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Album Reissue: Gene van Buren on FunkyTownGrooves records

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Gene Van Buren - What's Your Pleasure Gene van Buren's is one of the best kept secrets in black music with his one and only album "What's your pleasure" from 1982. In 82 Gene van Buren, or Eugene that was his birth name got a fine contract with the Motown owned Tamla label. In December 82 van Buren finally released his debut. One of the most impressive facts was that he wrote all the nine tracks and all the lyrics with just a few exceptions by himself. All the tracks were published by Jobete Music Co.
With a voice similar to Glenn Jones van Buren delivered a very strong debut with a mix of soul and funk. Among the fast tracks two fantastic smokers exceeds the rest by a far margin in "Enjoy yourself" and "Rock the house". Two fantastic songs with so much joy presented in a outstanding mix of soul and funk with the main weight laying on the latter. Buren stretches his voice to the very limit of his ability but it never get out of hand. The rest of the LP also includes dens and funky "Action" and likewise funky "I give you good love" with a touching song effort. Buren also manage to deliver three excellent ballads in "When is my turn" (with a short and blissful Toots Thieleman inspired passage), "I love you more (than I hate what you do)" and "One", all performed with sensitivity and finesse.

Parts of Bio from Patriks Soul Funk Special

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