Faze O – 1977 – Riding High

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A spacey soul classic with a sound that never gets old!

Faze-O will be forever remembered for their massive cut “Riding High” a stretched out slow funk jam that has amazing keyboards, floating guitars, and a super-dope groove that’s stayed fresh from the moment it was first set to wax back in 1977! This album’s the group’s first, and best — and it’s a really wonderful record that blends together funky fusion and heavy soul filled with killer cuts arranged by the Ohio Players, and with lots of great keyboards by the group! Includes, of course, the hit “Riding High” — plus “Toe Jam” and “Funky Reputation.

 

LP She Records SH-740 1977

Arranged By – Ohio Players

Tracks

A1 Riding High (5:21)
A2 Funky Reputation (5:10)
A3 You And I (Belong Together) (5:20)
B1 Toe Jam (4:59)
B2 True Love (3:19)
B3 Get Some Booty (2:49)
B4 Test – This Is Faze-O (4:44)

This group was produced by the Ohio Players and this album by these midwest funkers have all the earmarks of an Ohio Players production: deep and heavy drums and fills, funky ass bass, familiar horn lines, burbling keyboards, clavinets, and synths, and funky vocals. The track that gets the most attention from this album is “riding high”, an all time funk bomb! There wasn’t a time back in the late 70’s that you did not hear this cut on the radio or at one of your relatives or friends houses, especially at a late night party. This is a real mid-tempo smooth ride all the way until the end of the song. 2 songs on the album deserve special attention: the throbbing bass/synth funk of “funky reputation”, a blazing funk jam that you just have to blast out of your speakers on a hot saturday afternoon, and also “get some booty”(!) (yes, that is the title of this short,3 minute track! don’t worry, nothin’ nasty, just a fast paced funk frenzy with much emphasis on getting the boo-tay on the dance floor!). Other songs follow in the Ohio Player(s) style, but these 5 guys make a good funky sound all on their own.

 

This nugget is not in print on cd, so if you can find an out of print copy on vinyl, get it quick and take a high funk ride with faze-o!

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13 Comments
  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 02:06h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you…..

  • hearmeout
    Posted at 20:16h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    bless you for the incredible amount of work and dedication to this timeless treasure of classic music

  • Messiah of Soul Power Music Group
    Posted at 19:57h, 20 May 2008 Reply

    You are AMAZING my friend…….thank you thank you thank you! I just recently purchased an Ion usb turntable and would love to contribute. Any advice you could give would be appreciated. Peace

    Messiah

  • Stewart
    Posted at 23:55h, 04 November 2008 Reply

    Love it! Thank you so much for this post. My first time here but I’ll definitely be back.

  • Robert
    Posted at 19:58h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Especially grateful for this RIP. Riding High is such a deep deep groove and hits another level… so happy to have this in my itunes to take with me everywhere!

  • Loek
    Posted at 12:10h, 20 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks for this great rip. Looking for so long for this album, never found. Just the rumour ’bout it and of course the title track. Your work on this pages are incredible.

  • Bayan
    Posted at 17:00h, 19 April 2010 Reply

    thank you very much

    you blog is bananas

  • Bryan
    Posted at 20:58h, 01 July 2011 Reply

    As a DJ that cut always gets airplay from me in the club and at parties. What I can’t understand White kids know the Funk and the Black kids don’t. I was gigging in Germany and this kid pass me a list of songs and Riding High was at the top of the list.

  • JC
    Posted at 01:48h, 28 July 2011 Reply

    Good news, it’s now out on cd

  • charles metoyer
    Posted at 22:19h, 09 December 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the memories cool in the day miss this music.

  • Cindy
    Posted at 01:54h, 05 September 2012 Reply

    Hearing this takes me back to hanging out in the park with my friends on a hot summer night.

  • Francisco Dávalos
    Posted at 06:14h, 23 February 2015 Reply

    beautiful record!! thanks for keep this blog alive!

  • Benjamin
    Posted at 22:50h, 28 January 2018 Reply

    U R THE BOMB!

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