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LP 285: Unknown / Funky Junction – Especially For You…Gladys Knight and The Pips (Stereo Gold Award, 1975)

23 Aug

Side 1
01 Letter Full Of Tears
02 You Broke Your Promise
03 Operator
04 Trust In You
05 Talking Trash (Funky Junction)

Side 2
06 Every Beat Of My Heart
07 Room In Your Heart
08 Guess Who
09 Running Around
10 Road’s End (Funky Junction)

This record does not feature Gladys Knight and The Pips. Leo Muller weaves his magic yet again as an unnamed session combo cover eight of Gladys’ numbers with varying degrees of success. Letter Full Of Tears and You Broke Your Promise are downbeat and soulful tunes while Room In Your Heart is a groovy slice of prime rhythm and blues. Grit awards to the spiky handclaps of Running Around.

There are also two tracks from Funky Junction. You’ll remember them being responsible for the Deep Purple tribute album (LP 167 on the original Spiral site). As previously outlined Funky Junction in 1973 = Thin Lizzy but these two tracks are definitely not Philo and mates. The two numbers also appeared on the 1971 Stereo Gold Award LP Tamla Hits by Dianne and The New Worlds (LP 221). Talkin’ Trash is a bluesy and fuzzy instrumental while Road’s End is a drum-heavy masterpiece..

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LP 266: Unknown – Jesus Christ Superstar (Music for Pleasure, 1972)

27 Jul

Side 1
01 Overture
02 Heaven On Their Minds
03 What’s The Buzz?
04 Everything’s Alright
05 Hosanna
06 Simon Zealotes

Side 2

07 Pilate’s Dream
08 I Don’t Know How To Love Him
09 Damned For All Time
10 I Only Want To Say
11 King Herod’s Song
12 Superstar

Not much is known about this version of Jesus Christ Superstar other than the producer – Walter Ridley. He gets the best out of an uncredited bunch of session musicians with some killer percussion and quality rock action.

We start with an entertaining and all-encompassing overture before it’s into the gritty Heaven On Their Minds. Holy fuzz. Then What’s The Buzz? After some soppiness the first side ends with a smooth rendition of Simon Zealotes.

Other high points include the overwrought but compelling Scott Walker-lite of I Only Want To Say and a funky Damned For All Time before bringing the curtain down with a beaty Superstar.

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