Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Writing Music: Maceo Parker's Life on Planet Groove

By Pauly
Los Angeles, CA

My friends from college -- Dutch & Singer -- used to blast this CD at full volume. Maceo Parker was in James Brown's band but his solo album is one of the most underrated albums ever cut in the history of music. There's more soul and gravitas in three seconds of this album than in all of Kayne's albums put together (uncredited samples included).

This album is so fucking out-of-sight that it includes a disclaimer from Maceo on the opening track: "2% Jazz and 98% funky stuff... this is known as happy music."

When I dream, I dream about being in Maceo's band for just one night.

Here's the full album. Track 2 -- Pass the Peas -- has a special affinity in my heart. It can only be listened on full volume. Anything else? Unacceptable.

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