T. Life

That's Life

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T. Life, the producer of Evelyn Champagne King's gold single "Shame," made his solo recording debut with That's Life on the same label as his protegée, RCA Records, in summer 1978. The album was produced by Al Garrison, who remixed "Shame," with David Todd. The vocalist/guitarist/songwriter features his studio bandmates Instant Funk on three tracks: the rock/funk-ish first single "Tell Me," the sinewy "Games," and the sparse, gentle ballad "I Found My Way." On the latter, listen for vocals (background) by a pre-stardom Luther Vandross. Other standouts are the slick, punchy horn-laced second single "Short Changed," the tight thumpin' bass-dominated title track, and the lilting, reggae-flavored "Just Another Story." Those expecting Life's LP to be in the mode of tight disco funk of "Shame" will be surprised to hear an adventurous fusion of R&B, funk, rock, island, and acoustic jazz. Life dabbled more with rock funk fusion on the 1979 RCA LP Blast-O-Funk by the band Thomas Bucknasty. He also had an '80s Arista LP, Something That You Do to Me Keeps Turnin' On, whose title track was a dance favorite.

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