Cymande ‎– Bra

Janus Records ‎– J-215
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo

Tracklist Hide Credits

A Bra
Written-By – Patrick Patterson, Steve Scipio
B Rastafarian Folk Song
Written-By – Mike Rose (2), Pablo Gonsales

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From the Cymande LP-JLS-3044 "CYMANDE"

Side A is an exclusive 3:48 'Edit' of the album version, and not simply a 'fade-out' of the 5:03 album version.
Side B is the album version.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A side label): J 2307-E
  • Matrix / Runout (B side label): J 2139
  • Matrix / Runout (A side etching): J-2307-E 1A
  • Matrix / Runout (B side etching): J-2139 1A
  • Matrix / Runout (A side stamped): STERLING

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
J 215 Cymande Bra / Ras Tafarian Folk Song(7") Janus Records J 215 US 1973 Sell This Version
F10007 Cymande Bra(Acetate, 10", S/Sided) Sunshine Sound F10007 US Unknown Sell This Version
ALA 10 Cymande Bra(7", Single, Promo) Alaska ALA 10 UK 1973 Sell This Version
J 215 Cymande Bra(7") Janus Records J 215 US 1973 Sell This Version
J 215 Cymande Bra(7", Promo) Janus Records J 215 US 1973 Sell This Version



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September 1, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
Heavily played on the early Breakbeat/Hip Hop scene, Cymande's Soul-Funk influenced masterpiece "Bra" was included on historical compilations series such as 'Super Disco Brake's', 'House Masters', 'Standing On The Verge...The Roots Of Funk (1964-1974)', 'Blueprint - Digital Blueprint Of Soulful, Funky Grooves', 'Urban Chill', 'Grandmaster Flash : Essential Mix Classic Edition', and 'Choice - A Collection Of Classics' by Little Louie Vega, among others.
A Major reference for the Worlds of Breakbeats, Hip Hop, Drum n'Bass and House Music, "Bra" was sampled by the music of the likes of Busy Bee, De la Soul, Def Jef, DJ Chuck Chillout & Kool Chip and DJ Kool alone, just to mention a few. Its sophisticated arrangements and ensemble fits perfectly on a high-demanding dancefloor audience, from the Sax solo to the funky rhythms and horns.

On the B Side, "Rastafarian Folk Song"'s quote was included on the Moody Boys vs. the KLF version of the massive electronic music anthem "What Time is Love?". This is a 7 inch single you should definitely go for if you want to hear 'the originals'.