Just 4 You ... CD Jazzman (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ...
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The only music we've ever heard from GeorgeSmallwood & The Marshmellow Band – and certainly one of the rarest funky modern soul sets ever revived by the Jazzman label! Just 4 You is DC native Smallwood's privately pressed LP, and as far is private press productions go, it's some of the most sophisticated and accomplished we've heard. It covers a lot of territory, from sophisticated funk to soul ballads with equal success, and the instrumentation and production is totally top notch behind the charismatic and soulful lead and occasion female backing vocals. The bass, drums and percussion are funky and fantastic, with lots of sparkling keyboards and sax grooves, and really cool guitar work with this echoey, splintering off effect in spots. Fantastic funk & modern soul grooves we're happy to have been led to by Jazzman! "Funk By The Pound" , "The Best Love Of My Life" "Mr Sunshine Pt 1", "Mr Sunshine Pt 2", "Listen To The Rain" and "Lady Disco". CD includes the bonus tracks "I Love My Father", "Rollercoaster", "Hey Mama" and "Touching Is My Thing". CD
An excellent collection of tight modern soul and funky uptempo numbers – cuts that aren't really disco, but which are smoother than the usual funk you'd hear on the Jazzman label – a really unique hybrid that's hand-picked by the mighty Fryer! Lots of the grooves here have a cool indie feel – a bit like Fantasy Records funky soul of the late 70s, and a bit like some of the more soulful club of the east coast scene at the time – and given the tightness of the instrumentation, there's often some nice jazzy touches in the mix – making some of the solos as appealing as the vocals! Most tracks here are of late 70s vintage, although there's a few bits from other years too – and titles include "People" by Elipsis", "Simple Song" by Zebra, "Life Goes On" by Freak, "Rollercoaster" by GeorgeSmallwood, "Mellow Feeling" by Barbara Lynn, "Funktown" by Nate Calhoun, "I've Got It" by Tolbert, "Party & Get On Down" by Big Apple Band, "Give Me One More Chance" by Target, "You're The One" by Kings Go Forth, "You're The Best" by Larom Baker, "What About The Child" by Gold, and "Keep Her Happy" by Phillip Wright. CD