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  • Audio CD (March 16, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B0007YXPWY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Lord Is Back
2. Jagger The Dagger
3. Lovin' Man
4. Haedless Heroes
5. Susan Jane
6. Freedom Death Dance
7. Supermarket Blues
8. The Parasite (For Buffy)

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When this album was first released in 1971, so the legend goes, Nixon's vice-president Spiro Agnew himself called Atlantic Records to complain about the album's incendiary lyrics. Once again available on CD, McDaniels' funky social critique is wrapped up in an appealing stew that draws from rock, R&B, folk, soul, and even free jazz. Detailed liner notes.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Greg C. on May 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Just because a record's been sampled to death doesn't mean it's any good. As a collector of rare and oft-sampled records, I'm all too aware of this. I pounced on this album when I found it a few years back, knowing about its near-impossible-to-find status and the fact that it's a big favorite of A Tribe Called Quest, the Beastie Boys, Organized Konfusion, Rakim, Pete Rock and others. Let's be straight here: "Headless Heroes" is one strange record. But it's filled with some totally SICK grooves that could only be a product of the paranoid, Vietnam-scarred Nixon America of 1971. As such, the radical-chic lyrics are both dated and strangely relevant again under the present Bush-Cheney administration. But ... politricks. What's really at issue here is a very funky and sometimes disturbing, almost creepy album of dark, sinister jazz-funk grooves with a definite folk leaning thrown in for good measure. There really is nothing quite like this one, and its compelling, left-field charms will grow on you if you give it a chance, and especially if you grew up listening to late-80s/early-90s hip hop. File this next to the somewhat more accessible "Inspiration Information" by Shuggie Otis as one of those ahead-of-their-time revolutionary efforts that can now be shared by more than just we very-retentive vinyl hounds!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on July 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first became familiar with this album when a cut called LOVIN' MAN appeared on one of my favorite funky/jazz soul compilations, the FREE SOUL series from here in Japan. The track reminded me a lot of something like Gil Scott Heron might have done with a bit of LES McCANN and Oscar Brown Jr. thrown in... Jazzy, a bit funky, and yes... hiply subversive...
Mixing message with some purdy darn funky tracks, it was produced by Joel Dorn and the first name that comes to mind when reading the liner notes is Alphonse Mouzon who set the standard for Jazz/Soul "crossover" groove music... Harry Whitaker's groovy Rhodes playing ain't nothing to sneeze at either... in fact the entire ensemble is right on the money - - yet with all that great music, its McDaniel's wild lyric writing done in a cool (at times almost Bob Dylanesque manner) that makes this session a highly under-rated masterpiece... - - HEADLESS HEROES has everything you'd expect of a funky Jazz crossover album of its type - - yet goes a step beyond what you'd expect... yes, it is tight, fresh and incredibly original... the production quality and music go hand in hand... at the same time, you never know exactly where each tune is going to take, but once you let go, you always wind up in a wonderful place... This is "acid Jazz" long before the term was invented... though its hard to pinpoint the genre of this album (early '70s Jazz/Funk crossover ?), the best way to put it is like this.... its too darn good ! ! ! (Incidentally, I really dig Gary King's bass playing on The Parasite !)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nikolaus Dolp on November 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing piece of music. If you haven't heard that, you haven't heard one of the funkiest, dirtiest and orginal music. Recorded in the early 70s, it has a great note of social criticism.

The musicians recorded here are amazing, the backbone of the extreme funk in here comes from drum wizard Alphonse Mouzon, who was just 23 years old when doing this recording. It may be one the best funk drumming recordings of all time.

"Headless Heroes of the Apovalypse" is a masterpiece and it's highly underrated.

You need to get it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Funkay1 on August 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
What can the Funkay1 say? This man is a master of lowdown funky grOOves that make your brain t-r-e-m-b-l-e. You don't believe me? I dare ANY TRUE LOVER OF THE FUNK to pick this masterpiece up and NOT be moved to the McDaniels grOOve. For ANY who don't know the COSMIC POWER of Alphonse Mouzon on drums along with the other supreme musicians on it, all I can say is look out. EXCELLENT jazzrockysoul-back to jazz funk stew here... BUY IT. That's it. BUY IT.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on July 3, 2003
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I first became familiar with this album when a cut called LOVIN' MAN appeared on one of my favorite funky/jazz soul compilations, the FREE SOUL series from here in Japan. The track reminded me a lot of something like Gil Scott Heron might have done with a bit of LES McCANN and Oscar Brown Jr. thrown in... Jazzy, a bit funky, and yes... hiply subversive...
Mixing message with some purdy darn funky tracks, it was produced by Joel Dorn and the first name that comes to mind when reading the liner notes is Alphonse Mouzon who set the standard for Jazz/Soul "crossover" groove music... Harry Whitaker's groovy Rhodes playing ain't nothing to sneeze at either... in fact the entire ensemble is right on the money - - yet with all that great music, its McDaniel's wild lyric writing done in a cool (at times almost Bob Dylanesque manner) that makes this session a highly under-rated masterpiece... - - HEADLESS HEROES has everything you'd expect of a funky Jazz crossover album of its type - - yet goes a step beyond what you'd expect... yes, it is tight, fresh and incredibly original... the production quality and music go hand in hand... at the same time, you never know exactly where each tune is going to take, but once you let go, you always wind up in a wonderful place... This is "acid Jazz" long before the term was invented... though its hard to pinpoint the genre of this album (early '70s Jazz/Funk crossover ?), the best way to put it is like this.... its too darn good ! ! ! (Incidentally, I really dig Gary King's bass playing on The Parasite !)
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