One of the holy grails of Ô70s soul-funk collectors finally gets a proper reissue (and yes, original copies of this 1974 release on the Money label will cost you a lot of, er, money)! Don Julian was a Los Angeles-based doo wopper who got his start leading The Meadowlarks, who recorded a number of sides for Dootone Records. The Meadowlarks then became The Larks, who, like so many other R&B groups of their era, achieved one hit wonder immortality with a dance craze song, 1964Õs ÒThe Jerk.Ó They spent the rest of the Õ60s trying to recapture that magic with tracks like ÒSoul JerkÓ and ÒThe PenguinÓ (on Jerk Records, natch) before resurfacing with a couple of longplayers on the Money label. But this is where things get a little murky. The group also recorded a soundtrack for a long-rumored, never seen blaxploitation film called Shorty the Pimp (supposedly Quentin Tarantino has the only copy). In 1998, Ace Records assembled tracks from the Shorty the Pimp score on a CD release, but while seven of the ten tracks on Super Slick appear on that collection, many of them differ markedly from their soundtrack incarnations. So, the how, when, and where of this recording remain very much a mystery. But no matter; with its blend of Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, ÒPapa Was a Rolling StoneÓ-era Temptations, and Ô70s sweet soul (e. g a cover of David Gates & BreadÕs ÒMake It with YouÓ), Super Slick wears its influences very much on its sleeve while transcending them with soaring, falsetto-filigreed harmonies, percolating bass, and note-perfect arrangements. Trivia note: thatÕs Richard Berry of ÒLouie LouieÓ fame doing the deep-voiced spoken word parts on ÒSuper SlickÓ and ÒShorty the Pimp.Ó WeÕre pressing this in blue vinyl to match the album coverÉthis is a reissue thatÕs been a long time cominÕ!