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Recommended smooth and mellow soul CDs
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Chill Out Electronica ELECTRONICA
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West Coast Soft Rock WEST COAST
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CD want list CD WANT LIST
Care to help me track down some much sought-after CDs?

Average White Band
"Cut the Cake" and "Pick Up the Pieces".

Ayers, Roy

Bofil, Angela
"Something About You".

Burke, Keni
Created a timeless and classic bass-line.

Tightest rhythm section ever!

Earth, Wind & Fire
My own tribute to jazz/soul/funk’s finest. A 300 pages surfers guide!

Gaye, Marvin
"What’s Going On" – Probably the best album ever recorded!

Hayes, Isaac
Black Moses!

Britain’s finest jazz/funk.

Isley Brothers
Still have "Work To Do" after more than 40 years.

James, Rick
King of Punk Funk!

The guy with the stupid hat!

Jarreau, Al
A unique vocalist.

Jones, Quincy
Truly the dude.

Kool & The Gang
Knew how to do the "Jungle Boogie".

Marie, Teena
Found "Portuguese Love"

Mayfield, Curtis
The superfly.

Marvin Gaye of this millennium.

Ohio Players
Is this funky, or what?

Parliament/ Funkadelic
One nation under a groove!

Stansfield, Lisa
Certainly "All Woman".

Steely Dan
Turn that jungle music down. Just until we’re out of town.

Soul II Soul
Sat the standard for the 80’s soul sound.

Trammps, The
Classic disco/soul-funk.

Vandross, Luther

More than 30 years of smooth vocal harmonies.

All Music Guide
If you don’t find it here, – forget it!

Famous Name Changes
Wonder what their real name is?

How band got their names
Steely Dan: A dildo in the William Burroughs novel "Naked Lunch".

Lyrics World
Like to sing in the shower, but can’t quite remember the words?

Ultimate Band List
More info, sound samples and links

…and yes, – just what you were looking for!
Misheard Lyrics Archive
Hilarious! " ‘scuse me, while I kiss this guy"

Ahh... the name is Bootsy, baby!

The Trammps: Slipping Out

Johnny Guitar

Lisa Stansfield

Chaka Khan

Keni Burke

Make your funk the P-Funk!

Never By Texas From A Cowboy...

Philiipe Wynne

Pass the J, Rick

Pockets: Come Go With Us

Ray Parker jr.

