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This Album Was Too Soulful For 1977, But Found It’s Moment in 2013

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Rokk’s ‘I Want To Live High’ is a soulful cult favorite but wasn’t a perfect fit for its era.

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This week my picks are "I Want To Live High" by Rokk, and many others songs. All picks are featured on the Sam’s Jam’s Spotify playlist (updated weekly).WDET

This week my picks are “I Want To Live High” by Rokk, and many others songs. All picks are featured on the Sam’s Jam’s Spotify playlist (updated weekly).

Artist: Rokk

Song: Patience

Rokk was a soul group out of Los Angeles in the second half of the 1970’s. They recorded their debut album “I Want To Live High” around 1976, which featured a blend of soulful ballads, jazz influences, classic funk and modern disco.

From the album they released a single titled “Patience”, which got radio play in their hometown, but not much attention elsewhere. At the time full-fledged commercial disco was all the craze in the music industry. In 1977 Marvin Gaye had taken the disco route with “Got To Give It Up” and ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” ruled the funk charts.

Rokk’s album was too soulful, reminiscent of previous years. The album got shelved and wasn’t released until 2013 on Numero Group records, a label that specializes in reissues and rare gems from yesterday.

I imagine if the album was given a chance, the song “Patience” would have driven the band to higher places.

Listen to “Patience” by Rokk and the full Sam’s Jams playlist below.

Sam’s Jams is the weekly song selection of WDET’s creative producer Sam Beaubien, a longtime Detroit musician who also helms the soul-funk band Will Sessions.

From 70 years ago to contemporary releases today, Sam’s Jams is the musical equivalent of digging for hours in dusty record store bins to find forgotten-but-should-be-remembered deep cuts pulled from the genres of funk, jazz and soul genres.

Sam Beaubien, Creative Producer

Sam Beaubien is a musician, composer, producer, and educator in Detroit. He is also the founder and leader of the acclaimed ensemble, Will Sessions.


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