The Pioneers early stuff has never let me down. These are from 68-73, when they were in their prime. The vocals are just unpolished enough, and the backing is your basic formulaic studio groove; thick but clear enough to single out individual instruments (and once you do, you're locked in). "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" is a pretty funky deviation (the wah-wah and horns do wonders). These guys could really, really handle covers.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~The Pioneers - Long Shot Kick de Bucket mp3 at SoundBites
The Pioneers - Papa Was a Rolling Stone mp3 at Funky 16 Corners
The Pioneers - Mother and Child Reunion mp3 at Snuhthing Anything
The Pioneers Official Site