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Raise Up

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • ASIN: B008S80RN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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After having this in my posession for 48 hrs, I'm already buying more to give away. This is extremely well done, tight, positive music. Larry, keep putting this kind of music out and Ill keep buying it! Only gripe: and I almost gave it 4 stars instead of 5(but didnt want to be a jerk to Larry) is this: Larry Graham is an incredible bass player, and he has a great singing voice. So why wasnt the bass featured more promiently and also LOUDER in the mix? Its not that its mixed too low, it's if i buy a Larry graham CD, I want to easily hear that bass throughout the song! But thats my only gripe. Its an amazing disc and I havent been excited by a CD in quite awhile.....This will be in rotation in my player for a... long...time!
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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
Clinton, MD
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