Monday, 9 April 2018

The 9th Creation “Bubble Gum” 1975 US Soul Funk (Best 100 -70’s Soul Funk Albums Groove Collector)


The 9th Creation “Bubble Gum” 1975 US Soul Funk  (Best 100 -70’s Soul Funk Albums Groove Collector)
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The legendary funk mavens! Bubble Gum is the classic LP from Stockton’s 9th Creation, and features the much.sampled title track plus the Billboard Top 10 R&B track “Falling In Love” along with more timeless ‘70s jazz/soul grooves - all built with killer bass lines, hard-hitting drums, commanding vocals, and a heavenly horn section"…~


9th Creation was one of the greatest funk bands of the 1970’s. The band was formed in 1970 by A.D. Burrise in Stockton, California, under the original name ‘Soul Struts’ and started out as many bands do: performing the music of others at local hotspots. In 1971, J.D. Burrise (brother of A.D.) joined the band and became the lead singer and bandleader. As bandleader, J.D. decided that it was time to change their name to ‘3rd Creation’ and felt it was important that they began creating original material. By 1972, with the help of then manager, Nat Pierce, ‘3rd Creation’ recorded their first LP at ‘Studio C’ in Stockton. 

Within two months of completing their recordings, the band landed their first record deal with Sussex Records (the label that legendary Bill Withers built). As part of their deal with Sussex, the band was forced to change their name once again due to the fact that there was already an existing band with the ‘3rd Creation’ name. In attempting to retain part of the identity that the band had developed with their name and since there were nine members of the band at that time, the group decided on their final name: 9th Creation….~


Originally released in 1975 for Ritetrack 9th Creation’s ‘Bubble Gum’ album was their debut full length and has proven a treasure trove for beat hunters. A set mainly comprising good, break laden street funk cuts, the standouts are many: the cosmic jazzy funk of ‘Rule Of Mind’ is superb, the title track ‘Bubble Gum’ is a lazy, stop start groove while the heavier ‘Learn To Live’ borrows from the likes of Kool and The Gang and the Fatback Band. The warm, breezy ‘Suburban Blue’ drifts along in a mellow vein while the superb summery ‘Sexy Girl’ is a delightfully understated crossover dancer and ‘Falling In Love’ is a mellow soul ballad. So many highlights here with ‘Quit It’ and ‘We Need Love’ being good raw funk cuts….~


I had never heard of this band before, but I’m always on the lookout for obscure “lost” soul and funk treasures, and this album, originally released in 1975, seemed right up my alley. Ignoring the garish, cheesy cover, but paying attention to some glowing online reviews, I ended up ordering it from Amazon. After a dozen listens, I can confidently say that I’m very happy with this album. Some real treasures on here. 

From what I’ve read, various songs on this album have been sampled a lot over the past couple of decades. With that in mind, I’m surprised that this group, and this fine album, are not better known. Really, this is high quality soul and funk. To my ears, many of the songs sound like a cross between early Tower of Power (mainly due to those punchy horns!) and Earth Wind & Fire. Throw in a slightly funkier Fatback Band sound and that’s pretty much what the 9th Creation were doing. And another song on this album, “Rule of Mind” sounds like a dead-ringer for something that could have been on a Hall & Oates album in 1975. This group really had some terrific sounds, and terrific songs. It’s a shame they didn’t become more popular. 

I have the 2014 reissue CD from Solaris, which appears to be a label based somewhere in Eastern Europe (Poland? Hungary? Sorry, but I can’t read whatever language is printed the back cover!). The sound quality is good, but the CD doesn’t include any booklet or liner notes, only a track listing with songwriting credits, song times, and the list of musicians in the band. Good music, but I would have liked to have known more about this band and their history. This album definitely rates as a lost treasure of 1970s soul music….by… Donald E. Gilliland………~


Cosmic jazz-funk and street-smart grooves and rhythms were the name of the game on Bubble Gum, the 1975 debut album of 9th Creation. The album featured nine rollicking tracks of often-instrumental funk, equally inspired by the likes of Kool and The Gang and The Fatback Band, which frequently crossed over into realms of 70s dance and soul balladry. Obscure in its time, Bubble Gum went on to be a cornucopia of wealth for crate diggers and beatsmiths, particularly the title track, which made its way into cuts by Pete Rock & CL Smooth, DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, and 3rd Bass, just to name a few…..~


A classic album of jazzed-up funk – the one lasting legacy by this oft-sampled group! 9th Creation originally hailed from west of the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and this album was recorded in Oakland with the same sweet jazzy finish as work by some of the other big Northern California funk acts of the time – especially Pleasure, who with their sharp sense of a groove are probably the closest comparison to the group’s sound. The album is best known for the cut “Bubble Gum” – a great number with lots of jazzy changes, and a modern funky groove that still sounds pretty darn fresh – but the whole album is totally great, and filled with plenty of other songs that have the same feel as the title cut!…Dusty Groove…~


The 9th Creation are remembered as one of America’s greatest funk bands of the 1970s. The band was formed in 1970 by A.D. Burrise in Stockton, California, under the original name ‘Soul Struts’ and started out as many bands do: performing the music of others at local hotspots. In 1971, J.D. Burrise (brother of A.D.) joined the band and became the lead singer and bandleader. As bandleader, J.D. decided that it was time to change their name to ‘3rd Creation’ and felt it was important that they began creating original material….~


Credits 
Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Steven Rubio 
Drums, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Don Ray Allen 
Electric Bass, Backing Vocals – A.D. Burrise 
Electric Guitar – Robert E. Clark 
Electric Piano, Piano [Acoustic], Synthesizer, Clarinet, Synthesizer [Arp String Ensemble] – Bill Eriksen 
Engineer – Andy Edlen, Brent Dangerfield 
Lead Vocals, Congas, Percussion – J.D. Burrise 
Strings – Stockton Symphony 
Supervised By [Production Supervision] – Bob Scerbo 
Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer [Arp String Ensemble] – Henry Anadon 
Trombone, Baritone Saxophone, Backing Vocals – Mike Micenheimer 
Trumpet, Backing Vocals – W. Thad Bourland 
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Laurence Holman


Tracklist 
A1 Bubble Gum
A2 Learn To Live
A3 Sexy Girl
A4 Quit It
A5 Falling In Love
B1 Truth, Trust, Love & Happiness
B2 Rule Of Mind
B3 Suburban Blue
B4 We Need Love

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