“We Need Each Other” by US funk & soul group Leo’s Sunshipp is a record that despite it’s absolute beauty has always struck me as mystery.
The first thing that has always puzzled me is the odd cover art which would seem more à propos for a late 60’s flower power psych folk record. Then you turn the the back of the record and you see the same 4 tracks on the A and B sides, but in a different order… weird. Then you rack your brain and try to think of who Leo’s Sunshipp are and what else they’ve done. The answer is simple: nothing. “We Need Each Other” was the only release in the group’s history.
Sadly, the answers to the mystery surrounding this record are tragic ones. These are the only 4 tracks in the group’s history because Johnny Simone, one of the signers, fell ill during the production of this music and died of cancer in his early 30’s. The other members decided to stop production and the album was shelved until the label released what they had along with alternate versions.
With these four absolutely amazing tracks, one can only imagine the career they might have had… A truly essential record that deserves a spot in your collection right next to Marvin, Leon Ware and Roy Ayers.
Arranged By – Bill King (3), Johnny Simone, Kenny Stover
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – David Blumberg
Arranged By [String Arrangements] – David Blumberg
Bass – Anthony Holmes, Harvey Brook*
Concept By [Album Concept] – Alvin Few
Congas – Harvey “Waii” Whitehead
Design [Cover] – Edwin Francis
Drums – H. Kelvin White, Sashi Mukett Rasheld
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Bill King (3)
Engineer [2nd, Axis Sound] – George Pappas, Greg Webster (tracks: Greg Wedster), Les Horn
Engineer [Assistant, Total Experience] – Bob Higgins
Engineer [Axis Sound] – Jimmi Mayweather
Engineer [Group Ix] – Paul Aronogg
Engineer [Total Experience] – Bob D. Orleans*
Executive Producer – Alvin Few
Flute – Fostina Dixon
Guitar – Carlos Glover, David Pruitt*, David Miles (3), Victor Vick*
Mastered By – Bob D. Orleans*, Don Blake
Photography – Edwin Francis
Producer – Alvin Few, Johnny Simone, Kenny Stover
Synthesizer – Clerance Bell*
Vocals – Leo’s Sunshipp
Original liner notes:
THE TRUTH AND LIVING
To live and breathe isn’t living it’s life
To learn teh truth and live is living
The riches of all
by Alvin Few
This album is dedicated to our parents and friends; Mr. Cam Few, Mrs. Bertha Mac Few, Mr. Willie Stover, Mrs. Inez Stover, Mr Willie Frank Simone, Mrs. Eunice Simone, Sandy, Kimberly, and Alvin Few, Jr, Dr. Edward Wilken, Ronald W. Harrison, Lois Simone, Julie Inouye, Hosea Wilson, Bob D. Orleans, John Bell, Bob Yarbrough, Gary Light, and last but not least, the religous source.
Let Love, Trust, Honesty, and Positive thinking be your guiding star and you will never have to worry about “The Block”. There is not enough room for me to thank everyone for all of the support that I’ve recieved in my life , but I would like to thank my mother and father for hooking up and putting me together.
Love to the Universe