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Selma Album, The Paul Riser Cotillion SD 2-110, 1976
Selma Album, The album cover

From the musical by Tommy Butler, this soundtrack album is a 2 LP set. That makes for a lot of music. In this case, that's two LPs of really solid, chunky mid 70s funk courtesy of Paul Riser! We've featured a series of funky musicals lately, and this is without doubt the best of them all. Over these two albums you'll find uptempo, downtempo, midtempo, ballads, disco cuts, rare groove styles, and plenty of very usable breaks, all with a well recorded, clean, damn funky sound. It's a pity that all of the tracks include operatic-style musical vocal, but in some cases the mix of funk and a big voice works well. Highly recommended, don't sleep on it!

Overall Rating: 4

Track listing:

Overture - brother theme | Overture - working in the name of the king | Overture - Nature's child | Opening - garbage | Martin, Martin | Flashbacks | Nigger woman | Precious memories | The time is now | Wash your sins away | Medley: pulling together / we don't stand a chance | Medley contd: are you ready? | Brother theme | You're my love | Freedom, liberation | Jesus Christ | Medley: we'll stand by you | I am worried | Bigot entrance | Lie, lie, lie | Pick up your weapon / Brother theme | Court room | I can feel him | Medley: klansmen / Sensitive situation / We will move | Prison song | Higher | Hallelujah day | I hate coloured people | I have a dream | Children of love | Brother | Burn | When will it end | Listen to me Jesus | Selma (March) Pt 1 / Pt 2 / Pt 3 |

 

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