Sir Joe Quartermain & The Free Soul – (I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind [1972]

There is literally NOTHING not to like in this classic from Sir Joe Quartermain. Its 100% funk, so huge it could destroy whole cities with that bassline. You’ve got funky horns, full force guitar solo’s, a breakbeat so massive it deserves its own astronomical classification and finally, Quartermain’s soulful vocals sewing it all together. I challenge ANYONE not to start tapping their feed and feeling this groove.

From SoundUnwound
Joe Quarterman, aka Sir Joe Quarterman, is an American funk and soul singer. Quarterman earned the title “Sir” in high school. His single, “(I Got) So Much Trouble in My Mind,” was also his biggest, reaching the R&B Top 30 in 1973, and was featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. After leaving the music industry, Quarterman earned a degree in architecture. His song “I’m Gonna Get You” was later featured on the breakbeat compilation “Ultimate Breaks and Beats”.

Sir Joe is from the then funk land before later being renamed (Go-Go) land of Washington D.C. where the hit maker Chuck Brown and the Soul Searcher were amongst the rival bands that played alongside Sir Joe Quarterman and the free soul. During the 70’s there were countless bands in the D.C. metro area; no other areas in the country except New York, Philly, throughout Ohio and Chi-town had as many bands.

One note to share was the remarkable talent of his then 5 year old son who played drums for Sir Joe’s band when the regular drummer would not show up for a show. His son once during about 1971 or 1972 play during at a concert on the mall outer grounds in D.C. where the monument stands in front of thousands of people. Sir Joe now resides in the D.C. metro area of Prince Georges co. Maryland.

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One Response

  1. Yowza, that is funky – thanks for posting it up and bringing it to my attention.

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