Mon 16 Aug 2010 to Sun 22 Aug 2010

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"RARE & UNRELEASED FUNK FROM NORFOLK, VIRGINIA 1971-73" is a collection of 13 funk tracks done by or featuring Raw Soul. Hard to find tracks from out of print 45s including cuts done with Lee Fields, Barbara Stant and more. Full color pic sleeve and extensive liner notes from Plut's Brent Hosier.

CD version of the album comes with 4 extra cuts (for a total of 17). Raw, soulful funk tracks from the band and backing other artists (including Lee Fields and Barbara Stant). Recorded in the early 70s in Norfolk, Virginia.

They went on to become a group called Maze – who toured pretty extensively with Marvin Gaye.

The Philadelphia born Beverly started the group as Raw Soul in 1970. They recorded a couple of singles on the small Gregar label, but without any major hits. But with a few personnel changes, a relocation from Philadelphia to the San Francisco Bay Area in California in 1971, and an introduction to Marvin Gaye, the group became an immediate success. Gaye took the group on the road with him as one of his opening acts, and in 1976 he suggested that they changed their name from Raw Soul to Maze.

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