Messengers Incorporated – 1972 -Soulful Proclamation

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This is a very rare album. Recorded at Benson Sound Studio, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Produced by Messengers Incorporated. They are Midwest Funk, mixture of everything.

The band, Barbara Burton, Sonny Morrison, Morris McCraven, Charles Burton, Maurice Love, James “Bucky” Young, Maurice Howard, Charles Atkinson, Jim Ford-sound effects.

It is TRUE MASTERPIECE in funk genre… Little bit of psychedelic sound from wah-wah guitar and organ. Brass sound makes music warm and rich. Drum rhythm is not much rhythmical but it is solid. Bass makes tight & heavy groove. Moreover vocal is so soulful… voice of Barbara Burton is adorable. 

This album is better than many major funk albums… it deserves higher rating…

A1 Soulful Proclamation 4:34
A2 Frequency Response 3:52
A3 Ain’t No Mountain (High Enough) 3:00
A4 He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother) 5:51
A5 Twenty Four Hours a Day 3:01
B1 If I’Da Club 3:02
B2 Eleanor Rigby 4:43
B3 Rebecca 4:30
B4 Just Can’t Run Away 3:45
B5 Rejoice 3:20

In the ’70s radio stations were a powerful force across the whole of the US, and anyone with a transistor radio had access all kinds of music. Live music was another matter altogether, and unless you found yourself in a major city your nights out were limited to what the local talent had to offer. This was especially so with soul and funk acts, as mainstream rock and pop was where the money was.

So for small time Oklahoma soul bands such as husband and wife Charles and Barbara Burton‘s groups Messengers Inc – and later Burton Inc – times were tough. However, like many purveyors of soul, tough times were no match for those with determination, persistence and a story to tell. Many artists scraped enough money together to make a 45 or two on their own label; but the Burtons took this to another level – they got themselves organised and released their own full length LPs. 

This is their contribution to 1970s Midwest funk and soul. Their dreams and desires, struggles and setbacks are all set out in our extensive liner notes, complete with previously unseen photos of the bands. But above all here is an album full of good music – Messengers Inc from 1972 with heavy funk.


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  • Raymond
    Posted at 10:47h, 18 July 2019 Reply

    Mind Blowin’

  • giovanni
    Posted at 10:51h, 18 July 2019 Reply

    Thank you for the post! A classic Funk.

  • Jonah Feldman
    Posted at 00:42h, 19 July 2019 Reply

    Wow! Amazing! Thank you so much for blessing us all with these forgotten gems! Peace from Boston!

  • Robert
    Posted at 00:19h, 20 July 2019 Reply

    awesome,thank you!!

  • Klaus
    Posted at 22:18h, 20 July 2019 Reply

    so cool and fresh like the amazing seventies

  • Alfonso
    Posted at 22:19h, 20 July 2019 Reply

    Another classic that will live forever.

  • Luis
    Posted at 10:19h, 21 July 2019 Reply

    Linda, linda música!!!

  • Clark
    Posted at 10:32h, 21 July 2019 Reply

    God bless you…❤😍💟

  • rich
    Posted at 19:03h, 22 July 2019 Reply

    thank you, nikos

  • Emilio
    Posted at 19:22h, 22 July 2019 Reply

    This is new to me. And it’s real good. Big thanks, Nikos.

  • R. Sanders
    Posted at 19:44h, 22 July 2019 Reply

    thank you so much this is brilliant! I would never have heard it without you 🙂

  • Mane
    Posted at 19:52h, 22 July 2019 Reply

    this album is straight fire.

  • Fabinho D
    Posted at 12:26h, 25 July 2019 Reply

    When life was awesome

  • Sam
    Posted at 09:16h, 26 July 2019 Reply

    We need this music back 💕💕💕💕👍🎸🎷🥁🎶🎶🎶

  • Erol
    Posted at 09:17h, 26 July 2019 Reply

    The 70s produced the best music ever(no matter what genre one likes)…period!

  • Joao
    Posted at 10:47h, 26 July 2019 Reply

    When music was music ….. love the old school back in the day music .

  • Baroldi Fabio
    Posted at 14:02h, 11 August 2019 Reply

    Thank you Nikos, with you funk will never died!

  • David Moore
    Posted at 05:49h, 27 November 2019 Reply

    OMG! This is an outstanding album, thank you so much Charles and Barbara Burton for your determination and for you Nikos for spreading the word!!

  • Cream of Beats
    Posted at 20:18h, 10 February 2020 Reply

    Can someone re-up a fresh link?

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