Associated Artists : Graham Central Station : 1998

GCS Cover 2

Studio album by Graham Central Station : GCS 2000

Released July 21, 1998

Genre R&B, soul, Funk

Length 50:36

Label NPG

Producers : Larry Graham, Prince

GCS 2000 is a studio album by funk group Graham Central Station released on July 21, 1998, on NPG Records. It was their first new album in America since 1979’s Star Walk.

Background :

Prince had greatly boosted the career of another funk artist, Chaka Khan in the 1984 with her platinum-selling album, I Feel for You. In 1998, he tried to revitalize her career with the album Come 2 My House It was released the same day as GCS2000 and peaked at #49 R&B. Prince’s attempt to salvage Graham Central Station’s status, however, was not as successful, and neither the album nor its singles charted in the U.S.

One of the chief issues, as noted by Greg Prato at allmusic, was that “Too much Prince and not enough Graham makes GCS 2000 sound like a Prince solo album with Graham guesting, instead of a triumphant return to form from this trailblazing funk bass great.” Another complaint was that the album, in contrast to prior Graham Central Station works, sounded much more like Prince’s “studio perfection”, whereas the group’s prior works sounded “as if they were recorded entirely live”.

A quick preview of the album reveals a departue from the slapping technique the band was known for. “Just B My Lady”, “Don’t Let ‘Em Change You”, “Groove On”, “I Just Found Somebody to Love” and “Outro” (5 of the 12 tracks) all feature several characteristics reminiscent of P-funk’s style.

Track listing :

All tracks were composed by Graham alone, except for “Utopia”, which Prince helped compose:

1. “Intro”

2. “GCS 2000”

3. “Free” (with Chaka Khan and Prince )

4. “U Move Me”

5. “Just B My Lady”

6. “Love 4 1another”

7. “Don’t Let ‘Em Change U”

8. “Utopia”

9. “Groove On”

10. “I Just Found Somebody 2 Love”

11. “I’magettin'” (Instrumental)

12. “Outro”

Personnel :

• Larry Graham – bass, vocals

• Cynthia Robinson – trumpet

• Jerry Martini -saxophone

• Gail Mudrow – guitar, vocals

• Wilson Rabb – guitar, vocals

• Robert “Butch” Sam – organ, vocals

• The NPG – additional shouts

• Brother Jules – scratches

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