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relben wilson / got to get your own
On his only album for Chess' Cadet imprint, B-3 organist Reuben Wilson pulled the second of his now classic career change-ups. His first was on 1971's Set Us Free, his final album for Blue Note. On that date Wilson and producer George Butler brought in a female backing chorus, a large soul band, and arranger Wade Marcus for a driving set of psychedelic soul, hard funk, and rockist B-3 workouts. Wilson moved to Groove Merchant for a couple of years where he released two solid albums with producer Sonny Lester before coming to Cadet in 1975 for this ill-fated date. Chess was in dire financial straits by this time and was soon to close its doors; the album became a cutout almost immediately. It languished in the bins and in record stores and distribution warehouse basements until sample crazy beatheads and British DJs picked up on it in the late 1980s.

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