Undisputed Truth – 1975 – Cosmic Truth
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This album is some seriously forward-minded stuff. Take Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix, Parliament, Rick James, Sun Ra and a 10 strip of acid and put it into a blender and you get this wicked trip from 1975. When you hear the Mellotron and synth outro to “Earthquake Shake” you’ll know that you’ve entered Motown on Mars. There’s even a Neil Young cover (Down by the River)… You couldn’t take enough drugs these days to make something this wild.
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: USStyle: Funk, Psychedelic, Soul
Producer – Norman Whitfield
A1 Earthquake Shake 5.53
A2 Down By The River 6.35
A3 UFO’s 4.17
A4 Lil’ Red Ridin’ Hood 4.02
A5 Squeeze Me, Tease Me 3.53
B1 Spaced Out 3.11
B2 Got To Get My Hands On Some Lovin‘ 2.35
B3 1990 4.01
B4 (I Know) I’m Losing You 6.51
Fans of the Undisputed Truth’s first two albums were shocked when they purchased Cosmic Truth. On their previous album, Down To Earth, they had combined older tracks featuring original members Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce Evans’ pretty two-part harmonies with harder-edged tracks by new members. The group consisted of Calvin Stevens, Tyrone Douglas, and Virginia McDonald. Stevens and Douglas had been members of the Magictones, a third-tier Detroit R&B group. The threesome joins Joe Harris for some spacy, rock-influenced, funky sounds. “UFO’s” skips along with an infectious beat, a futuristic sound, and incredulous vocals from Joe Harris. Neil Young’s “Down By the River” gets a soul injection, as if it needed one. Their version of “(I Know) I’m Losing You” is sung by one of the newer male members, and producer Norman Whifield allows him to cut loose — unusual for Whitfield, who usually demanded that his singers stick close to the melody. “Earthquake Shake” and “Got to Get My Hands on Some Lovin‘” are pure heavy metal. “1990” has a strutting beat and is more subtle than the Temptations’ version, with Dennis Edwards’ in-your-face vocals. If you like howling and chattering guitars, this one is for you.