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Album Review

From 1977-1981, Slave was among the most exciting bands in the funk field. Most of the albums it recorded during that period are superb, including 1977's Slave, 1978's The Concept, 1979's Just a Touch of Love, and 1980's Stone Jam. But if all good things must come to an end, Slave went downhill (both creatively and commercially) in 1982. Singer/drummer Steve Arrington left the Dayton outfit after 1981's Show Time (the last truly great Slave album), and his input was sorely missed. Released in 1982, the post-Arrington Visions of the Lite was the first Slave album that could honestly be described as disappointing. This isn't a terrible record, but it's definitely a mediocre one. While "Visions," "Friday Nites," and other tracks are mildly catchy, nothing on the LP is in a class with "Slide," "Watching You," "Just a Touch of Love," or "Snapshot." After five-star treasures like The Concept and Stone Jam, one held Slave to very high standards; and while Visions of the Lite isn't as disaster, hearing it is like tasting beer when you have grown accustomed to champagne. This LP is only recommended to completists.


Formed: 1975 in Dayton, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Arguably the hottest of the '70s Ohio funk bands, Slave had a great run in the late '70s and early '80s. Trumpeter Steve Washington formed the group in Dayton in 1975. Vocalist Floyd Miller teamed with Tom Lockett Jr, Charlie Bradley, Mark Adams, Mark Hicks, Danny Webster, Orion Wilhoite, Curt Jones, and Tim Dozier. Vocalists Steve Arrington and Starleana Young came aboard in 1978, with Arrington ultimately becoming lead vocalist. Their first big hit was the thumping single "Slide" in 1977 for Cotillion;...
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  • 7,92 €
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock, Funk
  • Released: 1982

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