Thursday, July 23, 2009

Classic thirty five - Princely Fresh


SLY And The Family Stone's 1973 masterpiece's title Fresh remains as apt as ever.
Because despite more than 35 years passing since the funk LP's release, the album still is.
When you think of funk, you think of irrepressible grooves like Funkadelic's One Nation Under A Groove, Parliament's Up For The Down Stroke, Sly And The Family Stone's Dance To The Music, and just about anything by James Brown.
But Fresh takes that base and builds on it.
From opener In Time with its brooding basslines, to all-time classic tracks like If You Want Me To Stay and Skin I'm In, the funk here grows from a groove, and lives and breathes fusing with elements of soul and jazz.
Put simply, if you want an album that stands the test of time, you want to get Fresh.

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