Tuesday , May 17 2022

Eric’s Quick Picks – Rick James Anthology

The crazy freaky ego-tripping hyper-sexed drugged-up persona “Rick James” finally killed vastly talented singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, musician James Johnson Jr. at the age of 56.

He dressed like Bootsy, drugged like Sly Stone, strutted like a pimp, but invented his own brand of melodic, brassy funk in an incredibly fertile period between ’78 and ’84 with horny, effervescent deep-groove standards “You and I,” “Bustin’ Out,” “Fire It Up,” “Give It To Me Baby,” “Super Freak” (which was written as a joke, of course, making fun of the image that he himself had invented and fostered), ‘Dance Wit’ Me,” “Standing On the Top” (with the Temptations), “69 Times,” “Cold Blooded,” “17” and “Loosey’s Rap” (with Roxanne Shante).

They’re all here in the 2-CD Anthology, many in extendo-groove single form, along with assorted ballads of varying degrees of steam. The man lived the legend, was crushed by it, got back up, then drifted off in the night.

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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