Phyrework

Phyrework

by Phyrework
     
 

It's safe to say that 99 percent of the world's R&B fans have never heard of Phyrework, an obscure soul-funk band whose 1978 self-titled debut album received very little attention. Mercury/PolyGram didn't give this LP a very aggressive promotional push, and as a result, most R&B fans at the time didn't even know that it existed. Produced bySee more details below

Overview

It's safe to say that 99 percent of the world's R&B fans have never heard of Phyrework, an obscure soul-funk band whose 1978 self-titled debut album received very little attention. Mercury/PolyGram didn't give this LP a very aggressive promotional push, and as a result, most R&B fans at the time didn't even know that it existed. Produced by Con-Funk-Shun guitarist Michael Cooper, Phyrework isn't earth shattering but it is generally competent and didn't deserve to be ignored. The record contains a few examples of tough, hard, Bar-Kays-like funk, including "Put Your Hands Up" and "My Funk." But most of the material favors a much smoother, lighter style of soul-pop. Think of the Average White Band performing "Soul Searching" or George Benson singing "Give Me the Night," and you will have an idea what type of sound Phyrework is going for on tunes like "Fly Away," "Make It Last," and "Dance With Me." Phyrework takes a sharp left turn on the totally unexpected "Mystic Mariner," a jazz-fusion instrumental that wouldn't have been out of place at a Return to Forever or Larry Coryell session. But make no mistake: this is an R&B release first and foremost. It's too bad the album fell between the cracks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
Label:
Imports
UPC:
8717438197241
catalogNumber:
1201379
Rank:
265513

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phyrework   Primary Artist
Pete Escovedo   Bongos,Conga
John Bryant   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Virginia Ayers   Background Vocals
Frank Hames   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Dale Warren   Conductor
Mike Cooper   Rhythm Guitar
Willie Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Terry Adams   Concert Master
Bill Eden   Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Michael Cooper   Guitar
Jim Foster   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Gerald Calhoun   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Pitts   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Con Funk Shun   Producer
John Bryant   Composer
William C. Brown   Engineer
Ron Capone   Engineer
Mike Fusaro   Engineer
Frank Hames   Composer
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Steve Klein   Engineer
Kevin Ryan   Engineer
Dale Warren   String Arrangements
Mike Cooper   Producer
Jim Schubert   Art Direction
John Youssi   Illustrations
Phyrework   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Bill Eden   Composer
C. Pitts   Horn Arrangements
J. Foster   Horn Arrangements
J. Bryant   Horn Arrangements
Ray Heinsius   Reissue Design
Martijn Van Jole   Reissue Producer
Michael Cooper   Composer
Wilham Smith   Composer
Ren Deaton   Concept Development
Nina Richards   Engineer
Jim Foster   Composer
Gerald Calhoun   Composer
Clarence Pitts   Composer
Bo Bohannon   Mastering

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