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Following on the creative and commercial breakthroughs of Evolution, Dennis Coffey's second Sussex LP can't help but suffer by comparison. Though by no means a bad record, Goin' for Myself nevertheless falters from a paucity of new ideas, relying heavily on recycled riffs and ill-suited cover material. "Taurus," the record's hit follow-up to Coffey's funk classic "Scorpio," even borrows elements of the original's melody, while renditions of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye," and Carole King's "It's Too Late" hinge on the guitarist's now-familiar gimmicks like wah-wah and distortion. But the mid-tempo "Midnight Blue" succeeds on the strength of Coffey's nuanced performance, and the funky "Can You Feel It" is irresistible. Best of all is the incendiary "Ride Sally Ride," later sampled to memorable effect for LL Cool J's "Big Ole Butt."


Born: 01 November 1940 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

Dennis Coffey remains an unsung hero from the halcyon era of Detroit soul, contributing guitar to landmark records issued on the Motown, Ric-Tic, and Revilot labels in addition to cutting a series of efforts under his own name, most notably the cult classic blaxploitation soundtrack Black Belt Jones. Born and raised in the Motor City, Coffey learned to play guitar at age 13 while visiting relatives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Though a fan of country music throughout adolescence, while attending...
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