Back to Our Roots, Vol. 1

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Too Bad tackles ten funk and soul songs with stripped-down, lean arrangements on this release, with a set including songs by the likes of Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and Stevie Wonder. There's a hint of jazz to the execution, but it doesn't get far out. For the most part, these are instrumental renditions, though Deborah Lynn Cole takes vocals on a couple of tracks, and G.T.O. that's the name in its entirety does the same on "Think About It." Back to Our Roots, Vol. 1 is a curious outing. It's hard to tell whether the point was to rework these songs -- several of them quite familiar -- in a new way. Or perhaps the idea was just to provide some nice background funk,...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Too Bad tackles ten funk and soul songs with stripped-down, lean arrangements on this release, with a set including songs by the likes of Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and Stevie Wonder. There's a hint of jazz to the execution, but it doesn't get far out. For the most part, these are instrumental renditions, though Deborah Lynn Cole takes vocals on a couple of tracks, and G.T.O. that's the name in its entirety does the same on "Think About It." Back to Our Roots, Vol. 1 is a curious outing. It's hard to tell whether the point was to rework these songs -- several of them quite familiar -- in a new way. Or perhaps the idea was just to provide some nice background funk, presumably for listeners who might not be familiar with the originals, because these are certainly less exciting than the sources and not inventive enough to cause any heads to turn. Back to Our Roots is best when it gets into jazzy and bluesy flavors, as on the cover of James Brown's "Doing It to Death," and worst when the keyboards in particular venture pretty far into the middle of the road.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2000
  • Label: Juna Records
  • UPC: 650482766927
  • Catalog Number: 7669

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Groove Line (4:39)
  2. 2 Misdemeanor (4:34)
  3. 3 Bra (4:40)
  4. 4 Too High (5:17)
  5. 5 Think (About It) (4:54)
  6. 6 Sombody's Watching You (5:04)
  7. 7 Let's Get It Together (5:49)
  8. 8 Doing It to Death (5:19)
  9. 9 And the Beat Goes On (4:58)
  10. 10 Think (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Too Bad Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bernard Wright Keyboards
Alfredo Alias Percussion, Drums
Jorge Amorim Percussion
Damon Banks Bass
Michael "Dino" Campbell Guitar
GTO Vocals
Technical Credits
Alfredo Alias Producer
Patrick Derivaz Engineer
P. Patterson Composer
Steve Rosenthal Engineer
Brooke Wentz Executive Producer
Phil Klum Mastering
Marina Zurkow Art Direction
Damon Banks Producer
Juan Garcia Engineer
Alfredo Alias Producer
Damon Banks Producer
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