Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Today was a Day for "The Hardness of the World" by Slave (1977)

Slave was one of the top late-period funk bands from one of the the capitals of funk music: Dayton, Ohio! While not as funk famous as fellow funk Daytonites The Ohio Players or nearby funk neighbor Bootsy Collins (from Cincinnati), Slave put out two great albums (their first two) in 1977. I picked up their second album The Hardness of the World on NM- vinyl last month, and it grooves like a mofo, mofo. Feel the funk, ya'll:

Slave also had a #1 hit on the R&B chart for one week in late July of 1977 with "Slide" from their first self-titled album released earlier in the year:

Want to know more about the extraordinary 1970s Dayton funk scene and its underpinnings & implications?
Check out this paper. And this paper.

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