“Unauthorized reproduction and use of this record as a frisbee is strictly prohibited but inevitable.”
So sayeth the disclaimer on the reverse of C.F.B.’s 2014 EP Take It To The Limit One Last Time. At least they don’t take themselves too seriously.
Cosmic Funk Band are from Ireland, and are somewhere between eight and eleven members strong depending on the source you look at (and probably the day of the week). They’ve got all the instruments covered, including stuff you’ve never heard of, and even credit a “Groove Adviser” in the liner notes. Their self-claimed influences are funk, soul, and disco, and that fits the sound of Take It To The Limit One Last Time to a T. This six-song EP is everything that was great about AM radio in the 1970s (and yes, there was some greatness on the AM dial), that combo of folk / soul / funk / disco / contemporary. You can hear some James Brown band in the horns, a touch of salsa, a little Jackson 5, a dose of Lionel Richie and Hall & Oates, all in a big band format.
I believe Take It To The Limit One Last Time is all original material, and if you asked me to describe it in just one word, that’s easy: Fun. This is a fun record. It’s a record for a party, or a BBQ, or sitting outside on a beautiful day having a drink or three, or diving in your car with the windows rolled down and the stereo cranked up. Most if the songs sound like their straight from 1975 with the possible exception of “Alone,” which could make it onto any “adult contemporary” type station out there today – it sounds current, like something that Taylor Swift might have recorded (and I mean that as a compliment).
They’ve got a handful of videos up on YouTube, including a cover of “Sexual Healing,” and I recommend you check them out if you’re into light funk / soul. Good stuff.