Graham Central Station

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Now Do U Wanna Dance
Soul New - LP BS 3041 Warner
Sealed 1977 Original.... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Mirror Mirror
Soul New - LP BS 2937 Warner
Sealed 1976 Original With Paste-On Reflective Foil Cover. Looks Way Nicer Than The Scan Shows. Small Saw Cut.... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Now Do U Wanna Dance Now Do U Wanna Dance
Funk New - LP BS 3041 Warner
Sealed 1977 Original.... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Release Yourself Release Yourself
Soul Used - LP BS 2814 Warner
Mint 1974 Burbank Street Scene Label Original In Shrink Wrap. 1A/1A Stampers. No Saw-Cuts Or Deletion Marks. “After A Tentative But Promising 1973 Debut Album, Graham Central Station Returned The Next Year With A Head-Spinning Blend Of R&B Styles That Realized Their Promise In A Truly Impressive Fashion. Release Yourself Touches On Everything From Gospel Music To Psychedelia. Songs Like "G.C.S." And "I Believe In You" Flow Forth On Elaborate Keyboard Riffs Layered With Plenty Of Spacey Synthesizer Leads. The Album's Most Impressive Achievements Are The Title Track, A Pulse-Pounding Tribute To The Joys Of Self Expression That Combines Churchy Organ Riffs And Stately Horns Over A Furiously-Paced Bass/Clavinet Rhythm, And "Tis Your Kind Of Music," A Psychedelic-Funk Masterpiece That Has Patryce "Chocolate" Banks And Graham Trading Sultry Lead Vocals Over An Otherworldly Blend Of Keyboard And Mellotron Riffs With A Fluid Bassline. Another Stunner Is "Today," A Funk-Rock Workout That Starts With A Slowly-Woven Tapestry Of Keyboard Riffs Before Launching Into A Cosmic Vocal Section That Underscores The Group's Choral Harmonies With Some Fiery Guitar Leads. Although It Lacks An Overtly Pop-Flavored Classic Like "Can You Handle It?" Or "Your Love," Nothing On This Album Is Less Than Interesting Thanks To Stellar Arrangements And The Group's Obvious Love For What They Do -- The Sunny Energy That Propels Songs Like The Title Track And "Got To Get Through It" Is Positively Infectious. The Result Is A True Gem That Is A Treat For Funk Fanatics And A Required Listen For Anyone With A Serious Interest In Graham Central Station.” Donald A. Guarisco, AMG.... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Graham Central Station Graham Central Station
Funk New - LP BS 2763 Warner
Sealed 1974 Original. “This Promising 1973 Album Represents Bass Wizard Larry Graham's First Post-Sly And The Family Stone Work. Much Like His Previous Band, Graham Central Station Was A Multiracial Unit That Blended Soul Grooves And Pop Hooks To Create An Exuberant Hybrid. However, Graham Central Station Gives Graham's Bass Work A More Upfront Role In The Sound And Adds Further Layers Of Rhythms With Drum Machines And Rhythmic-Sounding Keyboards Like The Clavinet. The Result Is A Disc That Is Equal Parts Pop-Soul ("Ain't No Fun To Me") And Funk ("We Be Gettin' Down"). The Blend Isn't As Seamless As One Might Hope, Which Means Some Songs Are Stronger On Groove Then They Are On Melody: "Tell Me What It Is" Has A Great Groove Built On A Seamless Mix Of Thumping Bass And Throbbing Drum Machine, But Lacks The Melodic Hooks Necessary To Make It A Truly Memorable Song. Another Problem Is That The Lyrics Are Underdeveloped In Places: "People" Rails Against Injustice But Fails To Point The Finger At A Specific Cause, And "Why?" Treads On Too-Familiar Love Lament Territory. Despite These Problems, Graham Central Station Remains An Engaging Listen Thanks To Fine Musicianship; Even When The Songs Are Lacking In Hooks, There Is An Abundance Of Cool Riffs And Stellar Vocal Harmonies That Will Make Funk Fans Smile. When This Musicianship Is Applied To The Right Songs, The Results Are Pure Magic: "Hair" Wraps A Clever Lyric About Tolerance Around A Huge Groove Driven By One Of Graham's Serpentine Basslines, And "Can You Handle It?" Effectively Fuses A Pop Melody Built On A Sing-Along Chorus To A Propulsive Bass/Keyboard Groove (It Also Became The Group's First Chart Hit). In Short, Casual Listeners May Want To Pick Up This Album's Highlights On A Compilation, But Funk Lovers Will Find Plenty To Enjoy On Graham Central Station.” - Donald A. Guarisco... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It
Funk New - LP BS 2876 Warner
