Sunday, 23 August 2009

The Three Pieces “Vibes Of Truth”

The Three Pieces

“Vibes Of Truth”
( LP Fantasy Records, 1975 )
Catalog # F-9476

Tracklisting:
A1 – I Need You Girl (4:10)
A2 – Backed Up Against The Wall (4:26)
A3 – Vibes Of Truth (4:30)
A4 – Shortin’ Bread (4:31)
B1 – Self Dealin’ (3:54)
B2 – Concrete Jungle (5:20)
B3 – If Only I Could Prove To You (3:56)
B4 – Cool It (3:29)
B5 – Virtue (3:30)

Personnel & Credits:
Backing Vocals – Three Pieces
Bass, Lead Vocals – Jerry Wilder
Co-producer, Arranged By, Conductor – Wade Marcus
Congas, Percussion – Andre Richardson
Drums – Jack Cooper
Electric Piano, Synthesizer [Arp] – Lincoln Ross
Engineer [Recording] – Eddie Harris
Guitar – Orville Saunders,Ray Parker (tracks: A4)
Percussion – Bobbye Hall
Producer – Donald Byrd
Remix – Dave Hassinger, Val Christian Garay
Strings, Horns – Carol Campbell, Corethia Marcus
Trombone [Solo] – Lincoln Ross (tracks: A2, A4, B2)
Written By – Ross, Richardson And Wilder
Written-By – Richardson, Wilder, Ross

Review:
A great little album of jazz funk and the only record we’ve ever seen by this group! The 3 Pieces may not have lasted long in the record business, but this rare album from 1975 has made them legends on the rare groove scene for years. The record was cut during the height of the jazz funk years at Fantasy Records and it features Donald Byrd handling the production chores, in a similar manner to the style that he used with the more famous Blackbyrds, who were also recording for Fantasy the time. The record features loads of electric piano and ARP, plus some tight and smooth guitar, and a nice rolling groove that is very catchy. A number of tracks have vocals in kind of a subdued soul mode and tracks include the groove classics “Backed Up Against The Wall”, “Shortnin’ Bread”, “Concrete Jungle”, and “Vibes Of Truth”. And believe it or not, there aren’t any vibes on the album!
By Dusty Groove America

By Celo

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