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Category: Counterpart Creative Studios

"Space Funk"

“Space Funk”: Groovy Synths

Is Cincinnati aware the degree to which Manzel‘s two 45s “Space Funk” (from 1977) and “Midnight Theme” (1979) have become revered dance tracks around the globe?  Note the trippy backwards drumming intro that immediately draws in the listener on “Space Funk”: “Space Funk“ Manzel (1977) The number of times Dopebrother

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"Walking in the Night"

Felix Harris’ Insanely Rare, Impressively Different 45

Fascinating how Felix Harris‘s sole single — 1972’s “Walkin’ in the Night,” recorded at Cincinnati’s Counterpart Creative Studios and released on Shad O’Shea’s Counterpart Records — would be highly coveted by UK vinyl enthusiasts nearly 40 years later.  According to the soul music aficionado who posted this recording, Felix Harris’s

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"Gimme the Green Light"

Cincinnati’s Bubblegum Soul

Randy McNutt gives a first-hand account of Cincinnati‘s local recording scene in the liner notes to his CD compilation Souled Out:  Queen City Soul-Rockers of the 1970s: “[Lonnie] Mack‘s 1963 hit “Memphis” and “Wham!” [on Cincinnati’s Fraternity label] had started a local fascination with blues-rock — a combination of the

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