Greetings to all soulful people & universal minds.As a hip hop producer of 15 years, I have come across so much
amazing soul & rare groove music, and through that developed a strong passion for rare and soulful music from the 1970’s, a it’s a passion that now outweighs my interest in the ever declining modern hip hop scene (Maybe it’s just my age)..But you can’t have one without the other and after having sampled many of these forgotten soulful nuggets of this era, I felt it’s time to give something back and drop my guard with the music that has inspired me so much over the course of the past 30 years, to the crate diggers & DJ’s out there fully relate to the unwritten crate diggers secrecy act, shoot me I’m breaking the silence, but this is music that needs to be heard and appreciated.
So…With this being my first ever blog entry, I thought i’d choose a real rare gem to bring to your attention.
Artist: Fathers Children
Album: Who’s gonna save the world
Label: Numero Group
Overall rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ 8/10
Sample potential: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ 7/10
To those who are unfamiliar with this gem of an album, you’re in for a truly eargasmic sexperience.Washington DC seven piece band ‘Fathers Children’ are maybe better known to rare groove enthusiasts for their slick 1979 track “Hollywood Dreaming” from their self titled album on Mercury records, a track that finds it’s way into my finely tuned eardrums often, unfortunately somewhere between ’73 and ’79 they somehow hopped on the cocaine trail to gayville & the rest of the album was a watered down gloss that fell wide of the good soul music umbrella, void of the messages that carved the niche in their previous material and thus regrettably sparking the beginning of the end for the band as far as quality releases, However let us not forget the amazing contribution with their 1973 album ‘Who’s gonna save the world’, A truly soulfully atmospheric experience.The social and political issues musically addressed on songs such as ‘Everybody’s got a problem’, ‘Dirt & Grime’ and the title track ‘Who’s gonna save the world’ are a true depiction of the African American struggles of the time, and regardless of the groups Islamic beliefs, its message transcends all cultures, race and religion, and is aiming straight for a much deeper inner spiritual plane, the soul.Producers ears will definitely prick up on ‘Dirt & grime’ and ,’Everybody’s got a problem’ as well as some nice drums and percussive loops & chops across the album.