Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 59 Soft Focus Edition

Théo Gosselin
Enjoy this soft focus edition of ‘Groovy, sexy and soulful’! The track by Aura will be on a soon to be released compilation album called ‘Aloha Got Soul: A compilation of funk, disco, AOR, and soul in Hawai‘i 1979-1985’. Despite great musicianship and high quality studios, many of the recordings never made it to the mainland. Compiler Roger Bong of Aloha Got Soul brings together 16 rare tracks on one album for the first time. One of the leading bands from Hawaii's 1970s scene, Aura rose through the ranks in military clubs and similar venues. A family band consisting of eight siblings at its core, by the mid-1970s they had become the first local group to perform at the hottest disco in town, The Point After, where they remained the club’s headlining act for the next 10 years.

Isaac Hayes enjoying female company
Few figures exerted greater influence over the music of the 1960s and 1970s than Isaac Hayes. After laying the groundwork for the Memphis soul sound through his work with Stax-Volt Records, Hayes began a highly successful solo career which predated not only the disco movement but also the evolution of rap. Hayes was born on August 20, 1942, in Covington, TN. His parents died during his infancy, and he was raised by his grandparents. After making his public debut singing in church at the age of five, he taught himself piano, organ, and saxophone before moving to Memphis to perform on the city's club circuit in a series of short-lived groups like Sir Isaac and the Doo-Dads, the Teen Tones, and Sir Calvin and His Swinging Cats. In 1962, he began his recording career, cutting sides for a variety of local labels. Two years later, Hayes began playing sax with the Mar-Keys, which resulted in the beginning of his long association with Stax Records. His name was set for his musical score for the film Shaft in 1971. For the 'Theme from Shaft', he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song a year later. In fact, the song was one of the first signs of disco.

Tracklist:

Four80East – Soft Focus (2015)
Sun Rai – San Francisco Street (2013)
Isaac Hayes – Life's Mood II (1995)
Dee Dee Sharp Gamble – See You Later (1980)
Anvil Band – I’ll Be True (1977)
Mayer Hawthorne – Cosmic Love (2016)
Full Flava Feat. Joy Rose – Change (2013)
Kimiko Kasai – Make Up, Break Up (1984)
Heat – Don’t You Walk Away (1980)
Aura – Yesterday’s Love (1979)
Moods – Live Today (1978)
Barbara Jean English – If It Feels This Good (1976)
Flamingosis ‎– Riding The L (2016)
Khari Cabral Simmons Feat. Sabrina Malheiros – Major Bossa (2012)
Monday Michiru – Sunrise [Steal Vibe Latin Rhythms & Soul Mix] (2015)

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