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CD Review: Pieces of Peace

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Quannum Projects has done their homework to discover and unveil this previously unreleased 60s recording from legendary Chicago funk and soul band Pieces of Peace. The story goes that in 1971 they recorded their only LP, and got offered a Southeast Asia tour. It was on this trip, in Singapore, that Pieces of Peace disbanded and went crawling back home. Some say it was homesickness, others claim it was stress dealing with agents, but regardless the band was broken up, and their LP was shelved. That's where Quannum enters the picture, dusts off this gem of an album, and gives back a piece of music history to the world.

Although over 30 years have passed since the album was originally recorded, its remarkably refreshing on the ears. The sound is uniquely retro and contemporary at the same time. It's high energy soul music with funky dance breaks, and a rhythm that makes you want to bust a windmill on a square of cardboard while wearing an old school Adidas track suit.

Listening to the album will transform your car into a Pontiac LeMans, chest hair and gold chains will materialize out of nowhere, and a huge massive afro will manifest itself on top of your head. The jams are incredibly fluid and can engulf you, allowing your favorite early 70s imagery to float through your skull.

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At first glance, i thought it was weird to give a shit about an album that came out 3 decades ago, but after listening to it, i understand the hype completely. This shit is awesome! It's like everything good about 70s Chicago funk-n-soul was fused together, and then forgotten. An injustice was done by shelving this baby for so long, and leave it to the fine folks at Quannum to right this wrong.

Pieces of Peace

from "Pieces of Peace"
(Quannum Projects)

Get the Pieces of Peace self-titled album October 16th, 2007, don't sleep on this.

Photo of Pieces of Peace via Quannum