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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Marvin Holmes And Justice "Honor Thy Father"1975 US Soul Jazz Funk


Marvin Holmes And Justice  "Honor Thy Father"1975 US mega rare killer..  Soul  Jazz Funk
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The second BROWN DOOR album “Honor Thy Father” from MARVIN HOLMES are much more scarce than his first monster, and for a good reason! 
Once you hear the first notes from this album, you know you’re in for a treat (a trend maybe), and this is nothing you NEVER want to part from once you own the album whether it’s CD or vinyl (hopefully the original)! 
This is not as “raw” like his first album, besides the one track that absolutely funk your every piece of your body “Find yourself” (this is a different mix from the 45", like all tracks released as singles), this holy grail masterpiece, is more the start of something new, like “modern soul”. 
This album includes tracks that you never realized excited before, ahead of its time and with the patented MARVIN HOLMES “groove”! Tracks like “Honor thy father”, “Take the time out”, Neighbor, neighbor", “Kwame” and especially the wonderful “Motherless child”. This is why this album is so in demand! 
“Motherless Child” must be one of the best songs I ever heard, this one got it all…The spare production (so groovy though) but yet super tight, the musicianship with its perfect timing, and the voice from one under appreciated voice is why I hold this track and album as one of my number one! 
The album was pressed in very few numbers (500), therefore the rarity and price tag, I know for sure that my copy will only be for sale when I leave this world! ….~


A real killer from Marvin Holmes and his hip Oaktown combo Justice – a group who effortlessly blend together jazz, soul, and funk into a wonderfully soaring style – yet one that’s also more than heavy enough to live up to the message-oriented lyrics of the tracks! The album’s one of those rare soul sides that really blows away most of the mainstream from the time – a wonderfully heady album that could only have been cut in the underground – where folks like Marvin were keeping things real, and pushing a social agenda that was way stronger than anything you’d find in the charts! Horns are great, as are the rhythms – and the vocals blend together perfectly on cuts that include “Motherless Child”…..~


Marvin Holmes was one of the major movers and shakers of Bay area soul and funk through the 60s and 70s, recording with the Uptights, Justice, and under his own name. He recorded 45s for a number of different labels including Revue, Brown Door, Uni, Kon-Kord, and Boola Boola. 
He also recorded an album ‘Ooh Ooh The Dragon & Other Monsters‘ as Marvin Holmes & The Uptights in 1969 on Uni…..~



Super solid all-around album and for me the toughest Marvin Holmes album to find. Great mix of righteous funk and sophisticated crossover soul (You Better Keep Her was a big hit on the nascent British modern soul scene at the time of its release). The other cool thing about having this is that most of the songs that were also released on 45 are different recordings on the LP. Please check my other auctions this week for a large and deep selection of soul, jazz, funk, gospel, Latin, modern soul, disco, etc….~



Credits 
Alto Saxophone – Stacy Wilson (tracks: B3) 
Arranged By [Horn] – Danny Armstrong (3) (tracks: A1 to B2, B4), Dave Mirigian (tracks: A5), E. Leon Williams* (tracks: B1), Marvin Holmes (tracks: B4) 
Arranged By [String] – Danny Armstrong (3) (tracks: A1, A4) 
Backing Vocals – Collin Eaton, Kala Adesola, Kamara Umoja, Michael Washington (2), Wendy Winfree 
Bass – Edwin McCoy (2) (tracks: B1, B2), Melvin Coleman (2) (tracks: A1 to B1, B3, B4) 
Bongos – David Frazier (tracks: A2, A3) 
Clavinet – Louis Pain (tracks: B4) 
Congas – David Frazier (tracks: A5, B2, B3, B4), Owen Davis (8) (tracks: B1) 
Cuica, Shekere – David Frazier (tracks: B3) 
Drums – Gaylord Birch (tracks: B2), Larry Vann (tracks: B1), Minor Williams (tracks: A1 to A5, B3, B4) 
Flugelhorn – Tom Poole (tracks: B3) 
Flute, Soprano Saxophone – E. Leon Williams* (tracks: B3) 
Guitar – Marvin Holmes 
Lead Vocals – Marvin Holmes (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B2, B4), Minor Williams (tracks: B1) 
Organ – Louis Pain (tracks: A3, A5, B1, B4) 
Percussion – David Frazier (tracks: A1) 
Piano – Lonnie Hewitt (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1, B2), Louis Pain (tracks: A5) 
Producer – Marvin Holmes 
Saxophone – Clayton Richardson* (tracks: B1, B2), Hart McNee (tracks: A1 to A5, B4), E. Lion Williams* (tracks: B1, B2), Ron Stallings (tracks: A1 to A5, B4) 
Strings – Danny Armstrong (3) (tracks: A2), E. Leon Williams* (tracks: A2) 
Tenor Saxophone [Solo] – E. Leon Williams* (tracks: B2) 
Timbales – David Frazier (tracks: B2, B4) 
Trombone – Danny Armstrong (3) 
Trombone [Solo] – Danny Armstrong (3) (tracks: B1) 
Trumpet – Dave Mirigian (tracks: B1 to B3), Mark Isham (tracks: A1 to A5, B4), Tom Poole (tracks: A1 to A5, B4) 
Vocals – Calvin Tillery, Danny Armstrong (3) (tracks: A3), Melvin Coleman (2) (tracks: A3, A5), Minor Williams (tracks: A3, A5)


Tracklist 
You Better Keep Her 4:13 
Motherless Child 3:48 
She’s A Dancer 2:59 
Honor Thy Father 3:38 
Find Yourself 3:45 
Take The Time Out 3:17 
Neighbor Neighbor 3:27 
Kwame 3:12 
Give Some Tonite Part I And II 7:40 

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