Excellent Reception | Rhythm Kings

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On this episode, we are going to explore a few rhythm & blues classics that combine the sound of groove box drum machines with bare bones melodies and lo-fi multi-track recording techniques to produce one of the more niche sounds of 70’s soul music.  Mainly, we are looking at two specific peaces of gear, the Maestro Rhythm King – MRK 2 and the built-in drum machine found in a Lowrey Organ, to see how they impacted the music from a specific group of artists from Los Angeles and Miami.

 
We will be looking at these songs:

Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair
Little Sister – Somebody’s Watching You
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed
Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
Little Beaver – Party Down
George McCrae – Rock Your Baby

 

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A young Shuggie Otis and his father Johnny Otis

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