Breakwater was a funk band formed in Philadelphia, PA in 1971. The group was effectively led by keyboard player Ulysses Kae Williams Jr., who wrote the hard rock-influenced “Release The Beast” along with trumpet player and vocalist Gene Robinson and woodwind player Vince Dutton. The track was first heard on Breakwater’s 1980 album Splashdown (Arista), a moderate success that peaked at #34 on Billboard’s Soul LPs chart. The album boasts a solid gear list, with Williams credited as playing the Fender Rhodes Piano in addition to ARP 2600, Mini-Moog, Prophet 5, and ARP Omni synthesizers. In 2005, the main synthesizer and percussion riff became the very foundation of "Robot Rock", the lead single from Daft Punk’s post-Discovery attempt at restraint Human After All. This track was previously issued on a super rare 1980 7” backed with Splashdown album closer “Time”, but this reissue instead includes the jubilant horn-led funk workout “Let Love In”. Pressed on black vinyl with a standard sized center hole.
- 7" black vinyl pressing
- limited edition
- music label: Be With Records 2019
reviewed by EDWIN BIRDSONG CLOCK 09/2019