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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B008S80RN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. GCS Drumline
2. Throw - N - Down The Funk
3. It's Alright
4. Raise Up (feat. Prince)
5. Shoulda Coulda Woulda (feat. Prince)
6. Welcome 2 Our World
7. It Ain't No Fun To Me
8. Higher Ground
9. No Way
10. Hold You Close
11. Movin' (feat. Prince)
12. Now Do U Wanta Dance
13. One Day (feat. Raphael Saadiq)

Editorial Reviews

With a career spanning four decades, Larry Graham's innovative slap-and-pluck bass technique defined the funk sound of the 60's and 70's, and continues to inspire bassists across virtually every genre of music to this day. After a ten year layoff, he's back, with Graham Central Station, bringing the thump and the funk as hot as ever, on Raise Up. The album is a collection of 13 tracks that include new master recordings of three of the band's favorite songs along with songs that mix funk, soul and pop, and deliver it with infectious horn arrangements and powerful vocals. Graham's long-time friend Prince makes three guest appearances on Raise Up, as does singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Rafael Saadiq.

Customer Reviews

Can't go wrong with this CD!
J. Kee
This c.d. contains all of the elements, of a good time; bass lickin' and thumpin', big drum lines, plenty of synthesizer, and horns.
James A. Hicks
All of the tracks will make you wanna groove.
SisterLister

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rhythum Child on September 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
There are many words to be said about Larry Graham and GCS and all of them would be good. This recent collection of art and I mean this with the most sincer form of flatery . It is truely a work of art the way that he is able to continue to spread the message of positive vibes and still maintain that "Funky Driving " heart felt groove. A prime of example of this is the cut featuring(Raphael Saadiq) a perfect mixture of groove and heart felt message personified. I also enjoyed how the CD although produced by prince does not become a prince project but keeps it's autonomy to GCS. Another creative twist that I noticed is the Cut "Welcome to our world " which is reminicient a pass GCS cut " Happy to See U Again" . I must say that if any lover of Classic Soul and funk sleeps on this CD they will regrett it for it is truly a creative work of art. A few other noticable cuts are "Throw-N-Down some Funk, Now Do U Wanta Dance. I am in the process of training for my six marthon and while running today I had to stop in the middle of a mile cut a few steps before continuing my run. Great to see Mr. Graham Has not missed a step and sounds better than ever. Also before I forget the Female vocalist on the CD is earth shattering . Don't sleep on this CD until then I will you all good Music .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 10, 2012
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Could be because of the fact the musical influence of Larry Graham is continually (and very thankfully) re-enforced on musicians and soul,funk and rock music fans in general,it is sometimes easy to think of Larry Graham as a figure whose been consistently there. In fact,on both ends the opposite tends to be true. Larry's talents are still rather unheralded. And his last recordings were released fourteen years ago. This is the man who basically invented the slap style of funk bass playing. That's wonderful,not only because some musicians never invented anything but Larry has always continued to expand on and innovate his invention,from his Family Stone days through GCS,his own solo music and collaborations with like minded musicians such as Prince. So now on the Razor & Tie label,Larry re-upped his GCS concept to show yet another generation exactly what he's all about.

What's presented here is the classic form of the GCS styled funk Larry pioneered in the mid/late 70's. On "Throw N Down The Funk features David Council on some very Minneapolis style synthesizers playing alongside Larry's signature funk style. On the title track,this slogging funk rhythm brings Prince himself for a vital appearance on a fierce,chunky jam-an excellent message song in the funk era tradition dealing with the paranoia of the modern world. "Movin" is another hard edged groove with Prince,this time dealing with funk on the road,which is perfect considering funk's "keep it live" mentality from JB onward. "Shoulda Coulda Woulda" is a slower,bluesier breakup song with Prince which along with the soulful "Hold You Close" are the lone ballads. As with most slow tunes Larry Graham has done,they have a very dynamic effect and impact.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James A. Hicks on September 30, 2012
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G.C.S. is all about the jam! Larry Grahm is one of the masters, of Funk! This c.d. contains all of the elements, of a good time; bass lickin' and thumpin', big drum lines, plenty of synthesizer, and horns. I particularly liked the remake, of "Now Do You Want to Dance". It's good music to ride with!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SisterLister on April 2, 2013
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This CD is tha bomb - you hear me? Larry Graham has just gotten better with age!!! All of the tracks will make you wanna groove.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gregory elliott on March 5, 2013
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Larry claibrated with Prince on this project which I thought went very well. Larry has a few of remakes on here, (Aint no fun to me), (It's Alright) are a couple of the remakes but for the most part I realy injoyed the CD. I realy liked the slow songs ( No Way) and (Hold You Close). I realy liked Larry's virsion of Higher Ground also, very nice! Over all a nice CD for all of us GCS fans who love the great work that Larry Graham has put out throughout the years. If you are a GCS fan you will love this CD!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paul oosterlinck on January 15, 2013
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Actually I saw Larry in the summer of 2012 on our local Jazz festival Gent Jazz.

He told me about the time he was playing with Sly Stone and also with Prince in the 80's.

A good & funky album of a man who doesn't need to prove anymore he's a great guitar player.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Robinson on January 12, 2013
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Hate coming off with the classic old skool line, "music is not like it used to be." WELL at times it can be. Jumpin, rockin, funkin up the place with locked in feel good grooves and ballads. Up front, the L.G baritone is STILL OFF the SCALE!! My goodness! Check Raise Up, the Tis your kind of music flavored, No Way. Welcome to our (Happ E 2 C U) world and Hold you close.
My fav tracks, Throwin down the funk, Raise Up, Higher Ground, No Way and Movin. Movin conjures up the Sly, GCS feel of all in, free funk express yourself throw down. Prefer the new arrangement with Now do u wanta dance. The New Masters? Why mess with perfection? Move Like Jagger! Overall just a nice, nice chance to hark back to days of musicians working, singing together and lyrics intended to uplift and feel good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Kee on January 8, 2013
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Not since his first corroboration with Prince, GCS2000, has there been a funkier album! He's updated a few of his classics; if you didn't think they could get better, you're wrong :) The new songs are great too. It's a mix of up-tempo and ballads, all featuring Larry Graham's signature baritone. Can't go wrong with this CD!
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