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Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band – Evolution (Remastered) (1971/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band – Evolution (Remastered) (1971/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:41 minutes | 636 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sussex Records

Dennis Coffey’s Sussex label debut remains his most consistent and rewarding LP, not to mention his most commercially successful. Evolution delivers precisely what its title promises, spotlighting Coffey’s growth as a guitarist and as a composer. Its infectious centerpiece “Scorpio” reached the R&B Top Ten, buoyed by Coffey’s ear-grabbing guitar intro and a Hall of Fame drum break that is the source for an endless number of samples. The leadoff cut, “Getting It On,” has proven no less fecund, its opening guitars and Andrew Smith’s drums bit off by both the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. But Evolution also charts the development of Coffey’s skills as an arranger, cherry-picking elements of rock, funk, and soul to create a unique sound not too far removed from jazz fusion. Somehow he even transforms Led Zeppelin’s blues-rock behemoth “Whole Lotta Love” into a vacuum-packed funk groove.

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Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band – Electric Coffey (Remastered) (1972/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band – Electric Coffey (Remastered) (1972/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 30:08 minutes | 584 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sussex Records

Although its myriad zodiac-inspired titles might suggest that Electric Coffey does little but rehash the punishing funk of Dennis Coffey’s classics “Scorpio” and “Taurus,” in truth it ranks alongside the guitarist’s most ambitious and accomplished LPs, exploring a vast swath of musical geography spanning from psychedelic soul to blues-rock. A monster drum break and deep-fried production conspire to make “Son of Scorpio” the sought-after cut among DJs, but Electric Coffey is much more than the sum of its parts. Coffey empties out his bag of studio tricks for “Capricorn’s Thing” and “The Sagittarian,” while “Love Song for Libra” and the acoustic “Lonely Moon Child” illustrate a newfound grasp of atmosphere and nuance.

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Dennis Coffey – Goin’ for Myself (Remastered) (1972/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dennis Coffey – Goin’ for Myself (Remastered) (1972/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:15 minutes | 737 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sussex Records

Following on the creative and commercial breakthroughs of Evolution, Dennis Coffey’s second Sussex LP can’t help but suffer by comparison. Though by no means a bad record, Goin’ for Myself nevertheless falters from a paucity of new ideas, relying heavily on recycled riffs and ill-suited cover material. “Taurus,” the record’s hit follow-up to Coffey’s funk classic “Scorpio,” even borrows elements of the original’s melody, while renditions of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye,” and Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” hinge on the guitarist’s now-familiar gimmicks like wah-wah and distortion. But the mid-tempo “Midnight Blue” succeeds on the strength of Coffey’s nuanced performance, and the funky “Can You Feel It” is irresistible. Best of all is the incendiary “Ride Sally Ride,” later sampled to memorable effect for LL Cool J’s “Big Ole Butt.”

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Dennis Coffey – Absolutely the Best of Dennis Coffey (2011/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Dennis Coffey – Absolutely the Best of Dennis Coffey (2011/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:08:05 minutes | 791 MB | Genre: Funk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sussex Records

This 20 track appreciation of the legendary guitarist’s work covers the four albums he recorded for Sussex Records between 1971 and 1973. The edgy Funk blazes a trail on songs like ‘Scorpio’, ‘Son Of Scorpio’ and ‘Enter The Dragon’.

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Dennis Coffey – Instant Coffey (1974) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dennis Coffey – Instant Coffey (1974)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:37 minutes | 908 MB | Genre: Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Sussex Records

Dennis Coffey is best-known for his 1971 Top 10 hit Scorpio, but his career spans far-beyond the reaches of just one song. His 1974 Instant Coffey wasn’t a commercial success but continued to champion the sound of Detroit funk.

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Dennis Coffey – Hot Coffey In The D (2017) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Dennis Coffey – Hot Coffey In The D (2017)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 53:31 minutes | 4,23 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 53:31 minutes | 1,38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: HDTracks | Digital booklet | Genre: Jazz | © 2xHD

Dennis Coffey’s Hot Coffey in the D, is a collection of previously unreleased live recordings made during the legendary guitarist’s residency at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge in Detroit in 1968 featuring Motor City staples on the scene — organist Lyman Woodard and drummer Melvin Davis.

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