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After his US R&B success with Reach For It (1977) and Dukey Stick (1978), MASTER OF THE GAME was jazz n funk pioneer George Duke s fifth album for Epic Records, the follow up to Follow The Rainbow (reissued by SoulMusic.com Records on SMCR-5029). A US Top 20 R&Band Top 200 pop charted album, MASTER OF THE GAME included the Top 30 R&B and club hit single I Want You For Myself featuring vocalist Lynn Davis.
The master keyboardist was the sole writer on eight tracks collaborating with famed percussionist Sheila E. on Games
and with guitarist David Myles, drummer Ricky Lawson and bassist Byron Miler all featured players on the album on the nine-minute-plus funk opus, The Alien Challenges The Stick/The Alien Succumbs To The Macho Intergalactic Funkativity Of The Funkblasters. Other key cuts on MASTER OF THE GAME previously only available as a Japanese CD release include the instrumental Dog-Man and the EW&F-influenced cut Every Little Step I Take.
MASTER OF THE GAME is one of four George Duke classic jazz/ funk albums being reissued by SoulMusic.com Records in 2011. This expanded edition includesUSsingle edits of I Want You For Myself and Every Little Step I Take.
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