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Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Brothers Unlimited

Posted in Rock Classics! with tags , , , on January 11, 2010 by 30daysout

My sister’s musical tastes have been changing, and I know why.  She has a new boyfriend: Chauncey, and he has a big Afro.  She confided in me because Dad won’t like the fact that she dates a black dude, but I’m cool with it.  I’m especially cool with his taste in music!

Chauncey is a disc jockey – his on-the-air name is Private Eye – and he loaned me this 8-track from his car.  It’s called Who’s For The Young, and it’s by a group called Brothers Unlimited.  It came out in 1970, and although it appears to a hip psychedelic-R&B album it’s really got a lot of nice Southern funk and soul tunes.

Brothers Unlimited was a 14-piece group from Memphis.  The group came together in 1968, with a unique live sound blending funk, soul, rock and smooth vocals.  The group was organized by John “Kousi” Harris, formerly of the group J Robinson and The Dynamics, and Memphis singer Jerry Jones.  Curtis Johnson, and brother Harold “Quake” Johnson had formerly been members of The Chips/Astors,  who recorded with Stax Records.

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