AURA "S/T" (a.k.a.
replica vinyl edition of this oft-sampled slab of Bay Area
history, a psych funk masterpiece that cannot be denied. Aura
formed in 1974 and played extensively throughout Northern
California. By 1976, the band recorded their first and only
album at Pacific Recording Studio in San Mateo. The original
title of the album was meant to be "Sativa", but out of fear
that promoting the joys of marijuana would be too controversial,
the band omitted the title and just left it as "Aura". Over
the ensuing decades, the Aura album has grown in stature to
become a major soul/funk collector's item. It features a number
of major funk tracks plus funky ballads with female vocals.
Standouts include 'Sativa' (replete with water-pipe sound
effects and blistering guitar), and the manic fuzz-guitar
jam 'Skyrocket.' Old style tip-on jacket and quality limited
edition vinyl pressing, mastered from the original tapes.
1. You Got Something 3:21;
2. Clap Your Hands 2:46;
3. First Taste of Love 3:13;
4. It’s A Feeling 2:20;
5. Gonna Make It 3:20.
6. Sativa 2:48;
7. Mess Up Your Mind 2:48;
8. Don’t You Worry 3:19;
9. Trying to Hold It Down 2:39;
10. Skyrocket 3:22.
Catalogue number: LION-LP-118