This is incredible!!! (again
).You keep surprising and impressing with the different genres and moods that you dig up. This one is a very special 80s soul-funk sound that I also like so much.
The combination of the heavy electronic percussion and drums, a typical 80s electro-funk style with acoustic instruments gives a unique fresh feel to these songs.
You've got Al B Sure
's Nite and Day (you just had a typo in the artist's name) - what can I say? My all time favourite, it has such a cool vibe, a classic, still not too well known by many. Wondering if you're heard the Ronny Jordan cover version, very tasteful smooth jazz sound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfnAaWcmkJ0
The first track reminded me of Steve Winwood's voice, very similar.
Glenn Jones, Benson, Freddy Jackson - some could say these songs are quite cheesy, they have many like this but we still love them, it's a very typical unique sound with all that 80s positivism everywhere.Sugarfree
from Juicy is the highlight for me in the whole set, did not know this but it's everything you need in a great electro-funk track - unbelievable vibe, SOS Band style drums, sound of Sexual Healing in the guitar riffs, arrangement that reminds of Evelyn Champagne King, a brilliant example of great funk of that era.
I never loved Juicy Fruit that much back in the days, I did not understand why it was so popular and such a big hit. It all changed recently, I started to appreciate it as time went on, it is a very nice fit in here.
Same with Alexander O'Neal, I only know Fake and Criticize but this one is perfect here. You're consistency is amazing all throughout this set, you grab this special vibe and hold on to this all the way through - the 80s GooseBump sound :-)
SOS Band - you told me earlier that I need to listen to it more, now I see what you mean, I've been missing out much with only knowing Just Be Good and Take Your Time - this is brilliant here.
I heard that Stanley Clarke
had these early jazzfunk tracks, but I haven't listened to many of them. For a moment I thought it was Stevie Wonder singing, at points it is incredibly close to his tone character. I looked it up, it's someone called Howard Hewett instead, never heard of him but he's very good.
What I was secretly waiting for all the way through (well, I know it was not gonna come, since it wasn't in the tracklist) was some Midnight Star, all those electro percussions were so much reminding me of their sound. I don't really know which song I would have put in, it's probably a bit more funky and upbeat than this brilliant set.
Another great lecture in some truly amazing music from the past! Way to go, we need to keep these sounds alive!