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Lyman Woodard Organization

Saturday Night Special LP

Exact repro reissue. "Although Detroit is best known for fostering the musical talents of countless Motown artists, the Motor City played host to a spectrum of scenes. As Stevie Wonder's 1969 hit 'My Cherie Amour' was saturating American airwaves, the MC5 was touring to support their garage-rock opus Kick Out The Jams, released earlier that year. In 1971, the social consciousness of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' shared record store shelves with Dennis Coffey's psychedelic single, 'Scorpio.' And while the Jackson 5's 'Dancing Machine' was incinerating dance floors nationwide, an accomplished organist name Lyman Woodard was putting the finishing touches on Saturday Night Special, a funky collection of working-class jazz that, to this day, stands as a testament to the amazing relics of artistic expression born from this industrious place and time in American music. Unfortunately, Woodard's label, the proletariat resource Strata Records, lacked the funds and distribution to match the record's musical propulsion. Since most albums released on this now-legendary label tended toward the avant-garde, this recording -- equal parts jazz exploration, R&B sensibilities, and funk meanderings -- was marginally out of place in the Strata catalog. For whatever reason, this recording never received its due, until now.
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