TITLE: From the Archives
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 40: Slide (#32 US, #1 R&B), Stellar Fungk (#14 R&B), Just a Touch of Love (#9 R&B, #26 Dance, #64 UK), Watching You (#78 US, #6 R&B, #23 Dance), Snap Shot (#91 US, #6 R&B, #21 Dance), Wait for Me (#103 US, #20 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Deep funk affecionadoes, maybe. Else, no.
LINEUP: Floyd Miller, Steve Washington, Tom Lockett, Carter Bradley, Mark Adams, Drac Hicks, Danny Webster, Bimmy Wihoite, Tiny Dozier, Steve Arrington, Shtarleana Young, Curt Jones, Ray Turner – then Charles Carter and Sam Carter, Roger Parker, Delbart Taylor, Kevin Johnson. The revolving door hit in 1981.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A Dayton, Ohio funk band (same area that spawned the Ohio Players) had some R&B success with a tasty funk blend with horns.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The key to 70’s funk is the pocket – you can have all the stuff surrounding it, but without the groove in the pocket you’re done. Slave can provide the groove (just listen to “Slide”), and for a time they were worthy successors to the Ohio Players and others.
Funkier that EWF, but not as deep as George Clinton’s conflaguration, Slave made some radio and dance floor friendly music, and had some great players such as Drac Hicks on guitar and Mark Adams on bass.
The band started to split apart when four members split off to form Aurra, and the hits dried up. This collection is a good overview of their hit era, and steers you away from the re-recordings.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Founder Steve Washington played an ‘electric’ trumpet.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. there are two remixes, that aren’t necessary.
GRADE: B+: Late 70’s funk for late 70’s funk lovers. Get in the pocket!