Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Philly Funk: People's Choice's We Got The Rhythm (1976)

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People's Choice

''We Got The Rhythm''
( LP TSOP Records, 1976 )
Catalog # PZ 34124

Tracklisting & Hide Credits:
A1 Here We Go Again
Written-By – L. Huff 4:55
A2 Jam, Jam, Jam (All Night Long)
Written-By – F. Brunson, L. Huff 3:38
A3 We Got The Rhythm
Written-By – D. Jordan, F. Brunson 3:32
A4 Cold Blooded & Down-Right-Funky
Written-By – F. Brunson, L. Huff 4:18
B1 Movin' In All Directions
Written-By – D. Jordan, D. Ford, L. Huff 6:38
B2 Opus-De-Funk
Written-By – L. Huff 5:58
B3 A Mellow Mood
Written-By – L. Huff 5:05

Personnel & Credits:
Roger Andrews Bass
Frankie Bruson Keyboards, Vocals
Victor Carstarphen Organ
Guy Fiske Guitar
Donald Ford Keyboards
Leon Huff Composer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Darnell Jordan Guitar
Gene McFadden Vocals
Sam Peaks Saxophone
Horace Silver Composer
Dave Thompson Percussion
John Whitehead Vocals
Engineer – Joe Tarsia
Producer – Gamble & Huff

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
1976 CBS Inc.
Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Mastered at Frankford/Wayne Recording Labs, Philadelphia, PA.
TSOP 'The Sound Of Philadelphia'
All songs published by Mighty Three Music (BMI)
Sole Administrator: Blackwood Music, Inc.
Barcode and Other Identifiers:
Matrix / Runout (A): AL 34124
Matrix / Runout (B): BL 34124


''A Mellow Mood''

One of the best of the later People's Choice albums, and one that does a nice job of keeping in touch with their roots as a funk group. Sure, there are a number of so-so disco tracks on here – like "Here We Go Again" and "Jam Jam Jam" – but there's also some nice funky numbers, like "We Got The Rhythm", "Cold Blooded & Downright Funky", and "Opus De Funk". Frankie Brunson's lead vocals come off sounding very nice, as does his groovy work on the keyboards – and Gamble & Huff produced the entire album, with arranging help from Brunson and Dexter Wansel.
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The People's Choice went through its share of personnel changes in the '70s and '80s. When the Philadelphia outfit recorded We Got the Rhythm for TSOP/Philadelphia International in 1976, its lineup included original members Frankie Brunson (lead vocals/keyboards), David Thompson (drums, percussion), and Darnell Jordan (rhythm guitar) as well as more recent additions like Guy Fiske (lead guitar), Roger Andrews (bass), and Donald Ford (keyboards). Despite changes in membership, the People's Choice never had a problem being recognizable; the band was as distinctive on up-tempo disco-funk numbers as it was on romantic soul ballads. But there are no ballads on We Got the Rhythm, which usually takes dead aim at the dance floor. This vinyl LP (which Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff produced at Philly's famous Sigma Sound Studios) wasn't a huge radio hit, although club DJs found infectious tracks like "Jam, Jam, Jam (All Night Long)," "Cold Blooded and Down-Right Funky," and the instrumental "Movin' in All Directions" to be quite useful. The People's Choice detours into jazz-influenced territory on two sleek Leon Huff instrumentals, "Opus-De-Funk" and "A Mellow Mood." Neither are straight-ahead jazz, but they do bring jazz overtones to an R&B foundation. We Got the Rhythm isn't as essential as the People's Choice's previous album, Boogie Down U.S.A., but it's a generally pleasing effort that confirmed fans will enjoy.
By Alex Henderson (AMG).


''We Got The Rhythm''

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Original post: 15/03/2008

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