Phyrework – Phyrework (PTG CD)


Artist: Phyrework
Label: PTG Records
Sort: Artist CD
Product #: PTG34124
Barcode: 8717438197241

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Phyrework – Phyrework

Phyrework is great lost soul/funk album from the late seventies, with a smooth sound that sounds a bit like a Wayne Henderson production, but which has a lot more soul than a lot of his other work from that time. Phyrework was an obscure, little-known soul/funk outfit that recorded for Mercury in 1978. It’s safe to say that 99 percent of the world’s R&B fans have never heard of Phyrework.

Mercury/PolyGram didn’t give this LP a very aggressive promotional push, and as a result, most R&B fans at the time didn’t even know that it existed. Produced by Con-Funk-Shun guitarist Michael Cooper, Phyrework is generally competent and didn’t deserve to be ignored. Although Con-Funk-Shun was big at the time, Phyrework received hardly any attention.

The record contains a few examples of tough, hard, Bar-Kays-like funk, including “Put Your Hands Up” and “My Funk”. But most of the material favors a much smoother, lighter style of soul-pop. Think of the Average White Band performing “Soul Searching” or George Benson singing “Give Me the Night”, and you will have an idea what type of sound Phyrework is going for on tunes like “Fly Away,” “Make It Last,” and “Dance With Me.”

Phyrework takes a sharp left turn on the totally unexpected “Mystic Mariner”, a jazz-fusion instrumental. But make no mistake: this is an R&B release first and foremost. When Phyrework didn’t sell, Mercury dropped the seven-member band, which never recorded a second album. The members of Phyrework included lead singer Clarence Pitts, guitarist Willie Smith, bassist Gerald Calhoun, keyboardist Frank Hames, trumpeter Jim Foster, saxophonist Bill Eden, and drummer John Bryant.
It’s too bad the album did not get the attention it deserved.

Perhaps now after more than 30 years this reissue of PTG Records finally gives Phyrework the attention from soul/funk fans worldwide which it deserves.


Phyrework – Phyrework

01. Put Your Hands Up 3’23
02. Do You Feel The Same 3’54
03. Comin’ For Your Love 3’33
04. More than a Dream 4’28
05. Fly Away 3’20
06. My Funk 4’16
07. Make It Last 3’32
08. Mystic Mariner 5’00
09. Dance With Me 6’11


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Weight 0,110 kg