Don Julian And The Larks - Super Slick Colored Vinyl LP

Don Julian And The Larks Super Slick Colored Vinyl LP

 

Holy Grail '70s Soul-Funk Album On Blue Vinyl!

 

One of the holy grails of '70s soul-funk collectors finally gets a proper reissue (and, yes, original copies of this 1974 release on the Money label will cost you a lot of, er, money)!

 

Don Julian was a Los Angeles-based doo wopper who got his start leading The Meadowlarks, who recorded a number of sides for Dootone Records. The Meadowlarks then became The Larks, who, like so many other R&B groups of their era, achieved one-hit-wonder immortality with a dance craze song, 1964's "The Jerk."

 

They spent the rest of the '60s trying to recapture that magic with tracks like "Soul Jerk" and "The Penguin" (on Jerk Records, natch) before resurfacing with a couple of longplayers on the Money label. But this is where things get a little murky.

 

The group also recorded a soundtrack for a long-rumored, never-seen blaxploitation film called Shorty the Pimp (supposedly Quentin Tarantino has the only copy). In 1998, Ace Records assembled tracks from the Shorty the Pimp score on a CD release, but while seven of the ten tracks on Super Slick appear on that collection, many of them differ markedly from their soundtrack incarnations.

 

So, the how, when, and where of this recording remain very much a mystery. But no matter - with its blend of Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"-era Temptations, and '70s sweet soul (e.g. a cover of David Gates & Bread's "Make It with You"), Super Slick wears its influences very much on its sleeve while transcending them with soaring, falsetto-filigreed harmonies, percolating bass, and note-perfect arrangements.

 

Don Julian And The Larks Super Slick Track Listing:

 

1. Super Slick
2. (Ooh Baby) I Love You
3. Shorty the Pimp
4. Make It with You
5. Show and Tell
6. Just My Imagination
7. Schoolin and Foolin
8. Respect Yourself
9. A Woman Ain't Nothing but a Stone Trip
10. Let's Stay Together

Don Julian And The Larks - Super Slick Colored Vinyl LP

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