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- Soul Jazz Records presents Ladies Of The Eighties by Eighties Ladies
9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 22 April 2010
Now here's a release i can get behind. A unique, one-off production from Roy Ayers and featuring the lush vocal talents of Susan Beaubian, Marva Hicks, Vivian Prince, Denie Corbett and Sylvia Striplin, the Ladies of the Eighties LP is pure soul-funk-boogie genius. Originally released in 1980 and featuring an amazing all-star Roy Ayers band, including my main man Rick James (who also contributes to the production), this is a super smooth selection of tracks that ooze late seventies funk charm whilst hinting at what was to come for funk in 80's. With original copies fetching ridiculous super dollar on the shady second hand market you'd be a fool not to grab this deluxe Soul jazz re-press while it's still available. Damn, this is fine!
9/10 Michael Customer review, 18th September 2014
Oh, this is good. A rare as hens teeth funker with Roy Ayers at the controls, Rick James and Sylvia Striplin involved this is only gonna be good. 8 tracks of fine funky soul with touches of disco thrown in, its a belter. The pick of the bunch for me is 'Tell Him' an absolute beast of boogie soul. Bugz In The Attic covered this at the height of the broken beat era, but this is the real deal. Ladies ofctge Eighties is another strong track, but all 8 have something to offer.
If you're a fan of the the more straight up deep funk of the likes of the Meters or JB's (I love tgese too) this might sound well, a bit 80's, possibly a bit smooth. However for me, this sounds like a real transition type album. There are traces of funk and disco, informed by boogie which had been taking over dancefloors from the by then dirty word that was disco, but there are also hints of the future. Touches of electronics that suggest the early whiffs of a proto house sound developing.
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