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The Blackbyrds - City Life on LP - direct audio

The Blackbyrds - City Life Vinyl LP (Backordered)

Fantasy Records

  • $ 1898

The Blackbyrds City Life Vinyl LP

The Blackbyrds came together in the early 1970s at Howard University, where their mentor Donald Byrd was the school's Chairman of the Jazz Studies Department. In the 1950s and '60s, Byrd was a golden-toned post-bop trumpeter, but it was as producer of the five-man group's LPs for Fantasy that he - and they - struck gold. Between 1974 and 1978, when people in ever-increasing numbers were heading for the dance floor as disco exploded, the Blackbyrds' Sly-Kool-Earth-Wind-and-Miles–inspired mix of funk/soul/jazz/dance pop lifted them onto the R&B Top 40 ten times.

Originally issued in 1975, the band's third full-length, City Life, reached the upper echelon of Billboard's Hot 100 album chart, topping out at No. 16 thanks to the strength of their biggest hit, "Happy Music" which climbed to No. 3 R&B and No. 19 Pop respectively. City Life is one of the greatest examples of why the Blackbyrds' upbeat music has been so often sampled and why it's flying high once again.

The Blackbyrds City Life Track Listing:

1. Rock Creek Park
2. Thankful 'Bout Yourself
3. City Life
4. All I Ask
5. Happy Music
6. Love So Fine
7. Flying High
8. Hash and Eggs

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