The Trammps: III

Brass Construction: Movin’ & Changin’ [Best of] – 1993
Label: EMI
Produced by: Jeff Lane & Randy Muller
15 track basic compilation by Brooklyn based funk outfit Brass Construction led by Randy Muller. As the title indicates it includes both the tracks "Movin’" and "Changin’" from the 1975 "Brass Construction I". For more of the Randy Muller sound, check Skyy "Greatest Hits" on Salsoul Records 1996.
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Brick: Summer Heat  – 1981 [Jap. rel. only]
Label: Bang Records
Produced by: Ray Parker Jr. & Brick
I would really like to get my hands on their 1979 release "Stoneheart" on CD, but still no luck. In the meantime enjoy Brick’s 1981 "Summer Heat". Led by saxophonist/flutist Jimmy Brown, they "invented" the term Dazz – danceable jazz. Summer Heat" do has the "dazz" sound, but with a  touch of the easily recognizable Ray Parker/Raydio sound thrown in. You could also go for the 1995 "Best Of". Although this has all their biggest hits, there are several excellent tracks missing, -especially from "Stoneheart".
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B.T. Express: 1980 – 1980 [Jap. rel. only]
Label: Columbia
Produced by: Morrie Brown
Originally formed in 1972 as the King Davis House Rockers, the  Brooklyn-based group went through several name changes, including the Madison Street Express and the Brooklyn Trucking, before settling on B.T. Express. Although they somehow lost much of their 70’s identity on this release, it brings back very good memories with favorite cuts like "Give Up the Funk", "Have Some Fun" and "Does It Feel Good". Hard-to-get Japan CD reissue only.
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Brothers Johnson: Light Up The Night – 1980
Label: A&M
Produced by: Quincy Jones
Classic 80’s Quincy Jones production featuring most of the LA studio mafia, and Louis Johnson’s excellent bass work. Be sure to also check out the very good "Blam!" from 1978.
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Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers: Bustin’ Loose – 1979
Label: Valley Vue – V2 53903
Produced by: James Purdie
Washington D.C. bandleader, performer and songwriter Chuck Brown was a prominent figure on the city’s go-go scene since the late ’70s and one of the rare go-go acts to gain US national attention outside D.C. They got into the spotlight with "Bustin’ Loose", the top R&B single for 4 consecutive weeks at the end of 1978. Its fabulous arrangement and horn work made the band momentary celebrities. But the follow-up, "Game Seven" flopped, and they were soon back on the go-go circuit. The track "I Gotcha Now" is one of my all time favorite funk tracks. The "Bustin’ Loose" album was originally released on the Washington go-go label Source in 1979 and reissued on CD on the Valley Vue label in 1992.
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Keni Burke: You’re The Best – 1981 [Jap. CD release only/24 bit remastering]
Keni Burke: Changes – 1982
Keni Burke: Hang Tight
Label: RCA
Produced by: Kenneth M. Burke
Great bass player who never really got the recognition he very well deserves. Born Kenneth M. Burke in  1953 in Chicago, he first started out as a teen member of the family group The Five Stairsteps. Burke’s self-produced debut album, "Keni Burke" was released in 1977 (never released on CD and extremely hard to find even on LP). Some tracks from that album was issued as a RCA CD (PD 90682) as "The Wonderful World Of Keni". Becoming an in-demand session bass player he can be heard on everyone from Sly & The Family Stone, Natalie Cole, Billy Preston, The Emotions, Stargard, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Narada Michael Walden, Ramsey Lewis, Diana Ross and Gladys Knight. 
The self produced 1981 album "You’re The Best" included the singles «Let Somebody Love You», and the title track «You’re The Best». Both became post-release 12" collectables. Other album highlights were a cover of Todd Rundgren’s «Love Is The Answer" and the sweet ballad "Gotta Find My Way Back In Your Heart», co-written by Burke and Bill Withers. 
1982’s "Changes" yielded his biggest solo hit. Though the now classic "Risin’ To The Top»Keni Burke: Risin' To the Top peaked at #63 R&B in 1982, it was a huge hit in his native Chicago and has been sampled by a myriad of hip-hop/rap and urban artists. (Doug E. Fresh: «Keep Risin’ To The Top», Mary J. Blige: «Love No Limit»,  Ali: "Feelin’ You"). Burke worked as a writer/producer with The O’Jays, The Jones Girls, The Whispers, Keith Sweat, George Howard, Peabo Bryson, Bill Withers, among others.
In 1997 Burke signed with Sony-distributed UK label Expansion Records, and released the album "Nothin’ But Love» in 1998. Check www.homdrum.no/burke for more info.
Keni Burke: You’re The Best
Chic: C’est Chic – 1978
Label: Atlantic
Produced by: Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers
Containing dance classics like "Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love", this is probably the ultimate dance/funk album. The production is excellent with Edwards & Rodgers stripping disco down to it’s basic funky groove elements. The rhythm section is extremely tight and Rodgers’ guitar work is outstanding. For more of the same check their 1979 album "Risque", Diana Ross’ "Diana" or Sister Sledge "We Are Family" .
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Cold Fire: Too Cold – 1981
Label: Capitol
Produced by: Dr. Cecil Hale
