Album of the Day
Part of the Dayton, Ohio music scene that gave birth to the Ohio Players, Slave brought the funk in the 1970s. The horn-led collective was signed by Cotillion Records, releasing its self-titled debut in 1977. Cut in New Jersey (founder Steve Washington's stomping grounds) with producer Jeff Dixon, SLAVE got right to the point – opener “Slide” topped Billboard's R&B chart (and was also a Top 40 pop hit). As such titles as “Party Hardy” and “Screw Your Wig On Tite” suggest, uptempo grooves are the order of the day here, and the set is sure to keep you dancing. With a fine ballad (“The Happiest Days”) displaying the group's versatility, SLAVE is a terrific representation of the pre-Steve Arrington lineup's talents, and is mandatory listening for old school funk fans.