1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement)

1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement)

by Mind & Matter


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1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement)

Released by Numero prior to the more comprehensive various-artists package Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement) documents 1977 home-recording sessions by Mind & Matter. Led by teenaged songwriter, arranger, and keyboardist James "Jimmy Jam" Harris -- just before he moved on to Flyte Tyme, and then the Time, and then the production of dozens of hits with partner Terry Lewis -- the band was fronted by a quartet of vocalists backed by seven instrumentalists, three of whom played keyboards. Heavily inspired by Philly soul -- not just artists on Philadelphia International, but vocal groups like Blue Magic as well -- the band rolls through an album's worth of material that is solid at best and charmingly raw and over-ambitious at worst. Harris' funky Clavinet is prominent, but the bountiful group harmonies are central, designed for wooing women on songs like "No One Can Do It to Me Baby," "My Love Is Like a Fire," and "When You're Touching Me." Somewhere between Harris' stated influences and keyboard-heavy low-budget soul made by, say, Ronnie McNeir and Patrick Adams, this is a delight for anyone with a serious interest in underground soul and Harris' incredible career. Jon Kirby's typically in-depth notes are printed on the back side of a gig-poster replication.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Label: Numero Junior
UPC: 0825764505024
catalogNumber: 505
Rank: 129147

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mind & Matter   Primary Artist
Don Turner   Drums
Troy Williams   Saxophone
James Harris   Clarinet,fender rhodes,Roland Synthesizer
Lawrence Brown   Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Ray   Bass
Jon Kirby   Compield
Glenny "Ittiim" Hardge   Alto (Vocal)
Gary McGray   fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Everett "Jawanza" Pettiford   Tenor (Vocal)
Barry Dillard   Percussion
Turhan Bey   Tenor (Vocal),Falsetto
Rodney Clark   Guitar

Technical Credits

Joe Kirby   Liner Notes
Ken Shipley   Reissue Producer
Greg Helgeson   Cover Photo
Rob Sevier   Reissue Producer
Jon Kirby   Reissue Producer
Marlin Possehl   Engineer

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