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Gaslight

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fDeluxe is the new creative palette for St. Paul Petterson, Melvoin, Leeds and Johnson. Gaslight combines the essence of the original Family album with the band s subsequent influences and diverse musical journeys, including contributions from Wendy & Lisa, Doyle Bramall (Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks), Oliver Leiber (Ke$ha, Adam Lambert) and more.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rope a Dope / Ryko
  • ASIN: B005HI7NOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For those of us who have been longing for a second album from the Prince-produced group, The Family, this CD is truly Paradise. The Family never got the credit and album sales that they deserved. And now, 26 years later (!), these extraordinarily talented musicians have re-united as fDeluxe and have put together a body of work that seems to pick up right where The Family left off. If you love funk, particularly the type that simmered in the mid-1980's, you'll love this. If you are a fan of what is called the Minneapolis Sound, then this is the CD for you. The lyrics are creative and artful, showing that you don't have to be blunt to be provocative. The instrumentation is fantastic, with amazing horn arrangements by Eric Leeds, and string arrangements by Paul Peterson (St. Paul) that are very reminiscent of the emotional, swelling orchestration of the old "The Family" album. And Peterson's and Susannah Melvoin's vocals mesh beautifully, as if they were born to sing together. Even though fDeluxe's jazz/funk sound is probably considered "old school" now, fDeluxe makes it sound fresh and exciting. This CD has an updated version of that "Princely" sound that made The Family album work so well. And they didn't even need "The Artist Formerly Known As..." to do it! Most albums that take so long to materialize are usually extreme disappointments. Not the case here, however--just the opposite, in fact. This has to be one of the best CDs of the year from a group of extremely underrated musicians. Let's hope that this is the album that finally gets this "family" of musicians noticed in a major way. Welcome back, gang. We missed you SO much!
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Many music fans know the story of The Family. During his Paisley Park Records mid-eighties heyday, Prince assembled a band, comprised of musicians from The Time (St. Paul Peterson, Jellybean Johnson, Jerome Benton) and his extended iteration of The Revolution (Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds). Prince christened this band of performing friends as The Family. However, Prince's tight control of the Family's career along with his fleeting interest in allowing them to develop, forced members to quietly disband almost as soon as they began.

While The Family's 1985 debut self-titled LP of soul, pop, funk and bossa nova, is a favorite among critics and fans alike, no second album was ever to be heard, until now. And although Family creator Prince has moved on musically, his legal team has not so subtlety refused "the-band-formerly-known-as-The-Family" the rights to their original moniker. No problem. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome fDeluxe!

fDeluxe's "Gaslight" finds this group of friends just as close and familial in 2011 as they were in 1985 (Jerome Benton is the only original member missing from the current fDeluxe line-up). "Gaslight" is not missing on material. Every track is lovingly crafted with the warmth and musicianship that Family fans have come to love and expect. "Gaslight" is a fitting sequel, yet at the same time it is a re-boot for a re-born band.

I don't profess to be a music journalist, so my track-by-track commentary can't really do this album justice. If you've spent the 2 minutes it takes to read my review, you've wasted precious time that could be used to instead download this album immediately. "Gaslight" by fDeluxe--come for the nostalgia, but stay for the party.

1 - Drummers and Healers -- Driving guitar, pounding drums.
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A little purple history: After the Purple Rain movie, lead singer Morris Day left the Prince-produced satellite act The Time for a solo career. From the ashes of the Time, Prince put together a new band fronted by "St." Paul Peterson, the Time's then keyboardist, and Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of Revolution guitarist Wendy. Joining them were fellow The Time alumni drummer Jellybean Johnson, dancer/comic foil Jerome Benton and new comer Eric Leeds on saxophone.

Their one and only record was released in 1985 and was almost entirely a Prince written, played and produced record (sole exception, a track written by Revolution drummer Bobby Z). A long-time fan favourite, this record was a precursor to Prince's own sound for the following couple of years, the seed of the Family album grew into the directions you hear on Prince's own Parade and Sign O' The Time albums, as well as the two jazz-funk Madhouse albums, also featuring Eric Leeds.

The record failed to make much of an impact despite a strong lead single, 'Screams Of Passion', and also featured the original version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U'. The problem wasn't the material, but promotion, or lack of it - With Prince in France filming Under The Cherry Moon, the band was left a little out in the cold and without it's guiding light. After their one and only live performance at First Avenue (the club featured in Purple Rain the movie), the band was no more - Paul Peterson left for a solo career, Jellybean resumed work with ex-The Time members Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis working on Janet Jackson's Control album amongst other projects, and the rest of the band was absorbed into Prince's own band The Revolution.

So that was that...... Or was it?! In 2003, the band reformed for a live gig put together by Sheila E.
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