Breakwater – 1978 – Breakwater

A landmark set from a group who only ever gave the world two albums but who’ve gone on to have a huge influence over the years! This initial offering from Breakwater is a masterful blend of jazzy fusion and mellower soul a sound sifted together so perfectly, it really tops the rest of the combo’s contemporaries hitting a careful balance that never gets too cheesy or commercial, and which still manages to glow as strongly into the 21st century as it did when first released back in the day! The sound here is sublime warm, but never sleepy jazzy, but never cliched and mixed in such a way that the vocals and instruments almost get center stage in the spotlight without trying to crowd one another out. Titles include the incredible “Work it Out” – worth the price of the record alone.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Arista record with covers.

A1 Work It Out (5:46)
A2 You Know I Love You (4:41)
A3 Unnecessary Business (5:46)
A4 No Limit (4:17)
B1 That’s Not What We Came Here For (3:41)
B2 Feel Your Way (4:32)
B3 Do It To The Fluid Gets Hot (4:18)
B4 Free Yourself (3:56)

The reviews


This is one of those late ‘70s funk albums you’d always root around for, in the vain hope that some naïve seller didn’t know what they were sitting on. This debut by Breakwater is one of the most soulful, slick, inspiring and downright funky albums you could ask for. From the calypsoesque funk classic “Work It Out” right through to the lush soulful beauty of “That’s Not What We Came Here For”, this album is a pure joy to listen to.


In 1978, at the peak of R&B club music and analog recording in general, two promising Funk outfits (complete with brass sections) released their debut albums; one was Free Life, the other, Breakwater. While the former band would sadly disappear after their first album, Breakwater would at least release two, albeit two solid albums. Breakwater’s debut album is a satisfying Funk album, full of fresh ideas, funky beats and great arrangements. It was a year full of good releases, still, this LP stuck out. If I’d still recommend one tune, it’s the instrumental Feel Your Way, a great dance track with Calypso innuendos. So, all you Funk lovers, go ahead and grab this one.

This album is a rare treasure that gets sorely overlooked. I read about the group and decided to explore them. I found this album in a used LP shop, and man, was I blown away. Nice vocals, and an extremely tight instrumental base make his album a must have. The groove is tight, and never to aggressive. The album has a steady flow… it brings to mind jazzy soul like Maze or Patrice Rushen. This album is throughly enjoyable.

Having been a major funkateer (Parliament/Funkadelic, Bootsy, etc.,) and huge fan of R&B’s best like Earth, Wind and Fire, I couldn’t imagine a sound that could possibly eclipse what those bands were producing in the 70’s. I was 18 years old when I first heard Breakwater on WDAS-FM in Philly, and to this day, I don’t believe I’ve heard a sweeter blend of funk, jazz fusion and R&B….what nags at me is what happened to them? They were, in my opinion, the heir to the throne long held by EW&F! –

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Conversation for album: Breakwater – 1978 – Breakwater

  • k02
    Posted at 16:33h, 03 May 2008

    Great thank you very much

  • Mr.Fean
    Posted at 18:08h, 03 May 2008

    Another great share. You never let me down, man.

  • coolblue
    Posted at 19:50h, 03 May 2008

    Wanted this album for ages. You’re a superstar. Love the new blog.

  • DJM
    Posted at 20:05h, 03 May 2008

    Welcome back, Nikos. Excellent as always.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 20:38h, 03 May 2008

    Looking good, Nik! :¬)

  • jdayal
    Posted at 20:58h, 03 May 2008

    Thnx alot Nikos, been looking for this for a while

  • Alexander
    Posted at 07:45h, 04 May 2008

    Fantastic place. Excellent stuff.

  • onawave
    Posted at 09:14h, 04 May 2008

    thanks muchly! good to see you doing your own thing. looking fwd to more…

  • Funkback
    Posted at 12:02h, 04 May 2008

    Great to see You over at 4 bros. A real fine surprise! And this looks real interestin I’ll be checkin it ASAP. Great post. Thanx!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 13:02h, 04 May 2008

    Apart from this excellent Breakwater release, i see it more in a symbolic manner, and that is giving the music you love to blogland no matter what blog holds the gold medal, cos golds are for the Olympics and not for music. After all, music is the best. One music. One Love. Thx Nikos, keep it up.

