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  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B0006B5ZVM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,365 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Girl You're Too Young
6. Mama Didn't Teach Me That Way
7. Do The Hand Jive
8. My Balloon's Going Up
9. Here I Go Again
10. Go For What You Know
11. Green Power
12. Just A Little Closer
13. Get It From The Bottom (Non album single)
14. I Wish (Non album single)
15. A World Without Music (Non album single)
16. Don't Let The Music Slip Away (Non album single)
17. Wrap It Up (Non album single)
18. Deal With Him (Non album single)
19. I Just Want To Fall In Love (Non album single)
20. Love At First Sight (Non album single)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom on 27 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I had a vinyl version of the Tighten Up album and hadn't listened to it for years due to lack of turntable. It was a delight to hear these tracks again. I Can't Stop Dancing also has some fine tracks as well. If you like these guys then I certainly recommend this CD. 'Dog Eat Dog' an unreleased single is a real high point for me.
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By K. Fuffel on 16 Oct. 2014
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what a bass riff!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Bell & Gang Win Showdown 28 Dec. 1999
By June Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a teenager in the mid to late 60's, I was a big fan of Archie Bell & The Drells and the Intruders. One of the things that I liked about their music was the way it was arranged. They were so different from what I was used to hearing on the radio. Reading the back of the album cover as I listened, I noticed that they shared the same studio musicians, arrangers and for the most part song writers. That was my introduction to the names of the writers, arrangers, individual instrumentalist and engineers. Mind you this was the latter half of the sixties. Just a few years later these same people became responsible for a new sound that came out of Philadelphia. It was called the "Philly sound," or TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia). "Showdown," to me was the Drells best album. Before disco they had three album releases. The first was "Tighten UP." I am not sure which came after that but the third album was "I Can't Stop Dancing." The first song is called "Hand Jive'" it has a nice infectious beat that hard to resist. Throughout the album you will notice how pretty, inventive and tight the arrangements are, and "Hand Jive," is a great on example to start off with. I have this album on cassette tape and not to long ago played it while my sister in-law rode in the car with my wife and I (I wanted to get her reaction and opinion). Without asking, she said, "who is that, they sounds nice." "Here I go again," is the next song (album was later re-titled as "Here I Go Again, for some reason), it too is a danceable beat that is sure to please, and is notable for the guitar parts that pop throughout the song. If I had to choose a favorite on the album, there would be a tie between "Hand Jive," "Go For What you Know," and "Green Stuff," There is not a bad song or one that could be mistaken for filler on this album. On this and the previously named albums, there are songs that are written by Archie himself and they show that he had that together as well. Its about time the original albums of artist like these are being released. Before this one all that Drell fans could find was two greatest hits packages (disco and pre-disco), and the one cd from Rhino records was not even in stereo, even though the original LP and tape were. I dislike greatest hits packages because of what they leave out, and hope to see record labels give us the one and only original album releases. I hope this review helps some. If you are a fan of this group and writers Gamble & Huff, as well as arranger/writers Tom Bell and Bobby Martin, this album is a gem and shows how their good their music was back then.
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Happy party music! 25 Mar. 2006
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's an interesting bit of irony that one of the happiest and joyful songs in R&B history-AB&TD's "Tighten Up," was #1 during one of Black America's saddest moments-the assassination of Martin Luther King. With that said-on to the review.

"Tighten Up" is simply impossible not to like. This record is all about joy and fun. Fortunately, this Cd has the long version that is not usually played on oldies radio, with the killer bassline intro. This also has the seldom heard (but just as wonderful) "Tighten Up pt. 2." The Drells doo-woppy background singing "Tighten up-do the tighten up" as well as the gritty-but pretty funk of the TSU Toronadoes (it's a shame that the Toronadoes' own CD is so mediocre, but this CD ensures their legacy as a great R&B band) give "Tighten Up Pt. 2" added dimension. The radio edit is also included for comparison.

"Do You feel it" continues the party with some excellent hammond organ from the Toronadoes (If you're a sucker for soulful, bluesy, and jazzy hammond organ like I am, then this is surely for you), while "I Can't Stop Dancing" (which I fondly remember from childhood) and "Jammin in Houston" covers similar ground.

Speaking of covers, AB&TD do some really good covers of some popular soul tunes of the time. Their version of "The Monkey time" is a bit too fast for those fond of the original, but they do a great job with "I've Been Trying" and "Goin Out of My Head," etc. Archie also does a good cover of Otis Redding's "Sittin on the Dock of the Bay" and personalizes it with lyrics about Archie's military service in Germany (Contrary to popular rumor, Archie never went to Vietnam. The reason he sings about Vietnam in "A Soldier's Prayer 1967" is because he thought he might be sent there, but was sent to Germany instead).

In either case, this is happy party music that's good for what ails you. In case of depression-break glass and play this!
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It's About Time 16 Mar. 2006
By Robert Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Archie and the Drells' first two albums in their entirety plus bonus cuts. If you are interested in Archie and the Drells then buy this CD and skip the Greatest Hits CD on Rhino.

The linear notes are fantastic, most of them in Archie's own words. When Tighten Up reached #1 in the Spring of 1968 Archie was in a German hospital recovering from injuries suffered in Viet Nam. Lots of great stuff.
Bump To The Funk 9 July 2012
By William Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Putting things in context, you could compartmentalize "The Twist" as being BIG BIG in the early 60s, and then disco came along in the ~ mid 70s. That left a lot of years in between, roughly from 1963-1974. "Tighten Up" is likely the most easily recognizable dance tune from that whole period.

Yes it's ironic & sad that the song was released in early April, 1968; that being said perhaps one can remember it as the tune that kept us along going & dancing during that period. I certainly do. I can't possibly remember how many times I got together with a group of kids & just danced away, and let all the troubles & injustices of the world melt away.

Additionally, this song introduced the "funk sound" that became so prevalent particularly from about 1968- 1973. Then came disco. Enough said!!
hidden jewel 5 Oct. 2010
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was amazed to find a copy of this CD at a chain store in Bangkok last year and immediately snatched it up (paid money as opposed to shoplifting it!). Of course I was familar with "Time is Tight" but I have to admit I didn't know much else about Archie Bell and the Drells. But I was intrigued by all the extra tracks on this CD, plus the fact the Gamble & Huff produced most of it. Well let me tell you, there are some fabulous songs to be found here, truly this was an unexpected treat to discover this album. Any fan of 60s or 70s soul would enjoy this CD. The excellent liner notes give informative background on Archie and his group.
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