Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Larry Graham and GCS Raise Up

Larry Graham’s first solo album was in 1998’s “GCS 2000”. On October 1, 2012 Larry Graham legendary bassist is back after 14 years with his second solo album “Raise Up”.  Graham was the deep-voiced bass player for the funky Sly and the Family Stone band in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. After that he formed Graham Central Station, releasing a string of successful albums throughout the remainder of the ‘70s. In the 80s as a solo artist he had an R&B chart-topper “One in a Million You”.  Larry Graham’s “Raise Up” album was produced by Prince. Graham and Prince have shared a longstanding personal and professional relationship.  This album has Graham bringing the funk with “Throw-N-Down the Funk.” This tune features full slap bass the Larry Graham famous sound.  Graham has Price singing and playing on “Raise Up”, “Shoulda Woulda Coulda”  and “Movin”. Raphael Saadiq is featured on “One Day”. My favorite tunes on this album are “Throw - N - Down The Funk”,  “It's Alright”,  “Welcome 2 Our World”, “It Ain't No Fun To Me”, “No Way”, “Hold You Close” and “Now Do U Wanta Dance”. For all you Larry Graham fans I give this album gets 4 out of 5 stars.  Larry Graham is one of the masters, of Funk! This album is good music to ride with. Tune into Streetwise Radio and listen to Larry Graham and GCS “Raise Up” album.  You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on MyGen365, Athena365, Live365 and ITunes.


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