Marvin Holmes and Justice – 1975 – Honor Thy Father + Summer of 73

Marvin Holmes and Justice - Front

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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

Marvin Holmes and Justice - Back

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.

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marvin holmes & justice - summer of 73 frontA 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!

marvin holmes & justice - summer of 73 (backTracks
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

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  1. Mad says:


  2. 2 Dam Funky says:

    Thanks Nikos, been searchin’ for this, wicked blend of all things funky & jazzy. Nice post.

  3. Zul34 says:

    Love it, this is music as it was meant to be.

  4. Jean says:

    Killer indeed.

  5. Nene says:

    Well, this is a great surprise.

  6. Gelm says:

    Fab thanks … such classics :)

  7. Giuseppe says:

    E C C E Z I O N A L E ! ! !

  8. Zion says:

    I haven’t been on here for a minute but thanks for this rare gem!

  9. Alister says:

    what a find. thanks!

  10. Robert says:

    just listening to the youtube link and it seems awesome,downloading!!

    Thank you very much for the discovery!!

  11. Fame says:

    Thanks a million! Guys you do terrific work.

  12. King B. says:

    Superb. Thank u.

  13. Kent says:

    Don´t know how to thank you Nikos for bringing back al those sweet memories from the 60s & 70s!

  14. Sunny says:

    Absolutely Stunning!!!! Thank you.

  15. Maurice says:

    Thanks for another great listening trip!

  16. Jow says:

    Awesome stuff, pure class, very groovy.
    Thanks for posting.

  17. Radek says:

    Wow! This is absolutely fantastic! Once again this blog proves to be the best one around. Thanks a lot!

  18. Cess says:

    Thank you for caring this much. We’re all learning from these old LPs.

  19. Raggedy says:

    This is some serious music.
    Is it just me or does anyone else hear a bit of Bobby Womack in the lead singer?
    Anyway, fantastic recordings.

  20. Marcin says:

    Superb post! Thank you for this gem!

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