Don Blackman – 1982 – Don Blackman

A jazz funk masterpiece

and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that’s been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that’s barely been matched again – a blend of 70s fusion, bassy funk, and even tighter riffing – all put together with a greater depth and sense of soul than most other records of its type. Blackman’s a GRP contemporary of Bernard Wright, Tom Browne, and Weldon Irvine – and there’s bits of all their sound in the work here, but somehow Don does it even better – hitting these grooves, notes, and lines that seem to fall from the heavens – and which still stand as some of the hippest music of his generation. A record to file proudly next to your copies of Ramp and James Mason – and like those gems, the kind of record that only happens once in an artists career!

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Arista records LP including covers.

Tracks
A1 Yabba Dabba Doo 5:16
A2
Heart’s Desire 4:30
A3
Holding You, Loving You 4:10
A4
Deaf Hook-Up Connection 4:03
B1
You Ain’t Hip 3:01
B2
Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide 3:38
B3
Since You Been Away So Long 5:11
B4
Never Miss A Thing 3:50

Don Blackman could never be accused of clogging the bins with his own records. Prior to this 1982 debut for GRP — the songwriter/keyboardist/vocalist’s lone LP until 2002 — he was quite visible, though only as a desired touring and session hand, with connections to Parliament/Funkadelic,Lenny White/Twennynine, and Weldon Irvine. At this point in his career, he was riding high on the successes of Twennynine‘s “Peanut Butter” and Bernard Wright‘s “Haboglabotribin’,” two monstrously funky cuts he penned and was spotlighted on. He seemed to approach the first opportunity to flex on his own as if he was on a mission — his self-titled album is as phenomenal as anything else his contemporaries were producing at the time (George Duke in particular), elegantly merging styles and adding new dimensions with each passing track. Beginning with a call-and-response P-Funk-style roof shaker, Blackman and friends then roll into a pair of tender midtempo grooves, where the leader’s sweet and easy voice shines as brightly as his tickling touches of piano and keyboard. (Do check Lenny White/Twennynine‘s “Best of Friends” for a precursor to these highlights.) The first side is closed out with one of the album’s heaviest moments; neither kicking horns nor grinding guitar riffs are out of place. Side two is almost the equal of the first, bounding just as freely between gritty and smooth numbers. Blackman would continue to be valuable to others throughout the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, but this is his greatest achievement, a happy-spirited, genre-blending affair that can enrich the lives of those who hear it. Can you hear it, though? That’s the question. The album has remained scarce, though intermittent bootlegs and reissues (including Expansion’s legit 2006 issue) have popped up throughout the years. Nevertheless, many of its components have been sampled by producers of rap and downtempo house alike. So you’ve probably heard some of it, but not nearly enough, and you most certainly need the full effect.

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39 Comments
  • macson
    Posted at 17:28h, 27 June 2011 Reply

    DAMN!! best post in a while.. i love that 70’s/80’s soul sound!! lovin this on a sunny day! love this blog. love love love.

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 18:53h, 27 June 2011 Reply

    Thanks so much.

  • rich
    Posted at 20:25h, 27 June 2011 Reply

    great album thanx nikos

  • Ryan
    Posted at 20:30h, 27 June 2011 Reply

    Verrrrrry nice. Thanks!

  • pascal
    Posted at 21:58h, 27 June 2011 Reply

    These LP covers…I just love them…

    Oh yeah the music is the shit too!

  • Kirk
    Posted at 10:34h, 28 June 2011 Reply

    Brilliant 80’s modern soul.

  • Corrie14
    Posted at 16:14h, 28 June 2011 Reply

    What a great post. Thanks so much for this & keep up the good work. Much appreciated

  • FunkyBoss
    Posted at 20:36h, 28 June 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the great share =)

  • jean paris
    Posted at 20:40h, 28 June 2011 Reply

    a pure classic…in my top ten since many years…funk to the bones…thanks dude

  • Ted
    Posted at 08:19h, 29 June 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the music and education.

  • catfish
    Posted at 19:07h, 29 June 2011 Reply

    I remember interviewing Don for a pirate station in the early 90’s – dude was cool but as big as a house!
    Absolute classic album.

  • KenG
    Posted at 22:02h, 29 June 2011 Reply

    New to me! Love it. Thanx.

  • JohnH
    Posted at 07:44h, 30 June 2011 Reply

    Thanks – seriously groovin’, so professional – every track is simply stunning! Great work!

  • Jack
    Posted at 19:13h, 30 June 2011 Reply

    A treasure! Keep it up!

  • Mattis
    Posted at 21:32h, 30 June 2011 Reply

    Soooo smooth, thanks!!

