Barbara & Ernie : Prelude To...

Barbara & Ernie : Prelude To...


Barbara Massey (vocals, keyboards), Ernie Calabria (vocals, guitars, sitar), Sam Brown (guitar), Keith Jarrett (piano), Bill Salter (bass), Grady Tate (drums), Ralph MacDonald (congas, percussion), Eumir Deodato (conductor, arranger)

Cotillon 2046

Diverse Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Play With Fire
A2 - Somebody To Love
A3 - Prelude
A4 - Listen To Your Heart
B1 - For You
B2 - Searching The Circle
B3 - My Love And I
B4 - Do You Know
B5 - Satisfied

Recorded in 1971 at Atlantic Studios, Regent Sound Studio and A & R Recording Studios, New York City.

Totally obscure, utterly beguiling and shockingly relevant to today’s music scene, this 1971 pairing of guitarist Ernie Calabria and soul singer Barbara Massey is a good example of why reissue labels exist. Prior to this recording, Calabria had played on sessions for Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Anita Carter, while Massey had sung backup for Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Cat Stevens among others. With those influences, the duo made exactly the kind of album you might expect—a funky, folky (!), psychedelic soul gem graced with a stellar list of sidemen (e.g. Joe Beck and Keith Jarrett) that vanished without a trace in the more stratified world of early ‘70s music retail. Nowadays, of course, the record’s mix-and-match blend of styles sounds amazingly current—thanks in part to disco pioneer Eumir Deodato’s orchestrations—and its oft-sampled sound has won devotees from the jazz, soul, psych and funk factions of crate diggers worldwide