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Waltz of a Ghetto Fly

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Former George Clinton and Maxwell sideman Amp Fiddler walks his own middle ground on Waltz of a Ghetto Fly. Neither as all-out funkadelic as Clinton or as straight-ahead romantic as Maxwell, Fiddler offers a keyboard-heavy blend of styles that's both airy and rooted in a deep groove. Overdubbing harmonies, he presses his rangy voice to its expressive limits. "Superficial" begins with a rhythm pattern that sounds like Blondie's "Heart of Glass" turned inside out before bursting into a Latin-dance extravaganza. Other tracks benefit from jazz touches, such as the elegant piano solo that highlights "Possibilities." Fiddler's songs are often little more than vamps, but it's this brand of musicality that lights them up. --Rickey Wright

1. intro
2. i believe in you
3. dreamin'
4. superficial
5. possibilities
6. soul devine
7. you play me
8. eye to eye
9. love & war
10. if you can't get me off you mind
11. unconditional eyes
12. this is how
13. waltz of a ghetto fly

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pias America
  • ASIN: B000255LES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By valeria on August 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
My boyfriend caught a cut from this CD on WDET and promptly bought the CD and said, woman, you have to hear this. He cranked it up and that was it! I'm hooked on Amp. The CD is pure soulful funk with jazz undertones and gets you swaying and dancing, whether you're by yourself or with your main squeeze (and it's quite fine for other activities with your main squeeze too). I've bought four copies of it already, one for myself and others I've given away to friends who have joined the ranks of enthusiastic Amp fans. I couldn't believe my luck when I saw that he was booked at the Hothouse (great venue) while I was in Chicago August 13 and of course I had to go. What a performer-you have to see Amp live, the effect he has on the audience is electrifying. His band and backup singers are great too. All of them seemed so joyful, in the moment ... it was wonderful. But until you get a chance to catch Amp live, get a few copies of Ghetto Fly-for yourself and to give away.

The only complaint I have is the CD insert type is too tiny! It must be 3 point type. It's a little too little for the over 40 set, and it helps to see the lyrics as some are a little hard to decipher.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paulina Wilkowska on July 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was in Detroit for the "Movement" festival this past May and amongst my frolicking in the crowds my ears heard a voice of funk wafting through the many heads gathered around the stage and like the fingers of a freshly baked pie drawing the cartoon dog to the window, my toes up and left me in the direction of the music emitting from the center stage. It was Amp Fiddler. The sound was undescribable - souldful, loving, moving, funky, it had everyone so starry eyes, hands up in the air - dancing unlike to anyone else. Something beautiful. He performed every single track off this CD and the day after I went out and bought it. It is masterful, the sound is well produced, his voice is great, the variation of this cd makes it perfect for prettymuch every mood. It is simply a stunner and you will not be dissapointed. Support this artist. Get the cd and if you get the chance to see Amp Fiddler perform live with band and backup singers take the chance and go see it because the music LIVE is something that needs to be experienced especially by the deadened ears and feet of those following dj's who have forgotten to art of live music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil Sol on December 7, 2005
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I saw this brotha on VH1 Soul and his video of "Dreamin'" and he had my dyin' laughin' because he's a big ass ham! I like that cut so much and his steelo (Reminded me of Prince, which he used to tour with) that I decided to scoop his CD. Not bad. Not great. But not bad. "Dreamin'" is the standout track and almost worth the purchase itself since Saadiq penned it. Other nice tracks are "i believe in you", "eye to eye", and the Sly Stone-esque "if you can't get me off you mind." If you want something different and eclectic, this is a good twist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Browne on May 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Joseph 'Amp' Fiddler may be 45 and as some would say in the 'twilight' of his career but he displays the talent that made him one of the hottest keyboard players during his time with P-Funk in the 70's. 'Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly' is one of those albums which, amongst a music industry with cliched, uninspiring musical acts (Marques Houston, Cassidy, G-Unit, D12 to name a few), shines like a beacon of light.
It kicks off with a short intro and goes to the album's 2nd single 'I Believe In You', a mid-tempo funk track with plenty of attitude and sincerity made possible by Amp's backing vocalists. 'Dreamin' features Raphael Saadiq on keyboards but the highlight is Amp's superb singing on this track, there is plent of innovation here. 'Superficial' is the funkiest track on here and the one most likely to hit the dancefloor. The musicianship is very inspiring as is the instrumental, 'Possibilities', where Amp's keyboard playing is very relaxing and soothing. 'Love & War' was the first single of this album and has a very continental sound made by the brilliant percussion and harmonising. The biggest highlight is the title track itself. Here Amp goes back to his roots, laying down that the 'Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly/Never ever die', a fact backed up by George Clinton who makes a guest appearance. The music on this track is superb, the sampled piano, staccatoed bass, playful guitar, drums and singing all complementing each other to create a very funky groove.
This album is definately worth the money, simply because it is varied and different. There is certainly no commercial pap here. If you are a fan of blaxpoitation funk or artists such as Prince or Rick James, I recommend you give this a go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Meteau on June 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Detroit seems to be this birthing place for some of the greatest music to ever come out of the US. Whether it be Jazz, Garage rock, motown, funk, or electronic, Detroit has always been ahead of it's time musically. Having lived there for ten years I saw how underappreciated it is. It's unfortunate that the majoity of the people that live there don't know what their city truly has to offer. Most electronic music artist had sought distribution support in Europe because they were supported and encouraged to develop only to return and then get recognition they deserved. Amp is one of those great artist. Though he's not entirely electronic based (His roots lie in jazz and funk and it's very apparent) his music does incorporate an amalgam of sorts. I purchased his two first 12" releases Superficial and Love and War, which included remixes that had a very Kenny Dixon Jr.(Moodyman) vibe. I later learned they were produced by his camp. The music on this highly anticipated LP truly lives up to the hype establised by the previous 12" releases. There are some great soulful tunes(not by radio format standards). He's a great musician with lyricals ranging from musician life, to romance, to a bit of the political. The arrangements are loose and very groove oriented. One can definately see where all his experience and associations with bands like P-Funk have filtered through and informed his style. A worthwhile album especially with the summer approaching. I was fortunate to catch him live at a bar in my latter days of Detroit dwelling and his show was a laid back, funk-filled affair.
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