Every Tuesday, the Analog Kid blog goes back in time and features some of the best groovy R&B/soul songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes you’ll hear songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I could go all Anita Ward on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!
Last Tuesday was not so groovy, as the Analog Kid Blog sadly had to acknowledge the death of Survivor vocalist Jim Jamison. Now that a week has passed, it’s time to get back up on that (funky) horse– and Brick’s 1976 album “Good High” is a great way to do just that. The band’s debut album spawned the hit single “Dazz,” and paved the way for another six albums of Brick’s unique funk/jazz/disco sound.
“Dazz” was the perfect single to introduce Brick to a dance-crazy American audience in 1976. “Jazz dazz disco jazz” summed up the band’s musical identity in one succinctly infectious chorus, and the single went all the way to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Brick only had one other Top 100 hit on the pop charts (1977’s “Dusic” reached #18), but the band continued to have success on the R&B charts well into the ’80s.
Good High was finally released on CD in 2011, but unfortunately that disc is already out of print. I recently ripped the copy below from my original vinyl pressing , and I haven’t been able to stop playing it since. Everybody, go on and dance if you want to– how could you not?
Brick: Good High
Bang Records, 1976
Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid
1. “Here We Come” (Brown)
2. “Music Matic” (Ransom)
3. “Dazz” (Ransom/Hargis/Irons)
4. “Can’t Wait” (Hargis/Ransom/Irons)
5. “Southern Sunset” (Hargis)
6. “Good High” (Ransom/Hargis/Irons)
7. “Brick City” (Nevins)
8. “Sister Twister” (Ransom/Hargis/Irons/Brown/Nevins)
9. “That’s What It’s All About” (Brown)
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Brick: “Dusic” (Brown/Ransom/Hargis)
From the album Brick
Bang Records, 1977