Spin #26 : Patrice Rushen : Posh

Musicians on Album: Patrice Rushen (vocals, arrangements, production, piano, synths, percussion), Charles Mims Jnr (production, arrangements assist, handclapper), Freddie Washington (Bass guitar), David T. Walker (Guitar), Wali Ali (Guitar), Paul M. Jackson Jnr (Guitar), Marlo Henderson (Guitar), Gerry Brown (Drums), James Gadson (Drums), Leon Chancler (Drums), Charles Veal Jnr (Concertmaster), Rosemary Veal McLean (contractor), Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Assa Drori, Frank Foster, Endre Granat, Bob Sanow, Sheldon Sanow, Marcia Van Dyke, Dorothy Wade, Kenneth Yerke (Violin), Rollice Dale, Denyse N. Buffum, Virginia Majewski, Barbara Thomason (Viola), Paula Hochhalter, Nils Oliver (Cello), Raymond Lee Brown (Trumpet, Flugelhorn), Oscar Brahear (Trumpet, Flugelhorn), Don Myrick (Alto Sax), Bill Green (Tenor Sax), Glay Lawrey (Trombone and Baritone Horn), Maurice Spears (Bass Trombone), Kevin R. Carter Snr, Ulysses Nakayo Dupree, Tony Lewis, Lindsay Redmond, Larry Robinson (Handclappers)----SO MANY

Patrice Rushen : Posh Year Released : 1980 (2020) repress hand numbered 380/500 Produced by Charles Mims Jnr and Patrice Rushen Label: Elektra/Asylum Records/Strut Price Range: $50+AUD Speed: 33 1/3 RPM Album Before : Pizzazz (1979) Album After :Straight From The Heart (1982) Further Listening :Prelusion - Patrice Rushen (1974) LP : 1 x Orange LP Mood for enjoying: I enjoy putting this record on when you require music to soothe and relax. If your day or week isn't going so well and you need a bit of rest and relaxation, this one is an ideal choice. It has upbeat numbers and who doesn't like the funk! Track Listing:

LP Side A

Never Gonna Give You Up - 6:50

Don't Blame Me - 6:31

Look Up! - 3:41

I Need Your Love - 4:25

Side B Time Will Tell - 5:09

The Dream - 4:54

The Funk Won't Let You Down - 7:35

This Is All I Really Know - 4:41

What's in the Sleeve ? 1 x Orange LP, number 380/500 hand numbered copies. Lyric booklet included

"Working hard and long since dawn. Gonna call it a day. I need to be right by your side, Got so much to say" ~ I Need Your Love - Side A

Welcome to Spin #26 - Patrice Rushen - Posh

I hope that you all have been having a nice relaxing week and settled in nicely to read our Spin #26 on this fine Sunday afternoon. I have chosen the feel good album by Patrice Rushen, 'Posh'. I'd heard a couple of her songs before purchasing 'Posh' on a whim and I am so glad that I did, as she is a fantastic artist.

For the review I have used the turntable set-up in our front sun room so I can play it loud and enjoy the warmth coming in through the windows. This system is the Audio Technica AT-LP60XBT and the Marshall Woburn II speaker. Plus our 3 1/2 year old son and 1 year old daughter get a chance to listen and dance along whilst playing.

Photo of Charles Mims Jnr and Patrice Rushen in the studio


Drop the Needle (of course means place the stylus nicely on your wax):

Another standout in the quality department when it comes to Vinyl Me, Please releases. I managed to pick up a copy of 'Posh' as I liked what I heard via steaming services. I didn't realise at the time of purchasing this album but there were only 500 pressed and the back of the record shows that I have #380 (handwritten). Now before stumbling across this album I didn't know a lot about Patrice Rushen other than Will Smith used one of her songs for Men In Black, 'Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head) and that Prince had a crush on her.

The orange LP matches the dream like sequence on the front cover of this record which has Rushen standing by the window and fireplace. It's one of those albums that you open up the provided lyric book and follow along with a nice drink in hand. Has a similar feeling whilst listening to Spin #4 Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down or Spin #17 Mavis Staples - Self-titled.

Now that I have found a comfortable spot on the chair by the sunny window, I hear the stylus hitting the grooves of first track, 'Never Gonna Give You Up'. From the first sounds of this opener you can tell that you are in for a funky time as Rushen's delightful and easy to listen to voice comes through the Woburn II speaker. I enjoyed the back and forth from Rushen and bassist Freddie Washington. Check out the performance they did on Soul Train here. 'Never Gonna Give You Up' has a drawn out orchestral section that invites you up on your feet and start dancing. Don't be shy if you are dancing whilst reading this one as it happened to us.

First word that pops into my head whilst the second track on the album plays is sultry. 'Don't Blame Me' has that funky bassline of Washington supporting Rushen as she navigates her way nicely through this track. You can really feel the relationships between all involved and there is a nice moment where Rushen takes control with the electric piano. You can tell that she has a lot of tools in her belt when it comes to the vision of this album, just by the cohesiveness and production quality. You can hear the instruments so clearly on all levels during this pressing and nothing is muddled. I feel that so many pressings lately have failed in the QC department, whethe