George Duke - The Aura Will Prevail
George Duke - The Aura Will Prevail
George Duke - The Aura Will Prevail
George Duke - The Aura Will Prevail

George Duke - The Aura Will Prevail

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George Duke - Rhodes electric piano, Hohner clavinet, Arp Odyssey, Mini Moog, Wurlitzer electric piano, Arp String Ensemble, Moog bass (A3, B3), Mutron Phaser, Mutron Dual Phaser, pedals, vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring George Duke]

Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler  drums, congas, mystery voice (A2, B1)

Alphonso 'Slim' Johnson - electric bass (A1-2, A4, B1-2, B4-5)

Airto Moreira - percussion (A1, B1)

Sylvia St. James - vocals (B1)

Kathy Woehrle  - vocals (B1)

Gee Janzen - vocals (B1)

Written by Frank Zappa (B3, B4), G. Duke (A1 to A4, B1, B2, B5)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : optimal media GmbH

Label : MPS

Original Label : MPS

Recorded and mixed at Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood, California

Recorded, engineered and mixed by Kerry Mcnabb

Produced by Baldhard Falk

Originally released in 1975

Reissued in 2018



Side A:

  1. Dawn
  2. For Love (I Come Your Friend)
  3. Foosh
  4. Floop De Loop

Side B:

  1. Malibu
  2. Fools
  3. Echidna's Arf
  4. Uncle Remus
  5. The Aura



“In 1975, George Duke was dabbling in R&B vocals. But instrumental jazz-fusion was still his primary focus, and he had yet to be played extensively on any of the genres' stations. When The Aura Will Prevail came out that year, no one bought the LP for its occasional R&B vocal -- the main attraction was Duke's keyboard playing. "Fools" is a melancholy soul ballad that finds him singing lead and predicts what was to come on R&B-oriented releases like Don't Let Go (1978) and Master of the Game (1979), but it isn't typical of the album on the whole. This is a fusion effort first and foremost, and Duke has plenty of room to stretch out and improvise on instrumentals that range from the insistent "Floop de Loop" to the Brazilian-influenced "Malibu" (which shouldn't be confused with the Hole/Courtney Love gem). Two of the songs were written or co-written by Frank Zappa: the fusion instrumental "Echidna's Arf" and the gospel-minded soul item "Uncle Remus" (another tune that gives Duke a chance to sing lead). Without question, The Aura Will Prevail is among this artist's finest fusion-oriented albums.” AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,39 / 5

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