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.