Donald Byrd And 125th Street, N.Y.C. – Words, Sounds, Colors And Shapes (1982) [2007, Remastered Reissue]

Artist: Donald Byrd And 125th Street, N.Y.C.
Title: Words, Sounds, Colors And Shapes
Year Of Release: 2007-07-17 (1982)
Label: Wounded Bird Records (USA)
Genre: R&B, Soul/Funk, Jazz-Funk, Electronic, Disco
Quality: FLAC (img.+.cue+.log)
MP3 320kbps
Total Time: 40:13
Total Size: 292,18
97,80 Mb (Scans)

A definite soul based session for Donald Byrd – and that’s saying a lot here, because his previous decade’s worth of work had all had some sort of R&B focus. The main force behind the set here is Isaac Hayes – who’s producing, arranging, and playing most of the keyboards on the album. Oddly, Ike’s not singing at all – and vocals are instead handled by Rose Williams, Diane Davis, Pat Lewis, and Myra Walker – plus the Hot Buttered Soul group on backing vocals. Most tunes have such a strong vocal focus that Byrd’s horn gets far less solo space than before – but overall, the album’s still got a nice mix of funky jazz and modern soul, and grooves a lot better than most other efforts of this nature from the time. Great, long overlooked grooves from Byrd. Titles include "Sexy Dancer", "Midnight", "High Energy", "Star Trippin", "Forbidden Love", and "Everyday".

Release of this album: 1982 [LP Elektra, Cat.# 60188, USA]
Release of this CD: 2007, July, 17 [CD Wounded Bird Records (USA), Cat.# WOU 6188 / UPC: 664140618824]
(p) 1982 & 2007 Elektra Entertainment Group.
(c) 2007 Wounded Bird Records.
Manufactured by Rhino Entertainment Company
Printed in U.S.A.

Arranged By [Horns] – Bill Purse, Isaac Hayes
Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocal], Contractor [Vocal] – Isaac Hayes
Art Direction – Ron Coro
Artwork By [Painting, (untitled)] – Clarence Morgan
Contractor [For Horns] – Charles (Skip) Lane
Design – Kristen Kasell Nikosey
Drums – Eric Hines
Electric Bass – Ronnie Garrett
Electric Guitar – William “Country” Duckett
Engineer [Assistant] – Bret Richardson
Engineer [Recording] – Joe Neil
Executive Producer – Carol Campbell, Donald Byrd
Lyrics By – Isaac Hayes (tracks: 1 to 4, 7, 8)
Mastered By [Mastering Engineer] – Glenn Meadows
Music By – Donald Byrd (tracks: 1 to 3, 8)
Percussion – Glenn Davis
Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Clavinet, Synthesizer [Prophet] – Albert “Chip” Crawford, Jr.
Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Vibraphone [Vibes], Percussion, Synthesizer, Bells [Concert Bells] – Isaac Hayes
Producer – Isaac Hayes
Remix [Remixing Engineers] – Bret Richardson, Isaac Hayes, Joe Neil
Trumpet – Donald Byrd
Vocals [Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited] – Diane Evans, Diane Davis, Pat Lewis, Rose Williams
01. Sexy Dancer (05:12)
(Donald Byrd, Isaac Hayes)
02. Midnight (05:08)
(Donald Byrd, Isaac Hayes)
03. So Much In Love (04:00)
(Donald Byrd, Isaac Hayes, Ronnie Garrett)
04. High Energy (05:48)
(Isaac Hayes, William Duckett, Ronnie Garrett, Donald Byrd)
05. Star Trippin’ (05:23)
(Isaac Hayes)
06. I’m Coming Home (04:14)
(Sam Hamlin, Isaac Hayes)
07. Forbidden Love (05:25)
(Albert Crawford, Jr., Isaac Hayes)
08. Everyday (05:05)
(R. Garrett, W. Duckett, E. Hines, M. Walker, A. Crawford, Jr., D. Byrd, I. Hayes)

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