CD Debut for Funk-ified 1978 Album by R&B Pioneer Larry Williams
Selected by Dusty Groove
Features Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker on Horns and Rudy Copeland on Keyboards
Liner Notes by Gene Sculatti
LARRY WILLIAMS: That Larry Williams. CD
A lost treasure from R&B pioneer Larry Williams—the only album he ever issued in the 70s, recorded a few years before his untimely and mysterious death! The 1978 Fantasy set's got a heavy funk feel on most numbers—a great reworking of Williams' earlier groove, set to backings that feature Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker on horny horns, plus Rudy Copeland on keyboards! The approach is similar to the 70s grooves used by Larry's west coast contemporary Johnny Guitar Watson—although sadly, this album never brought Williams the same sort of comeback fame. Gene Sculatti contributes liner notes that delve into Williams’ curious career.
1. Bony Moronie (Disco Queen)
2. One Thing or the Other
3. ATS Express
4. The Resurrection of Funk (Funk Comes Alive)
5. How Can I Believe (What You Say)
6. Funky Force (Is with You)
7. Can’t Dance to the Music (If It Ain’t Got Funky Rhythm)
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