George Semper – Inner City Review
Written by Toby Taylor on 10th June 2020
Inner City Review by George Semper is the latest release to land on Gilles Peterson’s Arc label, the first full re-issue of the songwriter and musician’s ultra rare 1973 compilation, which is available on 12” LP on 26th June 2020.
A songwriter and studio musician behind troves of soul, rock and R&B records from the late ‘50s onwards, it shines a fresh light on Semper’s influential behind-the-scenes role. He was the creative force behind Hammond organ classic “Makin’ Waves”, the cult 1977 Bay Area funk record “The Perfect Circle”, and a collaborator with the likes of Donny Hathaway, Jimmy Smith and Brenton Wood. It’s the third release on the “reissues and oddities” imprint launched last November by Peterson.
The record features a stellar cast of vocalists, recorded after a formative stint in Las Vegas, where Semper backed the likes of Ray Charles, James Brown and Sammy Davis Jr, Inner City Review opened the door for his later work with his Inner City Records label. This is an all-killer, rarely heard collection of music, documenting an important moment in Semper’s career.
Available on digital download ahead of the release date is “Got To Find A Way To Make Some Money,” relating succinctly to the time we’re now living in, the track encompasses the timeless themes of socio-economic struggle. You can pre-order it HERE.