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Don't Let Go Import

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1978 album from the master musician, recording artist and performer. With an ensemble that included percussionist Sheila E., drummer Ndugu Chancler, bassist Byron Miller, guitarist Charles 'Icarus' Johnson and vocalists Josie James and Napoleon Murphy Brock, the California-born Duke - whose musical resume included the likes of Frank Zappa (and his Mothers of Invention), violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and big band leader Don Ellis - masterminded Don't Let Go as a Soul 'n' Funk set that would yield the second biggest R&B charted hit of his illustrious career. SoulMusic.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. We Give Our Love
  2. Morning Sun
  3. Percussion Interlude
  4. Dukey Stick
  5. Starting Again
  6. Yeah, We Going
  7. The Way I Feel
  8. Movin' on
  9. Don't Let Go
  10. Preface
  11. The Future
  12. Dukey Stick (Pt. 1) (Us Single Edit)
  13. Dukey Stick (Pt. 2) (Us Single Edit)
  14. Dukey Stick (Us 12" Single)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Soulmusic.Com
  • ASIN: B00ADQ7JNM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Oh my god! I have this album on wax and have had it since I was a child. It is one of the albums I bought with my allowance while other girls my age were buying nail polish and now 'n' laters! I bought it for the hit at the time "Dukey Stick" (which I am pleased to say, sounds as good 25 years later), because I was a Parliament Funkadelic fan and this is very George Clinton and Bootsy Collins-ish. But even back then with my immature ears and attention span, I was able to play and love nearly every track (called back then, "sides" or "cuts.") While I am quite sure the Blues, Jazz and Soul purists of the generations preceding mine had none too kind things to say about George's use of synthesizers and this album's appeal to the Funk, R&B and Disco crowds, it is albums like these that may be responsible for why people of my generation have so little tolerance for what passes these days for music (real hip hop, a few R&B artists and the so-called "neo-soul" aside, which samples and remakes from artists like George Duke, of course). I wish all the music of my childhood were available on CD. But this should help keep me happy until it is! Ow!
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Creative and masterful George Duke recorded a series of albums from 1977 to 1980 that showcased his keyboard and synth abilities, as well as revealing his gift of being a bandleader. "Don't Let Go" is the second album in this series, that includes "Reach For It," "Follow The Rainbow" (C'mon Sony and release this on CD already!!!) and "Master Of The Game." "Brazilian Love Affair," included many of Brazil's great musicians as well. "Don't Let Go" is my favorite of all. It is a perfect blend of jazz/fusion, soul, funk, rock, etc. His band was top-notch and the guest personnel stellar. From the funky-organic "We Give Our Love" to the haunting, soulful "The Future," the album rocks and never loses steam. Of course this recording includes the eternal jam, "Dukey Stick,' which is funk/jazz at it's best. "Starting Again" is a beautiful, mid-tempo ballad. The inter-play and seamless weaving between Dukes' vocals, as well as Napolean Brocks with those of Josie James and Lynn Davis is unmatched in today's popular music. Byron Miller on bass and "Ndugu" Chancler on drums created one of the tighest rhythm sections of that period. And it is Shelia E's aggresive percussion playing that solidifies the album as a listening adventure. This release is a must-have if you like this genre of music.
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Wow what an album. If you think the best song is Dukey Stick then you are wrong. Duke combines so many styles of music and made it so energetic and real. Even though Duke's music was already full of fire and energy on his previous albums, the induction of Sheila E (at the mere age of 18) into the band takes the energy to another level. Sheila is all over this album and she even writes one of the tracks that features her "Percussion Interlude". Other standout tracks are "The Way I Feel" thats starts off as 3/4 Soul groove and then breaks into a 6/8 Latin groove! Another standout track is The Future (my favorite track) that shows Duke's genius with synthesizers. The only thing missing from the CD is the group photo that was on the vinyl artwork! But the clarity of the CD pretty much makes up for that. ANOTHER NOTE: I noticed the CD was mastered at a slower speed than the LP version. So all the songs on the CD are almost a half step lower than the LP. It seems like a mastering error in the digitizing process. Hopefully Sony will digitally remaster this CD in the future. If you want to hear this album at the correct speed you will have to find it on vinyl.
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if you don't have this Album You need to Get it George Duke is a Marvel When It comes to making Music This Mans Style in composing is unique and unmatched, if you can afford it get as many of his recordings as you can to see his evolution unfold This man is 1 of the best at making Jazz, R&B, and Fusion You Won't be Disappointed Trust Me !
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After "Reach For It" there was only one place to go-"Don't Let Go".It literally starts off with a bang as the loud,polyrhythmic explosion of "We Give Our Love" gets the part going."Morning Sun" adds a Heatwave-like funky-soul pattern to
the proceedings and the P-Funk of "Dukey Stick" is,well just what
it seems."Moving On" starts as a cute pop number and quickly delves into a muscular,sexual funk excersise.The tital cut
utilizies a strong latin flavor ubiquitous in Duke's work.An
EWF-ish instrumental and some pretty soul ballads fill this out
well but it's highlites make this a gripping album.If your a fan
of George Duke as a funkmeister or simply want to hear a great
genre album,stop reading and pick this up!It's worth it!
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This was my first George Duke album and I still have it today. I have been trying to find it on cd but was having problems. Now I have it on Kindle Fire and I can have it to listen to anytime I feel the need to groove to George Duke a real musician. My favorite cut on this one is "The Way I Feel". Now that is real music check it out. Listen to a sample on Amazon.
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