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        2006-09-22       Is It Too Late? / Duke Edwards & The Young Ones

when i bought this Duke & The Young Ones' album, i didn't know anything about them. so when i found his name Duke Edwards as the drummer on the history of Rhinoceros, i was surprised. because the sound of this album is so strange, like the poetly reading and gospel with free jazz and psychedelic improvisation, very different from Rhinoceros...
why i bought this record, because the photo of the front sleeve! one black guy (Duke Edwards) puts his hands on the two hippie looks guys' (one is white, another is black) heads, he is like black Jesus! i like this kind of suspicious and bizarre image very much!! but i found it in what is called "soul & funk" section at the record shop, so i imagined the sound would be just 60s soul music... but when i listened to this first track, i was so surprised! because it was just poetly reading with so psychedelic minimal music!! what's this!? although unfortunately i can't understand his lyrics, maybe a kind of cosmic messages...?
i read Duke Edwards worked with Sun Ra in early 60s, it's indeed... if all soul music is like this, i'm sure i really would love soul music very much... anyway this album is one of "cosmic black music" for me.

Is It Too Late?


        2006-05-30       Higher Than High / The Undisputed Truth

i discovered The Undisputed Truth just on the AMT & TCI's US tour in last autumn when Tabata bought one of their album "Cosmic Truth", because the sleeve was so funny for him. we got a big shock when we heard it! wow!! so crazy! funk music with space sounds!! but not just influence from P-Funk, more freaked out! i felt like "Soul Gong"!! hahaha... also their looks are so funny! they have silver afro hair, silver make-up and spacy costume!
they released albums from Motown Records, right...they are the chorus group. the early Undisputed Truth were not crazy not cosmic funk style, sounds were just typical chorus soul group (there were only a little bit of echo vocals and spacy fuzz guitar)... what was happened for them on 1973? i have their almost albums now, i don't have only their 3rd album (73). their sounds of 1st (71) and 2nd (72) albums were their earlier style. but they already played cosmic funk on 4th (74) album... i have to buy their 3rd album as soon as possible! hahaha...
this album is their 6th album (75). their sounds are more cosmic rock style than even Funkadelic! i'm sure "Overload" is inspired (or stole) from J.J. Cale's famous song "Heroin"!!! also including sexy space whisper too! it's so great!!
anyway i and Tabata call this kind of music as "Space Black Music"!! we need to find more Space Black Music records!! hahaha...
the fimale vocalist Taka Boon is the sister of Chaka Boon, she was a member of George Clinton's Brides of Funkenstein too.

higher than high

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