This really is a spectacular find for fans of funk and soul. An obscure deep soul nugget, it lures you in with its slow-burning groove. Then, about 30 seconds in, the horns catch fire and the bass player lets loose with the musical equivalent of St Vitus Dance.
It’s that bass that really dominates the tune, along with the soulful vocals and exuberant harmonies in the style of Earth, Wind & Fire.
It’s a mystery, and a testament to its obscurity, that the song has only been played 800 times on YouTube.
So who is Broham? The name is an acronym for the Brothers Hammond – Curtis Jr, Larry and Len – and their father, Curtis Sr.
They started out in their Washington state hometown of Everett in the early 1970s playing at pop’s neighbourhood bar, The Brothers Tavern.
I’m not sure who plays what, and I’d love to know who the virtuoso bass guitarist is, but I think Larry may be the singer because his name appears on the label of this rare single (possibly their only release) from 1975.
Nothing In Common also appears, this time credited to Broham, on Wheedle’s Groove, an excellent compilation of rare funk and soul from the Pacific North West.
Subtitled “Seattle’s Finest In Funk & Soul: 1965-75”, it was released by the Light In The Attic label in 2004 and contains several other gems. But this is the pick for me.