Soul Cal: Disco & Modern Soul, 1971-1982

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Over a decade in the making, Soul Cal: Disco & Modern Soul, 1971-1982 collects 15 impossibly obscure tracks from an era of transition. The artists showcased here were navigating the murky territory between funk and the rise of disco, usually self-supported, on a shoestring budget and with extraordinary results. The genus of the collection began with producer and record nerd Eothen "Egon" Alapatt's discovery of a dusty gem in the form of Luther Davis' 1982 single "You Can Be a Star." Egon became obsessed with the single and hunted down Davis, eventually getting him to agree to a reissue of the disco-tinged dance track. The reissue failed to sell, but Davis' song and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Over a decade in the making, Soul Cal: Disco & Modern Soul, 1971-1982 collects 15 impossibly obscure tracks from an era of transition. The artists showcased here were navigating the murky territory between funk and the rise of disco, usually self-supported, on a shoestring budget and with extraordinary results. The genus of the collection began with producer and record nerd Eothen "Egon" Alapatt's discovery of a dusty gem in the form of Luther Davis' 1982 single "You Can Be a Star." Egon became obsessed with the single and hunted down Davis, eventually getting him to agree to a reissue of the disco-tinged dance track. The reissue failed to sell, but Davis' song and the story behind it piecemeal recording in kitchens and living rooms, distributing copies out of his house before eventually giving up on disco and switching over to the blues had so captivated Egon that he and his crew began seeking out other artifacts of this in-between sound. Soul Cal is the result of these compulsive crate-diggers' excavations. The tracks that stand out the most are those that aim for smash hit status and land in far weirder territory. The incredibly home recorded-sounding dirty funk of Mixed Sugar's "It's a Bad Feeling" and the washy phase-damaged disco of "Wake Up" by Pure Essence couldn't even make regional waves in their day, but sound absolutely vital when plucked out of obscurity. Like any comp put together by sample-oriented artists, the magic is in isolated moments of most of these songs rather than an entire front-to-back listening experience. The fried acid funk-fest of Stanton Davis & Ghetto Mysticism's six-minute freakout "Things Cannot Stop Forever" may not register with a cursory listen, but close inspection reveals the kind of mind-blowing moments of lightly psychedelic production and electronic twists that sample-happy DJs dream of. Ultimately more impressive than any of the songs is the 82-page book that accompanies Soul Cal. Painstakingly researched in first-hand interviews, the book dedicates a chapter to the story of each artist, complete with replications of the original 45 labels or master tapes as well as photos of the bands and artists in their prime. To be sure, this collection and book are pure record-nerd fare, even more fine-tuned for those already versed in funk 45 obsession and looking to get even deeper into hyper obscure subgenres and micro-histories. Though the sounds might not be universally impactful, it's impossible to argue with the amount of care and earnest excitement poured into this production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Now Again
  • UPC: 659457508425
  • Catalog Number: 5084
  • Sales rank: 105,237

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Can Be a Star - Luther Davis (4:36)
  2. 2 Don't Get Discouraged - U.P.C. All Stars (3:32)
  3. 3 Wake Up - Pure Essence (6:08)
  4. 4 Ecology - Anubis (4:00)
  5. 5 Put a Smile on Time - Rhythm Machine (3:53)
  6. 6 I'm Gonna Miss You Girl - Ellis & Cephas (2:51)
  7. 7 It's a Bad Feeling - Mixed Sugar (3:03)
  8. 8 Sha-La-La - Mixed Feelings (3:28)
  9. 9 What It Takes to Live - Key & Cleary (3:12)
  10. 10 Love Is - Leon Mitchison & the Eastex Freeway Band (4:17)
  11. 11 Keep Running Away - Clifford Nyren (2:56)
  12. 12 Things Cannot Stop Forever - Stanton Davis' Ghetto/Mysticism (6:06)
  13. 13 The Stranger - C. Henry Woods Troupe (8:33)
  14. 14 Free Your Mind - Record Player (3:50)
  15. 15 Get Down - Colors of Love Choir (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ron Cooley Guitar
Dave Pell Saxophone
Charles Jackson Vocals
Delmar Brown Piano
Charles Carter Saxophone, fender rhodes
Rick Chudacoff Bass
Colors of Love Choir Background Vocals
Stanton Davis Jr. Trumpet
