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Soul Cal: Disco & Modern Soul, 1971-1982

Soul Cal: Disco & Modern Soul, 1971-1982


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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


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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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   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   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   Tambourine
Maride Williams   Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
Larry Kidd   Trumpet
Duane Branch   Bass
Donald Wade   Bass
Charles Woods   Flute,Saxophone
Barbara Ross   Background Vocals
Arthur Donaldson   Bass Guitar,Vocals
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   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
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
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
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   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
Greg Fox   Composer

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