Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Ranked #96 in the Soul Strut 200
Before the days of readily available sound clips, this record was mythical with beat diggers. Cool psychedelic art work. Check. Legendary Pete Rock sample. Check. A wall record at the Roosevelt record show. Check. Must be what I need to become the next rap super-producer? Ummm. Its contents and high price tag caused quite a controversy here on Soul Strut. Hence, making it a Top 100 record "discussed" on here.
This is legendary sax player Tom Scott's debut on Impulse! It features the breezy psych pop vocals of The California Dreamers who also appeared on Impulse! records by Gabor Szabo and Bob Thiele. The album is light jazz with some groovy late psychedelic sounds (thanks to Bill Plummer's sitar work). The only reason this is a $200 record vs a $20 record is the cover of Jefferson Airplane's "Today" which contains the famous horn sample to Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s classic rap track "T.R.O.Y." If backpack nostalgia is your thing, this is the record for you. Fun fact: The Honeysuckle Breeze features Glen "Rhinestone Cowboy" Campbell on guitar.