Purple Image – ?Purple Image? – [Radioactive Records]
Hunter Gatherer 1/30/2005 CD, Soul
Originally released on Map City Records in 1970, this is a 2004 re-release from Radioactive Records, an interesting label that specializes in reissuing innovative but rare music from the 60s and 70s.
Purple Image is from Cleveland, Ohio, and this album containing five tracks is the only one that they released. That’s a damn shame, too.
It kicks off with Livin’ In The Ghetto, a blistering amalgam of rock, soul, and funk that sets the tone for most of the rest of the album. There is also some slower, more R&B-style music in the middle with vocal harmonies reminiscent of The Persuasions. It ends with a 15 minute extended rock funk jam featuring flanged drums, space guitar, wah-wah guitar, face-melting guitar, and even a harmonica. Bass is mixed high throughout, which pleases me.
The lyrics are upbeat and positive as you might expect in songs with titles like We Got To Pull Together. Female and male vocals with the male vocals sometimes trading off a la The Temptations. Influences: Sly & The Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Parliament, and the bands mentioned above.
you heard it 40 times on kfjc! most recently:
- 1689 days ago, Morada played Living in the Ghetto
- 1851 days ago, Ford Prefect played Why
- 1866 days ago, Cocktailsfor2 played Living in the Ghetto
- 1971 days ago, Kai Sync played Living in the Ghetto
- 2230 days ago, Dusty Rhodes played Lady
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