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THE SALTY PEPPERS: LA LA TIME-THE ROOTS OF EARTH, WIND & FIRE
The brainchild of UMG executive Harry Weinger, La La Time is a nine-track digital-only collection that contains the recordings of The Salty Peppers, the original trio formed by Maurice White, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead in 1969 that became the precursor to White's creation of the legendary supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire.

An initial single, "La La La" was issued on a local Chicago label, TEC Records and later released by Capitol Records who signed the group (who had originally started as writers of commercials in the Chicago area). Capitol re-released the single as "La La Time" and it enjoyed some response in the Midwest without achieving any notable chart action. A second Capitol single, "Uh Huh Yeah" (backed with an early version of "Your Love is Life" which, renamed as "Love Is Life" appeared on the first EW&F album on Warner Brothers) but its lack of commercial acceptance led Maurice to move to Los Angeles where he expanded the band to include vocalist Sherry Scott, percussionist Yackov Ben Israel and his brother Verdine on bass.

The Salty Peppers morphed into Earth, Wind & Fire in 1970 (with Flemons and Whitehead among its members); the short-lived band's Capitol recordings have never been available digitally until now and the two singles are supplemented by five previously unreleased tracks, making this - truly the roots of one of the most important bands in music history - an essential buy for the global fans of EW&F.

Track listing:

Uh Huh Yeah
La La Time (Pt. 1)
La La Time (Pt. 2)
Your Love Is Life
Someone Waits (previously unreleased)
Open Your Heart (previously unreleased)
Tugs And Tears (previously unreleased)
Time Oh Time (previously unreleased)
Tag Along (previously unreleased)

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David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.
  
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