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''Kings Go Forth's popularity is due in large part to its raw and retro R&B sound, which employs funky backbeats, big horns, three-part vocals, and naturalistic, lo-fi production.''-- The Onion

In 2009, Kings Go Forth burst onto the international soul/funk underground with a series of three self-released 45 rpm singles. (The first disc, One Day b/w You're The One, was pressed in an edition of 500 copies that now command up to $200 apiece on various Internet auction sites.) Now signed to Luaka Bop, 'The Outsiders Are Back' was preceded by a 12inch single, Don't Take My Shadow, containing multiple mixes and edits created by the legendary Tom Moulton, a pioneering remixer of the early disco era.
Here at last is a band creating its own immediately identifiable sound from a broad palette of classic R&B (mid-Sixties Chicago, early-Seventies Philadelphia, and other sources far more obscure); setting that sound to Black Wolf's timeless lyrics of love and loss, despair and hope and delivering it all with fierce urgency and undeniable emotional commitment. There is power in Kings Go Forth's multi-ethnic makeup, in their 25year age span (from 30 to 55), and in their unforced command of the soul music idiom. And to date, the soul revival has not produced another band with a vocal blend so rich in tone and feeling.

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''A groove-heavy, horn-powered mix of funk and soula powerhouse group, with
three stunning vocalists and an explosive horn section.'' --NPR All Songs Considered

''It sounds greatit's an exciting moment for soul musicKings Go Forth are
taking nothing for granted, which lends their music an urgency that
transcends mere revivalisma band anchored strongly in the present but with
their eyes towards the future.'' --Pitchfork

''If youre looking to dance away your pain, Milwaukees Kings Go Forth will
be your healer. The bands musical compass floats from Detroit to Chicago to
Memphis, pouring out Vietnam-era funk and soul with lyrics laced with
heartbreak.buy it.'' --Vanity Fair.com


1. One Day
2. I Don't Love You No More
3. You're the One
4. Fight With Love
5. High On Your Love
6. Paradise Lost
7. Don't Take My Shadow
8. Now We're Gone
9. 1000 Songs
10. Get a Feeling

Product Details

  • Audio CD: 295 pages (April 20, 2010)
  • 295 pages
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B00366HHN8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pink Sugar Elephant on April 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is seriously the best record I've heard in years. You know how you buy an album and there's one or two good tracks on it, but the rest is crap? On this Kings Go Forth record, EVERY track is excellent. This goes way beyond what any of the "soul revival" groups have done. It's a total recreation, a re-making of what music should be. Not just soul / funk / dance music, but what ALL music should be: Brilliantly arranged, infectiously written, compellingly creative, and outstandingly performed. Not to be missed!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
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There has been a wave of retro/neo soul music of late with artists ranging from Sharon Jones, Rafael Saadiq and even Amy Winehouse, but this disk by Milwaukee's King's Go Forth, sets the new high bar for the genre. THE OUTSIDERS ARE BACK is loaded with all the ingredients that make great soul music. The first thing you notice is the outstanding lead vocals by Black Wolf. Behind his strong vocals are a backdrop of tight harmonies, surging horn lines and a dynamic rhythm section. Of course what makes this truly a great record are the songs. This sounds like a greatest hits package by an obscure, but talented lost R & B band from the late 60's, early 70's timeframe. Standouts include One day, the ska inflected 1000 SONGS, DON'T TAKE MY SHADOW and NOW WE'RE GONE. These are just the best of a excellent batch of strong songs, without a dud in the bunch. They may not be breaking new territory, but Kings Go Forth have delivered an instant classic that I'm sure convert all those that hear it to become fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M.R.S. on April 22, 2010
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So much fun! This CD is fun, upbeat, musically interesting, and so much more. Can't stop listening to it and tapping my feet to it. Would be perfect for any party - whether an outdoor summer bbq, or an indoor cocktail party. Elements of funk, soul, ska and a few more exist throughout. Highly recommended!
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They say that "music is the soundtrack to your life." That is surely true for me; I have a huge musical collection, more than half occupied by classic r and b/soul music. While I like some newer music, most of it can't transport me back to my teenage years, when I hadn't a care in the world. This album is different; while it doesn't resemble Motown or Philly International, it has such an amazing 60's feel that I just can't stop playing it. If it were vinyl, I'd be on my second copy by now! I don't quite now how to explain it; just buy this; you won't be sorry.
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