Thursday, November 6, 2008

Anglo Saxon Brown - Songs For Evolution

Originally formed in Philadelphia, PA as Anglo Saxon Brown, the group released their first LP, Songs For Evolution on the Atlantic label in 1976.

After a few personnel changes, the outfit reinvented themselves as Silk releasing their 1979 follow-up album, Midnight Dancer, for Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International imprint.

Both albums possess the same key elements; slick production, superb vocal & instrumental arrangements plus that unmistakable Philly sound thanks to backing by MFSB. With all this going for 'em it's really hard to see why these projects weren't able to capture greater commercial success.

Usually, I try not throw up more than one piece per post but since I still wanted to showcase both of these albums, I'll do it this way instead. This week I bring you ASBs Songs For Evolution album and sometime over the next week or so I'll add Silk's Midnight Dancer into the mix.

Singles from both albums are have turned up on various compilations over the years but both LPs in their entirety are still on the OOP list. As usual, you can find copies of each just waiting to be snatched up here and here.

Featured cut: "ASB Theme"

(u can also hear ASB's "Call On Me" in the jukebox)

Listen to the full album here.


Stretch said...

Slayd thanks for this link!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link

raggedy said...

I've never heard of this group before, but I instantly liked the sample track ... Great music.
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hello...does anyone know the password?

Anonymous said...

thank you for the rarities and all the work you put in to this site.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the link. I just copped this last week at a used goods store and the copy is "static-y" to say the least. I appreciate the help on this one. Nice site, too. GOD BLESS

Anonymous said...

I will always love this group. ASB & Silk It's my brother. I grew up looking up to him and all the members. We wished for their success because they were so good. They were wonderful performers and great people!!!! It is nice to know that they are still being discovered. :)

Anonymous said...

This group A S B was not formed in Philly!! they were put together in Richmond, Va. by me: Joe Jefferson. as they were known by the name Ujima until I purchased their contract from a local producer, worked with them six months and got them signed to Atlantic Records. Atlantic lost this record due to promotion problems they were having at that time, too bad, this was a group full of potential. I also got them signed with Philly International where I was a staff writer at the time. It was a short lived association, too much politics and very little focus on the band. any more questions.....I can be reached at: Thanks for believing in the Music!!!!

Anonymous said...

I remember my brother playing this album over and over. I enjoyed the repeats. Love the sound and the originality of the band name "ANGLO SAXON BROWN." I'm a 50 year old woman, who has searched for ASB's music to share with my children and friends. My brother informed me that he still has the album. Brings back good mems.
Enjoy the sounds

Pablo Marron said...

Thanks so much for this posting. I have the Vinyl of this but can't get stuff across from the Decks to my PC easily. "Disco to the Disco music"

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