Luther Davis – To Be Free

Side A:
You Can be A Star

Side B:
To Be Free

Written & Produced by Luther Davis, Jr.

Engineered Arnold Wayne Morrison

Recorded at Arnold Wayne Morrison’s Living Room

Originally released in 1979 on Life Time Records 11R-103, Bakersfield, California.

Luther Davis’s modern soul/disco masterpieces “You Can Be A Star” and “To Be Free” set off the series of disco reissues and re-edits on Soul-Cal Records, founded in 2003. Bakersfield, California’s Davis was the ideal artist to set off the series. The solitary release on his self-financed Lifetime label has been an in-demand UK club spin since its release – in not only the northern soul scene, but modern soul and deep funk scenes as well. Its extreme rarity is a pity – the blissful mix of soulful vocals, strong four-on-the-floor rhythms, intricate horn arrangements and gritty, low-fi production transcend the record’s early ’80s release. It is resolutely contemporary – and in its newly remastered loud form, it’s ready to light up dance floors the world over.