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Songs From Prison

The music you heard on the show this morning is from an historical recording session that happened at a correctional facility in the U.S. more than 30 years back. "Eyes Of Love" was recorded in an infamous facility in Richmond, Virginia, by 9 inmates who called themselves "Edge of Daybreak". If you like smooth soul music with loads of lovely harmonies and bit of disco thrown in for good measure, you'll absolutely love this record. In the late 70s, prisoners at the facility were granted access to musical equipment, so a group of them formed a band and performed tunes by groups like the Isley Brothers and Earth Wind and Fire. The band contacted a local record store owner about recording an album but it presented a security nightmare for prison officials so a mobile studio was brought in. The engineers and the band were given 5 hours to set up and record and this meant the band had to sing and play everything live. All of which is to say that "Eyes Of Love" consists entirely of first takes. A note printed on the original LP jacket sheds some light on the band's name. "Our bodies are in prison but we want our hearts and minds to be with the free world. The Edge of Daybreak symbolizes the morning when each of the band members will be free".

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