The 3 Pieces – 1975 – Vibes of Truth

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Vibes Of Truth is a masterpiece that covers all the bases: from soul through funk to jazz. It’s been sought-after by collectors for the three club friendly tunes within its grooves: Backed Up Against The Wall, Concrete Jungle and I Need You Girl. The album was brought to Fantasy by Donald Byrd who was enjoying great success with his productions for the Blackbyrds for them and his own jazz fusion albums on Blue Note.

The Blackbyrds were former students of his from the ethnomusicology course he taught at Washington’s Howard University just as was Lincoln Ross, the multi-instrumentalist leader of the 3 Pieces. Although the 3 Pieces failed to repeat the success of the Blackbyrds they created an amazing album.

Tracks
A1 I Need You Girl 4:10
A2 Backed up Against the Wall 4:26
A3 Vibes of Truth 4:30
A4 Shortnin’ Bread 4:31
B1 Self Dealin’ 3:54
B2 Concrete Jungle 5:20
B3 If Only I Could Prove to You 3:56
B4 Cool It 3:29
B5 Virtue 3:30

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The 3 Pieces may not have lasted long in the record business, but this rare album from 1975 has made them legends on the rare groove scene for years. The record was cut during the height of the jazz funk years at Fantasy Records – and it features Donald Byrd handling the production chores, in a similar manner to the style that he used with the more famous Blackbyrds, who were also recording for Fantasy the time. The record features loads of electric piano and ARP, plus some tight and smooth guitar, and a nice rolling groove that is very catchy. A number of tracks have vocals – in kind of a subdued soul mode – and tracks include the groove classics “Backed Up Against The Wall“, “Shortnin Bread“, “Concrete Jungle“, and “Vibes Of Truth“. And believe it or not, there aren’t any vibes on the album! (Dusty Groove)

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Donald Byrd’s most widely known ventures from jazz into a more pop-oriented sound in the 1970s took place with the Blackbyrds. As a less celebrated outing that combined funk, jazz, and soul in a vocal format, he also produced this obscure album by the 3 Pieces, who were naturally a trio, though some other musicians played on the LP, including Ray Parker, Jr., who is responsible for the guitar on “Shortnin’ Bread.”

They were no mere Byrd vehicle, with the group writing all of the material except for the instrumental cover of “Shortnin’ Bread“. Very much of its period, Vibes of Truth is a pretty unmemorable entry into the funk-soul-jazz hybrid genre, with medium-temperature grooves and only adequate singing and songwriting. Even the attempts at tough lyrics — “Concrete Jungle” sings about rats in the urban squalor — are a little undermined by the generally sweet-natured tone of the threesome, and the arrangements are sometimes longer and more repetitious than justified (AMG).

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26 Comments
  • Andrea
    Posted at 13:37h, 06 December 2016 Reply

    Oh my…. Simply amazing! Thank you so very much.

  • Bob
    Posted at 17:35h, 06 December 2016 Reply

    Da funk, da soul, da jazz, da vibe.

  • Nora
    Posted at 19:05h, 06 December 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much for this upload, my first taste of this is magnificence. All over it!!!!! Very Grateful, bless u…

  • Guru
    Posted at 01:14h, 07 December 2016 Reply

    I’m a huge Donald Byrd fan….Thanks for sharing this gem

  • Wonderlove
    Posted at 09:44h, 07 December 2016 Reply

    MASTERPIECE

  • R Ochoa
    Posted at 12:12h, 07 December 2016 Reply

    Wow!!!! I’m blown away!!!!?????

  • rich
    Posted at 00:15h, 08 December 2016 Reply

    thank you nikos

  • Wayde
    Posted at 00:26h, 08 December 2016 Reply

    a classic!!!

  • Doumas
    Posted at 10:18h, 08 December 2016 Reply

    Loving it.!

  • Marcos
    Posted at 23:49h, 08 December 2016 Reply

    Couldn’t find a better one to listen to, tonight.

  • Agnes Ellis
    Posted at 10:33h, 09 December 2016 Reply

    Donald is a genius and that band is terrific.

  • Luiz
    Posted at 13:49h, 09 December 2016 Reply

    Que Maravilha

  • London12
    Posted at 18:24h, 09 December 2016 Reply

    Absolutely! I miss real Muzic and real artist.

  • Quincy
    Posted at 23:24h, 09 December 2016 Reply

    man listen to this oh my

  • roma
    Posted at 11:27h, 10 December 2016 Reply

    Fantastic post, as usual. Thanx for sharing such a rare gem.

  • Sisterlovemary
    Posted at 21:07h, 10 December 2016 Reply

    C.R.E.A.M

  • Soulstar
    Posted at 18:18h, 11 December 2016 Reply

    Just a fantastic album!!

  • Clément
    Posted at 18:47h, 11 December 2016 Reply

    trop bien jadoreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Yumi
    Posted at 20:46h, 11 December 2016 Reply

    No words other than BRILLIANT

  • Luka
    Posted at 02:04h, 12 December 2016 Reply

    Big hugs from Switzerland :)

  • Pedro
    Posted at 11:59h, 12 December 2016 Reply

    Simply perfect !!!
    One of my favorite albums!

  • Max
    Posted at 19:50h, 12 December 2016 Reply

    Thanks :)

  • Lim
    Posted at 14:16h, 15 December 2016 Reply

    Thanks so much for posting and keep those grooves alive!

  • Dan
    Posted at 17:44h, 23 December 2016 Reply

    Phenomenal album! Thanks

  • joe902
    Posted at 09:45h, 27 December 2016 Reply

    Looking forward to hearing this Album, Have got “I Need You Girl” which is awesome, Can’t wait to hear the complete Album

    Thanks
    Soulman

  • Grumpy!
    Posted at 19:46h, 30 December 2016 Reply

    Thank you!

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