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Strength in Numbers

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24-7 Spyz - Strength In Numbers - Cd

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  • Audio CD (July 7, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000008LSS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To put it bluntly, their record label killed ANY shot of them hitting it big like they should have with this album (in specific, Atlantic's EastWest Records CEO Sylvia Rhone was the one behind the sabotage from what I could gather). The reason for it was probably "bottom-line" related anyway given the state of the music business back in the early-90s. Seemingly understandable, since 24/7 Spyz is very much a predominantly black band playing a rather eclectic brand of funk-metal that wasn't totally unlike what Living Colour and many of their higher-profiled white counterparts were doing around that time. Speaking of which, Living Colour's surprising commercial success back in the late 80s with their platinum-selling Vivid debut was what most likely led Rhone to sign the Spyz to her then recently-acquired EastWest imprint to begin with.

What she and her fellow execs probably didn't know about the band they signed at the time was that they had their own unique identity when it came to their music. They did not compromise or water down their sound in order to get mainstream America to embrace it, nor did they follow any popular fads or trends in a vain attempt to "get over" with their target demographic. Their music was unapologetically in-your-face yet also carried a serious groove that anybody with a good pair of ears and an open mind could get into, while their songs were often hard truths that had real soul and passion behind them. 'Strength in Numbers' still remains the band's magnum opus over 20 years later, which is why people in a position of power like Ms. Rhone tick me off so much (maybe even more so than Clive Davis at this point, which isn't easy to do-heh).
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5 Stars = Masterpiece

If there is any band in the black funk/metal movement that gave Living Colour a run for their money, even matched Living Colour's two best albums, "Vivid" & "Times Up," it was 24/7 Spyz, & this album, "Strength In Numbers!" 14 searing funk/metal cuts with mountainous amounts of soul & intelligent meaningful lryics! But just like Living Colour, 24/7 Spyz also drank from the wells of other music genres & sub genres, to make it's exotic sounds smoke through your speakers, & fill your head with the vivid swirling colors of music! Each song, an individual masterpiece of loving respect to their influences! These songs make a seamless cohesive whole, yet retain their uniqueness, each sounding different than the next. Creating a whole greater than it's sum, which is quite an achievement for an album with 14 songs!

Unfortunately, 24/7 Spyz never got the breaks that Living Colour & their white funk/metal counterparts did, but music is forever. It's never to late to discover this treasure of masterful musicianship, written with the sincere love of a band who believed totally in what they were about , funking the metal out, in butt shaking bliss!
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the first person to rate this AMAZING cd. What are you people thinking? For the fans of Living Colour, Fishbone, why have you not rated this cd? This cd came out in 1991 or 2 and has continued to make waves for those who love heavy metal soul. Jimi, Rick, Jeff and Joel are amazing. Too bad Joel and Jeff departed. I loved the original line up with P. Fluid and Anthony Johnson. What ever happened to them? Anyways, this was supposed to be their 2nd breakout recording (Gumbo Millenium was the first). I was hurt when P., Anthony, Jeff and Joel all departed when they did. They do have a new cd coming soon with Tony Lewis pounding. Of course Jimi and Rick are present. Also, get Jimi's 21CENTURYSOUTHBRONXROCKSTAR! Amazing cd. Love, Peace and Hair greese!
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This is my stuff here... 4 real!!!
As a musician and a fan of various genres of music I must say that Black Rock is much needed. It seems like rock and roll has been completely co opted by white folx. Don't get me wrong, I luv me some Metallica and Black Sabbath and Led Zep. But I dearly miss Jimi, Eddie Hazel and the soul that black people have always put in2 rock and roll.
Anyway... THIS ALBUM. DAMN. I can remember when I 1st walked in2 a record store in STL Central West End with my partnas and we heard CRIME STORY... it was over. I had been a Spyz fan fromt the 1st album, but this album (as well as Living Colour's Times Up and Fishbones' Reality of my Surroundings) showed a strength and maturity that truely had me convinced that Black Rock was here 2 stay. The guitar riffs and solos on here are monsterous, the bass lines xxxtra phat and the drums are 2 tight (sorry, Anthony was not as tight as this white boy). This was the Spyz peak album 2 me. I liked some of what they have done since, but most of it pales in comparison. I still have this in my CD wallet (it's been there since it came out) and I don't anticipate puttin it away soon.
PEACE
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