Flying Start (album)

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Flying Start
Flying start cover.jpg
Studio album by The Blackbyrds
Released November 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul, Jazz Funk, Jazz Fusion
Label Fantasy
Producer Donald Byrd
The Blackbyrds chronology
The Blackbyrds
Flying Start
City Life

Flying Start is the second album by the American rhythm and blues and jazz-funk fusion group The Blackbyrds.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Produced by Donald Byrd. Includes their Top Ten Hit "Walking in Rhythm".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Need You" (Donald Byrd, Kevin Toney)
  2. "The Baby" (Donald Byrd)
  3. "Love Is Love" (Keith Killgo)
  4. "Blackbyrds' Theme" (Kevin Toney, Allan Barnes, Joe Hall)
  5. "Walking in Rhythm" (Barney Perry)
  6. "Future Children, Future Hopes" (Kevin Toney)
  7. "April Showers" (Allan Barnes)
  8. "Spaced Out" (Kevin Toney)


  • The Blackbyrds - Vocals
  • Kevin Toney - Piano (Acoustic), Electric Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer (Arp)
  • Joe Hall - Bass
  • Keith Killgo - Drums
  • Allan Barnes - Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
  • Barney Perry - Guitar
  • Perk Jacobs - Percussion



Year Chart Position
1975 U.S. Album Chart 30
1975 Top R&B/Black Albums 5
1975 Jazz Albums 2


Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Walking in Rhythm" Billboard Hot 100 6
1975 "Walking in Rhythm" Hot Soul Singles 4
1975 "Walking in Rhythm" Easy Listening 5

Samples & Covers[edit]


  1. ^ Gabriel, Robert. The Blackbyrds: Flying Start > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 03 September 2011.

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