Perception/Today Records

Perception Productions, a New York based label that ran from the late 60s through until 1974, was a strangely eclectic affair. Its roster stretched from a radical Afro-American poet through to the pop band King Harvest whose hit ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ became a massive hit for the UK band Toploader a couple of decades later. The inbetween points covered jazz, funk, vocal harmony soul and proto-disco. In fact distilled down into this compilation the label provides us a view of Manhattan’s black music scene of the period, from the established greats to the fresh young things who would make their mark in the coming years. The two men who ran the label, President Terry Phillips and Boo Frazier burned brightly for that half a decade before almost entirely disappearing from the music scene.

excerpt written by Dean Rudland
December 2011

Compiled by DJ Spinna and BBE Sounsystems

1. Dizzy Gillespie – Matrix
2. The Eight Minutes – I Can’t Get No Higher
3. Adam Wade & Johnny Pate – Brother (Title)
4. JJ Barnes – You Owe It To Yourself
5. Debbie Taylor – Too Sad To Tell
6. Joe Thomas – Chitlins & Cuchifritos
7. The Fatback Band – Njia (Nija) Walk
8. Bartel – Naturally Good
9. Madhouse – Get Some Of This
10. Astrud Gilberto – Gingele
11. The Albert – One Life
12. Bobby Rydell – Honey Buns
13. Black Ivory – You And I
14. The Eight Minutes – Take My Love Don’t Set Me Free
15. Wanda Robinson – Instant Replay

CD 2

1. Fatback Brother Bill Curtis – Dance Girl
2. Bartel – Boogie
3. Dizzy Gillespie – Alligator
4. Black Ivory – I Keep Asking You Questions
5. Julius Brockington – Rock Steady
6. Tyrone Washington – Submission
7. Joe Thomas – Every Brother Ain’t A Brother
8. Bartel – You’ve Just Been Bitten
9. Black Ivory – Surrender
10. The Eight Minutes – Find The One Who Loves You
11. Astrud Gilberto – Take It Easy My Brother Charlie
12. James Moody – Heritage Hum
13. J. J. Barnes – Wishful Thinking
14. The Eight Minutes – Looking For A Brand New Game
15. Wanda Robinson – A Possibility (Back Home)

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