The 13th Floor ‎- 1977 – Steppin’ Out

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The one and only album we’ve ever seen from The 13th Floor – a hip little combo from St Louis, produced here by Oliver Sain in a great blend of jazz, soul, and funk!

There’s a depth here that goes way beyond the average outing of this type – as the group clearly have some sort of an ear for more spiritual jazz, yet are also comfortable working in a more focused, groove-based mode too! Saxophonist Lionel Greene is at the head of the group, and also sings a bit – but our favorite tracks are the instrumental ones, played by the combo in a sweet, tight blend of guitar, bass, drums, and sax. There’s a nicely compressed groove here that almost hits some spacious Roy Ayers styles at times – but the overall sound is much more varied, and even hits some harder funk moments from time to time too, letting the guitar and bass step out more than the sax.

A1 Sweet Thang 4:53
A2 Teffany 3:27
A3 Time And Place 4:33
A4 Hang Loose 2:55
A5 Steppin’ Out 3:40
B1 Sweet Lovely Girl 4:20
B2 Get Up 3:34
B3 Leanin’3:26
B4 Rise 5:04

A real rarity! 1977’s “Stepping Out” by obscure Oliver Sain produced Funk/Soul outfit The 13th Floor has always been a tough LP to catch, the only release by this lesser known St.Louis outfit showcased a unique blend of jazz, funk and soul that has intrigued hardcore collectors of rare grooves and black music since it’s release.

Released on the highly collectable Blue Candle sub label of Miami‘s TK Disco empire, “Stepping Out” features lots of different musical flavours – from the languid, Ohio Players-esque “Hang loose” and the incessant mid-tempo burner “Leanin” to the dance-floor groove of “Sweet thang“, the LP showcases across it’s 9 tracks show a band at the top of it’s game, completely in tune with each other and firmly in the pocket. This should be no surprise when you consider the opening track of the album is co-written by a young Chaka Khan and members of the band went on to form parts of her band Rufus and played alongside artists such as Patti Austin, Maxayn Lewis, Ronnie McNeir and High Voltage. The overall feel of the album is one of amazing musicians keeping it gritty, soulful and most of all, funky!

This album has always demanded high prices on the second hand / used vinyl market and is a truly lesser spotted gem, which is surprising considering the eye catching sleeve artwork!


This is the first time that The 13th Floor’s “Stepping Out” has been reissued on vinyl, fully remastered from TK’s original tapes, represented the way the the LP was issued in 1977 with all original cover and label artworks intact. Now, almost 40 years after it’s original release the album has now been made available again for 2016, fully licensed in conjunction and with the full permission of Henry Stone music / TK Disco, Miami, FL.

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  • LordLemmy
    Posted at 12:16h, 03 January 2017 Reply

    Another ace. Much appreciated.

  • G.P.A.
    Posted at 12:18h, 03 January 2017 Reply

    this is some cool stuff. Happy 2017

  • Lars
    Posted at 12:44h, 04 January 2017 Reply

    A must have. thnx

  • Doremi
    Posted at 14:36h, 04 January 2017 Reply

    The happy sound of the 70’s that nice!

  • Graham
    Posted at 19:35h, 04 January 2017 Reply

    Fantastic music from a great band

  • Solange
    Posted at 21:33h, 04 January 2017 Reply


  • Damon
    Posted at 23:54h, 04 January 2017 Reply

    Real shit !!! Thank you

  • Aaron
    Posted at 11:50h, 06 January 2017 Reply

    wow this is the type of music i like. many thanks!

  • Itsme
    Posted at 11:51h, 06 January 2017 Reply

    A very fine treasure to listen to. Million thanks.

  • Pierre
    Posted at 20:37h, 06 January 2017 Reply

    Strong R’n’B education in here. Amazing site.

  • Bill
    Posted at 22:03h, 06 January 2017 Reply

    thanks bro keep up the hard work the collective ‘we’ are grateful.

  • Pablo
    Posted at 22:58h, 06 January 2017 Reply

    Great one

  • Lynn
    Posted at 10:51h, 07 January 2017 Reply

    Amazing share! Thank you very much.

  • Jeremy
    Posted at 11:36h, 07 January 2017 Reply

    Props man I’ve been looking for this.

  • Romeo
    Posted at 19:47h, 07 January 2017 Reply

    Glad to be able to get this. Thanks for all you do.

  • Dylan
    Posted at 19:59h, 08 January 2017 Reply

    Never heard of this one.
    Thanks much for sharing!
    Sounds soulful from the preview.

  • King Mike
    Posted at 20:24h, 08 January 2017 Reply

    I’m so glad I grew with this music you post.

  • LEA
    Posted at 11:20h, 17 January 2017 Reply

    What a great great band!!!!!

    • Janet
      Posted at 17:52h, 20 August 2018 Reply

      THANKYOU! Vince Martin is the guitarist, writer and co creator of this CD and he deserves recognition
      for his work.. Only one other band member is still with us.. Both live in St Louis. Vinc is still performing on a regular basis doing . events.locally and nationally. I don’t know who is making the $ but it isn’t the musicians who wrote and performed the music . “Leanin” s my personal fav on this CD and illustrates Vinces’ sweet soulful and gentle nature. He is quite an amazing man,perfomer and talent!

  • Floriano
    Posted at 10:12h, 18 January 2017 Reply

    Much love from Cuba

  • Soulsis
    Posted at 13:39h, 22 January 2017 Reply

    Fantastic share! I’ve heard a few songs before and it´s great to finally be able to hear the whole album. Thanks again!

    Posted at 17:43h, 20 August 2018 Reply


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