The Nite-Liters A-Nal-Y-Sis

The Dusty Groove record shop has put out more than a dozen reissues of long-lost titles under its boutique label imprint associated with Sony Music. It fulfils a very important role in the galaxy of reissue labels: digging into the bureaucracy of major label output to secure the rights to albums highly prized by its fan base. Case in point: the Nite Liters, who prove that being signed to a relative major like RCA was actually the ticket to greater obscurity than their regional notoriety should have generated. A-Nal-Y-Sis was their final album for the label and takes a big studio, polished approach to a variety of funk grooves. Starting with the shake-your-tambourine funk and jazz of "Jive Turkey" and peaking with the faux-tribalism of "Drumology," this album creates an of-the-moment suite of grooves that typified progressive R&B of the time. With no hit single, a directionless label like RCA didn't know where to shop them and they merged with their sister group the New Birth for relatively greater commercial rewards. This isn't enough to rewrite the funk pantheon but it's far beyond merely solid. (Dusty Groove)