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Editors’ Notes

Perhaps inspired by his partner Les McCann’s vocal forays, Eddie Harris unleashed his first all-singing album in 1974. There is winking bitterness in the title. It both preempts the inevitable cries of “sellout” from jazz purists, and shows that Harris has a sense of humor about himself. Just as Stevie Wonder had served as the inspiration for McCann’s R&B songs, Harris’ model here is Sly Stone — specifically, the Sly Stone of There’s A Riot Goin’ On and Fresh. I Need Some Money is best understood as an analog to those albums rather than in the context of Harris’ earlier work. Harris makes full use of the tsk-tsk-tapping drum machine that had recently become Sly’s obsession, and he uses his voice to inhabit the same claustrophobic, narcotized space that was Sly’s stomping ground. Harris’ audience at the time was at best baffled and at worst offended, but in retrospect, I Need Some Money is a raw and murky journey into basement funk, a genre that includes not only the aforementioned Sly albums, but Shuggie Otis’s Inspiration Information and Miles Davis’ On the Corner.

Customer Reviews

iTUnes is BS

I concur with the review below. iTunes is BS. Exclude the track I was looking for. Well rather than making $.99 you'll make nothing.

More Great Harris Junk

I wonder if they had a laugh after making this terrible LP/dog or were concerned at how little talent there band had and when the would be released from Atlantic Records.

Not worth $1.00.

bob, denver, co


Born: October 20, 1934 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

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

Long underrated in the pantheon of jazz greats, Eddie Harris was an eclectic and imaginative saxophonist whose career was marked by a hearty appetite for experimentation. For quite some time, he was far more popular with audiences than with critics, many of whom denigrated him for his more commercially successful ventures. Harris' tastes ranged across the spectrum of black music, not all of which was deemed acceptable by jazz purists. He had the chops to handle technically demanding bop, and the...
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I Need Some Money, Eddie Harris
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, R&B/Soul, Hard Bop
  • Released: 1974

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