Courtial with Errol Knowles – 1976 – Don’t You Think It’s Time
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A killer Soul/Funk album recorded in 1976 and released on Pipeline, a small label from Woodside, California.
Sought after funk/soul, contains the classic dancefloor cut “Losing You” as compiled recently. What a jam! The title track “Don’t you…” is also quite an extended jam, perfect for a set of soul/funk.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Pipeline Records LP including covers.
A1 Don’t You Think It’s Time 3.45
A2 Thank You Baby 3.43
A3 Time To Explain 3.23
A4 Best Of Friends 3.58
A5 Poem For Helen 3.58
B1 Losing You 3.19
B2 Love Nevermore 4.23
B3 Take The Time 3.42
B4 Corn On The Cob 5.21
B5 Time 1.00
Review by Trakbuv
“What is there to say about Courtial – a band totally new to me ? They are named after their mentor, Bill Courtial, a highly respected session guitarist. Co-founder is reputed to be Pete ‘Coke’ Escovedo. They had both worked together as part of the Santana spin-off group Azteca, a Latin jazz fusion outfit; most notably on 1973’s ‘Pyramid of the Moon’ LP. During these sessions, they were introduced to vocalist Errol Knowles, who has a pleasant if limited vocal approach. Together, the three of them form the core of Courtial. Meanwhile, the remainder of Courtial was forming in San Francisco. Originally scheduled to perform in a play that was cancelled on opening night, the assembled group were given an alternative venue at a local club, Butterfields. This was to be an important break for them as the club owner was friends with Bill Courtial, and it had come to light that Bill was looking to form a band.
Released in 1976 on Pipeline, a small label from Woodside, California, the resulting album is as much a centre stage for Courtial’s licks as it is for Errol’s vocals. This makes for a very jazzy, bright and breezy feel. Side One kicks off with the funky title and ‘Thank you baby’ tracks, with the busy ‘Time to explain’ being a grower. ‘Best of friends’ slows the pace a notch to give a more restrained side of the band. This is followed by the truly beautiful instrumental ‘Poem for Helen’, the perfect side closer.
For me, Side Two is the stronger, leading with the highly regarded ‘Losing you’ and its strident latin feel grabbing you from the first bars. Both Knowles and Courtial really excel on this one – infectious stuff and the album’s clear standout. ‘Love evermore’ is a rather pleasant shuffler, leading into the interesting rhythms of ‘Take your time’. Absolutely adore this track. ‘Corn on the cob’ is straight ahead jazz-funk reminiscent of an old Rufus instrumental and the main showcase for the band. Very nice, with Bill standing proud.
All in all, a grower of an album rather than a first round knockout, it could be dismissed as lightweight. However, perseverance will reward the listener with the more subtle jazz overtones that are sometimes distracted by Errol’s vocals. Surely a welcome addition to these pages, and another lovely selection by Nikos. Many thanks for introducing this one to me.”
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