Eumir Deodato – Motion (1984/2011) [HDTracks 24-192]

Eumir Deodato – Motion (1984/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:40 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Electronic, Pop, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.
Recorded: Duplex Sound, NYC, January, February, March, 1984

Motion, released in 1984, is an invigorating work that finds Deodato delving into the realms of electro-inspired music. The futuristic project presents Deodato combining Linn and DMX drums with more traditional instruments highlighting his compelling keyboard skills. Singer Katreese Barnes lends refreshing vocals to this urban funk-disco album. The mind-bending record is vital for any music library.

Motion, released in 1984, is an electronic affair. Deodato fully engaged the keyboard-drenched production of the 1980s and it is in full flower here, with Linn and DMX drums programmed all over the place to further enhance the multiple layers of synthesizers that coat every cut. In fact, the very notion of song takes a back seat to the terrain of sound itself. This is music for the dance club, but it has little to do with disco — its rhythms are looped and linked but remain utterly uninteresting, and the sonics, while bright and silvery, are paper thin. The album’s single was “Never Knew Love,” a characteristic bit of urban pop-funk tossed into the mix for balance. Katreese Barnes’ lead vocals are a breath of fresh air after the futuristic funk catastrophe of “S.O.S., Fire in the Sky.” The funky disco fusion of “Bus Stop” is catchy but utterly unimaginative. In fact, most of this record sounds like it could have been cranked out in Deodato’s sleep. ~~ AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

1 S.O.S., Fire In The Sky 6:18
2 Never Knew Love 5:47
3 Bus Stop 7:05
4 Motion 6:13
5 Are You For Real 5:10
6 Make You Feel Good 6:07

Eumir Deodato – Arranger, Composer, Keyboards, Linn Drum, Programming
Jerry Barnes – Bass, Composer, Drum Programming, Guitar, Synthesizer Bass, Vocals (Background)
Katreese Barnes – Composer, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals, Vocoder Programming
Camille – Vocals
Norman Durham – Composer, Programming, Synthesizer Bass
Earl Gardner – Trumpet
Juicy – Vocals
Bob Malach – Sax (Tenor)
Keith O’Quinn – Trombone
Alan Palanker – Composer, Keyboards, Programming
Nelson Rangell – Sax (Alto)
Rick Suchow – Composer, Programming, Synthesizer Bass