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  • The Awakening [Believe in a Dream, 1980] B

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The Awakening [Believe in a Dream, 1980]
Of the core group--Otis III on guitar, brother Dexter on bass, and cousin Mark Lockett on keyboards--only Lockett does much writing, and he had nothing to do with the hit, "Remote Control," as apt a radio song as Elvis C. or Van M. has ever come up with (well, almost). But it's 1980, and this ain't no soul group, and for better or worse, writing (not to mention singing) isn't what funk groups are about, as three slow ones that would have stymied even Otis III's dad demonstrate. Playing is what funk groups are about, and if you don't believe me, listen to Otis III on "Doin' It" and "Funkin' on the One" or Dexter anywhere. B