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Friday, Sep 06 2013 | 12:46 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

Master Plan IncAll serious record collectors agree that finding rare records can be a difficult, time consuming and often expensive business. Finding previously unknown records takes this challenge to another level; another step further and you’re into the realm of lost master tapes, acetates and demos in record company archives – take one step further still and you’ve just stepped into a black hole: the mysterious, unknown world of private recordings made by individual musicians, never before circulated beyond the four walls of their studio or home.

Such is the case with Master Plan Inc, a band from Chicago led by Fred Shorts. With just one single to their name – an uber-rarity rated at over $2000 – nobody had any idea that within the confines of a studio archive and Shorts’ private residence there would be a wealth of other recordings on acetate, reel to reel tape and cassette.

Despite our 24/7 commitment to search for such material, such a find is very rare indeed, coming up only once every few years. Yet what marks this as so special is that only when these soulful treasures had been fully excavated did it come to light that the quality of the music would make for a complete album of astonishingly high quality – most albums have one or two gems padded out with filler, but here we have the real deal – gem after gem after gem. And all previously unreleased! If you’re into modern soul, ’70s funk, smooth mid-tempo crossover dancers or high energy funk blasts – you’re in for a treat!

– All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored from the original master tapes
– Comprehensive liner notes from our interviews direct from the band
– CD with 16 page booklet with liner notes and previously unpublished photographs
– Most tracks never before issued – one song previously only available as a rare 45 that changes hands for over $2000!
– Only on Jazzman – all because WE DIG DEEPER!


01. Master Plan Intro
02. Heartbreaker
03. Something To Be Done
04. Bag Up
05. Try It, You’ll Like It
06. You
07. Something To Be Done (Brunswick Version)
08. Younger Generation
09. Bright Lights, Big City
10. Special
11. For The Brothers (Demo)
12. Time Is Passing By (Demo)
13. Valerie (Demo)
14. How Slick Is Slick
15. Party Hearty (Demo)
16. You Turn Me On
17. Special Love (Demo)

The album Master Plan IncMaster Plan Inc” (Jazzman) is going to be released September 6, 2013.

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