The Blackbyrds (album)

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The Blackbyrds
Blackbryds cover.jpg
Studio album by The Blackbyrds
Released 1974
Recorded October 1973 to March 1974 at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
Genre Soul, jazz funk, jazz fusion
Label Fantasy
Producer Larry Mizell, Donald Byrd
The Blackbyrds chronology
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The Blackbyrds is the debut album by the American rhythm and blues and jazz-funk fusion group The Blackbyrds. Produced by Larry Mizell and Donald Byrd with production supervision by Orrin Keepnews.

The album artwork is a section of the Vincent Van Gogh painting, Wheatfield With Crows.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Do It, Fluid" (Donald Byrd) 5:27
  2. "Gut Level" (Lincoln Ross) 4:08
  3. "Reggins" (Larry Mizell) 4:05
  4. "The Runaway" (Donald Byrd, Kevin Toney) 4:13
  5. "Funky Junkie" (Donald Byrd) 7:01
  6. "Summer Love" (Allan Barnes) 5:08
  7. "Life Styles" (Larry Mizell) 3:13
  8. "A Hot Day Today" (Donald Byrd, Barney Perry) 3:16


  • The Blackbyrds - Vocals
  • Kevin Toney - Keyboards, Melodica, Synthesizer
  • Joe Hall - Electric Bass
  • Keith Killgo - Drums
  • Allan Barnes - Soprano & Tenor Saxophone
  • David Williams - Bass
  • Oscar Brashear - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Perk Jacobs - Percussion
  • Ray Armando - Percussion



Year Chart Position
1974 U.S. Album Chart 96
1974 Top R&B/Black Albums 14
1974 Jazz Albums 6


Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Do It, Fluid" Billboard Hot 100 69
1974 "Do It, Fluid" Hot Soul Singles 23
1974 "Gut Level" US Dance 9


  • "Reggins"
  • "Summer Love"
    • "Let the Music Take Your Mind" by The B.U.M.S. on their Lyfe 'N' Tyme album [3]
  • "Runaway"
    • "Moonlight Party (Clap your Hands)"


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