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• Soulmusic Records is very proud to present an in-depth anthology of the spectacular work of the late and legendary George Duke recorded over a seven year period from 1977-1984. Included in this overview of his tenure at Epic records are all eleven of his U.S. charted singles along with selected ‘B’ sides and album cuts taken from his eleven best-selling epic LPs.
• Acknowledged as one of the most talented multi-faceted music men of the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond, California-born George’s career began working with a diverse range of musicians including such pioneers as Cannonball Adderley and Frank Zappa before he started his own solo recording journey in the mid-‘70s.
• Within a year of George’s impressive stint with Epic, he enjoyed a first U.S. chart breakthrough with 1977’s ‘Reach For It’, continuing with the funk classic, ‘Dukey Stick’ in 1978. George’s acclaimed 1979 project ‘Brazilian Love Affair’ spawned a UK charted hit with the title track. Further success came with his teaming with super-bassist Stanley Clarke resulting in George’s biggest U.S. hit, 1981’s ‘Sweet Baby’.
• Compiled by David Nathan, this sumptuous 2-cd follows the Soulmusic Records’ reissues of several of George’s best-selling Epic albums; stellar notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring include quotes from Duke cohorts Ndugu Chancler and Byron Miller and his cousin, Dianne Reeves; great remastering by James Bragg highlights the distinctive funk/jazz & R&B work of a much-loved and respected music legend.