Friday, 11 January 2013

MFSRadio Music Reviews: Hidden Strength - Hidden Strength (1975)

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Hidden Strength

''Hidden Strength''

( LP United Artists Records, 1975 )
Catalog # UA-LA555-G

Great album only release from Hidden Strength on the United Artists label from 1975.

A1 It Didn´t Have To Be This Way
A2 Happy Song
A3 Angel Of Love
A4 Hustle On Up (Do The Bump)
B1 Why Does It Feel So Good To Me
B2 I Wanna Be Your Main Man
B3 Hustle On Up (Instrumental)
B4 All We Need Is Time

Personnel & Credits:
Ray Anderson Arranger, Congas, Percussion, Trombone, Vocals (Background)
Hamiet Bluiett Sax (Baritone)
Alvin Brown Guitar (Bass), Vocals (Background)
Baikida Carroll Trumpet
Carl Hall Vocals (Background)
Freddie Harris Drums (Steel), Guitar
Roy Herring Arranger, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Hidden Strength Primary Artist
Robin Kenyatta Flute (Alto), Sax (Alto)
Robert Leach Trombone, Vocals (Background)
Ralph MacDonald Congas, Percussion
Sharon Redd Vocals (Background)
Ken Sullivan Clavinet, Ensemble, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Organ, Piano, Strings
Alain Thomas Percussion, Vocals (Background)
Tasha Thomas Arranger, Vocals (Background)
Grover Underwood Clavinet, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Organ, Piano, Vibraphone, Vocals (Background)

Format:Vinyl, LP
***Hustle on Up (Do the Bump) (1975) was sampled in Game Boys by Scha Dara Parr (1991)

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''Hustle On Up''

Note (about the HS' self release album):
Hidden Strength's self-released first press with slightly different tracks.
"Karate" is first take of which later released on major label with words and title were changed to "Hustle On Up"
Not On Label (Hidden Strength) – HS-5272
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout: HS-5272-A
Matrix / Runout: HS-5272-B

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About the SBRecords CD Re-Issue: Next in the reissue series from Soul Brother Records is this classic funk album from 1975 which will appeal to anyone who was ever into style of groups such as Brass Construction and BT Express. Originally Released on United Artists, this album has long been in demand and whilst relatively unknown is one of the best albums of its style. Included on the CD as bonus tracks and as a separate 12" single are the two extremely rare promo only 12" singles. The long version of 'Hustle On Up' and a version of Johnny Guitar Watson's 'I don't want to be a Lone Ranger' which has become an in demand Modern Soul record. Michael Cuscuna who is better known for his work with cataloguing of the Blue Note label and initiating their reissue programme produced the album.
From SoulBrother Records UK

Hidden Strength-disco mix long

''Hustle On Up (Do The Bump)''
Extended 12'' Disco Version

A killer bit of funky soul from Hidden Strength – an uptempo 70s group with a very tight groove! The group are clearly in the mode of Earth Wind & Fire – extremely proficient instrumentally, grooving together in a righteous style that has plenty of jazz, but which is also going for a more straight ahead soul-based approach. Hidden Strength are best known for their classic groover "Hustle On Up (Do The Bump)" – a killer track with a nice funky bus stop groove and some great moog – but the whole album's pretty darn sweet, with other tracks that include "It Didn't Have To Be This Way", "Angel Of Love", "I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger", "I Wanna Be Your Main Man", "All We Need Is Time", and "Happy Song".
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Original post: 25/03/2008

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