Led by father and son Ray Towns Sr. & Jr. this is Cold Fire’s only album. The opening cut, the funky H.F.R.S. (Hustlin’, Freakin’, Rockin’, Streakin’) is a killer track and the main reason for it being on this list. The album also includes Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Nathan East on bass and once Crusaders drummer Ndugu Chancler.
Cold Fire: Too Cold - 1981
ConFunkShun: Best of Vol.1 & 2 – 1993 & 1996
Label: Mercury
Produced by: Skip Scarborough and others
Two great 17 and 16 track CD compilations. Vol 1. is maybe the strongest of the two. They had a killer combination with Michael Cooper’s vocals and Felton Pilate’s guitar (and vocals). Listen especially to the ultra strong ballads. The mellow "By Your Side" is still on my all-time top-10 list some 20 years after it was first released. Alternatively you could  go for the remastered "Ballads Collection" on PolyGram.
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Earth, Wind & Fire: The Essential – 2002 [2-CD set]
Label: Columbia
Produced by: Maurice White
A must in every Soul/Funk collection! 34 remastered classics, but be sure to get the US and not the EU version of this. Both are 2-CD sets, but disc 2 in the EU version contains newly remixed versions and not the original tracks. If you wanna go all the way, check out the 1992 "The Eternal Dance". A 3 disc box set containing 54 tracks including alternate versions and prev. unreleased tracks. Check www.homdrum.no/ewf for more info.
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Fatback: The Fattest of.. – 1997
Label: Rhino
Produced by: Fatback
Very good 14 track compilation from these old funkmasters. Contains probably the first commercial rap record ever, "King Tim III". This was originally on a 7" b-side, but black radio stations picked it up and it was soon to be re-released as the a-side. Another great track is "Spanish Hustle" – a dance jam that alternates synthesizer flights of fancy, with intense Latin percussion breaks. Unfortunately the compilation is missing the classic "(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop".
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Gap Band: III – 1980
Gap Band: IV – 1981
Label: Mercury
Produced by: Lonnie Simmons
Two great albums. The name "Gap" comes from 3 streets in their home town Tulsa, – Greenwood, Archer and Pine. They were known for using a special guitar that sounds like a cross between a Spanish guitar and a mandolin, – built like a French ukulele with 6 strings. Featuring "Burn Rubber", "When I look in Your Eyes" and "Early in the Morning".
G.Q.: Disco Nights [Best of] – 1999
Label: BMG (UK)
Produced by: Jimmy Simpson
15 track disco/funk compilation with all of G.Q.’s (Gentlemen’s Quartet) biggest hits between 1979 and 1981. Remember "Disco Nights (Rock Freak)", "I Do Love You", "Standing Ovation", "Don’t Stop This Feeling", "Is It Cool?" (with it’s excellent heavy piano arrangement), and their version of Taste of Honey’s "Boogie Oogie Oogie".
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Heatwave: Dance Hits [Best of]  – 1992
Label: Sony
Produced by: Various
Among all the Heatwave compilations, this one is definitely the best. 16 tracks, most of them penned by the excellent songwriter Rod Temperton, responsible for many hits by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson among others. Close harmony singing and great arrangements. I’m still in search of their 1978 album "Hot Property" on CD. No luck yet.
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Incognito: Adventures In Black Sunshine – 2004
Label: Dome
Produced by: Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick
UK based Incognito are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the 14 track Adventures In Black Sunshine. The album oozes 70’s soul/jazz/funk and is in my opinion their overall strongest. This is also a return for vocalist Maysa Leak (on 7 tracks) plus a special cameo keyboard performance from George Duke. The instrumental tracks "The 25th Chapter" and "Mindin’ My Business" [8:13!] are both killer 70’s old school jazz/funk. 
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Instant Funk: Instant Funk – 1981
Label: Salsoul
Produced by: Bunny Sigler
Salsoul Records in-house band’s first release. Featuring the classic "Got My Mind Made Up". Also check out another of Salsoul’s and production team Baker, Harris & Young’s finest acts; Double Exposure.
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Rick James: Street Songs – 1981
Label: Motown
Produced by: Rick James
A classic album from the master of punk-funk. Including the much sampled "Super Freak". Be sure to check out the 2001 two-CD set version "Street Songs – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" CD 1 contains the original studio album plus both sides of the rare,  extended 12" remixes of "Super Freak" and "Give It To Me Baby" – all digitally remastered from the original analog master. CD 2: In the summer of 1982 Rick was performing live in Long Beach Arena in California accompanied by his Stone City Band, Punk Funk Horns, Teena Marie and background singers Mary Jane Girls. However, a live album was never released, – until now. Mixed and mastered from the original 24-track reels, the performance includes live versions of "Love Gun", "Mary Jane", "You And I", "Super Freak", "Give It To Me Baby" and "Ghetto Life". Teena Marie contributes – in her first-ever live recording – with her own "Square Biz" and "I’m A Sucker For Love". The package comes with a 28-page booklet with original lyrics and cover art.
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Quincy Jones: The Dude – 1981
Label: A&M
Produced by: Quincy Jones
