If you were in ten yards of an AM radio in the early 1970s, you know Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together."
Great a song as that was, this album is a classic for three other reasons: Thomas, his organ, and his organ's rhythm box. That is what most of this album is composed of, and it sounds like a sketchbook for modern dance music and trip-hop. Thomas' production here may sound primitive, and is by 2011 standards. But his use of the pulsating, robotic organ drum sound is incredibly modern, inventive, and hypnotic. Only Sly Stone on There's a Riot Goin On so inventively.
With some updated production and layering here, you'd think you're listening to Tricky or Portishead. Its impossible to put this album in a time machine, but the tracks here are well written, and the infant electronic concepts Thomas uses makes this album essential.