Monday, October 8, 2012

S.O.U.L. - What Is It

Year : 1990/1971
Label : Musicor/BGP
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul

S.O.U.L. (for Sounds Of Unity And Love), is an instrumental Soul & Jazz Funk group from Cleveland, formed by Lee Lovett, Gus Hawkins, Paul Stubblefield and Walter Winston. "What is It" is their first record originally released in 1971 on Musicor. The tracklist consists in famous Soul cover songs of Charles Wright, (Express Yourself), Smokey Robinson (Get Ready), Herbie Mann (Memphis Underground), jam sessions such as "Message From A Black Man" (which includes the hidden track "Stand!" from Sly & The Family Stone), and their original single  Down In The Ghetto Parts I & II. One of the best Funk albums from the early seventies, also known for "Burning Spear" which was included in various compilations and sampled many times by Hip-Hop artists like on Go With The Flow (1991) by Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
Lee Lovett_lead vocal, bass
Walter Winston_guitar
Gus Hawkins_vocal, saxophone & flute
Paul Stubblefield_vocal, drums

01. Down In The Ghetto
02. Get Ready
03. Burning Spear
04. Express Yourself
05. Soul
06. Message From A Black Man
07. Memphis Underground

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