Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio – Until The Morning Comes

Lost but not least! Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio – Until The Morning Comes (Arista)

Come on! Unless being the victim of a permanent otitis, you can feel from the very first note as to how ‘Until The Morning Comes’ is a one of a kind jam. Quite illustrative of that perfectly well balanced sound that would make Raydio‘s one like no other. On the heels of cuts such as ‘Rock On’ and ‘Hot Stuff’. Not to mention ‘It’s Time To Party Now’. And in a vein quite comparable to Sister Sledge‘s ‘Lost In Music’.

I gotta say here as well how I never understood why Arista passed on givin’ ‘Until The Morning Comes’ a further push. Only releasin’ it whenever they did it as the flipside of ‘Can’t Keep From Crying’ Stateside. If not of ‘Two Places At The Same Time’ in Britain.

What a(nother) mess at the end. Don’t you think?

– Although mostly remembered for the main theme of the soundtrack of the Ivan Reitman 1984 directed supernatural comedy film ‘Ghostbusters’, Ray Parker, Jr.‘s legagy is just like a one of a kind…

Born in Detroit, MI, the man first came to light as a member of Bohannon‘s house band in the late 60’s. This being how he would come to write his first songs for the late Marvin Gaye. Touring with the (Detroit) Spinners as a musician, he would eventually work for Holland-Dozier-Holland‘s Invictus/Hot Wax labels. He also managed to appear on Lamont Dozier‘s first two albums for ABC Records.

Featuring on Stevie Wonder‘s ‘Maybe Your Baby’ back in 1972, he appeared as his lead guitarist when the latter served as the opening act on the Rolling Stones tour the same year. 1973 seeing him acting as a sideman in Barry White‘s The Love Unlimited Orchestra. He would give birth to Raydio 4 years after. A group which comprised Jerry Knight, Arnell Carmichael and Vincent Bohnam, along with Charles Fearing, Darren Carmichael, Larry Tolbert and Ollie Brown.

Responsible for an instantly identifiable sound, they dropped 4 albums from 1977 until 1981. From then, Parker started a solo career. He scored six Top 40 hits, including the hit single ‘The Other Woman’ in 1982 and ‘Ghostbusters’ in 1984.

Jerry Knight did the same, releasing 3 solo albums. He achieved moderate success though with cuts such as ‘Overnight Sensation’ or ‘Perfect Fit’. He would reach a higher status when teaming up with Ollie Brown. The twosome delivering the title track to the soundtrack of the 1984 movie ‘Breakin”. Knight also wrote and procuded for luminaries such as The Whispers, Patrice Rushen, DeBarge and Howard Hewett.

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