Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Eddie Harris ”I Need Some Money”

Eddie Harris

I Need Some Money
( LP Atlantic Records, 1975 )
Catalog # SD 1669

A1 I Need Some Money (3:10)
A2 Get On Down (9:48)
A3 Time To Do Your Thing (6:12)
A4 Carnival (4:14)
B1 Don’t Want Nobody (11:52)
B2 Bumpin (4:11)
B3 That’s It (5:31)

Eddie Harris (vocals, acoustic & electric saxophones,
reed trumpet, acoustic & electric pianos, organ, electric bass)
Frederick Walker (vocals, African whistle, congas, timbales
tablas, talking drum, barrel drum)
Ronald Muldrow (guitar, guitorgan, cabasa)
Rufus Reid (acoustic & 6-string basses)
Bradley Bobo (6-string bass)
Calvin Barnes (drums, scraper, cuica, percussion)

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1975

Review: By Richard S. Ginell
No longer content to hide his voice behind a horn and an amp, Eddie Harris finally steps out as a singer in the first of a series of humorous hard-luck songs that would be the flagships of his next few LPs (one reason for this move, perhaps, was the title of this album, but his vocals didn’t produce any hits). Harris also fools with an electronic rhythm machine and electronic horn attachments that practically turn his sax into a synthesizer. In any case, the thing he still does best here is ride a groove, the best of which is the extremely danceable “Get on Down,” complete with Leon Thomas-like yodeling and a percussive vocal from the erstwhile sax master. “Carnival” also develops a head of steam when it starts to evoke a street celebration. There are indications, though, that Harris’ repertoire of funk sax licks is beginning to run a bit thin.
By Richard S. Ginell (AMG)

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