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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,080 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.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Larry Graham and Graham Central Station 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back Larry Graham And GCS! October 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Funk?....Yes Please! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars GCS, the baddest group from East to West (still) November 9, 2012
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For those of us who are enamored or just crazy about Larry Graham, this helps nourish that sensation. If he's not the baddest bass player out there, he's for sure one of the most entertaining to be found on said instument. He has scooped up another cadre of talented musicians to follow along into his unique sound. I confess, this is so hi-tech savvy that it's almost too clean sounding for a Larry Graham production. Must be all those past shows I sat in, leaving me with that distinct ringing in my ears from the concert-long buzz. Mr. Graham revists some earlier sonic assaults by re-matering some of his classics (It's Alright). This is a smart musician's best method to maintain artistic control and a regular visit to a bank account that HE can use.

There are guest artists to include Larry's daughter, Latia Eittreim on the Stevie Wonder penned "Higher Ground", a wonderfu arrangement and the young lady has PIPES! Raphael Saadiq closes out the disc with "One Day". There is a Prince sighting and rendention or two, "Shoulda Coulda Woulda".

I can say that if you're a Larry Graham fan, you're going to add this to your library! Hurry up.

Philip
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great funky addition for GCS fans October 13, 2012
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Old and new together with beautiful vocals. Some of the new works begin where the old albums leave off but still in the pocket grooves. New songs still have a fresh feel without abandoning the style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old School Revue June 19, 2013
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I'm bias. I have loved Larry Graham and GCS. Love the original GCS even more, but this will do, but you have to love Old School to really feel this groove.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome FUNK album June 17, 2013
By AG
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I saw LG live couple of years ago and I was blown away by his energy, his grooves, and he quality of his songs. I bought this album to satisfy my funk cravings and also wanted to check how he sounds on this album versus live. It's a great piece of music, heavy on the bass as you would expect and filled with old-school gems. Buy in confidence if you are funky!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love his music and every song is good
I love each song I wish I could find more songs of Larry Graham on Karaoke the only one I found was one in a million
Published 11 months ago by ervin hargis
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love LG
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.
Published 12 months ago by SisterLister
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best CD I Purchased In A While
This is vintage Larry Graham for GCS old school fans. Some old re-makes, but Larry G still got it.
It's a must have!
Published 13 months ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Soul Music
Larry Graham is one of the best entertainers I ever seen.When he was with Sly and the Family, he stood out. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andrew D. Hatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Raise Up Nice Album
Nice album from Larry Graham & Graham Central Station. It was good to hear from him again. Thank you to all who worked on it.
Published 13 months ago by northern gardener
4.0 out of 5 stars Larry Graham funk plucking bass
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... Read more
Published 13 months ago by gregory elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars The funk is back.
Graham has not lost a step. The funk is heavy and the bass is thumping . Raise up is a winner. Listen you want be sorry.
Published 14 months ago by AC Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Beat...A Real Toetapper!
If you enjoyed good music with a solid beat to dance to...you'll like this CD
A couple ballads are on the CD as well & Larry Graham has a smooth baritone voice.
Published 14 months ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky funky !
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... Read more
Published 15 months ago by paul oosterlinck
4.0 out of 5 stars Ain't nothin changed!
Hate coming off with the classic old skool line, "music is not like it used to be." WELL at times it can be. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lindsay Robinson
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