This 1978 hit single actually dates from several years earlier in the Bar-Kays' career. Following the release of the 1975 Cold Blooded LP, they continued to record under the Stax aegis until the label folded nearly a year later. Unreleased at the time, this material remained in the can until Fantasy acquired the Stax back catalog and used the album's worth of material to cobble together the ironically titled Money Talks LP.
The first single peeled from that set, "Holy Ghost" gave the band an immediate hit. And no wonder. This is one of the finest examples of the dirty funk the band was playing at this most crucial juncture; nearly eight and a half minutes long, Larry Dodson's energetic vocals take the spotlight, even as they are cradled among fat bass lines and an insistent circular groove. It made peculiar company for the group's own, now-disco-inclined output, but proved just as successful -- indeed, "Holy Ghost" became the Bar-Kays' first R&B Top Ten hit in over a year. It has become a favorite among samplers, with the Beastie Boys, M/A/R/R/S, and Public Enemy all paying tribute to these funk icons.