Dyke & the Blazers

We Got More Soul

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A substantial record for the funky crew led by Arlester Christian, better known as Dyke. The enigmatic, unorthodox band shunned itineraries; if the Blazers liked a spot, they stayed until the owner and the public got tired of them. He once played a Cleveland show bar on East 105th Street for nearly two months fulfilling request after request for "Funky Broadway." This is as gut-driven as "Broadway," kinda James Brown-ish, but clearly Dyke & the Blazers' back alley, uncut brand of funk. It's a proud piece, as the lyrics brag and state that African-Americans have more soul than anybody else. Composed by Christian -- if you call one- or two-syllable words and one-track grooves composition -- the Original Sound recording was an R&B number seven and pop Top 40 entry at number 35 in 1969. Art Baker produced the group, discovering them in Phoenix, AZ, where supposedly the pre-"Backstabbers" O'Jays stranded them -- or they chose not to go on -- as their backing band (it was a short association). An unlikely place for discovery, they shocked everybody by scoring some big hits -- especially the O'Jays, who hadn't quite made it to the top yet.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Dyke's Greatest Hits 1967 3:20
So Sharp! 1983 Kent 2:46
Soul Shots, Vol. 1: Sixties Soul Classics 1987
Various Artists
Rhino 2:48
Golden Oldies, Vol. 11 [Original Sound] 1989
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:41
Classic Rock: On the Soul Side, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:44
Beg Scream & Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
Funky Broadway: The Very Best of Dyke & the Blazers 1999 Collectables 2:42
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:41
Black Power: Music of a Revolution 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:44