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Moods and Grooves

   Artist: Ju-Par Universal Orchestra
Label: Ju-Par
Orig. Released: 1977
Catalog No.: LPJPAR1001
Condition: Sealed-Reissue
Format: LP

Retail Price: $ 10.49 (2 available)
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Incredible rare underground soul/funk LP from Detroit's own the Ju-Par Universal Orchestra. Released in early 1977 on the independent Ju-Par Records, "Moods and Grooves" couldn't get off to a better start than with "Funky Music". The tune begins with a clarinet keyboard tone, like that used by Stevie Wonder at the time, before a loud female voice comes on singing the chorus supported by horns. A definite floor packer if there ever was one. Oh no, the funkiness doesn't end there, the groove is continued on "Beauty & The Beast" with a thumping rhythm section. That's followed by two instrumentals, the lush, yet soulful "Time" and the jazzy "Chicago Calypso". The second side is decidedly mellower and jazzy with tunes like "Mocha Velvet", that features a lot of strings, "Is Anyone Listening?" and the Soul-Jazz of "Flute-Salad". "Gotta Get A Way" ends things off just like the album started. A must own for anyone who's into funky music.
Track Titles
Funky Music
Beauty & The Beast
Chicago Calypso

Mocha Velvet
Is Anyone Listening?
Flute Salad


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