1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement)

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released by Numero prior to the more comprehensive various-artists package Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement) documents 1977 home-recording sessions by Mind & Matter. Led by teenaged songwriter, arranger, and keyboardist James "Jimmy Jam" Harris -- just before he moved on to Flyte Tyme, and then the Time, and then the production of dozens of hits with partner Terry Lewis -- the band was fronted by a quartet of vocalists backed by seven instrumentalists, three of whom played keyboards. Heavily inspired by Philly soul -- not just artists on Philadelphia International, but vocal groups like Blue Magic as well -- the band rolls ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released by Numero prior to the more comprehensive various-artists package Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement) documents 1977 home-recording sessions by Mind & Matter. Led by teenaged songwriter, arranger, and keyboardist James "Jimmy Jam" Harris -- just before he moved on to Flyte Tyme, and then the Time, and then the production of dozens of hits with partner Terry Lewis -- the band was fronted by a quartet of vocalists backed by seven instrumentalists, three of whom played keyboards. Heavily inspired by Philly soul -- not just artists on Philadelphia International, but vocal groups like Blue Magic as well -- the band rolls through an album's worth of material that is solid at best and charmingly raw and over-ambitious at worst. Harris' funky Clavinet is prominent, but the bountiful group harmonies are central, designed for wooing women on songs like "No One Can Do It to Me Baby," "My Love Is Like a Fire," and "When You're Touching Me." Somewhere between Harris' stated influences and keyboard-heavy low-budget soul made by, say, Ronnie McNeir and Patrick Adams, this is a delight for anyone with a serious interest in underground soul and Harris' incredible career. Jon Kirby's typically in-depth notes are printed on the back side of a gig-poster replication.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2013
  • Label: Numero Junior
  • UPC: 825764505024
  • Catalog Number: 505
  • Sales rank: 50,447

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mind & Matter Primary Artist
Don Turner Drums
Troy Williams Saxophone
Lawrence Brown Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Ray Bass
James Harris III Clarinet, fender rhodes, Roland Synthesizer
Jon Kirby Compield
Glenny "Ittiim" Hardge Alto (Vocal)
Gary McGray fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Everett "Jawanza" Pettiford Tenor (Vocal)
Barry Dillard Percussion
Turhan Bey Tenor (Vocal), Falsetto
Rodney Clark Guitar
Technical Credits
Joe Kirby Liner Notes
Ken Shipley Reissue Producer
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Greg Helgeson Cover Photo
Rob Sevier Reissue Producer
Jon Kirby Reissue Producer
Marlin Possehl Engineer
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