• After his US R&B success with “Reach For It” (1977) and “Dukey Stick” (1978), MASTER OF THE GAME was jazz’n’funk pioneer George Duke’s fifth album for Epic Records, the follow up to “Follow The Rainbow” (reissued by SoulMusic.com Records on SMCR-5029).
• A US Top 20 R&B and Top 200 pop charted album, MASTER OF THE GAME included the Top 30 R&B and club hit single “I Want You For Myself” featuring vocalist Lynn Davis.
• The master keyboardist was the sole writer on eight tracks collaborating with famed percussionist Sheila E. on Games” and with guitarist David Myles, drummer Ricky Lawson and bassist Byron Miler – all featured players on the album – on the nine-minute-plus funk opus, “The Alien Challenges The Stick/The Alien Succumbs To The Macho Intergalactic Funkativity Of The Funkblasters.”
• Other key cuts on MASTER OF THE GAME – previously only available as a Japanese CD release – include the Latin-flavoured instrumental “Dog-Man” and the EW&F-influenced cut “Every Little Step I Take.”
• MASTER OF THE GFAME is one of four George Duke classic jazz/funk albums being reissued by SoulMusic.com Records in 2011. This expanded edition includes US single edits of “I Want You For Myself” and “Every Little Step I Take.”
• Notes by former Blues & Soul writer Jeff Lorez include 2011 quotes from George.
About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.