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Bustin Out of the Ghetto by Moody Scott

Though we all know that the more things change, the more they stay the same, it’s never been more evident than in this 70s recording by this talented vocalist. This collection includes, as AIM Soul states on the promo sheet, all of his 1970s Sound Stage Seven label recordings, including outtakes. I’m not entirely familiar with the label, but I know great "soul" music when I hear it!

Scott immediately starts off with the powerful message that we must "bust out of the ghetto" and the scourge of drugs. To hear him passionately appeal to various urban big cities to "get up off your rusty dusty" and take care of business against the "pusher man" and his influence on our kids is absolutely chilling. Consider that this was the message 30+ years ago for a problem that still persists in varying degrees today!

On the other hand, the album happily conjures up images of such icons as Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex, and James Brown (check out "A Man In Need Is A Fool" and the telling "I Don’t Dig No Phoney"). It is chock full of tunes that can magically transport one to that candy store or deli where the jukebox blared out the knowledgeable witticisms of the time as well as the need to "boogie."

Many a house party can recall the contributions this music made toward ecstatic moments and memories. Good-time music that also included the blues and somber perspectives. A one-stop shop for all that the soul needed to be complete. Artists like Moody Scott have, over the years, done more for healing what ails you than many medicines could ever hope to achieve!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Moody Scott
  • CD Title: Bustin Out of the Ghetto
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: AIM
  • Rating: Four Stars
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