Harry Mosco

Country Boy (Mr. Funkees)

  • Label PMG
  • Genre African
  • Released 10/27/16
  • Cat no PMG 024LP

PMG present a reissue of Harry Mosco's Country Boy (Mr. Funkees), originally released in 1978. Don't let the floppy hat and rolling English countryside on the cover fool you. Harry Mosco's Country Boy is a certified floor-filler, bursting with Studio 54 era disco-funk. It also contains a token reggae monster, complete with its own dub version. Harry Mosco always had swagger. A founding member of The Funkees, he'd stride out on stage in tight pants and dark sunglasses, commanding the attention of a population distracted by war. When The Funkees split in London, it was clear that his star would rise the fastest. Released in 1978 by Nigeria's fledgling Taretone label, Country Boy became one of the best-selling Nigerian records of all time. The first few bars of "It's Too Late" are guaranteed to get you on the dance floor and Sam El'Salahi's slinky bassline on "I Feel Funky" will keep you there. "Harry's Party" is a celebration you never want to end. The title track, and its dub doppelganger, are a reggae-tinged chance to catch your breath, before "The Wanderer" drags you back on the dancefloor until the house lights come on.