Lee Genesis Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Jennings Trombone
Ralph Johnson Drums
Vinnie Johnson Drums
Arno Lucas Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Alan Pasqua Clarinet, Piano
Eugene Ross Guitar, Background Vocals
Leslie Smith Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Roode Keyboards, Vocals
Pat Patterson Trumpet
Leonard Brown Percussion, Saxophone
Robert Hamilton Keyboards
Toby Rivers Keyboards, Background Vocals
Hopie Bronson III Piano, Strings, Vocals
Alva Nelson Organ
Earl Green Saxophone
Geno DeVaughn Trumpet
Craig Green Drums
Gerald Grey Tenor Saxophone
Leon Mitchison Saxophone
Earl Spiller Guitar
Carlos Tillman Baritone Saxophone
Bob Thompson Saxophone
Dexter Walker Drums
Larry Middleton Guitar, Vocals
James Brantley Guitar
James Boone Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Clifford Nyren Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jason Jeffers Drums
Dewayne White Drums
Ron Brown Keyboards, Saxophone
Keith Nash Drums, electronic percussion
Antonio "L.A." Reid Drums
Joe Black Bass
Donald Harris Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Gerald Calhoun Bass, Vocals
Regional Garland Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Zechariah Hill Saxophone
Willard Daniels Keyboards
Saryne Byers Vocals
LaDonna Bell Vocals
Gerald Savage Trombone
Gerald Johnson Guitar
Arnold Wayne Morrison Synthesizer
Duane Walker Percussion, Vocals
Delia Stafford Vocals
Delbert Jones Guitar
Daly Brown Bass
Dallas Webster Guitar
Dennis McNeil Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Buck Weyerman Drums
Bruce Robinson Piano
Wilma Kaigler Background Vocals
Walter Carter Synthesizer, Saxophone
Toney Coates Vocals
Sylvester Cleary Background Vocals
Stuart Nyren Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Steve "Tuck" Walters Guitar, Vocals
Sam Carter Organ
Portia Russel Vocals
Paulette Brooks Vocals
Myron Cephas Vocals
Mike Gipson Vibes
Melvin "Cheese" Winn Guitar
Maurice Puckett Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Marvin Elam Trombone
Lamar Webster Bass
Lalo Casseneta Tenor Saxophone
L.W. Lowery Drums
Kevin "Kayo" Robertson Bass
Kenny Jackson Drums
John Kohlbaker Taylor Trumpet, Keyboards, Background Vocals
John "Pee Wee" Calvin Keyboards, Vocals
Jesse Key Vocals
Eugene Ross Jr. Tambourine
Maride Williams Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Larry Kidd Trumpet
Duane Branch Bass
Donald Wade Bass
Charles Woods Jr. Flute, Saxophone
Barbara Ross Background Vocals
Arthur Donaldson Bass Guitar, Vocals
Al Garcia Trombone
Robert Dycus Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Jerry Harris Bass
Jerome "Mouse" Richmond Vocals
Janet Brooks Vocals
J.W. Dalton Background Vocals
Isaac Banks Trumpet
Greg Jones Drums
Glenn Walling Keyboards, Background Vocals
Eddie Hinds Guitar
Ed Russo Trombone
Dwayne Branch Bass, Vocals
Luther Davis Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Charles Carter Composer
Stanton Davis Jr. Composer, Producer, Engineer, Photo Courtesy
David Griffiths Liner Notes
Eddie Hines Producer
John Nagy Engineer
Eugene Ross Arranger
Bill Armstrong Producer
John Roode Composer, Photo Courtesy
Milton Smith Producer
Dave Cooley Remastering
Tom Tucker Engineer
Evan Williams Engineer
Robert Hamilton Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ray Jones Arranger, Producer
Eothen Alapatt Liner Notes
Mike Jennings Composer
Shad O'Shea Engineer
Forrest Green Engineer
Leon Mitchison Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Skip Wilson Engineer
Rhythm Machine Composer
Kelly Hibbert Remastering
Pure Essence Producer
James Brantley Photo Courtesy
James Boone Photo Courtesy
Ronnie Reese Liner Notes
Cephas Composer
Clifford Nyren Composer, Producer
Jason Perlmutter Liner Notes
Greg Fox Composer
Ron Brown Arranger, Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Egon Liner Notes, Annotation
Regional Garland Composer, Photo Courtesy
Arnold Wayne Morrison Rhythm Engineer
Key & Cleary Producer
Darla Nyren Photo Courtesy
Charles Bazen Producer
Sylvester Cleary Composer, Photo Courtesy
Mixed Feelings Arranger
Steve "Tuck" Walters Composer
Stephen Walters Photo Courtesy
Scott Steidenger Engineer
Phil Wilson Producer
Mathew Boyd Art Direction
Lamar Webster Photo Courtesy
Jesse Key Composer
Charles Woods Jr. Composer
Bobby Hamilton Photo Courtesy
Arthur Lane Producer, Photo Courtesy
Jerry Hermann Producer
Jerome "Mouse" Richmond Composer
Glenn Walling Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Luther Davis Composer, Producer, Engineer, Photo Courtesy
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