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)

recorded in 1971

Fallout 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

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