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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Let's Get Down With The Groove...", 30 Dec 2013
Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: I Feel Like Dynamite ~ The Early Chimneyville Singles And More 1970-74 (Audio CD)
Forever seen as a one-hit wonder ("Groove Me") - this typically superb Ace CD reissue will go a long way to changing minds on that count. It also offers fans of the mighty Atlantic label and its more obscure offshoots (like Chimneyville Records) a lot of good Seventies Soul to savour - most of it new to CD.

UK released September 2013, Ace/Kent Soul CDKEND 404 (Barcode 029667240420) breaks down as follows (77:18 minutes):

You get 24 tracks which give you the A&B sides of Chimneyville CH-435 (tracks 1 and 2), CH-437 (tracks 3 and 4), CH-439 (tracks 5 and 6), CH-442 (tracks 7 and 8), CH-443 (tracks 9 and 10), CH-446 (tracks 11 and 12), CH-1779 (track 22) and CH-10202 (tracks 23 and 24).

You also get two whole albums which can be sequenced as follows:

"King Floyd" - 1971 on Atco/Chimneyville SD 9047 (USA) and 2466014 (UK)
Side 1:
Groove Me [Track 2]
Let Us Be [6]
Woman Don't Go Astray [10]
Baby Let Me Kiss You [3]
Messing Up My Mind [13]

Side 2:
It's Wonderful [8]
So Glad I Found You [14]
Don't Leave Me Lonely [4]
Day In The Life Of A Fool [15]
What Our Love Needs [1]

"Think About Me" - 1973 on Atco/Chimneyville SD 7023 (USA) and K 40490 (UK)
Side 1:
My Girl [16]
Here It Is [12]
Do Your Feeling [17]
It''s Not What You Say [18]
Woman Don't Go Astray [10]

Side 2:
Think About It [11]
Thank You [19]
Hard To Handle [21]
You've Got Me [20]
Everybody Needs Somebody [9]

The 12-page booklet features fantastically detailed liner notes by noted Soul expert TONY ROUNCE - every page picturing those elusive American Chimneyville labels (courtesy of Giles Petard). The excellent sounding remaster has been done by DUNCAN COWELL at Sound Mastering in London whose handled literally hundreds of this reissues.

Most people know King Floyd through "Groove Me" which was originally a B-side played at a party when the crowd went nuts (it charted as an A in October 1970 in the USA and rose into the Top 5 by year's end) - and I'm afraid you could accuse too many tracks here of trying to emulate that hugely popular and successful groove. But I found on second listen that belters like "I Feel Like Dynamite" (lyrics above) where he does his best James Brown mid Seventies Funk impression - backed with the lovely "Handle With Care" - is a bit of wee gem frankly. It's also cool to see so many of these rare single sides make their CD debut after nearly 4 decades in the wilderness. But although "You've Got Me" is a lovely ballad - his voice lets the side down a tad and I'm not so sure about his 6 and half minute Isaac Hayes style re-working of "My Girl". Floyd's cover of "Hard To Handle" (Otis Redding) is far better - cracking stuff - as is The Staple Singers funky feel to "Thank You".

To sum up - another quality release from Ace and their Kent/Soul imprint - who remain heroes to all of us Soul reissue junkies.

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