Pleasure – 1977 – Joyous

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Sublime jazzy soul from Pleasure one of the greatest groups of the west coast scene of the 70s and a key force in defining the Fantasy Records groove of the time! Pleasure have a sound that’s head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries especially groups on major labels who tried for this sort of blend, but never made it come off that right usually too smooth or too commercial. The mighty Wayne Henderson is a key factor in their sound as he produced some of the best tracks with that well-balanced groove he brought to his best work under At-Home Productions umbrella.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Fantasy record with covers.

Tracks
A1 Joyous (6:26)
A2 Let Me Be The One (5:11)
A3 Only You (3:20)
A4 Can’T Turn You Loose (4:14)
B1 Sassafras Girl (6:46)
B2 Tune In (6:37)
B3 Dance To The Music (4:50)
B4 Selim (3:48)

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Pleasure couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate producer when, in late 1976, it employed Wayne Henderson on Joyous. A band that frequently brought jazz overtones to its funk-soul foundation, Pleasure needed someone who held jazz and R&B in equally high regard — and Henderson easily fit that description. The Texas trombonist first made a name for himself playing hard bop with the Jazz Crusaders, but as the 1970s progressed, he became increasingly R&B-friendly. Henderson was exactly the sort of producer that Pleasure needed, and the band’s appreciation of jazz comes through on the up-tempo funk numbers (which include “Dance to the Music,” “Let Me Be the One,” and the title song) as well as the dreamy quiet storm gem “Sassafras Girl.” Pleasure brings this vinyl LP to an appealing close with a jazz-funk instrumental titled “Selim,” which isn’t typical of Joyous on the whole — most of the tunes are vocal-oriented. This is a funk-soul record first and foremost, and it is also a classic that underscores Pleasure’s risk-taking nature.

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70s Funk-Soul with Jazz overtones, that was Pleasure. Joyous was an achievement even for Pleasure; that’s saying something because the LPs before and after it were anything but dull. “Crusader” Wayne Henderson decided to produce this LP, and it turned out to be an excellent idea; Joyous contains some great songs: there is the title song which lives up to its title (we danced whenever the song was played in the clubs), and there’s Sassafras Girl, for me, the best song Pleasure ever recorded, complete with good solos (among others, Wayne Henderson playing his trombone), structure and arrangement.

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19 Comments
  • kev
    Posted at 20:09h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    thanks for all your work

  • Antonio
    Posted at 16:25h, 06 June 2008 Reply

    you’re the man, man!

  • soulboy
    Posted at 01:52h, 22 August 2008 Reply

    Classic Classic Album So hard to find.thank you and may god bless you

  • jean
    Posted at 05:59h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    in the morn… and im happy for the rest of the day..thank u so much..so many memories with this one wooooooooooo

  • DW 1152
    Posted at 05:51h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    This is one of the best funk albums of the 70’s – I dig Pleasure and have other albums to prove their great contribution to music!!

  • Franko
    Posted at 17:28h, 30 December 2008 Reply

    Hey thanks for this and Faze-o….great blog man, i’m mainly into Jazz Funk…but like Soul, Latin, brazilian..etc..the main thing is you rip at 320…which means its the business!
    Regards,
    Franko

  • Astral Pro
    Posted at 09:43h, 02 June 2009 Reply

    Nice…just got into more Pleasure

  • drumtoy2000
    Posted at 22:52h, 20 August 2009 Reply

    Fuzz (a blend of Jazz & funk) at’s it’s FINEST!!!

  • Dan
    Posted at 18:52h, 03 February 2010 Reply

    It’s Pleasure Music. It’s Great.

  • Jim
    Posted at 20:00h, 05 February 2011 Reply

    Sassafrass girl popped up in my head when I woke up this morning but I forgot about “Joyous” – OMG!!

  • Marcomaria
    Posted at 01:46h, 09 April 2011 Reply

    Hello
    my name Marcomaria from Italy
    I’m looking
    this song
    I put on youtube
    the title or author
    thanks in advance
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BCBmzqkjHM

  • Grooveskin
    Posted at 04:44h, 03 July 2011 Reply

    Pleasure Funk So Greasy You Can’t Help Trying Sing It Yourself Thanks For This Gem

  • Popsdacat
    Posted at 06:10h, 17 July 2011 Reply

    My stepfather was the sax player for Pleasure and I can truly say growing up listening to their music from the time I was a child was truly and experience and a blessing.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 18:53h, 23 July 2011 Reply

    Pleasure is VERY UNDERATED,,,,AND SO ARE YOU! THANX!!

  • Lamont Nelson
    Posted at 05:44h, 24 August 2011 Reply

    I can say a lot, for years i did not no who sang JOYOUS, but we always jammed it.

  • J
    Posted at 03:47h, 31 October 2012 Reply

    Fab thanks … such classics 🙂

  • WeBJazn
    Posted at 00:00h, 28 July 2013 Reply

    I’m Pleasures greatest fan. I’m now 53 but first listened to them back around ’79. Wish they would have gotten the praise they deserved. Have all 7 of their albums but Let’s
    Dance & Sassafras Girl are my favorite.

  • Wes
    Posted at 12:56h, 03 March 2014 Reply

    This is so great!
    thnx again!

  • Benji
    Posted at 03:26h, 07 March 2016 Reply

    Ohhhh yesssss!!! Just listening for the first time the Joyous song and can’t wait to download it! Many thanks to ripper and uploader!

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