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Sounds Like: Sly and the Family Stone, Prince, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, The Temptations
Label: Independent Artist
Bio: JT Apollo, a Kansas City,MO. native, who spent most of his formative years on the stages of Minneapolis as one of the pioneers of the Minneapolis Sound. JT‘s love and drive for music taught himself to play many instruments, including drums, piano, guitar,bass guitar and trumpet.His upbringing in ...See Full Bio
“By Jon Dolan January 3, 2014 The hybrid of funk, pop, New Wave and guitar-rock Prince concocted in the early Eighties was briefly dubbed "The Minneapolis sound." This two-disc set tells the story of that sound, from the proto-disco Seventies to the synthed-up Eighties. You get a high school "Prince Nelson," in 1975, playing breezy guitar with his cousin's ex-husband's lite-funk band 94 East, and two unreleased 1979 tracks from future R&B superproducer Terry Lewis' band Flyte Tyme. As the Prince era dawns, fascinating strains of paisley abound – like Alexander O'Neal's "Borrowed Time," which puts Rick James in moon boots and hits like Kirby Puckett. The compilation chronicles the come up of the clean sophisticated funk chops of the Purple Mecca both before and after it received the Paisley Park treatment. The comp LP brings together some choice and rare cuts from the likes of Alexander O’Neal, Rockie Robbins, Haze, Sue Ann Carwell, Prophets of Peace And Aura, and Cohesion.”