8 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slave’s fourth album opened a new phase in the Ohio funk band’s storied history. It was their first to feature the vocals of percussionist Steve Arrington, whose inimitable singing brought a distinctive flavor to the hit title song. The other tracks alternate between the more conventional vocals of Starleana Young and Curt Jones, who would go on to form Aurra. “Are You Ready for Love,” “Funky Lady (Foxy Lady),” “Roots” and “Shine” are superlative fusions of smooth funk and deep, throbbing groove. The music is the result of trumpeter Steve Washington’s expert arrangements, as well as the formidable rhythm section of bassist Mark Antone Adams and drummer Arrington. But it was Arrington’s stirring vocals that helped to separate Slave from dozens of other likeminded groups. His singing is exceptionally sexy and vulnerable, but tinged with sinister intent. The fact that his style is ever so slightly off-key is a big part of what makes “Just a Touch of Love” so intoxicating. The off-kilter sensation extends into the finale, “Warning,” which revels in the band’s love of eccentricity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slave’s fourth album opened a new phase in the Ohio funk band’s storied history. It was their first to feature the vocals of percussionist Steve Arrington, whose inimitable singing brought a distinctive flavor to the hit title song. The other tracks alternate between the more conventional vocals of Starleana Young and Curt Jones, who would go on to form Aurra. “Are You Ready for Love,” “Funky Lady (Foxy Lady),” “Roots” and “Shine” are superlative fusions of smooth funk and deep, throbbing groove. The music is the result of trumpeter Steve Washington’s expert arrangements, as well as the formidable rhythm section of bassist Mark Antone Adams and drummer Arrington. But it was Arrington’s stirring vocals that helped to separate Slave from dozens of other likeminded groups. His singing is exceptionally sexy and vulnerable, but tinged with sinister intent. The fact that his style is ever so slightly off-key is a big part of what makes “Just a Touch of Love” so intoxicating. The off-kilter sensation extends into the finale, “Warning,” which revels in the band’s love of eccentricity.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

I been waiting 4 so long ,

Indeed a Classic

I stil have this group and always be rated among among of the top funky group orf the 70's & 80's. RIP Mark Adams-Bass player aka Hansolor. Your funky bass player is a trademark of this group.

MrFresh2K10 ,

The fourth release in a string of hit albums

I remember when this came out. It was recorded at the House of Music in West Orange, NJ. Curt and Starr became strong members of the group, but Steve Arrington first appeared on the previous album, The Concept. doing vocals and percussion. Without getting long winded, this album truly has some "stellar" tracks of "fungk" as well. Mark Leslie Adams, aka Bass Dog, aka The Hansolor....u are MISSED!

Lapree ,

Awesome!!!!

Just a touch self explanatory gives me piece of mind one of favorite songs ever!!!! Brings back alot of memories a true classic!!!!!

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