Title - 'Light of the World' (BBR Records)
Artist - Light of the World
Light Of The World, as we all know by now, were originally a forerunner of the late 1970s/early 1980s British jazz-funk movement. In fact, the band's name is taken from the 1974 Kool and the Gang album, Light of Worlds. The band was formed by Breeze McKrieth, Kenny Wellington, Paul Williams, Jean Paul Maunick and David Baptiste.
Now digitally remastered and expanded, this wonderful CD deluxe edition of their debut 1979 album has been lovingly put out by Cherry Red Records for all their fans to enjoy, once again. Only this time, and for the first time ever, on CD!
This now-13 track CD kicks off with the fast-paced horn section free-for-all 'Swingin',' the beautiful near 7 minute 'Dreams' (which was obviously the inspiration for Level 42's Mark King re: slap bass guitar!), and 'Who Are You (Who Do You Think You Are?),' before the funky bass line leads us into the sultry 'Midnight Groovin' and then 'Aspects' come to the fore. Next up is 'Mirror Of My Soul,' then comes 'Live Together (The Greater London Funkathon),' before the bonus tracks kick in with 'I'll Always Love You (US Version)' and 'Emergency (B-Side).'
Indeed, Light Of The World was their first of five albums; their final album appeared an incredible 20 years later! The album was produced by Vincent Castellano who later went on to produce the likes of Grand Master Flash.
The album continues on with 'The Word Is Out (B-Side),' 'Midnight Groovin' (12” Version),' and then both 'Swingin' (Remix)' and 'Midnight Groovin' (Single Version).'
By the way, did you know that band members Wellington, Baptiste and McKreith later went onto become Beggar and Co. and also worked with Spandau Ballet on their UK #3 hit ‘Chant No. 1 (Don’t Need This Pressure)’? I thought not!
And with all Cherry Red CD booklets, this one is packed with many additional photos, a fully illustrated discography, along with some new sleeve notes written especially for this release.
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