shows "Home Of The Demons". The album is a limited edition of 1,000 copies and is highly sought after by collectors and DJs.

The album was compiled by Dante Carfagna, a DJ and funk 45 junkie who is part of the Memphix crew, a collective of crate diggers and record enthusiasts based in Memphis, Tennessee. Carfagna has also compiled other albums of rare funk and soul music, such as Function Underground: The Black & Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974 (2017) and Soul Cal: Funky Disco & Modern Soul 1971-1982 (2012). Carfagna's aim with Chains and Black Exhaust was to document the short-lived but influential black rock scene that emerged after Hendrix's death in 1970, when many black musicians experimented with rock, psychedelia and funk in their own unique ways.


The songs on Chains and Black Exhaust are raw, gritty and powerful, showcasing the diversity and creativity of the black rock movement. Some of the highlights include:

  • Yeah, Yeah by Blackrock: A hard-hitting funk-rock track with heavy drums, distorted guitar and a catchy chorus.

  • Cynthy-Ruth by Black Merda: A psychedelic soul song with fuzzy guitar, wah-wah effects and soulful vocals.

  • Show-Stopper by Iron Knowledge: A heavy metal anthem with a killer guitar riff, a badass breakbeat and a screaming vocalist.

  • Funk-Key by Jacob's Kelly: A funky instrumental with a groovy bass line, organ solos and horn stabs.

  • Blind Man by L.A. Carnival: A smooth soul ballad with a mellow vibe, sweet harmonies and a flute solo.

  • Paper Man by Jade: A psychedelic rock song with trippy lyrics, swirling keyboards and a sitar-like guitar.

  • Get High by Gran Am: A funky disco track with a catchy hook, a funky guitar and a disco beat.

  • The Devil Made Me Do It by Curtis Knight Zeus: A blues-rock song with a slide guitar, a harmonica and a devilish theme.

  • You Know by Stone Coal White: A dark and moody funk-rock track with a haunting guitar, eerie vocals and a spooky atmosphere.

Chains and Black Exhaust is a must-have for fans of rare groove, funk, soul and rock music. It is a testament to the talent and innovation of the black rock scene that has been largely overlooked by mainstream history. The album is a treasure trove of hidden gems that will make you want to dig deeper into the rich and diverse musical legacy of the black community.


  • [Chains And Black Exhaust (2002, CD) - Discogs]

  • [Various Artists: Chains and Black Exhaust Album Review Pitchfork]

  • [Various - Chains And Black Exhaust Releases Discogs]

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