Now Playing: Water Into Wine Band "Harvest Time"
Del Jones was a militant black activist and sworn enemy of ghetto heroin use. Among record collectors he's also remembered as the creator of "Court Is Closed", a rare underground funk-rock title which has demonstrated remarkable crossover potential with psych specialists, such as the fine gentlemen who coordinated the vinyl reissue about a decade ago. This all refers to the 'rock' version which, as Rockadelic Rich recently revealed, was Del Jones favorite version. The 'funk' version (with the African map on the cover) was created for commercial reasons only, and held less sway with Del.
Here's a mash-up I did combining elements of Del Jones' title track and a Puerto Rican kid speaking about the ghetto from an anti-drug spoken word record I have: http://www.lysergia.com/03CourtIsOpen.mp3