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Father's Children

Father's Children

CD | Vocalion | 0765387848828 | CDSML 8488 | 09-12

About the album

An eight-strong soul group whose roots lay in the Washington DC area, Father’s Children released just one album, their eponymously titled debut, recorded for the Mercury label in late 1978. Produced by The Crusaders’ Wayne Henderson, for these sessions he augmented Father’s Children’s line-up with, among others, Bobby ‘The Genie’ Lyle (synths) and backup vocalists Augie ‘AJ’ Johnson, Gregory Matta and Miki Howard from the Henderson-produced group Side Effect. The album that resulted really is the definition of the term ‘rare groove’. Overlooked at the time of its original release in 1979, it later became a cult classic on the underground soul circuit thanks to its high steppin’ rhythms, tight, funky arrangements and, of course, Father’s Children’s gorgeous gospel-influenced vocal harmonies. Hollywood Dreaming, which has since become the album’s most celebrated track, evokes the sun-drenched boulevards of Los Angeles, whilst Got to Get Away is undoubtedly one of the highlights: an irresistible mid-tempo number that seems to define what soul music was about – or should have always been about – at the end of the ’70s. The arrangement is just right … and listen to those voices! Wayne Henderson leaves the producer’s chair for My Grandma to contribute a characteristically robust trombone solo, and the album ends in an upbeat mood with You Can Get It, a straight-down-the-line funk shuffle punctuated by a rousing brass arrangement and Father’s Children’s energetic vocal delivery. The CD reissue includes two bonus tracks culled from the group’s Mercury single of July 1979. Remastered from the original stereo master tapes.

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Shine On
       
    • 2
      Hollywood Dreaming
       
    • 3
      Dance Do It
       
    • 4
      Wild Woman
       
    • 5
      Music Use It
       
    • 6
      Got to Get Away
       
    • 7
      Gone Bad
       
    • 8
      My Grandma
       
    • 9
      Music for Your Mind
       
    • 10
      You Can Get It
       
    • 11
      Hollywood Dreaming 7 Edit
       
    • 12
      Shine On 7 Edit
       
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