Sealed 1975 Original. CC. “On Their Third Album, Graham Central Station Created An Album Full Of Trademark Infectious Pop-Soul Grooves, But One That Lacked The Consistently Strong Work That Defines A True Classic. However, That Doesn't Mean That Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Is Less Than Listenable: In Fact, It Contains Some Of The Group's Finest Songs. The Album's All-Time Funk Classic Is The Opening Track "The Jam," A "Dance To The Music"-Styled Funk Workout That Intersperses A Dazzling Group Groove With Individual Solos For Each Player. "Water" Is Another Strong Funk Tune, An Insistently Rhythmic Song That Blends Thump-Popping Basslines With Backwards Tape Loops To Create An Intriguing Blend Of Funk And Psychedelia. Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Also Produced A Number One R&B Smash In "Your Love," Which Marries The Group's Talent For Funky Grooves To An Old-Fashioned Love Song With A Melody That Harkens Back To Doo Wop. However, Not Everything On Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Is As Strong As These Highlights: "It Ain't Nothing But A Warner Bros. Party" Is A Lightweight Jam With Throwaway Lyrics, And The Group's Rote Version Of The Ann Peebles Classic "I Can't Stand The Rain" Fails To Add Anything Memorable To The Song. All In All, Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Lacks The Strong Material To Make It Memorable, But Its High Points Make It A Worthwhile Listen For Funk Enthusiasts.” - Donald A. Guarisco, All Music Guide... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It
Funk New - LP BS 2876 Warner
Sealed 1975 Original. Thin Saw-Cut. “On Their Third Album, Graham Central Station Created An Album Full Of Trademark Infectious Pop-Soul Grooves, But One That Lacked The Consistently Strong Work That Defines A True Classic. However, That Doesn't Mean That Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Is Less Than Listenable: In Fact, It Contains Some Of The Group's Finest Songs. The Album's All-Time Funk Classic Is The Opening Track "The Jam," A "Dance To The Music"-Styled Funk Workout That Intersperses A Dazzling Group Groove With Individual Solos For Each Player. "Water" Is Another Strong Funk Tune, An Insistently Rhythmic Song That Blends Thump-Popping Basslines With Backwards Tape Loops To Create An Intriguing Blend Of Funk And Psychedelia. Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Also Produced A Number One R&B Smash In "Your Love," Which Marries The Group's Talent For Funky Grooves To An Old-Fashioned Love Song With A Melody That Harkens Back To Doo Wop. However, Not Everything On Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Is As Strong As These Highlights: "It Ain't Nothing But A Warner Bros. Party" Is A Lightweight Jam With Throwaway Lyrics, And The Group's Rote Version Of The Ann Peebles Classic "I Can't Stand The Rain" Fails To Add Anything Memorable To The Song. All In All, Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Lacks The Strong Material To Make It Memorable, But Its High Points Make It A Worthwhile Listen For Funk Enthusiasts.” - Donald A. Guarisco, All Music Guide... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Release Yourself Release Yourself
Funk Used - LP BS 2814 Warner
1974 Original With Promo Sticker On Front Jacket, Promo Labels. 1B/1A Matrixes. Touch Of Ring Wear.... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Graham Central Station Graham Central Station
Funk New - LP BS 2763 Warner
Sealed, Rare 1974 Original. Promo Sticker On Front Cover. Bass Wizard Larry Graham's First Post-Sly & The Family Stone Work. May Be A White Label Promo.... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Release Yourself Release Yourself
Soul New - LP BS 2814 Warner
Sealed 1974 Original With Saw Cut. “After A Tentative But Promising 1973 Debut Album, Graham Central Station Returned The Next Year With A Head-Spinning Blend Of R&B Styles That Realized Their Promise In A Truly Impressive Fashion. Release Yourself Touches On Everything From Gospel Music To Psychedelia. Songs Like "G.C.S." And "I Believe In You" Flow Forth On Elaborate Keyboard Riffs Layered With Plenty Of Spacey Synthesizer Leads. The Album's Most Impressive Achievements Are The Title Track, A Pulse-Pounding Tribute To The Joys Of Self Expression That Combines Churchy Organ Riffs And Stately Horns Over A Furiously-Paced Bass/Clavinet Rhythm, And "Tis Your Kind Of Music," A Psychedelic-Funk Masterpiece That Has Patryce "Chocolate" Banks And Graham Trading Sultry Lead Vocals Over An Otherworldly Blend Of Keyboard And