Extrasensory Perception

Extrasensory Perception

by Richard Wylie
     
 

Released in 1974 on ABC, Extrasensory Perception was the lone LP cut by Detroit soul legend Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, best known as a recording artist in the early days of Motown. But his role there was also one of songwriter, producer, pianist, and the first bandleader of the Funk Brothers. Wylie played on See more details below

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Released in 1974 on ABC, Extrasensory Perception was the lone LP cut by Detroit soul legend Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, best known as a recording artist in the early days of Motown. But his role there was also one of songwriter, producer, pianist, and the first bandleader of the Funk Brothers. Wylie played on the Miracles' "Shop Around" and the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman." He also recorded for the label, but left in 1962 for Epic as a solo artist and staff writer. Over the decades, Wylie recorded singles for labels like Karen, Pamelin, Son-Bert, Ric-Tic, and many others. This set was recorded for ABC during the same period Lamont Dozier was at the label as an artist and producer. Cut in Los Angeles, this set has a stellar cast and keeps the Detroit vibe flying hot and heavy. Influenced deeply by Isaac Hayes and Johnny Pate, Wylie's own melodic genius is woven throughout and deeply entrenched. Produced by the great McKinley Jackson, the tunes were written by Wylie, Dozier, Jackson, and Barney Perkins. The players include James Jamerson, James Gadson, Eddie "Bongo" Brown, Kenny Rice, percussionist Emil Richards, and a slew of guitar players including Dennis Coffey, David T. Walker, a very young Ray Parker, Jr., and Dean Parks. The set fits together as a well-constructed and designed piece, but there are some clear standouts, mainly in the middle of the set. First there is the righteous heartbroken soul midtempo ballad called "Lost Time," which walks a wonderfully groovy line between what Motown was issuing at the beginning of the '70s and what Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were pouring out in buckets from Philly International. The string arrangements by Gene Page and Paul Riser are brilliant, and the choruses and horns assembled by Wylie and Jackson are instantly memorable. Some of the backing vocalists here include Clydie King and Venetta Fields. Then there's the killer breakbeat that kicks off the title track, leading into its dynamite choral refrain and harpsichord (very uncharacteristic of a soul record at the time). Wylie's vocal is big and full and soars above the whirl of instruments. The beautiful shuffling guitar lines that introduce the album -- via Coffey and Walker on "Singing About You & Me" -- have been sampled on countless hip-hop recordings. The entire album flows together like a suite with some haunting, near ethereal moments as well on tracks like "How Did I Lose You?," another harpsichord-driven ballad, and "I Can Take the World on with You," with its use of layered space and textured dynamics. Chicago's wonderful Dusty Groove imprint rescued this from Universal's vaults where it had been languishing since it was deleted. The bittersweet thing about this reissue is that Wylie participated in the reissue plans but passed away in September of 2008 before it was re-released. This is a wonderfully fitting tribute to his genius, which has always been presented in compilations of his singles. This is the other side of the story, and the filling out of the full portrait. It's just beautiful from top to bottom.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2008
Label:
Dusty Groove
UPC:
0602517852327
catalogNumber:
3018

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Wylie   Primary Artist,Piano,Harpsichord,Vocals
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
David T. Walker   Guitar
Leslie Bass   Percussion
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion
Ollie E. Brown   Percussion,Drums
Scott Edwards   Bass
Chuck Findley   Piccolo Trumpet,Soloist
James Gadson   Drums
Ed Greene   Drums
McKinley Jackson   Harpsichord
James Jamerson   Bass
Ray Parker   Guitar,Percussion
Dean Parks   Guitar
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin   Guitar
Emil Richards   Percussion,Marimbas,Soloist
Sylvester Rivers   Piano
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Carl Perkins   Composer
Clydie King   Vocal Group
Gene Page   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Reginald Dozier   Engineer
Venetta Fields   Vocal Group
McKinley Jackson   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Jesse Kirkland   Vocal Group
Shirley Matthews   Vocal Group
Barney Perkins   Composer,Engineer
Emil Richards   Rhythm Log
Paul Riser   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Richard Wylie   Composer
Rob Moss   Liner Notes
Jackson   Composer
Wylie Jackson   Composer
Dozier Wylie   Composer

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