The pairing of Pieces of Peace with Annette Poindexter in early 1970 by Syl Johnson—his backing band and girlfriend, respectedly—yielded impressive results. Peace-maker and future arranger extraordinaire Benjamin Wright is largely responsible for the swinging, funky arrangements on “Mama” and “Wayward Dream.” “Mama” has a bombastic sound that would only make sense when disco arrived half a decade later.
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