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RAMP – Daylight (1977)

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Ramp

I was first introduced to ‘Daylight’, in part, as a sample on A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Bonita Applebum’. RAMP released their only album Come Into Knowledge in 1977, as a vehicle for the jazz funk songwriting talents of Roy Ayers and Edwin Birdsong. Written by the two of them, ‘Daylight’ featured on the B-side of the LP and quickly became a classic ‘rare groove’. Roy Ayers’ Musical Prophecy. Have a great weekend.

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Odyssey – Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love (1972)

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Royce Jones

Before Royce Jones joined Steely Dan, he shared vocal duties with Billy Pierce and Kathleen Warren during his time at 7-piece folk-funksters Odyssey (not to be confused with their namesake, the disco trio from NYC). On ‘Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love’, Warren also plays piano and vibes, Warner Schwebke plays bass, Don Peake and Don Dacus play guitars and Gene Pello plays drums. In 1972, the song featured on their only album on Mowest, the commercially disastrous Californian arm of Motown. But this song is a classic rare groove.

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