This dude probably needs no introduction. Classic 80’s production by the man himself. Featuring an all-star line-up including James Ingram and Patti Austin on vocals. Several songs penned by ex-Heatwave member Rod Temperton.
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Chaka Khan: Naughty – 1980
Chaka Khan: What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me – 1981
Produced by: Arif Mardin
Label: Atlantic
Chaka’s second album "Naughty" is by far her best album ever, with "What Cha’…" following right behind. Tight production from Mardin, although I find the drum sound a bit "thin".
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Kleeer: The Very Best Of – 1998
Label: Rhino/Atlantic
Produced by: Dennis King & Kleeer
13 track compilation of hard quality funk by N.Y. based Kleeer. Led by drummer/vocalist Woody Cunningham this is as tight as it gets. All cuts are excellent remastered and original full-length album versions. Also check out Woody Cunningham’s fine solo album "Never Say Never" released on UK Expansion Records in 1997. The Kleeer sound is easily recognizable although this album is more mellow than the average Kleeer track.
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Kool & The Gang: Gangthology – 2003
Label: Universal/Mercury UK
Produced by: Various
When Samuel L. Jackson said "it’s cool…and the motherfucking gang" in Pulp Fiction, he was definitely talking about Robert ‘Kool’ Bell and his gang prior to their Deodato-produced albums from 1979 and onwards. Although Deodato took the gang to a commercial height with the 1979 "Ladies Night" and the albums to follow in the early 80’s, it’s really their 70’s offerings that are most interesting. This superb 33 track double CD-set is mainly concentrating on the 70’s with a couple of their biggest Deodato-hits thrown in. Disc 1 entitled "Wild" incl. classic funk like "Jungle Boogie" and "Funky Stuff", while disc 2 – entitled "Peaceful" – offers mellow summer grooves like "Wild & Peaceful", "Breeze & Soul", "Summer Madness" and "Winter Sadness". Superb!
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L.T.D.:  Love To The World – 1976
Label: A&M
Produced by: Larry & Fonce Mizell
Vocalist Jeffrey Osborne’s old band. This album was finally released on CD in 1995 and contains the classic "Love Ballad", also done by George Benson in an upbeat version. Also check out the 15 track "Greatest Hits" on A&M. This has most of the tracks you need.
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Ohio Players: Skin Tight – 1974
Ohio Players: Honey – 1975
Ohio Players: Contradiction – 1976
Ohio Players: Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee – 1978
Label: Mercury
Produced by: Ohio Players
Classic jazz/funk CD’s with the original cover artwork. (For those of you knowing what I’m talking about :-). Excellent sound, even though these 4 OP albums was produced more than 20 years ago. Listen specially to the killer horn arrangements and the drum sound. Featuring the special and easy recognizable singing style by Sugar. This style was also to some extent, done by Michael Cooper of ConFunkShun, Larry Blackmon of Cameo and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Keys. Beware of several not-so-good "best of" CDs out there, but the "Funk On Fire" dbl remastered compilation is excellent and has most of the tracks you need. If you’ve got a surround system with DTS, "Honey" has been remixed in 5.1 DTS sound, and it sounds awsome!
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Parliament: Give Up the Funk [Best of] – 1995
Label: Mercury
Produced by: George Clinton
George Clinton forged two bands, Parliament and Funkadelic, out of what had just been one. Being the more commercially viable of his insane clown posses, most Parliament tracks made it to radio and their all here. "Flashlight", "Give up the Funk (Tear the Roof of the Sucker)", "Up for the Down Stroke" and "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" . Do yourself a favor, get this and get down to some serious P-Funk!
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Pockets: Come Go With Us – 1977 Pockets: Come Go With Me Pockets: Pasado
Pockets: Take It On Up – 1978
Pockets: Take It On Up Pockets: Happy For Love
Label: Sony Japan/Columbia
Produced by: Verdine White & Robert Wright
The Baltimore based outfit The Pockets teamed up with Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire and delivered an excellent performance on their first two albums. Very good EW&F-like sound and highly recommended Japan only CD releases. Also available are the "Golden Classics" (US Collectables Records 5811) containing most of the tracks from both "Come Go With Us" and "Take It On Up" plus a couple of tracks from from their last release "So Delicious" from 1979.
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Diana Ross: Diana – 1980
Label: Motown
Produced by: Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers (Chic)
Another classic Chic production and Diana’s best selling album ever! Including "Upside Down" and "I’m Coming Out". Go for the 2 CD-set Deluxe Edition which also contains Edwards & Rodgers original mix of the complete album plus several 12" disco remixes of other Diana songs.  Also check out her 1978 album "The Boss" produced by Ashford & Simpson.
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Rufus & Chaka Khan: Masterjam – 1979
Label: MCA
Produced by: Quincy Jones
Another Quincy Jones production. Featuring the Seawind Horns together with some the best studio musicians at the time. Be sure to also check out the excellent live album "Stompin’ at the Savoy" from 1982 with 5 studio bonus tracks including the classic "Aint’ Nobody". 
