Greatest Hits by Earth Wind And Fire

Greatest Hits is a compilation album of American R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. It contains several songs recorded between 1973 and 1981 and it was released on November 17, 1998 on the Columbia/Legacy Records label.  Listening to this great compilation brings so many great memories with such great tracks as September, Shining Star, Boogie Wonderland, After The Love Is Gone, and my all time favorite That’s Way Of The World.  This compilation is great from start to finish and was well performed, recorded and produced.  This is one album you would want to add to your library.

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In My Head by Unknown Hero

In My Head is an upcoming album to be released on October 13, 2017 by electronic band Unknown Hero on their own label.  This album is a mixture of R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, and Funk.  I was impressed by the instrumentation on this album with such tracks as Be Alright and Close My Door which has rich vocal harmonies and piano Melodies.  Other notable tracks on this fifteen song album are Her Name, One More Day, Keep Moving Me, and much more.  The album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is an album you need to take a listen to.  This album will be available for purchase on itunes, bandcamp and other places where CD’s and digital downloads is available.

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Midnight Snack by Funky AF

For my 479th review, I am proud to present Midnight Snack by Funky AF recorded in Venice Beach, California.  This album has great vocals and is versatile in styles.  For example if you took Jethro Tull and Santana and put them together you would come up with the song Crystal BallDanny Weed has a great reggae sound.  The rest of the songs on this EP have a great funky sound along with the sound that made Curtis Mayfield famous.  I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist.  You can find this album at CD Baby and https:/funkyaf.bandcamp.com

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In The Moment by Cornell CC Carter

In The Moment is a January 15, 2016 release by San Francisco based R&B artist CORNELL “CC” CARTER on the CDC Productions label. He brings back the old school soul that many of us loved.  Instead of listening to this album in my office that I usually do, I decided to listen to this album while I was out running errands.  This album made my trip extremely delightful.  With the opening track Beautiful, this album grabbed my attention and kept it. I loved this thirteen track album from start to finish, a mixture of soul, disco, and funk with the sound of great artist of the past as Barry White, Kool and the Gang and so much more.  My favorite tracks off this album were Lady Of My Dreams, Together, Sunshine, Too Late and Show Me.  I was very impressed with his rendition of the Delfonics classic La La Means I Love You. With so many artists going to Hip Hop and Rap, I am glad there is still an artist that stays with the old school soul.  I highly recommend this album that is a fan of old R&B.  I know you will not be disappointed. You can purchase this album on Amazon, cc2000music.bandcamp.com and other locations.

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Vindicated Soul by Cornell CC Carter

Vindicated Soul is an upcoming release by San Franciso based R&B artist CORNELL “CC” CARTER on the CDC Productions label.  When I put this CD in my first reaction was OH MY GOD !!!!. This album brought me back to the great days of R&B artists such as Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and other artists of that era. This album is a mix of soul, funk. blues and jazz. There are great cuts on this eight track album such as All The Way Around, Watching You, Where Do We Go, Look What You’ve Done For Me and much more.  This is definitely one album I will be listening to over and over again. This album was very well written, performed, recorded and produced.  I got to get his earlier releases. You will be able to purchase this album on May 19th 2017 on Amazon and other stores.

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Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake

I usually do not write a review for a single song, but this one I will make an exception because of every time I hear this song I can’t stop moving in my chair. Can’t Stop the Feeling! is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake for the soundtrack to the film Trolls, for which he serves as the executive music producer. This song was released in May 2016 on the RCA Records label. It is an up-tempo disco-pop, soul-pop number with funk influences.  In fact believe it or not, I have not heard of this song till the 2017 Oscars when he performed this as the opening number, since then I can’t help listening to this song over and over.  You can find this great song on the Trolls soundtrack or as a CD single or on a 12” vinyl single.

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Miked Up by E-Life 7 Featuring Michael Pennick

To start the 300’s in my music reviews, at 301 i present Miked Up, the debut album by E-Life 7 Featuring Michael Pennick. This is a March 2017 rereleased on the Three To Go Music label.  This jazz album featuring bassist Pennick was released in July 2013. This fourteen track album contains such great cuts as Sunday Night, Smooth Ride, Inner Beauty, Sunrise, Miked Up and so much more. This album also has a remake of That Girl (previously recorded by Stevie Wonder on his album Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I).  This one of best jazz albums I have heard in a long time.  I highly recommend this album to anyone’s jazz library.  This album will be available on CD Bay, Itunes and Amazon.

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The Human Condition by Jon Bellion

I am very honored to review this particular album for my 300th music review since I am a friend of the bass player for this album.  The Human Condition is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Jon Bellion. The album was released on June 10, 2016, through Visionary Music Group and Capitol Records.  I was very lucky to find a limited addition two LP album on clear vinyl and had Jon and the entire band to sign it.  I originally bought this album for the track All Time Low. After getting this album I discovered other great tracks such as Fashion, Woke The F*ck Up, Weight Of The Word, Morning In America and Guillotine.  This album was very well written (all tracks written or co-written by Jon Bellion), performed and recorded.  I highly recommend this album to anyone’s record library.  Thank you so much Andre Lyles.

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I Wanna Get Funky by Albert King

I Wanna Get Funky is the eighth studio album by Albert King released in 1974 on Stax Records featuring Albert’s awesome guitar playing and vocals.  This album consists of blues tracks with a funky overtone.  My favorite tracks off this album are That’s What The Blues Is All About, Travelin’ Man, Crosscut Saw, I Wanna Get Funky and others.  This album was well written, performed and recorded.  You need to add this one to your blues library.

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UpTown Special by Mark Ronson

Uptown Special (stylized as UpTown Special.) is the fourth studio album by English record producer Mark Ronson. The album was released on 13 January 2015 on the RCA Records label.  This album was very well written, performed and recorded.  Two of the cuts off this 11 track album feature Stevie Wonder with Uptown’s First Finale and Crack In The Pearl Part Two.  Also on this album is Feel Right that has a James Brown feel with explicit language.  In addition to my favorite cut off this album Uptown Funk (featuring Bruno Mars) is Daffodils, In Case Of Fire and much more. I highly recommend this album to anyone’s music library.

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