Light Of The World (1980)

If you haven’t heard of this band before, then I can tell you that they, along with the likes of Level 42 and Freeez, were at the forefront of the UK Jazz Funk movement in the late seventies and early Eighties.

This the 1980 US version of the album with a slightly different track list to the original UK release. I include it here because it is so smooth. ‘Dreams’ is a particular favourite of mine.

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Producer: Vincent Castellano

Musicians:

  • Paul “Tubbs” Williams: Bass Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Peter Hinds: Clavinet, Synthesizer
  • Everton McCalla: Drums, Syn Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Nat Augustin: Guitar, Vocals
  • Neville McKrieth: Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
  • Gee Bello: Percussion, Vocals
  • David Baptiste: Saxophone, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Kenny Wellington: Trumpet, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Tracklist:

  1. Swingin’
  2. Dreams
  3. Who Are You (Who Do You Think You Are?)
  4. Emergency
  5. Aspects
  6. Mirror Of My Soul
  7. Liv Togevver (The Greater London Funkathon)
  8. I’ll Always Love You

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Far Cry: The More Things Change… (1980)

An album by Phil Galdston and Peter Thom, who had previously released an album in 1977 entitled , oddly enough, ‘Galdston & Thom’. I’ve never heard that record, but what you get here is light breezy soft West Coast rock, not a million miles away from what China and Joe Chemay would release a year later. It does have a touch of the Steely Dan’s about it in places as well, but that isn’t surprising when you see who helps out on backing voclas.

Stand out track for me is ‘The Hits Just Keep Comin’, but a really nice album to boot.

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Producer: Elliot Scheiner

 

Musicians:
Drums: Liberty DeVitto, Bernard Purdie, Ed Greene
Guitars: Steve Khan, Mark Doyle, Jeff Mironov, Elliot Randall
Bass: Doug Stegmeyer, Will Lee, Chris Parker, Neil Jason, Tony Levin
Piano: Phil Galdston, Rob Mounsey
Synthesizers: Rob Mounsey
Percussion: Ralph McDonald
Horns: Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, Barry Rogers, Timmy Capello, Ron Cuber, Dave Tofani
Background Vocals: Donald Fagen, Rob Mounsey, Patti Austin, William Eaton, Frank Floyd

 

Tracklist:
1. The Hits Just Keep On Comin’
2. Eldorado Escape
3. The One And Lonely
4. Because It’s There
5. It’s Not As Simple As That
6. Fight, Fight, Fight
7. Ocean Eyes
8. Suddenly Strings
9. Tell Jack

10. Some Things Will Never Change

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Bobby Caldwell: Cat In The Hat (1980)

In my humble opinion, this is his best album. It’s certainly funkier than any of his other albums, until the ‘Cool Uncle’ album that is. Check that one out if you haven’t already.

Back in 1980 this album was probably a brave move, considering the huge success of his previous album and the ultra-smooth ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’.

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Producers: Bobby Caldwell and Steve Kimball

Musicians:
Drums: Harold Seay, Andy Newmark, Joe Galdo, Ed Greene, Bobby Caldwell
Guitars: Bobby Caldwell
Keyboards and Synthesizers: Bobby Caldwell, Bruce Malament
Bass: George Perry, John Paulus, Bobby Caldwell
Sax: Mike Lewis, Chris Colclessor, Mark Colby
Horns: Jeffrey Kievet, Hollis Burridge, Jerry Peel, Gary Lindsay, James Marshall
All Vocals: Bobby Caldwell

Tracklist:
1. Coming Down From Love
2. Wrong or Right
3. To Know What You’ve Got
4. You Promised Me
5. It’s Over
6. Open Your Eyes
7. Mother of Creation
8. I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love

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