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Delegation ‎- Oh Honey (1976)

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As I start to think about the soundtrack to summer, I bring you the lounging groove of Delegation. Ricky Bailey, Ray Patterson, Len Coley were doing their thing at the tail end of the 1970s. They never surpassed the magic of ‘Oh Honey’, which deftly cutting a path between the dominant sounds of Earth Wind & Fire and Fleetwood Mac. On YouTube, I feature Majestic Casuals’s suitably named Poolside Edit. Have a great weekend.

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Earth, Wind & Fire ‎- That’s The Way Of The World (1975)

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Bandmate Philip Bailey once said that Maurice White’s whole vision was to “sneak a little jazz on people”. Before 1975’s breakthrough album That’s the Way of the World, this had tended to entail White’s masterful production overlaid onto a Sly Stone sounding groove. But with this title track, EW&F found their own jazz funk groove. “Hearts of fire creates love desire.” Maurice White R.I.P.

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Ramsey Lewis (feat. Earth, Wind & Fire) – Sun Goddess (1974)

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Friday was just miserable – a festival of rain. I’ve chosen this slowjam sun dance to usher in a better week this week. In the early 1970s, jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis reunited with former bandmate Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, to move in a new direction. The result was the 1974 long player Sun Goddess; the title track is pure gold.

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Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy (1978)

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When they weren’t stirring the cold funk, Earth, Wind & Fire were using soulful horns, dreamy harmonies and absurd lyrics to create some magic. ‘Fantasy’ is off EW&F’s album All ‘N All, released as a single in 1978. I heard this one in the barbers recently. The haircut was more serious. Have a great weekend.

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