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9-03-2015, 01:11

Mastermind - Mastermind [1977] Lossless

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Mastermind - Mastermind [1977] Lossless
Artist: Mastermind
Title Of Album: Mastermind
Year Of Release: 1977
Label (Catalog#): Prelude Records ‎[PRL 12147]
Country: USA
Genre: Disco, Funk / Soul
Quality: FLAC (tracks, vinyl,covers)
Bitrate: Lossless [44.1kHz/16bit / 44.1kHz/24bit]
Time: 34:15 min
Full Size: 219 mb / 402 mb

When R&B went high-tech in the '80s, genuine bands became harder and harder to find. There were still plenty of groups in the '80s and '90s, although honest-to-God bands that had nine or ten members and boasted full horn sections became the exception instead of the rule. When Cameo and the Ohio Players downsized in the '80s, you knew that large funk bands were becoming an endangered species. But back in 1977, when Mastermind's first and only album came out on Prelude, R&B was still full of large, horn-driven bands. Listening to this enjoyable, if uneven, LP, you won't be blown away by the singing -- Mastermind didn't have a great lead vocalist like Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey, L.T.D.'s Jeffrey Osborne, or the Commodores' Lionel Richie to win you over. What you will appreciate is the overall sound of the band and the horn-driven, jazz-influenced, very danceable funk grooves -- cuts like "Mother Nature," "I Am Music," and "Hustle Bus Stop" could easily appeal to fans of Brass Construction, Mass Production, the Crown Heights Affair, or BT Express. Several jazz musicians are employed as guests, including saxman David Sanborn, trumpeter Jon Faddis, and guitarist Steve Khan. But none of them do a great deal of improvising -- they're only on board to support Mastermind, whose LP wasn't a big seller and has long been out of print but is worth acquiring if, by some chance, you come across a copy somewhere.


A1 I Am Music 3:53
A2 Hustle Bus Stop 4:41
A3 Free And Wild 5:24
A4 Disco Party In The Street 4:12
B1 Mother Nature 5:24
B2 Runnin' Away From Love 4:09
B3 Mastermind 6:04


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