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Take a musical trip on the 1968 Time Machine. Do you remember? Were you there or wish you were there?
Take a musical trip on the 1968 Time Machine. Do you remember? Were you there or wish you were there?

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I'm always excited to have reviews from Germany.
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We've just garnered our second review of 1968:Love Power!
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This is the first published review of 1968:Love Power! http://www.soultracks.com/review-rasheed-ali-love-power

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The 1968 Trilogy was a seed of an idea back in 2012, a crazy idea to write and perform semi-autobiographical songs about coming of age in the 1970s. For me, this so-called concept album was a cathartic experience akin to past-lives therapy. The 1968 Trilogy was never a contrivance, I never had to force myself into a niche of nostalgia, all I had to do was express my memories unabashedly.

Thankfully, I've lived what most would call "a very interesting life" that allowed me to witness or be a part of many of the critical aspects of the turbulent, mind-expanding times this work explores. I kept to what I knew first hand, and I created a work that was more like a long day dream written, in the past, from a young man's perspective. I never wanted to look back and write from any self-realized wisdom; I wanted to write about questions instead of answers.

Now, it's been less than a week since we've released 1968:Love Power! as the third and final chapter of The 1968 Trilogy. When I started sharing this dream in April, 2015 with 1968:Soul Power! I really had no idea where it would lead nor what exactly I wanted it to become. Last year when I released 1968:Black Power! I could feel my vision becoming more clear and my voice becoming stronger. Whereas Soul Power! was an overview that allowed listeners a chance to get acclimated to my dreamscape, Black Power! was a more intimate look into the lives of the people who live the history.

Love Power! does take intimate a step further; into the world of pure emotions. This album is an attempt to see the 360 degrees of what love can be: the good, the bad and the ugly. It could easily be overlooked today but the "summer of love" generation gave birth to social attitudes that are currently in full bloom. Ever since then, young people have taken a greater role in expressing and controlling the discussions of what "free love" and intimacy looks like.

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It's been months since I've been on social media. Recording a full-length album is a mountain of work that doesn't allow for much else in your life. As I was busy on chapter three of The 1968 Trilogy (1968:Love Power!) one significant happening was this end of year nomination for best soul album.
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Music writers familiar with Rasheed Ali's #1968soulpower  and #1968blackpower  albums have rightly noted that he seems to be controlling a time machine for US news events. #ColinKaepernick  refusal to Stand Up for anthem can be found in this album cut from last April's critically acclaimed 1968:Soul Power!

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Gradually, people are beginning to get wind of Rasheed Ali's new single. Released just a few weeks ago but already widely discussed in UK and parts of Europe.

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This one from the new album #1968blackpower  is on heavy rotation @ Jazz FM, London. #1968soulpower  follow-up album is still flying like a bird. Available @ iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Google Play, 1968soulpower.com and more.

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This one getting lots of airplay in UK, Italy and Canada.
#1968soulpower#1968blackpower, Available @ 1968soulpower.com, Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Google Play and more.
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