James Mason has been big with diggers for years. Original copies of Rhythm Of Life tend to go for astronomical prices and with good reason. First released in 1977, the album is a masterpiece of soulful jazz funk that gave birth to a few early disco classics. Mason was a keyboard player and song writer that worked with Roy Ayers, amongst other musicians. A few Ayers associates are featured on Rhythm Of Life, Justo Almario on saxophone and Philip Woo on piano, along with a young Narada Michael Walden who adds some excellent drums to the record. For this essential Dynamite Cuts version, some highlights from the album are pressed on two 7"s: check out the hard-driving uptempo groove of "I've Got My Eyes On You" featuring amazing vocals from Clarice Taylor," and "Silk City," a slick down-tempo soul killer that's never been commercially released as a 45 until now. In addition, two very rare versions of the most-in-demand tracks are included: the mega rare promo versions of "Sweet Power" as well as "Free," which is a different mix from the LP cut. Recommended.
- 7" double vinyl pressing
- includes 4 songs from the original LP
- part of the Dynamite Cuts import 7" series
- heavy card cover
- limited edition
- music label: Dynamite Cuts 2019
reviewed by Michu Meszaros 08/2014