Prime Time – 1984 – Flying High
Rip and Research by Mr.Moo
Posting and additional info’s by Nikos
Sweet keyboards and loads of wonderful 80s grooves – a great little set that perfectly balances jazzy riffing, funky rhythms, and warm soulful vocals! The cover’s a bit slick, but there’s a lot more depth here than some of Prime Time’s contemporaries – an ear both for the mainstream and the soulful underground – and one that has the group sparkling well on both the upbeat groovers and the sweet slow slow steppers! (Dusty Groove)
A1 I Owe It to Myself 3.46
A2 Make Up Your Mind 3.48
A3 Flying High 4.40
A4 I Want Somebody Tonight 2.51
A5 Spinning 3.08
A6 Give It to the Beat 3.41
B1 Love Talk 5.40
B2 I Can’t Get You Off My Mind 5.13
B3 Talk It Over 4.46
b4 Anytime Is Prime Time (Theme Song) 4.46
PRIME TIME was an electro Funk band who first formed in 1972 out of Los Angeles USA. The line up consisted of Jimmy Hamilton on keyboards, Frankie Babe Moore on drums, Dale Hightower on percussion and Maurice Hayes on the bass and lead vocals.
FLYING HIGH was released in 1984 on Total Experience Records, who by this point were famous for providing a label home for the likes of the GAP Band, Yarbrough & Peoples, Pennye Ford and the legendary Billy Paul.
The suitably sparse opening track I OWE IT TO MYSELF climbed all the way to #21 on the US R&B chart late in 84 and was covered the following year by fellow Total Experience group, the GAP band on The GAP Band VII. Other notable tracks include the atmospheric Electro groove, GIVE IT TO THE BEAT along with the upbeat and slightly haunting jam, LOVE TALK. Both of these tracks went on to become firm Dance and Funk fan favourites throughout the 80’s and beyond (Cherryred Records).
Extensive Review and more by Derek Anderson here.