Tell me that's not a somewhat unfortunate cover. Althea and Donna had a big hit in 1977 with "Uptown Top Ranking," which in turn reworked a riddim that had been used numerous times, including songs by Anton Ellis, Marica Atkins, and Trinity. It's an amazing song. The album, not so much.
I grew up near Santa Cruz and live in San Francisco. The first album I bought was Herbie Hancock's Future Shock. I buy too many albums. I think about music too much. This is an outlet for my musings on everything from punk to hip hop, so my friends don't have to put up with my rambling.
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