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New Fat Larry's BandBreakin Out ... CD
WMOT/Unidisc (Canada), 1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime grooves from Fat Larry's Band – a combo that's heavy on bass, but one that also keeps things cool! The style here is easily one of the best from the group's generation – a laidback groove that's not nearly as tight as other 80s club acts – never too much bass in the face, nor rhythms that get too stiff – just a stepping sort of groove that's rooted in funk, and served up with plenty of soulful touches. In a way, the sound reminds us more of ensemble funk groups from the late 70s than you'd guess from the date – particularly some of the Mercury or Chocolate City artists. Titles include "House Party", "Act Like You Know", "Breakin Out", "Be My Lady", and "Zoom". CD features bonus tracks too – instrumental and radio mixes of "Act Like You Know", and a radio mix of "Zoom". CD

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New Fat Larry's BandLookin For Love ... LP
Fantasy/WMOT, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great album – one of Larry's best – a smooth soulful batch of groovers, more Philly than funk, and handled to perfection with lots of jazzy touches on the instrumentation! The arrangements are really great – with nice parts where the vocals drop out and let piano, guitar, and keyboards take over – and the boys keep their harmonies from getting too silly on the best tracks, sticking to a smooth soul approach that really works. Titles include "Lookin For Love", "Here Comes The Sun", "How Good Is Love", "Hey Pancho It's Disco", and "Like To Get To Know You Better". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Barbara MasonYes, I'm Ready (1981) ... CD
WMOT/Hot, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We'll be honest, we like Barbara Mason more as an adult artist than we do as a younger one – especially the way she sounds on sets like this! The album's got a great gentle groove at times – Butch Ingram production that brings in modern, mature elements – but also somehow unlocks a more deeply soulful vocal approach than on some of Mason's earlier albums. A few cuts have a great stepping groove – and titles include her classic mellow cut "She Got The Papers (I Got The Man)" – part of the Barbara/Shirley/Richard Dimples Fields song cycle – as well as a remake of her first hit "Yes, I'm Ready", plus lots of others like "On & Off", "I Love Having You Around", "I Can Want You", "Let Me Give You Love", and "You Did Not Stay Last Night". 13 cuts in all, with much more than the original LP! CD
( Barbara Mason)