Mellotron Riffs With A Fluid Bassline. Another Stunner Is "Today," A Funk-Rock Workout That Starts With A Slowly-Woven Tapestry Of Keyboard Riffs Before Launching Into A Cosmic Vocal Section That Underscores The Group's Choral Harmonies With Some Fiery Guitar Leads. Although It Lacks An Overtly Pop-Flavored Classic Like "Can You Handle It?" Or "Your Love," Nothing On This Album Is Less Than Interesting Thanks To Stellar Arrangements And The Group's Obvious Love For What They Do -- The Sunny Energy That Propels Songs Like The Title Track And "Got To Get Through It" Is Positively Infectious. The Result Is A True Gem That Is A Treat For Funk Fanatics And A Required Listen For Anyone With A Serious Interest In Graham Central Station.” Donald A. Guarisco, AMG.... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It
Funk New - LP BS4 2876 Warner
Sealed 1975 Original. Quadraphonic Compatible Stereo. Saw-Cut. “On Their Third Album, Graham Central Station Created An Album Full Of Trademark Infectious Pop-Soul Grooves, But One That Lacked The Consistently Strong Work That Defines A True Classic. However, That Doesn't Mean That Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Is Less Than Listenable: In Fact, It Contains Some Of The Group's Finest Songs. The Album's All-Time Funk Classic Is The Opening Track "The Jam," A "Dance To The Music"-Styled Funk Workout That Intersperses A Dazzling Group Groove With Individual Solos For Each Player. "Water" Is Another Strong Funk Tune, An Insistently Rhythmic Song That Blends Thump-Popping Basslines With Backwards Tape Loops To Create An Intriguing Blend Of Funk And Psychedelia. Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Also Produced A Number One R&B Smash In "Your Love," Which Marries The Group's Talent For Funky Grooves To An Old-Fashioned Love Song With A Melody That Harkens Back To Doo Wop. However, Not Everything On Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Is As Strong As These Highlights: "It Ain't Nothing But A Warner Bros. Party" Is A Lightweight Jam With Throwaway Lyrics, And The Group's Rote Version Of The Ann Peebles Classic "I Can't Stand The Rain" Fails To Add Anything Memorable To The Song. All In All, Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It Lacks The Strong Material To Make It Memorable, But Its High Points Make It A Worthwhile Listen For Funk Enthusiasts.” - Donald A. Guarisco, All Music Guide... more details
 
Graham Central Station - Graham Central Station Graham Central Station
Funk New - LP BS 2763 Warner
Sealed 1974 Original. Saw Cut. “This Promising 1973 Album Represents Bass Wizard Larry Graham's First Post-Sly And The Family Stone Work. Much Like His Previous Band, Graham Central Station Was A Multiracial Unit That Blended Soul Grooves And Pop Hooks To Create An Exuberant Hybrid. However, Graham Central Station Gives Graham's Bass Work A More Upfront Role In The Sound And Adds Further Layers Of Rhythms With Drum Machines And Rhythmic-Sounding Keyboards Like The Clavinet. The Result Is A Disc That Is Equal Parts Pop-Soul ("Ain't No Fun To Me") And Funk ("We Be Gettin' Down"). The Blend Isn't As Seamless As One Might Hope, Which Means Some Songs Are Stronger On Groove Then They Are On Melody: "Tell Me What It Is" Has A Great Groove Built On A Seamless Mix Of Thumping Bass And Throbbing Drum Machine, But Lacks The Melodic Hooks Necessary To Make It A Truly Memorable Song. Another Problem Is That The Lyrics Are Underdeveloped In Places: "People" Rails Against Injustice But Fails To Point The Finger At A Specific Cause, And "Why?" Treads On Too-Familiar Love Lament Territory. Despite These Problems, Graham Central Station Remains An Engaging Listen Thanks To Fine Musicianship; Even When The Songs Are Lacking In Hooks, There Is An Abundance Of Cool Riffs And Stellar Vocal Harmonies That Will Make Funk Fans Smile. When This Musicianship Is Applied To The Right Songs, The Results Are Pure Magic: "Hair" Wraps A Clever Lyric About Tolerance Around A Huge Groove Driven By One Of Graham's Serpentine Basslines, And "Can You Handle It?" Effectively Fuses A Pop Melody Built On A Sing-Along Chorus To A Propulsive Bass/Keyboard Groove (It Also Became The Group's First Chart Hit). In Short, Casual Listeners May Want To Pick Up This Album's Highlights On A Compilation, But Funk Lovers Will Find Plenty To Enjoy On Graham Central Station.” - Donald A. Guarisco... more details
 

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