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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. Itâ€™s safe to say that 99 percent of the worldâ€™s R&B fans have never heard of Phyrework.
Mercury/PolyGram didnâ€™t give this LP a very aggressive promotional push, and as a result, most R&B fans at the time didnâ€™t even know that it existed. Produced by Con-Funk-Shun guitarist Michael Cooper, Phyrework is generally competent and didnâ€™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 â€œPut Your Hands Upâ€ and â€œMy Funkâ€. But most of the material favors a much smoother, lighter style of soul-pop. Think of the Average White Band performing â€œSoul Searchingâ€ or George Benson singing â€œGive Me the Nightâ€, and you will have an idea what type of sound Phyrework is going for on tunes like â€œFly Away,â€ â€œMake It Last,â€ and â€œDance With Me.â€
Phyrework takes a sharp left turn on the totally unexpected â€œMystic Marinerâ€, a jazz-fusion instrumental. But make no mistake: this is an R&B release first and foremost. When Phyrework didnâ€™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.
Itâ€™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 3â€™23
02. Do You Feel The Same 3â€™54
03. Cominâ€™ For Your Love 3â€™33
04. More than a Dream 4â€™28
05. Fly Away 3â€™20
06. My Funk 4â€™16
07. Make It Last 3â€™32
08. Mystic Mariner 5â€™00
09. Dance With Me 6â€™11