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Coolin' Off [886974971122]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 749711

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    Galactic's COOLIN' OFF is playable on any CD player; additional features are accessible with a CD-ROM drive. Those enhanced CD features include live performances, videos, band interviews, and a special exclusive edition of "On The One," San Francisco's Jazzmopolitan magazine.
    Galactic: Theryl DeClouet (vocals); Jeff Raines (guitar); Rich Vogel (keyboards); Robert Mercurio (bass); Stanton Moore (drums).
    All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
    After listening to Galactic's 1996 debut release, Coolin' Off, it's hard to believe that the band isn't comprised of seasoned funk veterans. Instead of showing off their instrumental chops at every given opportunity, the members of Galactic play as an ensemble, who know when to step back and let their soulful music groove and breath on its own. Vocalist Theryl de Clouet is only featured on a few of the album's tracks ("Something's Wrong With This Picture," "Everybody Wants Some -- Part 3," etc.), but his voice often steals the show when it's featured. The majority of Coolin' Off consists of funky instrumentals with a sound straight out of the '70s, but the band knows how to mix it up and avoid monotony. The opening "Go Go" is a good example of Galactic's sound: a prominent bassline is merged with horns and wah-wah guitar, while an organ creates a memorable melody. Other groove-oriented tracks include "Funky Bird," "Stax Jam," "Doo Rag," and "Church." Coolin' Off is an excellent debut from a band that is destined for great things. ~ Greg Prato

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