Rare Grooves, Vol. 1: The Originals

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Rare Grooves, Vol. 1: The Originals does fans of modern soul music a great favor by providing a treasure trove of the songs that influenced today's soul musicians. This generous compilation offers a diverse array of soul sounds from the 1970s and early '80s that have supplied hitmaking samples. The sweet, ballad-oriented side of soul is nicely represented by cuts like Barry White's soothing yet swinging "Playing Your Game, Babe," which is as smooth as velour, and Rose Royce's moving torch ballad "I'm Going Down," which shows off that group's great skill for working jazz-styled horn arrangements into their pop-soul sound. Straight-ahead funk is also represented by the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Rare Grooves, Vol. 1: The Originals does fans of modern soul music a great favor by providing a treasure trove of the songs that influenced today's soul musicians. This generous compilation offers a diverse array of soul sounds from the 1970s and early '80s that have supplied hitmaking samples. The sweet, ballad-oriented side of soul is nicely represented by cuts like Barry White's soothing yet swinging "Playing Your Game, Babe," which is as smooth as velour, and Rose Royce's moving torch ballad "I'm Going Down," which shows off that group's great skill for working jazz-styled horn arrangements into their pop-soul sound. Straight-ahead funk is also represented by the Ohio Players via the relentless and grungy guitar-driven stomp of "Fopp," and jazz-funk gets its day in the sun through cuts like Grover Washington, Jr.'s gently grooving "Mister Magic." It's a diverse batch of material, but it is all sequenced in a style that allows it to flow like a good vintage soul radio show, and it highlights the diversity going on within this era's R&B music in the process. More importantly, Ben Yang Baller's liner notes put the contents of the set in perspective by pointing out how modern performers from Kris Kross to Mary J. Blige have covered and sampled the songs featured on this disc. As a result, Rare Grooves, Vol. 1: The Originals works both as a nice sampler of classic soul and as a trainspotter's guide to the influences that fuel modern R&B music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1996
  • Label: Priority Records
  • UPC: 049925092844
  • Catalog Number: 50928

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Riding High (6:13)
  2. 2 Oh Honey (6:04)
  3. 3 Playing Your Game, Baby - Barry White (6:27)
  4. 4 Be Thankful for What You Got (4:05)
  5. 5 Everybody Loves the Sunshine (6:24)
  6. 6 In the Mood (6:09)
  7. 7 Mister Magic (2:57)
  8. 8 Fopp (5:43)
  9. 9 Cruisin' (4:14)
  10. 10 I'm Glad You're Mine - Al Green (3:28)
  11. 11 Sweet Thing - Rufus & Chaka Khan (8:52)
  12. 12 Remind Me (6:22)
  13. 13 For the Love of You, Pts. 1 & 2 (4:35)
  14. 14 I'm Going Down
  15. 15 Summer Madness
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tyrone Davis Track Performer
Al Green Track Performer
The Isley Brothers Track Performer
Kool & the Gang Track Performer
Ohio Players Track Performer
Smokey Robinson Track Performer
Rose Royce Track Performer
Rufus Track Performer, Track Performer
Patrice Rushen Track Performer
Barry White Track Performer
Delegation Track Performer
William DeVaughn Track Performer
Faze-O Track Performer
Chaka Khan Track Performer
Grover Washington Jr. Track Performer
Roy Ayers Ubiquity Track Performer
Technical Credits
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Richard Westfield Composer
Michael Wilson Executive Producer
Claydes E.X. Smith Composer
Alton Taylor Composer
Shõ-G Art Direction
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