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JD- life in 1472


JD- life in 1472


Manchild – Power & Love (1977)

Personal Note: Debut album from this 7-piece outfit that contained the nest egg of a young Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Years before his stint as a frontman for “The Deele” in the 80’s and his excellent solo career over at Laface, Kenny played electric guitar for Manchild. Daryl Simmons was also a member of the band and the two went on to collaborate together on various LaFace projects with countless big name R&B stars. Though Manchild never really made it big and quite frankly, Suffered from some simply not-so-funky moments, The band did have a few guitar-heavy hot numbers and at times had a style close to that of “Earth, Wind & Fire” and other righteous-groove/unity based outfits. Musically, Manchild had the potential to blossom into a great ensemble but folded just after 3 albums.
Red Hot Daddy
(I Want To Feel Your) Power And Love
Especially For You
Takin’ It To The Streets
You Get What You Give
We Need We
These Are The Things That Are Special To Me
Funky Situation

Manchild – Feel The Phuff (1978)
Personal Note: Second studio album from the Indy bred Manchild. Another guitar-heavy/black rock/funk induced album from 78′.
The Phuff
Walk With Me
If You Don’t Tell No One
Rowdy-Dowdy Blues
Don’t Get Me Rowdy
Our Message
Maybe My Baby
One Tender Moment

Eddie Hazel – Games, Dames And Guitar Thangs(1973)

Personal Note:Great guitar work from the late P-Funk affilliated Eddie Hazel. Played with the same tripped-out progressive energy that he blessed the “Funkadelic” camp with but goes down smoothly with a less acid/more funk type approach. This album was Hazel’s solo debut in 73′ with George Clinton collaborating. Sadly, Eddie Hazel’s studio involvement with music soon became minimal over the years leading to his untimely death in 1992.

California Dreamin’
Frantic Moment
So Goes the Story
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Physical Love
What About It?
California Dreamin’ (Reprise)

Smedley Smorganoff [*]
Lampoc Boogie [*]
Unkut Funk [*]


Got To Get Your Own (1975)

Personal Note: A nice slab of Jazz/Funk for Cadet Records from the great Reuben Wilson. Coming across with just the right blend of Jazz, Funk, Soul and a dash of Disco/Boogie, This album proved to be a rare move for Mr. Wilson as it was indeed different from the sides he cut over at Blue Note & Groove Merchant on earlier albums. Lots of artists were experimenting with the Clavinet and Synthesizer sounds that were dominant during the time which found Reuben stepping away from his traditional jazz style on Hammond B3 with his “Cost Of Living” band in tow playing some very funky chops on the group’s only album as a combo. Members included brassman Pee Wee Ellis and Bernard Purdie on drums. Very laid-back on “Back Rub” & “Tight Money” while hard and funky on the title track, “Got To Get Your Own“.

What The People Gon’ Say
In The Booth, In The Back, In The Corner, In The Dark
Back Rub*****
Tight Money
Stoned Out Of My Mind
Together (You And Me)
Got To Get Your Own*****


Commodores – Movin’ On (1975)

Personal Note: This album is one of the 5 early Motown LPs that demonstrated the group’s potential of becoming a very strong force of funk instead of the soft pop/commercial style that they became famous for in the late 70’s. 1974’s “Machine Gun“, 75’s “Caught In The Act“, 76’s “Hot On The Tracks” & 77’s self-titled “Commodores” offerings were all testaments of funk that the group expertly parlayed. 1978’s “Natural High” album marked a period of change in direction for the band and Lionel Richie’s departure soon followed in the early 80’s. Heavy horn & synth use with funky bass and electric guitar with their signature style of percussion on the bottom.
Hold On****
Mary, Mary
Sweet Love
(Can I) Get a Witness
Gimme My Mule