Friday, 14 February 2014

From Washington, D.C.: The Soul Searchers - We The People (1972)

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The Soul Searchers

''We The People''
( LP Sussex Records, 1972 )
Catalog # SXBS 7020

We The People is the debut album by the Washington, D.C. group The Soul Searchers

Tracklisting & Hide Credits:
A1 We The People
Organ – Horace Brock
Written-By – Chuck Brown, John Buchanan 5:28
A2 Your Love Is So Doggone Good
Written By – D. Ervin
Written-By – Rudy Love 8:36
A3 It's All In Your Mind
Written-By – Chuck Brown, John Buchanan 3:06
A4 Soul To The People
Written-By – Chuck Brown,Donald Tillery,Hilton Selton, Horace Brock,John Buchanan,John Euwell III,Kenneth Scoffibs,Lino Druitt,Lloyd Pinchback 2:58
B1 Think
Written-By – James Brown 4:47
B2 1993
Written-By – John Buchanan 4:54
B3 When Will My Eyes See
Written-By – Donald Tillery 3:30
B4 Blowout
Written-By – John Buchanan 6:06

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Direction] – Glen Christensen
Bass, Vocals – John Euwell III
Drums – Kenneth Scoggins
Drums [Conga], Percussion – Lino A. Druitt
Flute, Saxophone [Tenor], Saxophone [Soprano], Vocals – Lloyd Pinchback
Lead Vocals, Guitar – Charles (Chuck) Brown
Organ – Hilton C Selton Jr
Photography – Joel Brodsky
Producer – Carroll Hynson, Joe Tate
Trombone, Piano – John Buchanan Jr
Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals – Donald Tillery

Recorded at American Star Recording Studio, Falls Church, VA.
Format:Vinyl, LP

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One the all time great funky albums of the 70s – a mad little record with a sense of rhythm and timing that was years ahead of its time! The Soul Searchers (along with Chuck Brown) later became known for their heavy-hitting Go Go work at the end of the decade – but here, they're a really free-thinking outfit with a lot of jazz in their funk – and a willingness to change up the beats and timings in ways that push the record miles ahead from an average funk outing. Tracks swirl around with an amazing intensity – supported by guitar work from Brown, organ from Hilton Felton, and some really great horns from Don Tillery and Lloyd Pinchback. The album features a wonderful remake of "Think" – plus the great originals "1993", "Soul To The People", "Blowout", and "We The People".
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This Washington, D.C.-based group had two singles from this album featured on the Billboard R&B charts: "We the People" and "Think." The former is an aggressively-paced number with a social message for the times; it features an instrumental vamp. It peaked at 40 after only six weeks on the charts. The second single was "Think." Penned by James Brown, it features his distinctive horn arrangement. It, too, has that upbeat rhythm. It peaked at 43 inside five weeks. The two ballads on this album are "When Will My Eyes See" and "Your Love Is so Good," and both contrast each other. The former is pop-oriented and the latter is soulful. The remaining tracks are in the vein of the two released singles. All are seasoned with the thick, gritty sound of the early '70s.
By Craig Lytle (AMG)

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About the re-issue item:
This is the first time EVER that this album has been released on CD. This recording from 1972 is the one that put the indefatigable Chuck Brown on the musical map. At this point they were a 9 piece band with full orchestration, percussion and organ and more than gave Kool & The Gang, War, Fatback and Mandrill a run for their money! This album is known for two reasons: firstly it is excellent and essential and secondly it is widely known by those who are into their breakbeats and samples. If you're into that sort of thing, that is. I cannot recommend this album highly enough. It grabs you by the musical throat and shakes the soul into action. It's funky, fired up and fierce. Chuck takes no prisoners and totally captivates us like nothing else.
If only there was material around like this today. AND I don't mean the cheap and nasty British Acid Jazz copycat artists either. There is no comparison. Please forget buying the latest British hype out of London and check out the Soul Searchers. They are, of course, the definitive article and your money and time are better served there. There are some ballads – as such – on here, but I fear they simply don't appeal to me. I think that the funk is best served up here and the harder the better.
Out of the 8 tracks on here there are no less than 5 that really get my old toes tapping and butt moving. The title song is a gust of pure wah wah funk and blasting horns. Such a strong cut to start off the album... it really kicks backside and doesn't slow down. The positive, socially conscious message bodes well, as does the fantastic version of Lyn Collins' “Think”. This lives up to the work of the J.B.s surprisingly well.
Talking of the J.B.'s and all things funky drummer, “1993” satisfies those who like that sort of rhythm. An odd track, and why “1993”? Bet they never foresaw the degradation of R&B from Rhythm and Blues to Rubbish and Bland! Anyway, enough of my ranting. Should War or The Wild Magnolias be your bag then the jazzy “It's All In Your Mind” will definitely be up your street. The tambourine shakes, the funky guitar licks and the vocals are so funky they are FONKY! LOL.
My final choice is the instrumental cut “Blowout” which is very much in the Kool & The Gang mode a la “Peace And Understanding” era. A great track to cap off a great album. It sounds fantastic too. Soul Brother deliver the goods again!
By Barry Towler (Soul Express)

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''We The People'' 7''
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Incredibly this is the first CD or Vinyl reissue of this fantastic Funk album from 1972.
This is the record that put (Chuck Brown and the) Soul Searchers on the map, and is one of the all time great Funk albums, and was the very first Funk album that I purchased, back in the day.
At this point they were an eight piece band with a full horn section, organ and percussion, and were considered along with The JB’s, Kool and the Gang, War, Fatback Band and Mandrill to be amongst the leading funk bands of their time. The band has continued for well over three and a half decades and are still performing with some of the original members, having become the leading Washington Go-Go band in the 80’s, influencing groups like Trouble Funk, and Little Benny and The Masters who followed.
Chuck Brown had begun his musical career in the early 60’s playing guitar with Jerry Butler and The Earls of Rhythm, joining Los Latinos in 1965 that enthralled him with their syncopated backbeat. The Soul Searchers recorded two great albums for Sussex in the early 70’s this one and the follow up ‘Salt of the Earth’ from 1974. After a one-off single on Polydor ‘Boogie Up The Nation’ in 1975, they re appeared as Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers and had a gold album and US No1 single hit with ‘Bustin Loose’ on the Source label. Chuck is widely recognised as having created the ‘Go-Go’ sound combining Latin Beats, African Call and Chant and American Jazz, which has become the sound of Washington DC. He says that ‘Disco was too fast people didn’t want to get all sweaty, they just sat down, so we cut the beat in half and called this new sound ‘Go-Go’ because it never stops’. Chuck and the Soul Searchers have recorded many albums since 1980 and had a string of Go-Go hits including ‘Go-Go Swing’, ‘We Need Some Money’, ‘Back It On Up’ and has toured the world many times with his great live show.
This album contains funk floor fillers like the title track, ‘Soul To The People’ , ‘1993’ and the great instrumental version of Lyn Collins’ Think’ , the driving groove of ‘It’s All In Your Mind’ and the jazzier funk of ‘Blowout’.
This album has also contributed to many Hip Hop and Soul samples, most notably ‘Think’ by GANGSTAR on ‘Take A rest (remix)’, HERBALISER, and CPO, ‘1993’ by ERIC B and RAKIM and KINDRED, making it also in demand by hip hop sample collectors.
The album has been heavily in demand and hard to find for the past 20 years, with original vinyl copies easily commanding and deserving a £50 price tag. Hopefully this release will enable a new and wider audience to enjoy the raw sound of the Soul Searchers. Soul To The People!!
Laurence Prangell - October 2006 (From SoulBrother)

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