Marvin Holmes and Justice – 1975 – Honor Thy Father + Summer of 73
Never seen it sold under 300 $.
A real killer from Marvin Holmes and his hip Oaktown combo Justice – a group who effortlessly blend together jazz, soul, and funk into a wonderfully soaring style – yet one that’s also more than heavy enough to live up to the message-oriented lyrics of the tracks!
The album’s one of those rare soul sides that really blows away most of the mainstream from the time – a wonderfully heady album that could only have been cut in the underground – where folks like Marvin were keeping things real, and pushing a social agenda that was way stronger than anything you’d find in the charts! Horns are great, as are the rhythms – and the vocals blend together perfectly on cuts that include “Motherless Child“.
Recorded at San Francisco
Originally released from Brown Door Records as MH 6581 LP, 1975
a1 You Better Keep Her 04:13
a2 Motherless Child 03:48
a3 She’s A Dancer 02:59
a4 Honor Thy Father 03:38
a5 Find Yourself 03:45
b1 Take the Time Out 03:17
b2 Neighbor Neighbor 03:27
b3 Kwame 03:12
b4 Gimme Some Tonight, Part 1 04:56
b5 Gimme Some Tonight, Part 2 02:44
Marvin Holmes was one of the major movers and shakers of Bay area soul and funk through the 60s and 70s, recording with the Uptights, Justice, and under his own name. He recorded 45s for a number of different labels including Revue, Brown Door, Uni, Kon-Kord, and Boola Boola.
He also recorded an album ‘Ooh Ooh The Dragon & Other Monsters‘ as Marvin Holmes & The Uptights in 1969 on Uni.
A killer little indie soul set from Oakland’s Marvin Holmes – one that’s quite different than his better known work for the Uni label – and done in a great blend of jazz, soul, and funk styles! The album’s got that great genre-crossing sound that was going down heavily in Holmes’ Bay Area scene of the early 70s – a feel that clearly draws heavily on the full spirits of the Justice ensemble, working together a blend of rolling rhythms, soaring horns, and some great rough-edged vocals that almost have a southern funk approach! The jazzier tunes have a warmish groove that almost shows traces of Cali Latin – especially in the way the rhythms bubble along – and titles include “Marcel’s Place“, “Love Don’t Mind“, “Tell The Truth“, “Got To Be There”, and “Kimani MDogo“. Also includes the nice, nice instrumental, “All Night Into Day“, which has a nice weird sample groove to it!
A1 Summer of ’73 3:27
A2 Love Don’t Mind 4:16
A3 Tell the Truth 3:15
A4 Got to Be There 3:45
A5 Keep On Keepin’ On 2:40
B1 Marcel’s Place 3:31
B2 I Can’t See You 3:06
B3 All Night Into Day 3:10
B4 Kimani Mdogo 2:35
B5 Don’t Worry 2:11