Talk to the People/River High, River Low

Talk to the People/River High, River Low

by Les McCann


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Talk to the People/River High, River Low

Les McCann reached the apotheosis of his funk odyssey with these two dates for Atlantic. 1972's Talk to the People borrows heavily from the transcendent Motown efforts of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, and even if he's not in their same league as a vocalist, McCann nevertheless invests covers of their "What's Going On" and "Seems So Long" with soulful grit and impassioned honesty. He does rival Wonder for sheer funkiness, however. "Shamading" is an absolute monster groove that will turn your ass to jelly. And his keyboard playing is, as usual, top-notch. With River High, River Low McCann completes his transformation from jazz to soul. While elements of fusion still creep in, this is first and foremost a straight-up funk album that shines the spotlight on deep, hard-hitting grooves and McCann's gritty vocals. The cosmic mind-funkery of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective seeps into cuts like "I've Been Thinking About My Problems" and "Woman Come Home." McCann is a master of rippling keyboard melodies and evocatively cinematic textures, and even if his vocals lack technical finesse, his passion and emotion carry the day. Jazz purists will recoil in disgust, but there's no denying the sheer vitality and energy of the music herein.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/1999
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431625521
catalogNumber: 6255
Rank: 138686

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Performance Credits

McCann   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Gene McDaniels   Background Vocals
Billy Barnes   Background Vocals
Sister Charlotte   Background Vocals
Buck Clarke   Percussion
Harold Davis   Drums
Donald Dean   Drums
Joel Dorn   Background Vocals
Miroslaw Kudykowski   Guitar
Keith Loving   Guitar
John Mayer   Piano
Susan McDaniels   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

McCann   Composer,Producer
Joel Dorn   Producer,Liner Notes
Kelly Kotera   Engineer
Ron Neal   Liner Notes

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