  • Noname
    Posted at 15:31h, 04 May 2008

    Incredible blog! Breakwater is a great beggining! Your work is much appreciated.

  • mephisto
    Posted at 15:36h, 04 May 2008

    Hi nikos, I added your blog to the totally fuzzy picks list.. using the RSS feed, if you’d rather not be listed let me know at our blog 😉
    Good luck with the new blog.

  • kletcher
    Posted at 16:24h, 04 May 2008

    I just wanna thanks you for what you’re seems to doing right now. really, it’s a huge work you did. keep this eternal music forever.

  • Mark
    Posted at 18:13h, 04 May 2008

    I am amazed of the quality of this blog. Both albums and posts are excellent!

  • Zer0_II
    Posted at 20:05h, 04 May 2008

    Greetings Nikos. You have an amazing blog here. I would like to especially thank you for ‘Moving South’ by the Southside Movement. My old vinyl copy was scratched beyond belief. It’s nice to be able to hear it once again.

    I wanted to let you know that I’ve added you to my music blogroll/directory @ under the Funk/Soul category.

    If you would like to help me out, you can do so by linking back to my blogroll. It’s not required in order to be on the list, but I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for all the amazing music you have decided to share here and all the hard work you put into it. Take care.


  • beats2go00
    Posted at 21:22h, 04 May 2008

    great album

  • avocado kid
    Posted at 01:06h, 05 May 2008

    what he said.

    … Ok, not, but yay! Nice n’ funky one!

  • 92bpms
    Posted at 02:44h, 05 May 2008

    Yes… very glad you found a way back. And back at it with a bang too!

  • alex g
    Posted at 08:20h, 05 May 2008

    fantastic stuff, as always. so glad your back, your blog has got to be the best i’ve come across, quality and quantity? wow.
    keep doing what you do brother, much thanks from London

  • Mbone
    Posted at 09:20h, 05 May 2008

    great to have you back!

  • gianni
    Posted at 16:46h, 05 May 2008

    say I love you Nikos!

  • Old School C
    Posted at 05:15h, 07 May 2008

    Thanks for this post Nikos. I had this album already but, I just couldnt find anyone with decent quality album art. Thanks for the hook-up bro.

  • Ryan
    Posted at 04:50h, 07 May 2008

    Brilliant come back!

  • Kizza
    Posted at 10:57h, 07 May 2008

    Thank you once again! Thank God you’re back in the blogosphere! Lost in Tyme was THE BEST BLOG EVER! And I’m sure you’re gonna pick up right where you left off!

  • hakushondaimao
    Posted at 14:46h, 14 May 2008

    what a find. great cover on the outside, and even better grooves on the inside. thanks nikos!

  • Tony C.
    Posted at 02:24h, 22 May 2008

    I remain a huge fan of Breakwater’s first album, and agree that they were a superb, underrated funk band. For those of you who like this sound, I’ve got another STRONG recommendation: a 1988 album called To Whom It May Concern by THE PASADENAS. It was the only album which they recorded, and I consider it to be as good a debut album as ANY in the genre that I have ever heard. There are a remarkable number of excellent tracks, each of which could stand on its own.

    Do yourself a favor and pick up the CD, if you can find it.

  • Tony C.
    Posted at 02:31h, 22 May 2008

    Sorry, they actually did record a couple of other albums which received play mainly in the UK, but the debut was killer.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 04:54h, 22 May 2008

    Tony C. you may not believe it but i’ve got the original vinyl. i bought it in 1988, it was a big success here. It is true a wonderful debut. i will post it in the next months.

  • blackmon
    Posted at 05:55h, 23 May 2008

    this is definitely one of my alltime favourite R&B albums – already got it – for sure – but as your rips are top-quality, i can’t resist to pick it up .. 😉
    THANKS so much for sharing this gem to the world, Nik

  • Andi
    Posted at 12:08h, 25 May 2008

    thanks for this excellent music:)
    greetings from Hungary