Thursday, July 05, 2007

The New Birth- Down and Dirty


Although it's nice to hear that Sly Stone wants to take his show on the road, I won't hold my breathe. Besides, his innovations resonate everywhere. This 1970 track by the New Birth is obviously inspired by Stone, although it also hints at the Meters. Fans of Lil Mama's current hit might also appreciate the "We don't need no music" chant. "Down and Dirty" comes from this out-of-print collection and doesn't seem to be available elsewhere.

I'm not prepared to offer a musical evaluation of the new T.I. release, but it gets my vote for the year's most attractive CD packaging. Pick it up and you'll see what I mean.

Kansas City Click: Rich Berry brings acoustic blues to the Plaza tonight.

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