Maze

Golden Time of Day

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Maze and Frankie Beverly had a lot to live up to when the time came to record a second album, and while Golden Time of Day isn't quite as strong as their magnificent debut, it's nonetheless an excellent soul/funk offering. Disco was still incredibly popular in 1978, but it had little impact on Maze, which continued to avoid disco's hyper tendencies and favored a comfortable, more relaxed soul groove instead. The idealistic "Workin' Together" (a call for unity) and the reflective title song were well received by black radio, and the poignant album track "Song for My Mother" never became the hit single it should have been. On pop stations, Maze still couldn't get arrested. But a lack of pop support certainly didn't prevent Golden Time of Day from going gold.

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