The 9th Creation – 1975 – Bubble Gum

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Awesome record!!! A Rare Soul Funk LP !!!

This is the original “Bubble Gum” RiteTrack LP of 1975 (sold later the same year to Pye In and released as “Falling In Love” with different cover – black with the lips). Includes the famous “bubble gum” classic break with its elastic basslines, the atmospheric feel of “Rule of Mind” and the killer “Falling in Love”.

The artwork on this release is infinitely better than the Pye release. As for the music, its a top notch funky soul lp. A must!!!!!!

This is a fine @320 vinyl rip of the original Rite Track LP including covers

A1 Bubble Gum (2:12)
A2 Learn-N-To Live (3:33)
A3 Sexy Girl (3:23)
A4 Quit It (2:26)
A5 Falling In Love (6:43)
B1 Truth, Trust, Love & Happiness (3:31)
B2 Rule Of Mind (5:06)
B3 Suburban Blue (3:45)
B4 We Need Love (3:49)

9th Creation was one of the greatest funk bands of the 1970’s. The band was formed in 1970 by A.D. Burrise in Stockton, California, under the original name ‘Soul Struts’ and started out as many bands do: performing the music of others at local hotspots. In 1971, J.D. Burrise (brother of A.D.) joined the band and became the lead singer and bandleader. As bandleader, J.D. decided that it was time to change their name to ‘3rd Creation’ and felt it was important that they began creating original material. By 1972, with the help of then manager, Nat Pierce, ‘3rd Creation’ recorded their first LP at ‘Studio C’ in Stockton.

Within two months of completing their recordings, the band landed their first record deal with Sussex Records (the label that legendary Bill Withers built). As part of their deal with Sussex, the band was forced to change their name once again due to the fact that there was already an existing band with the ‘3rd Creation’ name. In attempting to retain part of the identity that the band had developed with their name and since there were nine members of the band at that time, the group decided on their final name: 9th Creation.

Within two months of signing with Sussex, ‘9th Creation’ released their first single, “Still Your Friend.” The song was an instant hit, charting Billboard’s top 25 and the band found immediate fame with their appearance on Soul Train. Little did they know that they were weeks away from being handed their first hard lesson in the music biz. Shortly after their instant success, Sussex Records went under and with it, so did the ‘9th Creation’s’ masters and their short-lived success.

Fortunately, this blow did not deter the band from wanting to push forward with their dreams of stardom. ‘9th Creation’ continued to work toward a second album. It would take three years and a lot of penny pinching before they found themselves back into a studio. They shopped a five-song demo to the major labels and with Warner Bros., landed what is referred to today as a development deal. From this deal, the song “Falling in Love” was recorded. Despite the fact that the band knew they had a hit single on their hands, Warner Bros. decided to pass on ‘9th Creation’, allowing them to take their masters with them.

Around that same time, a hometown DJ and co-author of the Gavin-Kraham Review (David Allen Kraham) received a copy of the single, “Falling in Love” and immediately knew that this song was going to be a hit. Rite Track Records emerged and released the single. Within a couple of weeks of being featured in the Gavin-Kraham Review, ‘9th Creation’ found instant success once again. “Falling in Love” charted Billboard’s R&B top 10 for 13 consecutive weeks and top 25 for 26 weeks thereafter. ‘9th Creation’ knew that this time success was theirs. The band soon found that they had another hard lesson to learn, this time in the world of distribution. The demand for their music was national, but they only had west-coast distribution and so decided to sign with ATV/Pye (the label later purchased by Michael Jackson) in order to obtain worldwide distribution. As fate would have it, lightening struck for a second time one year later when ATV/Pye closed shop in the United States.

The president of ATV/Pye’s US territory decided to open up his own record label, Prelude Records, and encouraged ‘9th Creation’ to follow. They did just that and recorded and released their third album, “Reaching for the Top”. After a year of frustration due to a lack of promotion and backing by the label, J.D. made a crucial decision: to buy their way out of their contract taking with them all rights, masters and publishing. From this, Burrise Way Productions was born.

Finally, ‘9th Creation’ felt as though they were in complete control of their destinies and knew that it was only a matter of time before success would be theirs again. It was then that disco took the world by storm and rained on any “funk” band on the rise. J.D. then made the decision to depart from the band, but ‘9th Creation’ pushed on with performing under the direction of A.D. once again. In 1986, J.D. decided to rejoin the band and once again they found themselves back into the studio. The R&B mini-album, “Love Crimes,” was recorded and released with little success. After an 18-year run, the members of ‘9th Creation’ decided to call it quits. Some went on to play in other bands, others never returned to the music world again.

Despite their unfortunate battles with stardom, ‘9th Creation’ did eventually achieve success through the endless list of R&B and hip hop bands that, to this day, continue to sample their music. They earned gold records from Def Jam’s hip hop band ‘3rd Base’ as well as for Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s sampling. To date, their song “Bubblegum” has been sampled 23 times, “Rule of Mind” 19 times, and “Falling in Love” has been re-made four times. The music of ‘9th Creation’ continues to live through the music of today, thus exemplifying that quality and excellence never dies…

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  • hooch
    Posted at 21:14h, 10 July 2008 Reply

    Many thanks indeed man – superb album!!!

