Mokie, J.J. & R.O.B. – 1972 – Speed Of Light
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Lamont Johnson in 1972 he helmed an ambitious independant soul-funk album called “Speed Of Light” by Mokie, J.J. and R.O.B. This time around, Johnson produced, wrote most of the tracks and played keyboards. The styles range from southern soul to orchestrated, string-and-multi-tracked vocal pieces that suggest a slightly funkier Fifth Dimension.
This is a funky soul lp on the small private label Sun Moon and Stars outta Hollywood, CA. circa ’72. My favorite tracks on this are “maybe”, “beverly” and “forgotten”. To be honest though, the rest of the album is not that great due to Mokie’s overbearing vocals. Lamont Johnson is all over this album too. They give special thanks to L. Ron Hubbard on the back cover. Also from the back cover: “Mokie is short for Monica. J.J. is short for Michael. R.O.B. is short for Larry. Together they’re together. They’re groovy. They’re funky. They’re Monsters! Dig them. Dig their music. We do. They communicate… with the speed of light.”