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Milton Wright - Friends & Buddies (1975) [Remastered 2015]

Jazz, Pop | Author: artmuss | 28-02-2015, 16:14
Milton Wright - Friends & Buddies (1975) [Remastered 2015]
Artist: Milton Wright
Title Of Album: Friends & Buddies
Year Of Release: 1975 [2015]
Label (Catalog#): Athens of the North [AOTN001]
Country: US
Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B, Disco
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 1:14:47
Full Size: 539 mb

Athens of the North is proud to present Milton Wright's stunning alternate version of the now Classic Miami soul LP 'Friends & Buddies'. An altogether more stripped down, folky soul affair than its highly respected, much sampled brother is now available on Vinyl, CD and Digital for the very first time.

Shelved at the last minute then re-recorded and overdubbed, only a few promo copies of this early version escaped from the studio and are deep in the collections of the very few previously in the know.

The master tapes burnt in a fire at T.K Disco in Miami in the early 80s so even the label has not heard this in 30 Years. Many reissues of the second version of Friends & Buddies LP have come and gone, but Milton's original vision has remained hidden until now.

As searingly honest and stunningly soulful as any seminal Marvin Gaye or Terry Callier LP, it stands tall amongst its exceptional peers as one of the true pillars of quality 70s soul.


Version One
01 Friends And Buddies 3:19
02 The Silence That You Keep 3:20
03 Po' Man 6:46
04 Brothers & Sisters 4:19
05 My Ol' Lady 3:16
06 Nobody Can Touch You 3:47
07 Black Man 4:10
08 Get No Lovin' Tonight 4:14
09 Friends And Buddies 3:20

Version Two
10 Brothers & Sisters 3:13
11 Get No Lovin' Tonight 3:58
12 Po' Man 6:26
13 Keep It Up 4:10
14 Black Man 4:13
15 My Ol' Lady 3:21
16 The Silence That You Keep 3:25
17 Nobody Can Touch You 3:47
18 Ooh Ooh I Love It 4:22

Many will be familiar with Milton Wright's Friends & Buddies album, a much-sampled Miami soul classic that's been in demand since its' release in 1975. Intriguingly, that version of the album was Wright's second version; the first slipped out in limited numbers on promo before the master tapes were destroyed in a fire, forcing the artist to re-record it. This, then, is the first release of Wright's original version, rescued from permanent obscurity by Athens of the North. Notably folksier, looser and breezier than the version we've all come to know and love, Original Friends & Buddies sounds more like Terry Callier than Wright's later output. Happily, he tells the whole story himself in the excellent sleeve notes.

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