Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame: 1
Genres: Pop, R&B
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Natural funk jazzed for the funk of it!!!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The titles mislead. The funk on this first solo release was less than the funk and smooth soulful sounds found on Steve's last album with the group called Slave. Steve's presence is felt strongly on most cuts, although selections found on this album are almost juvenille in comparison to his albums with Slave, notably the last album "SHOWTIME". The first song "Nobody Can Be You" and two others "Strange" and "Weak At The Knees" are the most memorable selection on this CD. However, the powers to control the releases of these "OLD SCHOOL JAMS" performed by Steve Arrington of his subsequent albums(releases) should not be deterred from release. I believe his latter albums supplied more of a truer sense of his talents fully explored than his first solo album. Although Christian in nature, many listeners do not realize the gospel aspects of his latter albums. Which were enjoyed by the funky and the sanctified listeners equally. SAMUEL S. WALKER TKYOPRINCE@AOL.COM"
muzyksohlchile | Orangeburg, SC | 02/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether it was with groundbreaking group Slave or as leader of his own funk clan, Steve Arrrington always profoundly expressed his music abilities with such style and brilliance. First starting as member and drummer for the Ohio based funk outfit, Arrington scored many top R&B hits including the mesmorizing "Just a Touch of Love," "Watching You," and "Snapshot." From there, Arrington went on to form his own band, Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame, and what has to be one of the funkiest albums ever made, many will agree on this phenomenal debut. Kicking off the set is the hard funk-driven top 20 R&B smash "Nobody Can Be You." Also included is the thunderous "Weak at the Knees," that was later sampled by rap moguls Jermaine Dupri and Jay Z, and the essential "Way Out," which is also offered as a remix by the legendary late great Frankie Crocker. The soothing "Beddie Bey," also sampled on Tribe's classic 'Midnight Marauders,' is an essential cut that listeners shouldn't dare ignore. Another masterpiece worth owning."
5 Stars plus...................................
Derek Johnson | United Kingdom | 12/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After helping Slave to create a major part of funk history, Steve Arrington broke ranks to do his own thing, and in the process, he created two albums that still, when played toady, sound as fresh, as the decade they were released.
Firstly, what makes this CD great is the quality of the singing. Steve was originally a drummer, when he was recruited to Slave, but, in time, he discovered that he could really blow. Boy, what a strong voice he has.
Secondly, unlike a lot of CDs then (and now) there were no fillers on this CD. Every track could stand on its own, and could have been released as a single. To prove this point, the CD I have has about 5 extra tracks, but apart from the remix of `Way Out', I think that upon listening to these toons, you can see why they were left out.
Personal favourites are: Nobody can be you (but you), Way out (particularly the Frankie Crocker remix), you meet my approval, but I can let the CD play and enjoy them all. Trust me. Funk heads need this in their collections.
Also recommended is the Hall of Fame Vol 2 .