Monday, February 22, 2010

The Pharaohs-Awakening

Probably my favorite spiritual jazz/soul/funk amalgamation from Chicago. Featuring future member of Earth, Wind and Fire, and former members of Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble, this record is an essential document on what was going on. There's a cover of Smokey Robinson that's serviceable, and unfortunately Damballa is not an Exuma cover, but still, this is a perfect part record. But, at the same time, this is equally a great sit around, relax, and feel better about yourself type of record. Uplifting, fun, funky. And some underrated guitar shredding at times only enhances the listening experience.


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