EBONY RHYTHM FUNK CAMPAIGN

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Originally called the Ebony Rhythm Band, the Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign formed in 1969 in Indianapolis and recorded locally on LAMP records. (Other local groups that recorded on LAMP include the Diplomatics, Amnesty, and the Vanguards.) In the tradition of Motown’s Funk Brothers, the Ebony Rhythm Band served as the house band for other LAMP artists. In 1971, the group moved to California and became the Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign, which at that time opened for Curtis Mayfield, New Birth, The Grass Roots, Doby Gray, the Whispers, the Commodores and Three Dog Night. In 1973, Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders produced ERFC’s first album called Reach For It with Henderson playing trombone. In the same year, the band returned to Indianapolis and two years later recorded the single “How’s Your Wife (And My Child),” which reached #69 on the Billboard Hot Soul 100 chart. read more...
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EBONY RHYTHM FUNK CAMPAIGN Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign
RnB 1973
EBONY RHYTHM FUNK CAMPAIGN Watchin' You, Watchin' Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Watchin' You, Watchin' Me
RnB 1976
EBONY RHYTHM FUNK CAMPAIGN Soul Heart Transplant: The Lamp Sessions (as Ebony Rhythm Band) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Heart Transplant: The Lamp Sessions (as Ebony Rhythm Band)
RnB 2004

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EBONY RHYTHM FUNK CAMPAIGN Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign

Album · 1973 · RnB
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Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign was/is (they recently attempted a comeback) a great RnB band that slipped under the radar and never received the national attention they deserved. Unfortunately there is a very antiquated music system in the US based on tired old racial notions that tends to split pop music into two groups, rock and RnB, and bands are expected to fit one group or the other and woe to the band that might fall in between either genre. This was Ebony’s problem, too raw and rockin for the slick pop RnB charts, and too funky and rhythmic for the bland homogenous pop rock charts. It’s a shame because Ebony is not way different from some other crossover bands who managed the tricky feat of appealing to both rock and RnB sensibilities. Some of the bands that might come to mind when you listen to this album include, Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Chicago, Buddy Miles and early Rufus. Ebony has it all, jazzy horn charts, excellent ensemble vocals, screaming lead guitar solos and catchy soulful songwriting. There is an added treat on here for fans of classic hip-hop samples, if you ever liked the catchy horn riff to 3rd Bass’ “Product of the Environment”, its all here on the cut, “Get on off Me”. Since 3rd Bass were not the greatest rappers, its nice to hear the original tune intact with its chugging rhythm and signature horn part and no added vocals in the way, no doubt why 3rd Bass chose this one to sample, it is pure gold.

If you like your 70s jazzy RnB with lots of raw soulful rockin energy and not a trace of mundane disco conformity, this one is for you, like the band says, “Reach for It”.

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