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 21:36h, 10 July 2008 Reply

    9th Creation never fail to impress, great post, thanks!

  • Rob
    Posted at 23:03h, 10 July 2008 Reply

    Hello Nikos,
    very good post. My favourites:Learn-N-To Live,Sexy Girl,Falling In Love and Suburban Blue. Always exhaustive the notes.Ciao.Rob

  • k02
    Posted at 23:39h, 10 July 2008 Reply

    amazong Nikos appreciate it

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 02:03h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Excellent!! Thank you ….

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:20h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos!! Amazing as usual!

  • michael
    Posted at 02:30h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    i am listening it again again and again!!!! Fantastic!!!!

  • Messiah
    Posted at 03:22h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Nikos my man that Johnny Robinson hit the spot! I think i played Lady Doctor 10 times today at work! Can’t wait to get into this one brother. Peace and be well.


  • JTF
    Posted at 07:37h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    I have the feeling this is something I can chew on for a while and not worry about it losing flavor…

  • kirk
    Posted at 10:33h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    i’ve got “Falling in love” album on mp3, a lot of us i presume, but this excellent rip and original artwork, makes it ESSENTIAL. Thank u.

  • Donovan
    Posted at 13:02h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Another Amazing Post! It’s Fuuuuuuuuuuunky!!!!!

  • T.A.
    Posted at 14:04h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Cool site man! Great record! Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Simon666
    Posted at 14:43h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Wow! So nice to get a decent quality rip of this and a good history as well, thanks so much.

  • Numba
    Posted at 15:09h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Another great release ! Congrats Nikos !

  • Jazzy
    Posted at 17:18h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    simply amazing funky soul music! Rip is wonderful(probably LP is new). thanks for the info too.

  • Reeed
    Posted at 17:22h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Just found you! i am impressed of the work you do. I will buy a premium rapidshare account at once. there’s a music goldmine in here. Respect and keep it up.

  • Andre
    Posted at 18:38h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    thanks Nikos, damn bubble gum sampled 23 times thats crazy. the only ones im really familiar with is the Pete Rock & the Madlib.

  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 20:49h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    lookin’ yummy right about now! Thanks for all the kind shoutouts!!

    Peace and blessings.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 21:14h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Jazzy, it is like new. I was after a near mint copy for a long time. Always gone very high (i was ready to buy a reissue but lost it too) but i finally got this original rare one (for 59,99 usd) which is really in a perfect condition.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 21:59h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Another killer one, nikos. i had no idea about the 2 different pressing of this record. Since there’s no much info available for the group so far, i thought there’s 2 different records. thank u for make it clear and of course for the excellent rip.

  • Rich
    Posted at 22:11h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Nikos once again great post of 9th creation. cant wait to download and take a listen. thanx

  • FAkeS
    Posted at 22:34h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Thanx for your generosity to share your vinyl collection and knowledge. 9th creation is f.. goooooood!!!!!!!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 22:49h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Ooh baby, let’s put some California Soul to the Funk! How obvious that funk came to the Frisco/Oakland Greater Bay Area via all directions possible but the west (it’s Pacific out there!). Yeah, it always sounded like a melting pot of all different styles and approaches, a pure mix of the people migrated there and brought along the feelings and love of their music and somehow created their own sound. Just remember how unique Sly & The Family Stone sounded… Or The Tower Of Power… Or The Natural Four… And now The 9th Creation… And later the Con-Funk-Shun… And the beat goes on… Ooh baby, I Feeel Goood…

  • Gea
    Posted at 02:01h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    Thanx, this one looks excellent.

  • london
    Posted at 02:17h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    Nikos, it seems you got all the gems in this blog. The 9th creation blew my mind. Next one looks promising too. Interesting cover, i am so curious. Peace!

  • crate musik00
    Posted at 03:48h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    thz alot!

  • manny
    Posted at 06:19h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • blackmon
    Posted at 08:16h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    thanks Nikos for your quality rip of this wonderful album

  • hook
    Posted at 11:56h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    thanks for the funky nugget, great post and blog btw.

  • Jiro
    Posted at 11:58h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    Thank you very much !

  • oak
    Posted at 14:47h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    the parade of the gems goes on!!! congrats bro!

  • paul
    Posted at 18:26h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    Definitely a rare treat for everyone. Very good stuff. Much props.

  • Ian
    Posted at 18:40h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    what a lovely album – thank you man!

  • NewB.
    Posted at 19:17h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    wow. I learn a lot, this excellent group was completely unknown to me.

  • Mr. Moo
    Posted at 20:47h, 12 July 2008 Reply

    Somehow this front cover has always impressed me in a funny way… truly artwork or a work of art!?

