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Issue 1092

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Charles Earland : Coming To you Live / Earland's Jam / Street Themes

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UK release date 17.02.2019

Robinsongs continue their excellent foray into jazz funk releasing three of the best Charles Earland albums on a double CD.It's a bumper issue including the albums "Coming To You Live", "Earland's Jam" and "Earlands's Street Themes" plus two bonus 7" versions of 'Coming To You Live' and 'Be My Lady (Tonight)'. Also included in this sterling package you get the additional bonus of four of Charles Earland's Mercury cuts, including the incredible 'Intergalactic Love Song' and the 12" version of 'Let The Music Play' which was written and Produced by Brass Construction's Randy Muller. The record was in the U.S. charts for five weeks and reached number 46 in the UK Singles Chart. He had several moderate Billboard R&B chart hits in the mid-1970s and early '80s on Mercury and later Columbia Records. Earland travelled extensively from 1988 until his death in 1999, performing throughout the USA and abroad.

The opener 'Corn Bread' is my personal fave a chunky slice of pure groove driven by guitarist Darryl Thompson and the cream of the crop are on this tune too including Michael Brecker and Marcus Miller. If bass heavy brassy funk is your bag you are sure going to dig this! 'Zee Funkin Space' epitomises this too as does the discofied 'Good Question'.The follow on a.bum 'Earland's Jam ' saw arranger Tom Washington being still on board and Cameo's Larry Blackmon co - wrote two tunes as well as playing drums on them. 'The Only One' with Larry's input saw the funk continue and put Earland in the R&B charts for several weeks and the album itself faired much better than its predecessor and the follow up 'Earland's Street Themes took a different early 80's direction of contemporary R&B and urban swagger.

This enticing and transitional compilation proves that organist,Charles Earland AKA 'The Mighty Burner' wasn't afraid to move with the times for those of you who know him only for his soul jazz tradition are in for a sweet surprise!
Words Emrys Baird

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