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Part 2
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Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie recorded this album in 1973 in Paris, this 2-LP set was released in 1975 on Prestige Records in the US, personnel is Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Oersted Pedersen, Kenny Clarke and Humberto Canto.
1. Manteca
2. Alone Together
3. Brother "K"
4. Wheatleigh Hall
5. Stella By Starlight
6. I Waited For You
7. The Girl Of My Dreams
8. Fiesta Mo-Jo
9. Serenity


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Lori is presenting to the world her long awaited solo project entitled "Wrote This Song", an awe inspiring compilation of jazzy vocals, funky guitar licks, velvet smooth keyboard sounds and beautiful bass melodies creating a fresh new sound.

1. Wrote This Song
2. When It's Done
3. I'll Follow You
4. On My Mind
5. I Found It In You
6. Majesty Reigns
7. Tribulation
8. Kingdom
9. Nine Eleven
10. No Longer Run


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This LP is one of tenor-saxophonist Pharoah Sanders's lesser efforts. Sanders actually only plays tenor on one song ("Went Like It Came"), otherwise jamming on soprano and taking some spirited vocals. Very much a hodge-podge collection with performances taken from three different settings, best is Sanders's heartfelt "Memories of Lee Morgan." But there are many more significant Pharoah Sanders records than this one.
1 Memories of Lee Morgan
2 Village of the Pharoahs, Pt. 1
3 Village of the Pharoahs, Pts. 2 & 3
4 Myth
5 Went Like It Came

Village of the Pharoahs - album credits
Pharoah Sanders Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Main Performer, Bells
Dixon VanWinkle Engineer
Art Webb Flute
Kenneth Nash Percussion
Baker Bigsby Mixing Engineer
Stanley Clarke Bass
Norman Connors Drums
Jimmy Hopps Drums
Lawrence Killian Percussion, Conga
Joe Bonner Piano
Cecil McBee Bass


Azar Lawrence - Bridge Into The New Age Click For Dizzy Pt2

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence released this LP in 1974 on Prestige Records, players are Jean Carn, Woody Shaw, Ray Straughter, Woody Murray, Clint Houston, Billy Hart, Guillerme Franco, Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Black Arthur, Joe Bonner, John Heard, Ndugu Chancler, Mtume and Kenneth Nash.
1. Bridge Into The New Age
2. Fatisha
3. Warriors Of Peace
4. Forces Of Nature
5. The Beautiful And Omnipresent Love


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The history of the Butlers/Raw Soul is dense, but for all of us music nerds, that's normal. It is not totally clear what year the Butlers actually formed but they released their first single in 1963 on Liberty Records. That single was "She Tried To Kiss Me" and another single followed on Guyden entitled "Lovable Girl." After the Guyden single the Butlers took a break not recording another record until the single "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" was released on the Phila label in 1966. The group also backed Charles Earland and Jean Wells on one Phila single ("I Know She Loves Me"). 


As you might be noticing, the Butlers were doing a fair amount of recording but not achieving much success. The group's recordings sold regionally but never had the promotion to make an impact on the national scene. After the single with Phila, the Butlers moved to the Fairmount label (part of the Cameo-Parkway family) and released a handful of singles, some being reissued singles of the past. The Butlers were with Fairmount for 1966-67 and then moved to Sassy Records. Sassy released the group's greatest single (in my opinion) "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" b/w "If That's What You Wanted." A copy of that 45 sold for just under $500 last summer on eBay. Even though that isn't that much in the world of record collecting--it's still a hefty sum. The Butlers released another single on Sassy ("She's Gone" b/w "Love Is Good") that appears to be even 
harder to come by then the "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" single.

 

The true history become a bit blurred here as the AMG biography states that the Butlers last record was released on C.R.S. in 1974 (". However, between 1971 and that single, Frankie Beverly formed a group called Raw Soul and released a number of singles. Some of the songs recorded by Beverly during this period are "While I'm Alone," "Open Up Your Heart," (both on the Gregor label) and "Color Blind." "Color Blind" was released by the Eldorado label and rerecorded by Maze. Beverly's big break came when Marvin Gaye asked Raw Soul to back him on a tour. Gaye helped Beverly/Raw Soul get a contract at Capitol. Beverly decided to take the group in a different direction, a name change occurred, and Maze was created. 

The above isn't the most complete history of Beverly but hopefully someone will know a way to get in touch with the man or his management because a comprehensive pre-Maze history needs to be done on Frankie Beverly (his real name is Howard, by the way). Below you'll find every Frankie Beverly (pre-Maze) song available to me right now ("Color Blind" will be up soon). 

If you have a song that is not included below, shoot it over to funkinsoulman (at) yahoo.com and it will go up in the next Frankie Beverly post (later this week--highlighting Maze). Also, if you have any more information please share your knowledge. The Butlers material has been comp-ed sporadically (usually imports) but the entire Maze catalog has been reissued and is available. 

Enjoy.  "She Kissed Me" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967) 
 
 "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" (not sure which label or year) "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" (Phila, 1966) "Because Of My Heart" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967)
   
 "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" (Sassy, 1967)
   
 "If That's What You Wanted" (Sassy, 1967)
 



Frankie Beverly is one of those cats that has lasting power. He started in the music business doing a tour with doo wop group the Silhouettes and then formed his own group called the Blenders. The Blenders never recorded a single, Beverly wouldn't appear on wax until forming the Butlers a few years later. Along with Beverly, the Butlers included Jack "Sonny" Nicholson, Joe Collins, John Fitch, and Talmadge Conway.

Beverly would later enjoy great success fronting Maze and Conway would become a
well-known penning Double Exposure's
"Ten Percent" and the Intruders' "Memories Are Here To Stay." 
 While Maze is a phenomenal group, Beverly's work before that group will always stand out as his best (imo).

The Butlers produced tunes that most Northern Soul fans would kill for and Raw Soul gave the funksters something to pursue. If, by chance, you know of a way to get in touch with Frankie Beverly or his management, please drop me an e-mail. It would be absolutely great to do an interview with him about his pre-Maze work. He's still playing out, most recently doing a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

The Sounds of Edie2k2

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
  4. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  5. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  6. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  7. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  8. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  9. play Norman Brown — Still
  10. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  11. play miles 2
  12. play miles 3
  13. play miles 4
  14. play miles 5
  15. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  16. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  17. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  18. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue

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