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Soulbox Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Rmst Dig ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: GRP
  • ASIN: B001G9LVC0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By vivek savant on January 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Utterly beautiful - the wailing, bluesy tenor of Grover married to equally meaningful compostions. This must easily be the most underated reissue of 2008 - I came across it in a "going out of business" Circuit City store and could not believe my eyes to the gem I had found. Had read great reviews about this staple of the CTI jazz-funk library and it fits that bill. Sans the terse "smooth" cover of Bread's Aubrey that really doesn't gel with the rest of the labum, the rest is a long soul-jam filled with improvs and workouts, esp the crying soul of "Trouble Man" that over the span of 15 minutes, Grover manages to tell the story w/o uttering a single ord - that powerful is his playing. Bob James production or even the strings for that matter work well in this setup.

Highlight of course is the closer, Billy Cobham's (who's also the feature drummer) Taurian Matador wherein the fender bass locks into Cobhams over the top snare atop which Grover just rips it.

If you liked the funk of "Feels So Good", then think of this as the live-improvised beast from the same cage. Also reccomended is 1977s Live at the Bijou which too has long jams but are more groove based than the (spacier) jazz nature of this one.
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Oh, this is SO fantastic and beautiful! This is a re-issue on one cd (re-
mastered) that was available only very briefly on 2 Motown cd's many
years ago (vol.1, vol.2). If you are to own only 1 Grover Washington Jr.
recording, THIS is the one. Originally released as 2 albums in a box set
on the KUDU label (CTI auxillary) back in the early 70's, this cd is utter
perfection and brilliance from start to finish. Several of the tracks are
over 10 minutes in length. Bob James arranged/conducted this session
with a who's-who of the CTI/KUDU 70's all star studio cats with added
strings, horns, and voices, and BRILLIANTLY recorded. "Masterpiece",
"Trouble Man", "Don't Explain", "Easy Living/Ain't Nobody's Business" all
just kick a**. This was a stellar effort for Bob James at his best. It all
meshes so well. I've listened to it countless times since the first time I
heard it and was blown away. It was my first Grover Washington album,
and I STILL think it's his best. Sadly, Grover is no longer with us, and he `
left us MUCH too soon, but his fabulous music (such as this) will live on
forever. A masterpiece, indeed! Thanks, Grover. 100 million stars.
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"Soul Box" was originally released as a double album, but for decades it was very hard to find until the CD reissue (now conveniently housed on a single disc) surfaced two years ago. There are only seven tracks on the album, but they are all lengthy ones, making for a total of 68 minutes of music. Grover offers inspired interpretations of Norman Whitfield's "Masterpiece" (also a hit for the Temptations), and Stevie Wonder's "You are the Sunshine of My Life." But the real highlight is the nearly 16-minute version of Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man," a storming, steaming workout that showcases some of Grover's most intense sax solos. Grover may not be considered an "influential" sax player but the jazz purists, but his original tunes and interpretations of other artists' material are always performed with passion and power. This suits my ears just fine.
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The time that I first listen to some cuts from this album Soul Box, it blew me away. Each time I listen and remiscence about Grover, it brings me the joy, the love, the feeling, and the evolution. Each and every song on both volumes of this long-awaited CD re-issue never hurts or dissappoints the Grover fan. It's like fire and magic coming above. The Best Cuts suits me were the 13-minute long movement of Norman Whitfield's "Masterpiece" (The Beginning usually gets me time to time when I hear it), the almost 16-minute remake of Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man" with cool licks from the brass and reeds, it almost have the real big band feel like you hear from an Ellington, an Count Basie, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Woody Herman, Gil Evans, Stan Kenton or somebody you can think of at that time. Aubrey was nice and damn so was the Stevie Wonder version of You Are the Sunshine of My Life.

This is early Grover at his best according to one reviewer. If you weren't a fan of jazz or else a listener of real music, I suggest you give this a shot. I recommend others related to this like Freddie Hubbard's
Windjammer, Ride Like the Wind, Love Connection, and Red Clay,
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Believe this...I was idly browsing and looked for Grover's Soul Box album(s). To my delight, I found it after years of searching. There is nothing I can say about this that hasn't already been said but let me add a personal note. I saw Grover Washington Jr. at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on one of his four UK appearances back in the 1970somethings - I'm thinking about 1976 - and I was 17, so forgive me when I say that I was surprised that a very large proportion of the audience was white. I was naïve enough to think that this was black music. It is but now I know better: it's MUSIC. It either touches you or it doesn't.
When I first heard this structured jam of an album, split into two imported vinyl parts, I was touched and that's why I went to see this master.
I listen to it now and Grover's music has reached back and touched me again.
There's no need to explain.
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