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Nichelle Nichols - Dark Side Of The Moon EP (1974)

3-02-2016, 11:46
Jazz | Soul | Easy Listening | FLAC / APE

Title: Dark Side Of The Moon
Year Of Release: 1974
Label: Americana Records
Genre: Jazz, Soul, Easy Listening
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 0:14:30
Total Size: 129 Mb


01. Dark Side of the Moon (3:20)
02. It's Been On My Mind (4:07)
03. Starry-Eyed (3:06)
04. Let's Trip (3:57)

"Dark Side of the Moon" was published by Americana Records (...which mysteriously never released any other record...) in 1974. The EP came in a gatefold sleeve which offered a gorgeous and somehow psychedelic picture of Nichelle on the outside, and an additional more down-to-earth image . Side A opens with the title-track, a song written by Nichelle' second husband Duke Mondy, who is credited as "Duke Monday". With some Moog effects layered in for that spacey feeling, it is a pretty good example of the kind of Exotica-flavored Lounge Croon Soul that the EP contains. The lyrics poetically describe the coldness and aridity of the hidden side of our only satellite."It's Been On My Mind" was written again by Mondy along with Nichelle Nichols. The song starts with a spoken introduction before exploding in a rich Soul number with effective backing vocals appearing during the refrain and cool horns scattered here and there.On Side B we find "Starry-Eyed", another spacey number written by producer Eddie Singleton along with one Dorothy Goodman who I wasn't able to trace back. The song offers more synthesizers than any other on the EP, along with elegant touches of jazzy guitars in the middle section and inspired vocals.The frenetic "Let's Trip", once again written by Eddie Singleton, ends the record with an agitated vocal performace where Nichelle sighs, wheezes, hints, shouts, laughs and moans on the top - or better, over the top - of a repetitive walking bassline, chorus and complex full-instrumentation arrangement.

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freedom2   User offline   3 February 2016 22:58

In case you're wondering why she looks familiar, Nichelle was "Uhura" on the original Star Trek series. :-)

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