魂の解放 Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
スラップもしくはチョッパーベースの名手は数多いですが、Release YourselfでのLarry Grahamはテクではなく、本来ベースに要求されるグルーブ感が圧巻です。歌って踊って、なんでコレ弾けるの？と疑いたくなる名園です。
Now over 40 years later I finally have a copy on CD and it stills retains the energy and fire of that initial exposure. It's like a 3 'O' clock Sunday afternoon music program in the Mississippi Delta mixed with a little Memphis R n B, with just a dash of his previous musical collaborator, Sly Stone stirring the pot. The musicianship is first rate, tight and muscular. The vocals are precise yet loose at the same time. Above all the vibe is a fun inflected joyful celebration guaranteed to lift your spirits. There are no weak tracks - from beginning to end it is a demonstration of what was great about the '70's soul explosion and a gentle reminder that Motown and Philly didn't have a monopoly on the genre.
Its Larry's own layers of organ drums and multiple layers of burbling bass Moog synthesizers that brings the opener "GCS" to life with its powerful choir vocals-where each band member gets a chance to introduce themselves to the listener. The title song that follows brings the full band into the affair with a powerful,frenetic pace that's fired up by as much by an intense rocked-up gospel rhythmic attitude as the funky layers of clavinet,organ and slap bass that are all being played at an equally energetic pace. "Got To Go Through It To Get To It" and "I Believe In You" are a bit on the slower crawling funk side-more typical of the GCS sound but still the bands tradition of being more rhythmically punchy the slower the tempo is remains prominent on both numbers as well. If the rest of this album was a dud,"'Til Your Kind Of Music" alone would still leave this as a favorite GCS album in my book. With a swirling mix of rhythmically funky organ drums,bass synthesizer's and jazzy piano parts playing a complex bluesy jazz melody, this songs instrumentation and it's profoundly passionate lyrics reflect just how deeply meaningful the synthesizer oriented end of the "united funk" era could be. "Hey Mr. Writer" is a paean to presumed writers block that actually features the most in the pocket uptempo band-based funk instrumentation on this album. "Feel The Need" returns to the intense and frenetic flavors of the title song while "Today ends the album starting as a near instrumental gospel/soul epic before the vocals come in-closing on an extended organ chord that lasts over a full minute.
Truth be told Graham Central Station have recorded some incredibly funky albums during their heyday. Yet there is something about this particular album that stands rather unique in their musical catalog. One of them is the presence of many quick tempo'd funk numbers that feature a lot of heavy band interaction. Generally Larry and the band celebrated the slower end up funk music,which is appropriated because that really tends to be the nature of the genre rhythmically anyway. On this particular album,there was a strong use of complex synthesizer parts on a couple of these songs mixed with equally complex melodies. That's no easy task considering the technical difficulties of having to stack multiple layers of monophonic analog synthesizers,incapable of playing chords (only one note at a time)on top of each other to play in such a manner. Not only that but many of the other songs here are powered by almost uncut Gospel energy-with full on organ swirls and repeating choral vocals laid on thick. So the electronic/funk/gospel mixture here not only gave extra might to this already potent band, but also laid a new groundwork that 70's funk era bands could follow. Having heard most of their other records since then? I'd still have to say the same thing that I'd have said of this album fourteen years ago: its the strongest overall GCS album that I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. And if you listen,you too might find 'tis your kind of music as well!
anything funkier because honest to goodness "Release Yourself"
outfunk's even SLY's latest offering!Larry Graham introduces
the show with "GCS" on which he plays all the instruments himself.THEN you are subjected to the manic-tempo rockin' and
rollin' funk of the tital track-sorry but no place to hide from
that!After the deeply Sly inflected grooves of "Got To Get Through It To Get In It" and "I Believe In You" we come to the
epic "'Tis Your Kind Of Music",a Stevie Wonder-like keyboard
dominated numbers that KNOCKS DOWN THE HOUSE!!!!Then we have
yet to MORE monster grooves in "Hey Mr.Writer" and "Feel The Need" before we come to the end on "Today",the albums
slowest tune that's so soulful and gospel infused it knocks out the listener all the same.Whatch out-this should be avoided by anyone with heart conditions baught on by too much funk!
2.Release Yourself High energy Gospel flavor funk to get you jumping. "Jump up and stay there till I tell you come down."
3. "Got to go through it to get to it." Truth
4. "I Believe in you" is thriving bass driven and solid Keyboard work featuring Ted Hershall "Happiness" and Butch on organ. Graham's intense bass vocals are worth the price of admission.
5. "Tis your kind of music" could be the hardest cut on this release.
Choclet and Larry do a great vocal exchange and the clavinet work
6. Hey Mr. Writer foot stompin groove and a tribute to the one and only Mr. Sly Stone. GCS & family stone all groove from the same funk tree with Sly at the root.
7. Feel the need. GCS is known for some awesome, awesome arrangements and this is no exception. Another foot stompin hand clappin groove to make ya move real smooth.
8. Today takes up where Tis your kind of music left off with more
cool organ driven sound that percolates & sounds suspiciously like a shot at Mr. Stone.