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NEW RELEASE. Key & Cleary. Love Is The Way

Publicat in: 14.02.2019, 06:59AM
Autor: Richard Constantinidi
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Etichete: Key & Cleary, Love Is The Way, Now-again Records
NEW RELEASE. Key & Cleary. Love Is The Way
Artist: Key & Cleary
Title: Love Is The Way
Genre: Soul / Funk
Label: Now-Again Records
Format: 2LP/2CD
Release Date: OUT NOW

Drum-machine soul, funk, disco and boogie from Buffalo, NYC. Rare 7” singles and previously unreleased tracks presented as an album for the first time
In the early ’70s, Jessie Key and Sylvester Cleary – two passionate idealists living in Buffalo, New York – formed a close friendship based on a mutual mission to better their city. The Attica State Prison Riot of 1971 was a burning memory, and the Arthur vs. Nyquist lawsuit – brought against the City of Buffalo for creating and maintaining a racially segregated school system – was on the docket. Key was once a cotton-laborer in Mississippi, who journeyed north for school where he met his kindred spirit, Cleary. The two struck up an intense friendship, bought a drum machine and recorded their first 45, ‘A Man’, a paean to self-actualization and Black American empowerment, which they custom pressed and issued privately.

Dozens of recordings followed over a decade long span, issued on local labels and warehoused on cassette tapes. Perennial optimists, Key & Cleary tried any path they could demarcate in hopes of forwarding their agenda of self-effected, positive change. They formed Buffalo’s first minority-owned construction company, opened a health food restaurant in a building previously occupied by a fast food chain, and even concocted a candy bar called ‘The Buffalo Treat’, which they manufactured and sold locally. Eventually they started their own label, Buffalo’s Reflection. On it they released their masterpiece, ‘What It Takes To Live’, a sought-after disco and Northern Soul classic, which previously appeared on Now-Again’s Soul Cal anthology.

This album collates the breadth of Key & Cleary’s recordings from 1970 until the mid 1980s, both the songs issued on rare 7” singles and previously unreleased. It presents a conjoined musical vision and tells the story of a duo years ahead of their time, both musically and culturally. ‘Love Is The Way’ was their ethos – their goal was to enlighten humanity and to bend history in a more loving direction through communion.
CD Tracklisting

1. A Man 
2. There Are Troubles 
3. Turn Me On
4. Since I Lost Your Love 
5. Dog's Delight
6. The Secret
7. Young People 
8. Lay Your Head
9. Salamanca
10. Storm Of '77 
11. Help Build Buffalo
12. What It Takes To Live 
13. To Love

1. (I've Learned Now) What It Takes To 
2. Live Love Is The Way
3. Video
4. Dunkirk Ice Cream 
5. Had Your Love 
6. Interlude

7. Help Build Buffalo (Demo Version)
8. Drum Solo 
9. May 1977 Car Conversation 
LP Tracklisting

A1. A Man
A2. There Are Troubles
A3. Turn Me On
A4. Since I Lost Your Love
A5. Dog’s Delight
A6. The Secret
A7. Young People
B1. Lay Your Head
B2. Salmanca
B3. Storm Of ‘77 
B4. Help Build Buffalo
B5. What It Takes To Live 
B6. To Love
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