  • SoulSauce
    Posted at 10:33h, 01 July 2011 Reply

    I’ve always know about Don through his work with Roy Ayers, Parliment, Funkadelic, etc. But how have I been sleeping on this album for so long?!?!?!?

  • Son
    Posted at 13:19h, 01 July 2011 Reply

    Wonderful addiction to my collection.

  • Maria
    Posted at 19:07h, 01 July 2011 Reply

    Love it.

  • Seldon
    Posted at 16:05h, 02 July 2011 Reply

    What a classic this is,a must have.
    Thanks for your efforts.

  • Papa
    Posted at 19:59h, 02 July 2011 Reply

    Thanks alot for this rip. There’s some great tunes on this

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 21:12h, 02 July 2011 Reply

    Excellent post. My Mom was listening to this when I was a kid.

  • michael
    Posted at 23:44h, 02 July 2011 Reply

    great production on here. thanks for sharing.

  • Goran
    Posted at 11:09h, 03 July 2011 Reply

    Superb 80’s black music. Thank u.

  • Robert
    Posted at 15:22h, 03 July 2011 Reply

    thank you,I knew this album but but never listened to it in full.I had a compilation with Holding You,Loving You which is a gem but I can finally listen to the full lp:)

  • Philly_Soul
    Posted at 17:41h, 03 July 2011 Reply

    Brilliant music choice as ever and cheers for the diggin’ and uploading. Excellent stuff

  • whoknows
    Posted at 20:14h, 03 July 2011 Reply

    YES!!! Love this album!!! Greatly sampled by People Under the Stairs from L.A. as well as L da Head Toucha “too complex”…was one of my favorite tracks from DJ Premier’s New York Reality Check 101 mixtape…amazin stuff, thanks!

  • loveit
    Posted at 13:45h, 04 July 2011 Reply

    Thanks a lot for this one, truly precious stuff!

  • Click Dark
    Posted at 18:12h, 04 July 2011 Reply

    Beautifully produced East Coast soul/funk whatnaught. Yeoow! Great blog. Thanks much, cd

  • Simon
    Posted at 22:22h, 04 July 2011 Reply

    Thanks guys for posting this. I bought this from Spin Inn in Manchester on their recommendation back in the day. Great disc. My copy is long gone but thanks for a good rip and remembered pleasures.

    Keep doing the do.

    S

  • Seth
    Posted at 20:43h, 08 July 2011 Reply

    Wow! Superb album.

  • 92bpms
    Posted at 06:29h, 15 July 2011 Reply

    Big ups… Thanks for this one.

  • Dr Flav
    Posted at 01:58h, 27 July 2011 Reply

    I just wanted to take the time to register and drop a line and tell you thank you for all the hard work that you do to preserve and promote the rich history of funk and soul music. You site truly brings me 8 Track in the back of my Daddy’s Eldorado Cadillac memories. I’ve been visiting for a couple of months and don’t wish to just exploit your work and take you for granted. I know a donation with this note would be a better gesture, unfortunately I’m without steady work presently, hopefully that will change soon and I can show better appreciation.

    Love, love, love you guys, one hundred thousand thanks!

  • bongolampo
    Posted at 14:19h, 09 November 2011 Reply

    Thank you, thank you and thank you,
    i love this groove…
    i will dance this with my wife tonight!
    Ciao!

  • Taozen
    Posted at 03:09h, 10 November 2011 Reply

    Don Blackman also recorded a CD with Weldon Irvine Entitled The Amadou Project (before the suicide of this one), most of the songs were recorded at Don's studio. He also played piano and keyboards on titles from Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, Mary J. Blige, Sting, Chaka Khan, Gwen Guthrie, Janet Jackson, Yoko Oginome, Stanley Clarke, Elvin Jones, Roy Ayers, Lenny White, Charles McPherson, Bernard Wright, Charlie Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, Wayman Tisdale, Najee ', Tom Browne, Hamiett Bluiett, Ed Jackson and Many more in live concert.

  • Nitro Deluxe
    Posted at 15:33h, 18 February 2012 Reply

    Hi Guys – just wanted to say thanks for all the great music .
    Also, is there any chance of a re-up of this album as the link no longer works?

    Nitro

  • Curtis
    Posted at 17:37h, 25 April 2012 Reply

    Thanks soulbrothers !!!

  • rotolog
    Posted at 17:33h, 31 January 2017 Reply

  • KeyankhV
    Posted at 17:06h, 03 April 2017 Reply

    Amazin’ find! Thank you!

  • Jerome Green
    Posted at 17:29h, 14 June 2019 Reply

    Thank you so much! What a gorgeous overlooked LP!
    Peace,
    Jerome

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