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Talk To The People

Les McCann

04 July 2005
Talk to the People preaches earthily in the funky soul/jazz and R&B languages of the time.  Having gone completely over to the Rhodes electric piano and Hohner clavinet, McCann became a fervent convert - indeed, he and Stevie Wonder were the funky-butt champs of the clavinet in the 1970s - and he could beat on them with the rhythmic snap of a conga drummer. 'Shamading' may be the funkiest, hip-shaking thing Les has ever recorded; the cool, swaggering funkathon 'North Carolina' runs a close second; and the best of the vocals is a gritty rendition of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On?'.