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Boomkat Product Review:
The fifth release in Jazzman's Holy Grail series of reissues, George Smallwood & the Marshmellow Band's Just Four You (sic) gets an airing for the first time since its initial private press run in 1981. The Washington DC native only released this one album over the course of his career and the CD edition of the reissue packages the original tracklist with a further four bonus tracks culled from 45s. The story goes that Smallwood at one stage gave up on music as a possible profession, instead driving trucks for a living, only for a terrible accident to leave him irreversibly blinded. It was this accident that turned Smallwood back in the direction of music, setting up a home studio and releasing a series of 7"s. Giving how difficult it must have been during the '70s and early '80s to get a decent home studio sound, Smallwood's achievements are remarkable. The productions are modern and progressive, embracing synthesizers and post-disco funk as well as more traditional soul sounds, and George's own voice is terrific throughout.