Pieces of Peace – “Pieces of Peace” – [Cali-Tex Records]
Crate digger extraordinaire Josh Davis (DJ Shadow) outdid himself this time, finding this completed but abandoned album from 1972.
The recording is the only LP recorded by Pieces of Peace, a popular Chicago soul-funk seven-piece club band. They also recorded a single ???Pass It On (Parts 1 and 2)??? (which we have on a collection released by Numero Group) and backed Syl Johnson on his Is It Because I???m Black album (which we have in Soul 12???).
This album puts you directly in the early-70s Chicago soul funk scene. Some songs are tight funk jams like ???Pollution??? and ???Flunky For Your Love.??? Others are smooth and reminiscent of the Chi-Lites like ???I Still Care??? and the throwaway, gong-happy instrumental ???Cease Fire.??? Jazz influences surface on ???Peace and Blessings.???
Fellow members of Chicago scene The Pharoahs, including Derf Relklaw, appear on the album to help out. Some members of Pieces of Peace went on to join Earth Wind & Fire.
Check out the liner notes for the Spinal Tap-esque tour of Southeast Asia that eventually killed the band.
Warning: Excessive gongs on track 1