Paul Billy: Let The Dollar Circulate / East


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Paul Billy: Let The Dollar Circulate / East
Artist: Billy Paul
Title: Let The Dollar Circulate / East

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Billy Pauls Let The Dollar Circulate and East have never appeared on a legit 12 before. They do now. Let The Dollar Circulate is inextricably linked to one of J Dillas greatest ever deep productions whilst the massive East has long been a big Harvey tune. Both make full use of the incredible MFSB the regular group of crack musicians that acted as the house band for the Philadelphia International Sound label at Sigma Sound Studios. Causing glorious damage to discerning dance floors until this very day Billy Pauls Let The Dollar Circulate was first released in 1975 on the album When Love Is New. It has the upbeat dramatic proto-disco sound of classic Philadelphia soul. Taut urgent verses of evergreen lyrics that preach the evils of capitalism and environmental destruction to a thumping menacing bassline. A gospel-infused chorus releases the tension in an explosion of strings and horns. Dynamite. A richly textured and enduring soul hit Let The Dollar Circulate received a second wind when it was sampled by Dilla for Spaceks 2005 underground gem Dollar. East is a fascinating genre-blending track a magical widescreen soul-jazz masterpiece. Mystical and powerful its a pulsating mini-epic with a potent spiritual dimension. East was written by Philly bassist and baritone Tyrone-William Brown and appears on 1971s Going East LP. Lenny Pakulas atmospheric arrangements are complex but deeply funky perfectly suited to Pauls fervent vocals. Gamble and Huffs production is a brilliant demonstration of their balancing Pauls jazz roots with the funky soul of the day and seeking to innovate and push musical boundaries. A first-person rumination on slavery Pauls thoughtful deeply moving spoken word introduction unravels as the track reveals its secrets. Against the jazzy backdrop Pauls delivery is heartfelt welling up with emotion. Strings cascade and winds howl while the bass prowls along the arrangement. Stunning. Remastered to stunning effect Be With is delighted to present this vital double-sider from the man uestlove called one of the criminally unmentioned proprietors of socially conscious post-revolution 60s civil rights music.

1.1 Let the Dollar Circulate
1.2 East

H 0.10
W 12.33
L 12.37

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