- Audio CD (14 Jan. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Expansion Records
- ASIN: B00A8GF998
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Kwick / To The Point
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Kwick were Vince Ricari Williams, Terry Bartlett, William Sumlin and Bertram Brown from Memphis, Tennesse. Prior to Vince joining the group they were known as The Newcomers and worked at Stax Records offering both studio and live support. They also had a hit single in 1971 with Pin The Tail On The Donkey . Their heroes were The Barkays who inspired them to continue their career and reform as Kwick after the demise of Stax. Kwick and To The Point were recorded for EMI America records in 1980 and 1981 respectively. They stayed in Memphis for these sessions and worked with producer Allen Jones, frequently credited with producing The Barkays having also worked consistently at Stax/Volt Records. Strings and horns are arranged and conducted by Grammy nominated Carl Marsh who is similarly credited on such original soul classics as Sittin On the Dock Of The Bay , In the Midnight Hour , Knock On Wood and also worked for James Brown, The Temptations, Isaac Hayes and The Spinners. Nightlife is one of their most fondly remembered tunes with its funky boogie groove that some DJs used to spin at a slower speed, and the album track We re Saying Goodbye Again further motivation for Expansion to bring these two LPs together and release on CD for the first time.
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"Nightcruising," a song by Bar Kays from an album of the same title, sounds very close to Rick James' "Give It To Me, Baby" and "Freaky Behavior," a further single from the same album, is anOTHER Rick James sound-a-like of his smash hit, "Super Freak." With Kwick, "I Want To Dance with You" closely resembles "Too Tight" by Con Funk Shun and "Shake 'Til Your Body Breaks," a direct cop of The Jacksons' "Shake Your Body Down to the Ground."
Although the Allen A. Jones trademark involves "copping" hit songs, the two albums which make up this twofer of a Funk unit which never truly received its due, exhibits a fresh, crisp, remastered sound courtesy of Expanison Records, U.K.
A further album entitled "Foreplay" boasted another seemingly "copped" single in "Stuck Up," which seems to have borrowed elements of Minneapolis Funk musings a la The Time and combined them with Midnight Star's hit, "No Parking on the Dancefloor" or Chocolate Milk's "Take It Off." If early 80's Funk is what you love and crave, check out this twofer with a "Kwick"-ness!