Soul Fantasy

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Phyrework - Make it last 1978

Phyrework was an obscure, little-known soul/funk outfit that recorded for Mercury in 1978. That year, Mercury released the band's self-titled debut album, which was produced by Con-Funk-Shun guitarist Michael Cooper. Although Con-Funk-Shun was big at the time, Phyrework fell between the cracks and received hardly any attention. Mercury/PolyGram didn't give this LP a very aggressive promotional push, and as a result, most R&B fans at the time didn't even know that it existed.The LP included a few examples of tough, hard-driving funk along the lines of the Bar-Kays, although its main emphasis was smooth, sophisticated soul-pop and quiet storm music. When Phyrework didn't sell, Mercury dropped the seven-member band, which never recorded a second album. The members of Phyrework included lead singer Clarence Pitts, guitarist Willie Smith, bassist Gerald Calhoun, keyboardist Frank Hames, trumpeter Jim Foster, saxophonist Bill Eden, and drummer John Bryant.

I chose a wonderful track entitled "Make it last". Lead vocals by Clarence Pitts. Additional background vocals by Virginia Ayers who also performed for Bill Summers at the time. Rhythm Arrangement by Phyrework. Produced by Con-Funk-Shun guitarist Michael Cooper.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

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