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

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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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  • muzik addic
    Posted at 21:11h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    Wonderful stuff. Thz 4 keeping great music alive !

  • Rudy
    Posted at 22:56h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    Already love it.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 23:47h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos and Trakbuv. I’ve never heard of this one before. It looks Great!!

  • Gabler
    Posted at 01:58h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    Wow! Funky Jazz! Very good album.

  • Jazzsoulman
    Posted at 08:27h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    Great, greater, Nikos + Trakbuv, Thanks fpr this lovely gem. As you said: A KILLER!!!

  • manny
    Posted at 11:41h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • Camel
    Posted at 12:31h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    You are really bringing us beautiful albums! Thank you for all the amazing work.

  • Krisch
    Posted at 12:31h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks alot!

  • Outerpsych
    Posted at 12:35h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    Yeah, seems really interesting… Thanx for sharing it !


  • hooch
    Posted at 14:15h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    Lovely Jubbly – Thanks Nikos!

  • trag
    Posted at 16:50h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    I’ve just recently found out about this record and judging for the usual price, thought I’d never get to hear it. Thanks for the share.

  • El Rosso
    Posted at 20:57h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    super awesome outfits on the cover of this one. Who would guess the music is so good by looking at that?

  • Lucas
    Posted at 21:38h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    Great surprise. A blend of funk and jazz. Thank u.

  • k02
    Posted at 22:48h, 13 December 2008 Reply


  • ahawk
    Posted at 02:39h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos, superb music.

  • noa
    Posted at 03:03h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    Excellent post as usual. Thank you

  • mulatt
    Posted at 07:32h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    Sounds real funky.You have great taste!!

  • Ellen
    Posted at 13:00h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    Another great one. Thank you so much.

  • sergio
    Posted at 17:16h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    I had this LP, and it is great! A lot of jamming. Thanks for the digital version!

  • NewBell
    Posted at 18:57h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    wwaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh dope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 18:58h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos!!

  • Peter
    Posted at 22:43h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    Always amazing shares!

  • JC
    Posted at 01:38h, 15 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the music!

  • 92bpms
    Posted at 07:28h, 15 December 2008 Reply

    Stellar! Thanks.

  • Mejuto
    Posted at 10:24h, 15 December 2008 Reply

    As always, thanks for the rarities. Peace.

  • Mick
    Posted at 12:33h, 15 December 2008 Reply

    Highly funky! Thanks.

  • rich
    Posted at 19:22h, 15 December 2008 Reply

    great stuff some label from cali where am from cant wait to hear what they sound like thanx nikos

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 20:56h, 15 December 2008 Reply

    I always find here records never thought that existed before. Amazing stuff,

  • David
    Posted at 21:03h, 15 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos for introducing and Trakbuv for the accurate review. Excellent work.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 10:06h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    thank you

  • Ralph
    Posted at 12:22h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    Good looks! Can’t wait to give these a listen.

  • fritzthecat
    Posted at 12:55h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    Excellent, thank you very much

  • Kosta
    Posted at 05:01h, 30 December 2008 Reply

    thanks! i had a crap rip of this masterpiece….great job Nikos!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:36h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    ‘music’ to my ears! (no pun intended…ha!) Thanks!

  • Mr sam
    Posted at 00:50h, 01 March 2009 Reply

    Front picture sucks but the music is so great. Thanks

  • hands
    Posted at 18:14h, 29 March 2009 Reply

    great album, thx!

  • rufus
    Posted at 02:41h, 24 July 2009 Reply

    I see a copy of this on eBay now, think I may purchase it!!!

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 00:32h, 01 October 2009 Reply

    amazing music amazing collection my soul feels so good!

  • David
    Posted at 17:44h, 13 January 2011 Reply

    Anyone know where I can reach Bill Courtial? He owned Guitars Unlimited in Menlo Park, California, and I used to hang out there almost every day. Took lessons from Bill and another teacher there and used to listen to Bill play with Vince Guaraldi at the Red Cottage (great concerts, needless to say). I have recently had a book on musical composition published. I mentioned Bill in it, and I wanted to let him know.


  • ShimmyTimmy
    Posted at 17:43h, 18 December 2012 Reply

    Unbelievably impressive record!!!

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