Bobby Lyle – 1977 – The Genie

 A holy grail of soul funk jazz, incredible vibes, rhythms, a record you must have in your collection.

Keyboard wizard Bobby Lyle’s Classic Jazz funk album from 1977, includes the brilliant inventive title track ‘The Genie’ an all time classic, that goes through many changes but retains its groove throughout. . His version of his own beautiful track ‘Night Breeze’ previously recorded by Ronnie Laws is another highlight. ‘Mother Nile’ is a mystical track with a deep rhythm structure, and ‘Pieces’ is a lovely dreamy mid tempo track. The more up tempo ‘Magic Ride’ and atmosphere’ You Think Of Her’  feature Bobby’s deep vocals. Great Jazz Funk album.

Tracks
A1 The Genie 5:53
A2 Magic Ride 5:34
A3 Pisces 5:17
A4 I’m So Glad (And I’m Thankful) 3:20
B1 You Think of Her 6:49
B2 Night Breeze 6:06
B3 Mother Nile 6:50
B4 I Didn’t Know What Time It Was 1:35

By MH1000

If I should be so bold as to list an album hall of fame then this one would sit right up high on that list. This is the type of music I could just listen to for hours on end and never tire of.  There’s so much musical goodness involved that it’s like the aural equivalent of eating your greens. This is another masterpiece put out by Capitol during there phenomenal rare-groove period, and of the stuff of I’ve heard from that period this album is one of the finest.

The Genie, like a few of Capitol’s other rare-groove releases, is a fantastic blend of soulful grooves, jazz-funk, fusion and dare I say even a touch of dance floor friendliness. The keyboard work on here really is magical and quite often slips into that beautiful hypnotic zone that electronic keys can when they are played so well. There’s a message on the back of this album from Bobby Lyle saying “May the love, and energy which flowed throughout this session reach through the music and touch you, the listener, and somehow make your life more joyful”, well it certainly did for me.

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18 Comments
  • Warren
    Posted at 09:44h, 10 November 2017 Reply

    oh!!! wonderful share!!

  • Bernard
    Posted at 19:55h, 10 November 2017 Reply

    soul funk jazz at its best

  • Erald
    Posted at 12:08h, 11 November 2017 Reply

    Masterpiece indeed. Thank you.

  • Randy
    Posted at 12:36h, 11 November 2017 Reply

    An extremely talented musician.

  • Matt
    Posted at 15:13h, 11 November 2017 Reply

    THIS IS PURE MAGIC!

  • Suzuki
    Posted at 15:38h, 11 November 2017 Reply

    Epic, he is a damn genious.

  • Apollo
    Posted at 11:51h, 12 November 2017 Reply

    Wonderful, just wonderful , one of the best ever, so thankful.

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 13:07h, 12 November 2017 Reply

    Great “time piece” from the 70s. Love it!

  • Leo
    Posted at 21:30h, 12 November 2017 Reply

    Excellent stuff! i am so grateful.

  • Vic
    Posted at 20:11h, 13 November 2017 Reply

    Once again I find myself saying a big thank you for another gem that I knew nothing about.

  • Lenny
    Posted at 16:53h, 15 November 2017 Reply

    Folks, amazing work. Such a beautiful album.

  • Rafael
    Posted at 12:20h, 16 November 2017 Reply

    I grew up on this music. Real music. YES!!

  • Geoffrey
    Posted at 12:27h, 16 November 2017 Reply

    This is one outstanding album! Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!!

  • Alex
    Posted at 17:50h, 16 November 2017 Reply

    This album is a favorite among my friends and you really must have it!

  • Randy
    Posted at 21:35h, 16 November 2017 Reply

    WOW, another great post.

  • Debbie
    Posted at 11:32h, 17 November 2017 Reply

    They were awesome back in the day. I truly miss those times.

  • Valerios
    Posted at 22:05h, 19 November 2017 Reply

    I seem to have missed this earlier. My bad. The title track is one of my all time favorites. This is a wonderful share! Thank you!

  • Salvador
    Posted at 22:24h, 19 November 2017 Reply

    Right on buddy! Great music is timeless.

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