Saturday, 21 March 2015

Graham Central Station - Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It (Warner Bros Rec.1975)

Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It-front
Graham Central Station
''Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It''
( LP Warner Bros. Records, 1975 )
Catalog # BS 2876

A1 The Jam (8:12)
A2 Your Love (3:18)
A3 It's Alright (3:46)
A4 I Can't Stand The Rain (6:09)
B1 It Ain't Nothing But A Warner Brother Party (6:03)
B2 Ole Smokey (3:15)
B3 Easy Rider (2:56)
B4 Water (4:26)
B5 Luckiest People (3:45)

Personnel & Credits: 
Producer - Larry Graham
Greg Adams Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Patryce Banks Guitar (Electric), Vocals
Donald Bryant Composer
Butch Organ, Piano, Vocals (Background)
Chocolate Guitar (Electric), Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Dave Dynamite Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic)
Mallory Earl Engineer, Remixing
Larry Graham Arranger, Bass, Clavinet, Cover Art Concept, Cover Design, Drums, Guitar, Horn Arrangements, Organ, Producer, Synthesizer, Timbales, Tympani [Timpani], Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Herbert Greene Art Direction, Cover Design, Photography
Hershall Happiness Clavinet, Synthesizer, Trumpet, Vocals (Background)
Hershall Kennedy Clavinet, Vocals
Patti Rothberg Composer
Tom Salisbury Arranger, String Arrangements
Robert Sam Guitar, Organ, Vocals
Rob Springett Cover Design, Cover Painting
David Vega Guitar, Vocals

There´s also a 180 gram reissue with the same catalog number.
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US

Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It-back

On their third album, Graham Central Station created an album full of trademark infectious pop-soul grooves, but one that lacked the consistently strong work that defines a true classic. However, that doesn't mean that Ain't No 'bout-A-Doubt It is less than listenable: in fact, it contains some of the group's finest songs. The album's all-time funk classic is the opening track "The Jam," a "Dance to the Music"-styled funk workout that intersperses a dazzling group groove with individual solos for each player. "Water" is another strong funk tune, an insistently rhythmic song that blends thump-popping basslines with backwards tape loops to create an intriguing blend of funk and psychedelia. Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It also produced a number one R&B smash in "Your Love," which marries the group's talent for funky grooves to an old-fashioned love song with a melody that harkens back to doo wop. However, not everything on Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It is as strong as these highlights: "It Ain't Nothing but a Warner Bros. Party" is a lightweight jam with throwaway lyrics, and the group's rote version of the Ann Peebles classic "I Can't Stand the Rain" fails to add anything memorable to the song. All in all, Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It lacks the strong material to make it memorable, but its high points make it a worthwhile listen for funk enthusiasts.
By Donald A. Guarisco (AMG)

Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It-label

''The Jam''

Graham Central Station is a funk band named after founder Larry Graham (formerly of Sly & the Family Stone). The name is a pun on New York City's Grand Central Terminal, often incorrectly called Grand Central Station.
The band's origins date from when Santana guitarist Neal Schon formed the band Azteca along with Larry Graham (bass guitar) and Gregg Errico (drums), both from Sly & the Family Stone, and Pete Sears (keyboards), from Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Santana bass guitar player Tom Rutley would move into to the bass spot with Azteca. That band, like Santana with heavy Latin influences, would eventually morph into Graham Central Station, while Schon would form Journey. The invention of electric slap bass is attributed by many (including Victor Wooten) to Larry Graham, which influenced many musical genres, such as funk, R&B and disco.
Graham Central Station's biggest hit was "Your Love", which charted at number 9 in 1975. The group also integrated gospel music into their repertoire, and played with the dichotomy between the funk/rock star image and the "sanctified" gospel group image. Some of their recordings feature the Tower of Power horn section.
In 2011, Graham Central Station opened for Prince on Prince's "Welcome 2 America" tour.
From Wikipedia

An exuberant mid-'70s funk group, Graham Central Station made some fine singles for Warner Bros. Former Sly & the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham renamed Hot Chocolate (not the British group) Graham Central Station after he moved from producing the group to playing with it. The group included Graham, guitarist David Vega, keyboardists Robert Sam and Hershall Kennedy, percussionist Patrice Banks, and drummer Willie Sparks. They utilized the identical funk cum rock and soul formula of Sly, though in not quite as imaginative a fashion. Their debut single, "Can You Handle It," reached number nine on the R&B charts, and they landed a number one record in 1975 with "Your Love." They recorded as Graham Central Station from 1974 to 1977, then as Larry Graham & Graham Central Station in 1978, and during their final year were called Larry Graham with Graham Central Station.
From AMG

Main Discography:
Studio albums:
1973 – Graham Central Station, Warner Bros.
1974 – Release Yourself, Warner Bros.
1975 – Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It, Warner Bros.
1976 – Mirror, Warner Bros.
1977 – Now Do U Wanta Dance, Warner Bros.
1978 – My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me, WEA
1979 – Star Walk, Warner Bros.
1997 – By Popular Demand, P-Vine (Japan Only)
1998 – GCS 2000, NPG – produced with Prince

Live albums:
1992 – Live in Japan '92', Star Maker – manufactured by PIA Corporation & Edoya Records Inc. (Tokyo, Japan)
1996 – Live in London, Funk24 (London, England)
2003 – Can You Handle This? – Kezar Stadium – 1975, Big Fro Discs (Japan)

Compilation albums:
1996 – The Best of Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Vol. 1, Warner Bros.
2001 – The Jam: The Larry Graham & Graham Central Station Anthology, Rhino
2003 – Greatest Hits, Rhino Flashback


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Original post: 03/11/2008

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