    Besides that, imho this album is far (funky) superior to 9th Creation’s other two 70ties albums. Thanks nikos

  • CAN
    Posted at 02:29h, 13 July 2008 Reply

    Love the 9th creation!! Thanks!!

  • Justice
    Posted at 07:19h, 13 July 2008 Reply

    As someone else said, they have the “falling in love” album. This one is dope too! thnx

  • Monica
    Posted at 11:55h, 13 July 2008 Reply

    It brings back memories and feelings! Love, hate …you know how relationships are! At least i have the vinyl, he took the turntable…
    That’s life. Thank u for the hard work. Excellent design!

  • Fin
    Posted at 13:23h, 13 July 2008 Reply

    Like it very much nikos!

  • alex
    Posted at 19:29h, 13 July 2008 Reply

    hi nikos !
    many thanks for another incredible album man!

  • Lester
    Posted at 02:13h, 14 July 2008 Reply

    Love and respect for this amazing funky soulful record and especially for all the hard work. Wonderful blog.

  • ElinorRigby
    Posted at 12:26h, 14 July 2008 Reply

    A Very Tasty One! So many seventies releases are unbelievably great.

  • Greg aka a mind with no ceiling
    Posted at 01:06h, 15 July 2008 Reply

    Thanks Paros! I was looking for this one… it’s great.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 16:08h, 16 July 2008 Reply

    Greg aka, i am not Paros but i am happy you like it.

  • Kizza
    Posted at 11:55h, 17 July 2008 Reply

    Fantastic album! Thanks for the HQ rip!

  • badhabitz
    Posted at 20:32h, 17 July 2008 Reply

    kool, never heard the full abum before. definatly worth the wait. thanks for the hard work you put into this blog! peace

  • George
    Posted at 10:56h, 19 July 2008 Reply

    Thanks always for the great music!!!!!

  • oui
    Posted at 21:23h, 21 July 2008 Reply


  • Marlon
    Posted at 15:09h, 28 July 2008 Reply

    sooo funky and with nice guitar solos!! thanks for this funktastic album!!

  • johnv
    Posted at 07:08h, 29 July 2008 Reply

    Great post–I had almost given up on ever having the chance to hear this one. Thanks.

  • Max
    Posted at 21:39h, 02 August 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,
    Just found this blog. Thanks for the blog & this post in particular.

  • nanshe
    Posted at 05:20h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    thanks nikos… its a shame i dont stop by here more often, your posts are always amazing!

  • Satchelmouth
    Posted at 06:15h, 05 October 2008 Reply

    Holy shit, thank you!

  • asher dust
    Posted at 17:04h, 20 October 2008 Reply

    my copy is very scratched and worn…so many thanks….

  • jean
    Posted at 02:46h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    i start the day with this…. im happy… today is a good day ..thx so much

  • Chris
    Posted at 08:05h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Somebody on staff is realing “diggin’ in the crates!” Great job!!! Peace

  • JC
    Posted at 07:06h, 18 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the music. Keep up the good work!

  • boostar tha pleasuredent
    Posted at 06:48h, 28 December 2008 Reply

    where can i buy the Ninth Creation-Bubble Gum album or CD

  • Mr sam
    Posted at 13:52h, 01 March 2009 Reply

    Once again, thank you so much!

  • moggy
    Posted at 15:00h, 17 May 2009 Reply

    Thanks……i thought i would give this a listen due to the reactions it generated !

  • Sylvia
    Posted at 04:28h, 03 June 2009 Reply

    Love 9th Creation! (I married one of them) 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.

  • Ben
    Posted at 15:11h, 20 August 2009 Reply

    Thanks !
    I love this band !

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 22:38h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    love and respect !!! Thanks pal!

  • Chris
    Posted at 02:01h, 13 July 2010 Reply

    Nice one on the write up. Very insightful. Much Thanks

  • Bob
    Posted at 00:49h, 18 January 2011 Reply
  • gorge lozano
    Posted at 19:53h, 19 April 2011 Reply

    im one of the members from the band 9 th creation i played percution in the 70s early 80s just fond out about the site and thought i let everyone know im still here and i love the funk thanks 4 the support p.s. how about my royalties i havent recived a dime i was in the studio funking it up im a part of the music group to i laid down some serious funk

  • Gene smith
    Posted at 04:19h, 19 June 2011 Reply

    I was one of the last drummers from ninth creation I played on there last album love crimes thanks for letting the world know about us

  • Tim Anadon
    Posted at 04:47h, 24 January 2013 Reply

    gorge, gene. You guys still in the Stockton area? My Dad played sax back when it was the 3rd Creation. Henry recently passed away but passed on a wonderful legacy. Feel free to contact me I’m on Facebook. Nikos, can you contact me when you can? I have a few questions for ya.

  • JOEY D
    Posted at 21:16h, 29 September 2018 Reply

    R. I. P. J. D.

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