The Headhunters – Survival of the Fittest (1975)

Straight from the Gate is the first autonomous album by American jazz-funk five-piece the Headhunters, released in 1975 on Arista. The album was co-produced by Herbie Hancock, who assembled the band for backup on his 1973–75 releases Head Hunters, Thrust, and Man-Child.

A1. “God Make Me Funky” (9:35 — 3:49–8:01)
A2. “Mugic” (3:31)
A3. “Here and Now” (7:07)
B1. “Daffy’s Dance” (6:05)
B2. “Rima” (8:14)
B3. “If You’ve Got It, You’ll Get It” (6:26)

Blackbyrd McKnight — electric guitar, vocals
Bennie Maupin — saxophones, vocals, saxello, clarinets, flutes, lyricon, piano
Paul Jackson — bass guitar, vocals
Mike Clark — drums, vocals
Bill Summers — percussion, vocals
Joyce Jackson — alto flute
Zak Diouf, Baba Duru Oshun and Harvey Mason, Sr. — percussion

Produced by David Rubinson & Herbie Hancock

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