General Caine – 1978 – General Caine (Let Me In)
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General Caine released several fine albums from the Mid Seventies until the mid Eighties.
In the same vein as Captain Sky and Bootsy Collins, Mitch McDowells group released some good examples of the genre, without receiving the recognition the tracks, obviously, deserved.
A1 I’m The Man (5:30)
A2 Let Me In (5:11)
A3 Jump Country (5:06)
A4 Can I Get A Little Bit More (4:41)
B1 Just In Time (6:50)
B2 Will You Be My Lover (5:58)
B3 Fly Song (7:02
General Caine – 1980 – Get Down Attack
Mitch McDowell (bass, percussion and lead vocals)
Wayman Ballinger (lead and background vocals)
Robert Palmer (lead guitar)Rick Hendrix (lead guitar)
Jim Morrison (keyboards)Dave Dobler (keyboards and synthesisers)
Alvino Bennett (drums)Gerry Davis (drums)
Marion McQuery (trumpet) Jimmy Carter (sax)
Mitch McDowell took the professional name General Caine in
tribute to an officer who had supported his artistic ambitions when he was at military school. After leaving that institution, he formed the group Booty People with several future members of War.
Signing to Groove Time Records in 1978, General Caine released his first solo album, entitled ‘General Caine’.The group were managed by Mitch’s brother Ezell McDowell Jnr.
Three years later (and still at Groove Time), the group released ‘General Caine II, Get Down Attack’.The album was dedicated to Mitch’s son Senika Elliott Eugene McDowell, who sadly died while the album was being recorded.’Get Down Attack’ sold well, however, General Caine relocated to Tabu Records where they released the album ‘Girls’ in 1982.
This album featured songs written and arranged by Trey Stone guitarist for Bootsy Collins, Tony Patler and David Chadwick.
By this time the line up had changed to just six musicians, with the rest of the line up being made up of session artists, including Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley.
An album followed on Tabu the following year, entitled ‘Dangerous’, with many of the arrangement chores being handled by Johnny ‘Guitar’ Carson (known then as ‘Grandman’) Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler.
The General too the band away from Tabu and moved them to Capitol Records for a ‘one off’ twelve inch single entitled ‘Where’s The Beef?’, a popular U.S. catchphrase of the time, in 1984.
By 1986, the band landed a deal at Motown Records, although the group had to go through a name change, possibly, due to the ‘drug connotations’ connected with the previous group identity, which Motown’s squeaky clean image, may have demanded.
Now known as General Kane, they proceed to record for the label, releasing two albums, ‘In Full Chill’ in 1986 and ‘Wide Open’ in 1987.
The former release contained the track ‘Crack Killed Applejack’, an anti drugs tune, a message that Mitch McDowell was keen to press home since the bands outset.