Like I was saying, I didn’t know what all of his albums were, so for me, seeing it was like seeing a new Curtis Mayfield release, except for the fact that it was new to me in the late ‘90’s, but it was made over 20 years prior to my ‘Columbus Discovery’ (released 1974). The title and the Jacket are an ill combination. So, the first thing I did was check to see if it’s a 70’s LP cuz catz was on it in the ‘70’s as far as funk and soul goes. Yep-it’s ’74-check. Then the condition, take it out the sleeve, I don’t see any deep scratches-we good there. Then I glanced over at the listening station and seen it was clear. I grabbed a few more pieces of interest and went over to preview em.
I can’t lie, when I finally got to it, I was expecting it to be dope, and if it wasn't, I was still getting it just off the strength of the cover...It was very dope, at least on Side A. Ain’t Got Time, Sweet Exorcist-the title track, To Be Invisible-the lyrics on the front cover, and Power to the People-a nice Liberation song were all solid cuts. I could hear samples in them too.
I flipped it, skimmed through the first couple cuts on side B. Kung Fu was mad funky, Suffer was cool-laid back-felt like Al Green was in the studio with Curtis on that ballad. But when I dropped the needle on last track on side B,Make me Believe in You?! I nodded hard. Brought it back, played the intro again. Looked around quietly at the people in the store with my face saying: "yea, y'all ain't up on what's playing in these headphones, this joint dope!" I was done!!! Sounded like some, I don’t know, pimp gangster roll out theme music or something.
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Then I had to do what I call the 'Mardi Gras'…The Mardi Gras is a term I came up with when I'm record shopping and previewing LPs. It's when I let the song play past the intro, into the initial verse/medley, chorus and bridge/break. I do this, because a song can get real wack after the intro or break, and Take Me to the Mardi Gras is one of the best known songs that does that (no diss to Bob James). Another song like that is The Big Beat, I switch them up randomly, but they mean the same thing, listen longer, Mardi Gras/Big Beat.
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