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Gerson King - Gerson King Combo 1
This is Brazilian funk of the highest order.   Gerson King is the country's equivalent to James Brown, a fact that announces itself immediately upon putting on this disc.  Blaring horns, upfront rhythm arrangements that wouldn't be out of place on a JBs session, and King's vocal delivery are all clearly derived from Soul Brother Number One, yet King manages to avoid falling into cliches by the sheer force of his personality.  His voice demands your attention, even if you are unfamiliar with Portuguese.

There is a change-of-pace ballad in "Just For You," but otherwise this is a full-on funk explosion. "Uma Chance" and "Swing Do Rei" are galvanizing examples of his band's power, simply superb and sure to ignite a party.  "God Save the King" has shown up on compilations, and "Andando Nos Trilhos" has a drum break just waiting to be sampled.  The remaining five songs maintain the high standard of the set, making for a classic album that was the beginning of a legendary career by Gerson King.

This session was long out of print until being reissed as part of Universal Brazil's Samba and Soul series.  Recommended to people wanting to explore funk from an international perspective.

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Released 1977 on Polydor

Selected Tracks:

God Save the King
Swing Do Rei
Andando Nos Trilhos

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