Recorded at the legendary FAME Studious in Muscle Shoals,Alabama this 1973 10 song masterpiece from Georgia born and bred guitarist,bandleader,vocalist &composer Roy Lee Johnson is a true lost gem. A veteran journeyman in the music business who actually penned a 1962 track called "Mister Moonlight" a song later covered by The Beatles;this would be Johnson's lone STAX recording. The Villagers were Johnson's backup outfit featuring Pete Carr on guitars,Michael James on Bass,Roger Hawkins on percussions,Barry Beckett on Clavinet,Ed Logan on Flute The legendary Memphis Horns and a wonderful trio of backup vocalist who are: Sandra Chalmers,Charlie Chalmers,&Donna Rhoades round out this Funky affair. The opening track "Patch it Up" breaks open with a strong James Brown influence. This Roy Lee Johnson original sets in place the plan for the entire album...."sweat from beginning to end"!. "I'll Be Your Doctor Man" another Johnson original continues the style of deep Funk-Soul with Johnson's testifying lyrical tease,a true Soul stirring number. "I Cant Stand This Loneliness" a Johnson collaboration with Jimmy Johnson, co-founder of The Fame Studio's pours out the deep Soul by the gallon. "The Dryer" pt.2 soars as an instrumental Funk collage written by Johnson,Hosea Burch,Micheal James and Ronald Williams a very well orchestrated piece, creating space for marvelous musicianship . This record failed to shake any radio's when it was initially released by STAX and those reasons may be multiple,however the music illustrated throught this set captures a working Funk and Soul group who performed at a very energetic level,my only issue with the tracks are that they are cut too short,they don't run over 4 minutes,and all this during a time in Black music (circa 70-75) when the average Funk band didn't cut anything that was less than a 4-5minutes groove. However the composing is finely orchestrated and yields exciting material that continues from that first sound check towards redefining that southern groove decades after they were initially layed down on tape. Roy Lee Johnson and The Villagers nevertheless became part of the history of that legendary Memphis label known as "SOULSVILLE USA".... the unforgettable STAX.