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After Shock

by Shock

Collection of out takes and other "lost masters"
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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1. Loosen Up
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2. Night Life (2010)
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3. Let's Get Crackin (live)
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4. Lies
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5. Work Your Body
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6. Just a Dream Away
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7. You Got My Number
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8. Slam Dunk (2010)
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9. You Got The Love
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10. Hands of Stone
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11. Shock
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12. Dance and Have Some Fun
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13. Can't Have All of You
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14. NIght Life (1979)
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15. Let Your Body do the Talkin
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16. It's Over
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17. Been Waitin So Long
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18. The Dog
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In 1981, after the release of their breakout single "Let's Get Crackin," Rolling Stone magazine picked Shock as one of the top ten new artists of the decade. With comparisons to P Funk, Earth Wind and Fire, and Cameo, the expectations were high. And although the band did follow up with subsequent hits "Electrophonic Funk" (1982) and "Waiting on Your Love" (1983), a constellation of factors eventually brought this 1st chapter of Shock to a close. Shortly thereafter band leader/ keyboardist Roger Sause, producer/guitarist Marlon Mclain, and bassist Joe Plass began writing, recording and touring with smooth jazz star Kenny G. Then, in 1989 Sause and Mclain hooked up again to produce a more pop-oriented Shock album. Even though the single "Talk About Love" got a lot of airplay (particularly in Europe and Australia where it hit #1 on many dance charts), the project seemed to lack the magic of the original Electrophonic Funksters and once again Shock fell off the radar screen. This had to be the end---right? So in the early 1990s Sause and Mclain both moved to Los Angeles, where Roger began playing keyboards and touring with cross-over Christian icon Michael W. Smith, while Marlon became a full-time member of the grammy award winning Dazz Band. Roger formed a live music production company called Perfect World Entertainment, and Marlon continued to work with the Dazz Band, The Ohio Players, Charlie Wilson and a myriad of other elite artists .

Then in 2007 Shock was nominated on the 1st ballot for induction into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. The band was then invited to perform live for the OMHOF in 2008, where Marlon was to be inducted for a life time achievement award. Although the band hadn't played together in 20 years, the fire was instantly rekindled and both the crowd response and show reviews were rave. After this show, lead vocalist Malcolm Noble suggested that Shock record another album. And even though the idea sounded like fun, writing, rehearsing, producing and recording another record wasn't realistic since everyone had moved on to other things both professionally and geographically. However, there were several things that had never been released before, that along with some live tracks and other things could be compiled into an album of "lost masters." And although Shock didn't have time to record an entire new album, it WAS possible to get the band together and record a couple of new things to include in this project---tracks #1 and #2---"Loosen Up" and "Nite Life" respectively. The CD also includes a live version of their classic "Let's Get Crackin," and even a jazz odyssey called "Hands of Stone" that showcases the virtuosity of the band beyond just "party music." Finally, there was an original album that had been released independently in 1980 which has become a collector's item because only 1000 of them were ever pressed. So this rare project has been reedited and remastered in its entirely for an additional 8 tracks on this new CD. The first thing one will notice is that there's a song from this old record also titled "Nite Life" that's a totally different song than the funkier track #2 on this CD. The explanation behind this is that the original "Nite Life" was written during the disco era, but the song title was still great for party music so it was reused to write a funkier version years later. There you have it! Anyway, I hope you enjoy one more dose of Electrophonic Funk!

Shock Out!


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Maria "Miss Funkyflyy" Granditsky

At last- a must-have for all Shock fans!
When I first read about this CD I couldn't believe my luck! As a long-time fan of Shock (and hard-core collector of all their records on vinyl, even post-Fantasy obscurities such as the twelve inches "Slam Dunk" and "Regular Brush"), there was one LP I never thought I'd hear; their debut from 1980 on the indie label Nebula. But now, here it is, in all its glory, for a fraction of what it would cost to hunt down the actual vinyl on eBay or GEMM. It's absolutely phonktastic to hear the first version of "Night Life", in a more dance-disco-vein than I'm used to and the version of "Let Your Body Do The Talkin'" (later re-recorded for the 1981 debut on Fantasty records) is really great too! Then there are more funk gems from that Nebula LP to boot, plus a new version of "Nite Life", "Loosen Up' and a live recording as well. I can't say anything negative about this record. The Nebula material is mastered from vinyl, but that is understandable, considering it came out 30 years ago and was only made in 1000 copies. If you are a fan, you just have to have Shocks "After Shock" CD and I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

Luc Charles

SHOCK - AFTER SHOCK
I remember that Roger told me about this project about 3 years ago....And now it's there!!! Roger....you can't believe how you made my day when you sent me that mail announcing the final touch on this project....Congratulations to the whole SHOCK team...The Electrophonic Funk is still in the air...

This is GREAT, FANTASTIC, MARVELLOUS, FUNKTASTIC....

Luc

Marcus

Great Great Project!
With the unreleased songs,coupled with the old remastered! Great and Funky like I use to know them! A must have!
Also a good history of the Band and where they have gone!