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Phillip (Phil) Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) Japanese SHM-CD, Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

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Phillip (Phil) Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) Japanese SHM-CD, Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

Phil Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) [Japanese SHM-CD Reissue 2008]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 496 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Label: Blue Thumb/Universal | # UICY-93418 | Time: 01:06:54
Genre: Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Blues, Jazz Pop

Recorded in 1971, shortly after he departed Cadet where he served as a house sideman-playing on dozens of records and a prefferred guitarist for Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, Phil Upchurch headed for the West Coast and Blue Thumb Records. Produced by Tommy LiPuma, Upchurch's Darkness, Darkness is his quintessential (double) album, full of laid-back funky grooves, elegant, mind-blowing guitar work, elegant string and horn arrangements, and fine Fender Rhodes work from Donny Hathaway with legendary session bassist Chuck Rainey and smooth jazz piano great Joe Sample in the house. Upchurch effortlessly walks the line where jazz, blues, rock, soul, and funk fold into one another, yet he never gives quarter in the process. The title track is a cover of the Youngbloods hit. Upchurch leaves all the fuzz tone and distortion of his early work behind him for the shimmering cleanliness of the West Coast sound. He gets the dirty grooves through the notes, not the effects, bringing out the funky side of Jesse Colin Young's original. Hathaway's spare, tasty muted horn arrangements follow in counterpoint to the melody, creating an extended harmony that acts almost as another voice. On "Fire and Rain"– the James Taylor evergreen that was a hit when he covered it–Upchurch begins tenderly, wringing its melody slowly and purposefully, before the keyboards and strings reach in and grab it. Forced to respond, he chunks it up with large Wes Montgomery-styled chords and knotty fills at the piano and horns, cascading like water in the background. He increases the tempo and transforms it into a funky soul tune, with a haunting melodic invention that restores the poignant melody. And while these tunes signify his capablility for turning even the most melancholy folk-pop tunes into funk-driven boogaloos, it's on the soul tunes where he shines brightest. Conversley, his readings of James Brown's "Cold Sweat," Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" are turned toward pop and reveal an accessibility that not readly apparent to that audience. While the rock music was danceable and inspiring to begin with and was reinvented both structurally and emotionally by Upchurch's playing, it's when he digs into classic R&B material that things really start to happen. He plays with such a sticky groove that he wrings every ounce sweaty emotion from these songs, revisioning them as anthems to funky transcendence. There isn't anything extra in his silky approach, but a profound knowledge of when to move and when to slip, slide, and groove through these charts– is Upchurch's trademark. Virtually no one else could take a raw tune like "Cold Sweat," smooth it out, and still give it the mean, lean read that Upchurch does. His fingers are flying all over the place but are never outside the reach of the rhythm section. Darkness, Darkness is 1971's soul-jazz album to beat, and despite its under-recognition at the time–it is one of, if not the, decade's finest albums in the genre, period.

Review by Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com

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Tracklist:

01. Darkness, Darkness (09:18)
02. Fire and Rain (07:41)
03. What We Call the Blues (06:15)
04. Cold Sweat (06:49)
05. Please Send Me Someone to Love (05:09)
06. Inner City Blues (06:46)
07. You've Got a Friend (08:40)
08. Love and Peace (05:28)
09. Sweet Chariot (06:39)
10. Sausalito Blues (04:06)


Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 3 from 28. July 2007

EAC extraction logfile from 24. March 2008, 8:06

Phillip Upchurch / Darkness, Darkness [SHM-CD]

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Utilize accurate stream : Yes
Defeat audio cache : Yes
Make use of C2 pointers : No

Read offset correction : 30
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out : No
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks : No
Null samples used in CRC calculations : Yes
Used interface : Installed external ASPI interface

Used output format : Internal WAV Routines
Sample format : 44.100 Hz; 16 Bit; Stereo


TOC of the extracted CD

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1 | 0:00.00 | 9:18.35 | 0 | 41884
2 | 9:18.35 | 7:41.32 | 41885 | 76491
3 | 16:59.67 | 6:15.06 | 76492 | 104622
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7 | 42:00.01 | 8:40.63 | 189001 | 228063
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9 | 56:08.73 | 6:39.09 | 252673 | 282606
10 | 62:48.07 | 4:06.17 | 282607 | 301073


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AccurateRip summary

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foobar2000 1.2 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2014-10-31 14:15:56

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Analyzed: Phil Upchurch / Darkness, Darkness
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR6 -0.10 dB -7.24 dB 9:18 01-Darkness, Darkness
DR6 -0.10 dB -7.00 dB 7:41 02-Fire and Rain
DR6 -0.10 dB -7.15 dB 6:15 03-What We Call the Blues
DR6 -0.10 dB -7.64 dB 6:49 04-Cold Sweat
DR7 -0.10 dB -8.79 dB 5:10 05-Please Send Me Someone to Love
DR6 -0.10 dB -7.31 dB 6:46 06-Inner City Blues
DR7 -0.10 dB -8.29 dB 8:41 07-You've Got a Friend
DR7 -0.10 dB -8.00 dB 5:28 08-Love and Peace
DR6 -0.10 dB -7.64 dB 6:39 09-Sweet Chariot
DR6 -0.10 dB -7.45 dB 4:06 10-Sausalito Blues
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR6

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 993 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Phillip (Phil) Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) Japanese SHM-CD, Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

Phillip (Phil) Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) Japanese SHM-CD, Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

All thanks to original releaser - aksman

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