Greatest Hits

The Blackbyrds

Greatest Hits FCD 7707 2
  • CAT # FCD-7707-2

    1. Walking In Rhythm 4:12
    2. Do It, Fluid 5:26
    3. Gut Level 4:08
    4. Blackbyrds' Theme 4:06
    5. Rock Creek Park 4:36
    6. Summer Love 5:09
    7. City Life 5:22
    8. Happy Music 4:56
    9. Unfinished Business 5:52
    10. Supernatural Feeling 3:47
    11. Soft And Easy 4:25

Organized in 1974 at Howard University by jazz trumpeter and educator Donald Byrd and named after Black Byrd, his hit fusion album of the previous year, the Blackbyrds provided their mentor and producer with a pop outlet for his multifaceted imagination. The group struck paydirt in 1975 with the wonderfully buoyant "Walking in Rhythm," a No. 4 R&B, No. 6 pop smash, and again the next year with the No. 3 R&B, No. 19 pop "Happy Music." Those two classics, along with such others as the funky "Do It, Fluid" and the smooth, jazzy "Summer Love," showcase the versatility of a brilliant young band that was clearly ahead of its time.

Walking in Rhythm; Do It, Fluid; Gut Level, Blackbyrds' Theme, Rock Creek Park, Summer Love, City Life, Happy Music, Unfinished Business, Supernatural Feeling, Soft and Easy

Allan Barnes, Stephen Johnson, Wesley Jackson, Kevin Toney, Barney Perry, Orville Saunders, Joe Hall, Keith Killgo, Perk Jacobs

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