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Sister Sledge: We Are Family – 1979
Label: Atlantic
Produced by: Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers (Chic)
Classic production and session work by Edwards & Rodgers of Chic. Is this a tight rhythm section, or what?! Including floor fillers like "Lost In Music", "We Are Family" and "He’s the Greatest Dancer" .
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Slave: Stellar Fungk – [Best of] – 1994
Label: Atlantic/Rhino
Produced by: Various
15 heavy funk tracks including 4 cuts from Steve Arrington’s solo albums. This compilation is much better than the "Masters of Fungk" compilation, which only contains 10 tracks.
Lisa Stansfield: Affection – 1989
Label: Arista
Produced by: Ian Devaney & Andy Morris
Actually a bit before it’s time, Lisa released "Affection" in 1990, years before 70′ dance music was once again hot. Classic Barry White-like string arrangements and Philly soul production. For more of the same you can go for all her albums, since they are pretty much more of the same.
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Bobby Thurston: You Got What It Takes – 1980
Label: Prelude
Produced by: Willie Lester & Rodney Brown
Classic Prelude production. Perfectly arranged funky disco with an extremely fat yet crisp sound (My JBL’s really loves this 🙂 This is how a dance record should sound like…. period! Long running songs with plenty of room for piano and guitar solos.  A fat and funky/jazzy piano, massive rhythm guitars and real horns & strings perfectly arranged. All on top of a really fat bass line, this rhythm section is as tight as can be. Go get this I say! Also check out another of Prelude’s finest, Sharon Redd.
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Trammps: This is Where the Happy People Go [Best of] – 1994
Label: Atlantic/Rhino
Produced by: Ron Baker & Norman Harris
Check out this very good 18 track compilation from the Trammps. Best known for the disco classic "Disco Inferno". These guys were making some excellent dance music years before disco became a dirty word. Their 1976 release "Where the Happy People Go", opened the door for my personal interest in black music. Truly a classic in my book.
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Luther Vandross: Never Too Much – 1981
Label: Epic
Produced by: Luther Vandross
Luther’s 3rd and breakthrough album. High quality production featuring Marcus Miller on bass. Also available on high quality SACD.
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Various: Classic Salsoul Mastercuts Vol.1 & 2
Label: Beechwood Music (UK)
Produced by: Various
Highly recommended CD compilation series from this UK based label. Including 12" versions – if available – of classic Salsoul Records acts. Featuring First Choice, Double Exposure, Loleatta Holloway, Ripple,  Instant Funk and The Salsoul Orchestra among others.
Various: Can You Dig It?  – 2001 [6 CD box set]
Label: Rhino
Produced by: Various
If you want to go all the way, this is probably the ultimate 70’s R&B box set. 6 CD’s with a total of 136 tracks, 65 which hit #1. It represents a who’s who of stars, with some hard-to-find tracks thrown in. Sure, the hard-core fan with an extensive 70’s soul CD collection will probably wish for more obscurities, but anyone wanting an at-home jukebox loaded with classic R&B will certainly dig this…
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Various: Funked Vol.1-3 – 2001
Label: Universal
Produced by: Various
Covering the years between 1970 and 1980, these 3 CD’s contains an excellent tracklist. A total of 45 great funk anthems including Marvin Gaye, Bobby Bird, Eddie Kendricks, Mandrill, Maceo & The Macks, Bar-Kays, Rick James, James Brown, Jackson Sisters, Roy Ayers, Parliament and much more…
Various: Funky Collector Vol.1-16 – 2000
Label: Universal France
Produced by: Various
Covering the late 70s and early to mid 80s, the 16(!) discs in the Funky Collector series compiled by Universal France is just great! All tracks are remastered and some are extended versions. The Digipack cover art are also really cool. Tracklistings and more cover art at  www.HotDiscoMix
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Johnny Guitar Watson: Ain’t That a Bitch – 1976
Johnny Guitar Watson: A Real Mother – 1977
Johnny Guitar Watson: What The Hell is This? – 1979
Label: DJM
Produced by:  Johnny Guitar Watson
Johnny Guitar Watson, a multi-talented performer who was one of the hottest blues axemen on the West Coast during the 50’s. He first started out as a piano player, but by 1954, when he dreamed up the absolutely astonishing instrumental "Space Guitar" (not even 17 years old), he had switched to guitar. "Space Guitar" ranks with the greatest achievements of its era, – Watson’s blistering rapid-fire attack, done without the aid of a pick, contained futuristic effects that rock guitarists still hadn’t mastered 15 years later. He totally changed his image to a pimp-styled funkster with the mid 70’s down-and-dirty R&B releases "A Real Mother", "What the Hell is This" and "Ain’t That a Bitch" on DJM Records.
After "Strike on Computers" in 1984, Watson seemed to disappear, but his 1994 album for Bellmark, returned him to prominence and earned him a Grammy nomination for best contemporary blues album, even though its contents were pure old-school funk. Sadly, in the midst of a truly heartwarming comeback tour, Watson passed away while touring Japan in 1996.
If you completely missed the 70’s and want a taste, start off with the 2-set compilation "You Need It – The Anthology" on Castle Records (UK).
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