8 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slave’s excellent 1980 album Stone Jam is one of a handful of LPs that bridged ‘70s funk to ‘80s funk, and by the release of the following year’s Show Time the venerable Ohio-based ensemble had firmly taken hold of the new decade. The grooves are tighter and more sophisticated than ever before, but Show Time, true to its title, is a full-bodied and outgoing affair. Mark Antone Adams’ fat, loose-limbed bass leads every song. “Snap Shot,” “Party Lites,” and “Wait for Me” are bolstered by waves of horns, strings, and percussion, but Adams’ gritty, gutsy playing is the foundation upon which the songs are built. Show Time was drummer-turned-singer Steve Arrington's last album with Slave before going solo, and he makes the most of it. “Steal Your Heart” layers several different tracks of Arrington parts, enabling his keening, cooing voice to duet with itself. As always, he gives the songs an air of sensual intrigue. In the early ‘80s his effeminate, introverted vocals were an R&B anomaly, but he would become a major influence on urban pop singers in the decade to follow.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slave’s excellent 1980 album Stone Jam is one of a handful of LPs that bridged ‘70s funk to ‘80s funk, and by the release of the following year’s Show Time the venerable Ohio-based ensemble had firmly taken hold of the new decade. The grooves are tighter and more sophisticated than ever before, but Show Time, true to its title, is a full-bodied and outgoing affair. Mark Antone Adams’ fat, loose-limbed bass leads every song. “Snap Shot,” “Party Lites,” and “Wait for Me” are bolstered by waves of horns, strings, and percussion, but Adams’ gritty, gutsy playing is the foundation upon which the songs are built. Show Time was drummer-turned-singer Steve Arrington's last album with Slave before going solo, and he makes the most of it. “Steal Your Heart” layers several different tracks of Arrington parts, enabling his keening, cooing voice to duet with itself. As always, he gives the songs an air of sensual intrigue. In the early ‘80s his effeminate, introverted vocals were an R&B anomaly, but he would become a major influence on urban pop singers in the decade to follow.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

bull1221 ,

MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SLAVE ALBUM !

This lp here was greatest Slave album ever in my judgement. from side A to B the best. Slave had a host of hits all across the charts, but I feel that this entire album was excellent, SNAPSHOT, WAIT FOR ME, STEAL YOUR HEART,PARTY LITES, & SMOKIN'. I remember going though needles playing this LP.

EZ Mike ,

That's What I'm Talkin' Bout

For The Love of U was the joint back in the day. I remember the basement parties and grindin to this song with my baby back then. We won't mention no names as to protect the innocent. :}

Tone360 ,

Forgotten Funk Masterpiece

I used to own the LP back in the day, and wore it out. I'm glad this has been reissued, so I can jam to the entire album again.

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