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One album american Funk-Soul band from Compton, California. Originaly signed by Wayne Henderson for his At-Home Productions, Inc., they went later to Chocolate City to recording their self-titled LP in 1976.
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Smoke (9) - Smoke album art Smoke (9) Smoke (Album) Chocolate City US 1976 Sell This Version

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Smoke (9) - (Your Love Has Got Me) Screamin' / You Needn't Worry Now album art BlackSmoke* (Your Love Has Got Me) Screamin' / You Needn't Worry Now (Single) Chocolate City US 1976 Sell This Version
Smoke (9) - There It Is album art Blacksmoke* There It Is (Single) Chocolate City US 1976 Sell This Version
CC 003 Smoke (9) - (Your Love Has Got Me) Screamin' / You Needn't Worry Now album art Blacksmoke* (Your Love Has Got Me) Screamin' / You Needn't Worry Now(7", Single) Chocolate City CC 003 US 1976 Sell This Version

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bjohn1202

bjohn1202

February 1, 2019
SMOKE: 70's era Music Group

I was researching my favorite album from my 1970's college era DJ days and discovered Young Jeezy, famous rap star from Macon, GA, sampled one of their cuts:

Young Jeezy's 'I Got This' - Discover the Sample Source

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Young Jeezy's 'I Got This' - Discover the Sample Source
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I got the album, SMOKE, from my brother Gregory back in 1974-75. He got it at the Ohio State Fair I think as a demo album while in the Air Force. The album was released by Casablanca then pulled back after their name SMOKE conflicted with another music group. Copies of the album are extremely hard to find.

They were discovered by Wayne Henderson of the Crusaders. Really good musicians, tight arrangements, a hell of a horn section and a lead singer with a tremendous range. I would play both sides at the Q-Shack after-parties while at Savannah State uninterrupted in the wee hours of the morning and kept the party going for 45 minutes. The only other album that was possible to play both sides uninterrupted was Parliament's Mothership Connection (Make My Funk the P-Funk), also released by Casablana around the same time.

Their style was a combination of The Average White Band; Brass Construction; Chicago; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Slave; and funky like James Brown's horn section. One side is continuous pre-disco party music and the other deep ballards delivered by their talented vocalist Arnold Riggs crossing multiple musical octaves with tight string arrangements.

BTW, I hated the subsequent disco era!

Who knew these cats were from Compton, CA.

https://www.discogs.com/artist/745164-Smoke-9

Okay, I know! I am retired! I got too much time on my hand. :-)

Byron
vinylshrine7

vinylshrine7

July 15, 2014
No wonder no one can find it. The band is called Blacksmoke, how will anyone find it under Smoke? Just wasted time adding new release.

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