The verses for these tracks are based on various jump-roping rhymes, but the best parts are the goofy non-sense vocals, sort of like the Zoom language, that you'll recognize from the Cold Cut remix of "Paid In Full." All done over that 1980-era loping rollerskating style music. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Damon Harris —
Damon ... LP WMOT/Fantasy, 1978. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth Philly Soul from Damon Harris – ex-singer for both the Temptations and Impact, working here in that smooth late 70s mode that was showing up on a lot of the WMOT Productions projects – a rich groove that has help from members of the Ingram Family, and backing vocals arranged by Patti Labelle! The record's a mixture of modern soul and mellow club tracks – that later Philly groove that's very well placed here, and which makes Damon's vocals sparkle in much the same way that you might hear from that other Harris of the time – Major Harris. Titles include "Silk", "Ride On", "It's Music", "Dish It Out", "Funday", and "My Love For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wide masking tape lining the opening. Back cover has a bit of pen.)
A great little album from Heaven & Earth – recorded after their big years on Mercury, but with Philly production that gives them a nice fresh sound! The production's a lot more in a modern soul vein than before – but the harmonies are top-shelf all the way, and seem to stretch out even more than on earlier albums, hitting ranges that are normally the province of indie soul recordings from the early 70s, instead of slicker ones from the early 80s. "That's Love" is a great soul number that reminds us of the building emotion of the group's classic "Guess Who's Back In Town" – and other good tracks include "I Really Love You", "You're A Blessing", and "Give Love One More Chance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Fat Larry's Band —
Breakin Out ... CD WMOT/Unidisc (Canada), 1982. New Copy ...
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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
Early funky stuff from Larry James and band – featuring nice arrangements by Vince Montana that have that tight smooth uptempo Philly groove. Recorded at Sigma Sound, and featuring the cuts "Center City", "Feel It", "Music Maker", "We Just Want To Play For You", and a nice remake of "Fascination" LP, Vinyl record album