Slave – 1977 – Slave & 1979 – Just A Touch Of Love

Slave is one of The Baddest Bands from the 70′s. I Miss Instrumentation Like You Get on SLide. Where has The FUNK Gone? Where has a Artist Learning their Instrument Gone? Where is The Music Adventure? Hearing these Grooves take me back when Making Great Jams & Grooves were More Important What Happen too the Soul & Groove?

Slave – 1977 – Slave

Tracks
A1 Slide (6:47)
A2 Screw Your Wig On Tite (5:29)
A3 Party Hardy (3:42)
A4 Son Of Slide (5:29)
B1You And Me (6:41)
B2 Love Me (4:39)
B3 The Happiest Days (5:17)
B4 Separated (5:30)

Far and away the band’s best record! The album’s got a fresh funk sound that takes an earlier 70s ensemble style and slicks it down a bit — but thanks to some great drum work by Tim Dozier (Steve Arrington had yet to join the band), and a subtle riffing bass style by Mark Adams, the band had a groove that was quite revolutionary, and which set them apart from the legions of funk imitators that were springing up at the end of the 70s. The high points of the album is the band’s seminal “Slide“, which is followed up with “Son Of Slide” — and both tracks have these amazing dark repetitive grooves that have really stood the test of time (thanks in part to a famous sample by Tribe Called Quest!)

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Slave – 1979 – Just A Touch Of Love

Tracks
A1 Just A Touch Of Love (6:24)
A2 Are You Ready For Love? (5:58)
A3 Funky Lady (Foxy Lady) (4:33)
B1 Roots (5:00)
B2 Painted Pictures (0:26)
B3 Thank You (5:35)
B4 Shine (4:58)
B5 Warning (3:20)

Tight bass-heavy funk from Slave – still working here in that excellent compressed style that was their unique contribution to soul music. There’s probably a bit more of a vocal-heavy sound here than on other albums, but the groove’s still strong, and is reaching a bit towards an 80s club sound.In 1977, Slave’s self-titled debut album (which boasted the number one R&B smash “Slide”) earned the Dayton outfit a reputation for playing sweaty, aggressive, in-your-face funk. But when Slave provided its fourth album, Just a Touch of Love, in 1979, it was clear that the Midwesterners were determined to soften their approach. “Funky Lady (Foxy Lady),” “Roots,” and the hit title song (all of which boast Steve Arrington on lead vocals) are definitely the work of a smoother, sleeker Slave — and yet, the band still had plenty of grit. This excellent album left no doubt that Slave was still a funk band, although it wasn’t as in-your-face as the Slave that gave listeners “Slide” and “Screw Your Wig on Tite” in 1977. Arrington, who first recorded with Slave on 1978′s The Concept, played a major role in its evolution — and two other lead vocalists who make important contributions to this LP are Starleana Young and Curt Jones (both of who went on to form Aurra, the group that hit big with “Are You Single” in 1981). Arrington, Young, and Jones weren’t original members of Slave, but all of them proved valuable when Slave opted to embrace a smoother style of funk. And all of them do their part to make Just a Touch of Love one of Slave’s finest albums.

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  1. rvsharpe says:

    Thanks for posting the “Just a Touch” albulm. I think that it’s a crime that this album has yet to be released in the states on CD. This has always been my favorite Slave album after “the Concept”

  2. Aaahlex says:

    Big bass on Slide. And I love the laughing. Drac is back!

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