Extrasensory Perception

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 602517852327
  • Catalog Number: 3018

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 Jr. 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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