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

Marvin Holmes and Justice - Front

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

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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  • Mad
    Posted at 11:22h, 14 July Reply


  • 2 Dam Funky
    Posted at 15:39h, 14 July Reply

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

  • Zul34
    Posted at 20:05h, 14 July Reply

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

  • Jean
    Posted at 10:26h, 15 July Reply

    Killer indeed.

  • Nene
    Posted at 12:37h, 15 July Reply

    Well, this is a great surprise.

  • Gelm
    Posted at 18:38h, 15 July Reply

    Fab thanks … such classics :)

  • Giuseppe
    Posted at 20:15h, 15 July Reply

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

  • Zion
    Posted at 08:37h, 16 July Reply

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

  • Alister
    Posted at 09:08h, 16 July Reply

    what a find. thanks!

  • Robert
    Posted at 14:22h, 16 July Reply

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

    Thank you very much for the discovery!!

  • Fame
    Posted at 20:02h, 16 July Reply

    Thanks a million! Guys you do terrific work.

  • King B.
    Posted at 08:40h, 17 July Reply

    Superb. Thank u.

  • Kent
    Posted at 19:13h, 17 July Reply

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

  • Sunny
    Posted at 09:06h, 18 July Reply

    Absolutely Stunning!!!! Thank you.

  • Maurice
    Posted at 12:30h, 18 July Reply

    Thanks for another great listening trip!

  • Jow
    Posted at 18:27h, 18 July Reply

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

  • Paul
    Posted at 20:40h, 18 July Reply

    luv it!

  • Radek
    Posted at 12:19h, 19 July Reply

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

  • NBH
    Posted at 19:50h, 19 July Reply


  • Cess
    Posted at 21:08h, 19 July Reply

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

  • Raggedy
    Posted at 03:50h, 20 July Reply

    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.

  • Raymond
    Posted at 12:33h, 22 July Reply


  • Grumpy
    Posted at 12:34h, 28 July Reply

    Thank you!

  • Marcin
    Posted at 19:48h, 29 July Reply

    Superb post! Thank you for this gem!

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