New World Generation

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This double disc issued by Stones Throw's Now-Again imprint documents the recordings around a New England group called New World Generation that cut a lone self-titled EP, privately released in 1982. The date of that release and the size of NWG's personnel offer explanations as to why they languished in obscurity. NWG contained nine members. The music they played was modeled after the soul and funk of the 1970s, from Earth, Wind & Fire to Kool & the Gang, Patrice Rushen, and George Duke's large-scale jazz-funk. Label head Eothen "Egon" Alapatt was contacted by Phil Morrison of outré 21st century jazzers Stark Reality; he had worked with NWG when the EP was released. ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This double disc issued by Stones Throw's Now-Again imprint documents the recordings around a New England group called New World Generation that cut a lone self-titled EP, privately released in 1982. The date of that release and the size of NWG's personnel offer explanations as to why they languished in obscurity. NWG contained nine members. The music they played was modeled after the soul and funk of the 1970s, from Earth, Wind & Fire to Kool & the Gang, Patrice Rushen, and George Duke's large-scale jazz-funk. Label head Eothen "Egon" Alapatt was contacted by Phil Morrison of outré 21st century jazzers Stark Reality; he had worked with NWG when the EP was released. Now-Again, knowing their largest markets for this kind of music were in Japan and France, sought out Lekan Parsons -- who co-produced, wrote and played keyboards for, and sang in NWG -- for more material. Parsons told them he had none, but possessed masters from other groups he'd worked with during the era. He took several years to painstakingly assemble a package for the label, and this is what they heard. The most remarkable thing about these tracks, finished demos, and alternate mixes is how sophisticated the vocals and melodies are; there is a harmonic richness here that goes far beyond the usual "lost grail" recordings in such abundance in the digital age. Funk, soul, disco, boogie, and jazz are melded seamlessly, providing a set that could have easily come from one group, not the four represented here. NWG's versatility is revealed in a reproduction of a notebook page in the CD booklet that lists their live repertoire. They performed covers by the aforementioned mentors, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Larry Graham, the Gap Band, Evelyn King, Melba Moore, Donna Summer, and even "Lady" by Kenny Rogers (!), to name a few. The professionalism and work ethic it took to pull that off shines on this set that features work by NWG and related groups Universal Rhythms (1972), Orison (1980), and Book of Dreams (1982-1983). The first disc offers flawless finished masters, while disc two features some earlier work where the source tapes were in slightly worse shape. That said, the drive and aesthetic revealed on disc one is in ample evidence here as well, with punchy and driving basslines, dreamy Rhodes pianos and synths, chunky guitars, and skittering drum work that merge seamlessly with each act's gorgeous vocals. Assembled, they create a body of music that is uplifting and positive in philosophy, and timeless in its quality. Paired with Now-Again's usual high-level packaging, this set is indispensable for any fan of the classic large-group soul era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2011
  • Label: Now Again
  • UPC: 659457508920
  • Catalog Number: 5089
  • Sales rank: 388,981

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sunshine (6:00)
  2. 2 Curious Soul (5:53)
  3. 3 Dreamland (4:09)
  4. 4 One of a Kind (6:13)
  5. 5 I'm Feelin' Fine (4:52)
  6. 6 New World Generation (5:07)
  7. 7 Mystical Planet (6:11)
  8. 8 Celebrate (3:55)
  9. 9 Do What You Do (5:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Worry (2:46)
  2. 2 Free Your Mind (3:47)
  3. 3 How Do You Feel (4:33)
  4. 4 Orison (A Prayer) (5:15)
  5. 5 Sunshine (5:48)
  6. 6 Curious Soul (5:48)
  7. 7 Listen from Your Soul (3:04)
  8. 8 We'll Find a Way (5:45)
  9. 9 Loving You (6:42)
  10. 10 Someday the World Will Be as One (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
New World Generation Primary Artist
Larry Taylor Bass, Vocals
Suzanne Swan Vocals
Wayne Pittman Bass
Larry Barris Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Stephen Bowden Piano
Greg Davis Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Cobb Bass
Brett Miles Saxophone
Cecelia Smith Celeste
Dave Weigert Drums
Rumas Barrett Percussion
Thomas Butler Bass, Vocals
Alberto Gonzales Percussion
Keith Williams Synthesizer, Vocals
Pete Giannosa Drums
Mike Piepman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Michael Lowray Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Maria Ezzi Vocals, Background Vocals
Lekan Parsons Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Larnette Butler Vocals
Kingsley Swan Guitar, Vocals
Jeanette Rhymer Vocals
Jacinta Parsons Vocals
Fred Hsia Guitar
Eugene Donell Vocals
Eugene "Butch" Harrison Drums, Vocals
Raynard Blount Rhythm Guitar
Daryl Lowey Saxophone
Steve Bowden Piano
Ronnie Gamble Conga
Ralph Beazer Alto Saxophone
Steve Martin Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Orison Producer
Suzanne Swan Producer
Dave Cooley Remastering
Stephen Bowden Producer
Trevor Gendron Art Direction
Eothen Alapatt Liner Notes, Annotation
New World Generation Composer, Producer
Maria Ezzi Producer
Lekan Parsons Producer
Kingsley Swan Producer
Junie Brown Producer
Jacinta Parsons Producer
Stephen A. Bowden Logo, Creation
Dave Kowal Engineer
Jack Ramella Engineer
Philip Morrison Composer, Lyricist
Mike Kowal Engineer
Steve Bowden Composer
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