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Sun - Greatest Hits (Funk)

Sun - Greatest Hits (Funk)

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Sun - Greatest Hits

1. Sun Is Here
2. Reaction Satisfaction (Jam Ya'll: Funk It Up)
3. Wanna Make Love (Come Flick My Bic) (1991 Digital Remaster)
4. Radiation Level
5. Conscience
6. I Had A Choice
7. Baby I Confess
8. Super Duper Super Star
9. They're Calling For More (Edit)
10. Live On, Dream On (Edit)
11. Time Is Passing (Edit)
12. Pure Fire
13. Light Of The Universe
14. This Is What You Wanted
15. Quest
16. Jammin' En Brazil
17. We're So Hot (Instrumental)

Sun was a 70's Funk band from Dayton, OH which first came to R&B prominence with their smash hit, "Wanna Make Love (Come Flic my Bic.") This joint came complete with talk boxes a la Roger Troutman and Zapp. The cool thing about Sun were their album titles, most of which contained the band's name except for the first album, "Live On, Dream On" which was later RE-released and RE-titled "Wanna Make Love" in honor of their first smash single. There were "Sunburn," "Sun Power," "Sun Over the Universe," "Destination: Sun," "Sun: Force of Nature" and "Let There Be Sun." "Eclipse" followed in 1984 on Air City Records with a single called "Legs," which also made no impact commercially. Granted, they did not come close to knowing the success of their contemporaries (Earth, Wind & Fire, B.T. Express, Con Funk Shun, The Bar Kays, Brass Construction, Skyy and/or K.C. and the Sunshine Band, etc...,) however, there were SOME gems scattered throughout their six album run while signed to Capitol Records which ARE included here. Unfortunately, among the missing are a couple of singles that were pretty good and that should have been but that were NOT included, namingly, 1980's "Space Ranger (Magic's in the Air") and 1982's BANGIN' Funk/Rap workout, "Slamm Dunk the Ffunk!" It's sad that the two latter mentions were NOT because they are deserving enough to have rounded out this tight little collection. It's even a little comical to have called this package, "Greatest Hits," because there are only two bonafied "hits" represented here ("Wanna Make Love" and "Sun Is Here.") "The Best of Sun" might have been more fitting in this case.

As to why the hits were so far and few between, remains a mystery, however, Sun had a sound all its own under the master writing/production of its leader, Beau Ray Fleming. Be it a funky jam (as with "Sun Is Here") or a mellow ballad (as with "Baby, I Confess,") Sun could certainly turn it out. Capitol unfairly promoted them as a "Disco" band, but "Disco" was far beneath them. Capitol also was a label that had issues in deciphering which of the acts on their red label (1977-1980) were actually Soul acts and which were under the Disco moni333ker. They were a Funk outfit through and through despite the fact that they just could not find a lasting hitmaking formula, but like the title of their swansong Capitol album from 1982 declared, "Let There Be Sun." And there WAS Sun (for a SEASON, anyway.)
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The album code is : ODI187310

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