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Deodato – Love Island 1978

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There are probably alot of people who think of Eumir Deodato as the Brazilian equivilant of Ramsey Lewis and Bob James.That probably stems from his work as an orchestral arranger,and I must say ‘Love Island’ isn’t exactly free of that quality. But Deodato is a clever,inventive arranger and KNOWS where and where not to put strings and horns on a song so they sound artistic and not contrived. With the help of members of Earth,Wind and Fire, The Crusaders and George Benson. ‘Love Island’ showcases a sincere interest in R&B and funk.”Area Code 808″ is a GROOVE-full of hot guitar riffs and driving synth licks.”Whistle Bump”,”Chariot Of The Gods” and “Pina Colada” are in the same kind of vein.”San Juan Sunset” and the title cut have a very mid 70’s Earth,Wind & Fire ballad quality to them,only without vocals.The best way to describe much of this music would be lite funk,especially on a version of “Take The A Train” (yes,it’s Ellington’s composition).But on each of these eight cuts I have nothing negative to say and I’m very glad that Wounded Bird has started to reissue Deodato’s records.They’ve done a great job at putting fusion back out on CD and in that genre (notably on the R&B and funk side of it) this is high quality music.
Love Island was released in 1978 & reached #98 on the Billboard charts. It features guest appearances by jazz greats Larry Carlton & Harvey Mason.

01. Area Code 808
02. Whistle Bump
03. Tahiti Hut (Ta Pa E)
04. San Juan Sunset
05. Love Island
06. Chariot Of The Gods
07. Piña Colada
08. Take The A Train

Eumir Deodato (vocals, whistle, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, congas, percussion); Larry Carlton (guitar, acoustic guitar); George Benson, John Tropea, Al McKay (guitar); Gordon Edwards, Verdine White, Pops Popwell (bass instrument); Freddie White, Harvey Mason, Rick Marotta, Joe Correro (drums); Philip Bailey, Ray Armando, Jimmy Maelen (percussion).

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