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Relatives, The - Goodbye World
Relatives, The
Goodbye World
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Luv N Haight)
17,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The group started working on the record in the summer of 2014, but Gean was able to lay down his signature gravelly vocals ononly two songs before he became ill and fell into a coma. He remained unconscious for twelve days, and it was during thattime he heard God's voice telling him to get back to work. "Don't let me down, son," the voice commanded.Gean took that admonition to heart. He and the band returned to the studio in January 2015, where he incorporated a rivetingspoken-word account of his near-death epiphany into the band's reworking of Tim Maia's “Rational Culture.” After laying down vocals and hearing a rough mix of the song from fellow original Relatives member Earnest Tarkington, Gean—or God, orboth—must have thought his work was finally done, because he died the next day.Goodbye World is their second full-length effort after releasing the Electric Word in 2013. Named for a song that Gean first cut over fifty years ago with the Southernaires and performed live with the Relatives in the 70s and at their first reunion show. As if guided by the hand of destiny, the album not only has Geanbeing “called back to life” and work from his comatose state, but also marks the return of Charles Ray “Gypsy” Mitchell, the group's original guitarist. Gypsy had left the group in ’72 or ’73, and didn't rejoin them until a hometown street fair gig in late 2013. His Eddie Hazel-meets-Ernie Isley guitar heroics andbass-to-falsetto vocal range are a key contributor to the album's sound (that’s Gypsy singing both lead and back-up on “No Man Is An Island”), and he arranged the vocals and rhythm section on half of the record’s tracks.
Relatives, The - Don't Let Me Fall / Leave Something Worthwhile
Relatives, The
Don't Let Me Fall / Leave Something Worthwhile
7" | 2014 | US | Original (Daptone)
6,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Rev. Gean West had been leading Gospel groups for almost 20 years when he formed The Relatives in 1970. While dedicated to spreading The Word, the new band would have what West called a "street sound" as a response to the increasingly funky music of black America. Two younger members of The Relatives, Rev. West's brother, Tommie, and guitarist Charles Ray Mitchell, we're very much under the influence of Eddie Hazel and Funkadelic when they cut the unparalleled Psychedelic Gospel burner, "Don't Let Me Fall." "Don't let me fall, I've been as far as I can go,"explains Rev. West of the the song's plea. Self-released as a tiny batch of 45's in the early 1970's -- and nearly impossible to find today -- this is the first time "Don't Let Me Fall" has been reissued on 7-inch.In 1975, The Relatives went into the studio of legendar y Texas engineer Phil York with a reinvigorated line-up and a new set of songs. From this inspired recording session came "Leave Something Worthwhile." Featuring a powerful group vocal soaring over Earnest Tarkington's funky drums and Zebbie Thomas' guitar licks, it's hard to believe this track sat unreleased for over 30 years. After years of requests that "Wor thwhile" be pressed as a 45, Ever-Soul is proud to release it here for the first time on 7-inch.
Relatives, The - Can't Feel Nothin' / No Man Is An Island
Relatives, The - The Electric Word
Relatives, The
The Electric Word
LP+CD | 2013 | US | Original (Yep Roc)
22,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Great psych-gospel-funk, produced by Jim Eno of Spoon!
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