Express Yourself

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All Music Guide - Douglas Siwek
The quintessential Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band record, Express Yourself displays the purposefully sloppy rhythms and shout vocals that would make this band a legend in soul circles. Every track on this album is a classic, from the oft-sampled and high-charting pop single "Express Yourself" to the first of many readings of "I Got Love" that would appear on the band's records -- and even Wright's solo works for years to come. The aching balladry of "Tell Me What You Want Me to Do" and the complex compositions "High as Apple Pie -- Slice 1" and "High as Apple Pie -- Slice 2" showcase a versatility found in other West Coast collectives such as War....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Douglas Siwek
The quintessential Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band record, Express Yourself displays the purposefully sloppy rhythms and shout vocals that would make this band a legend in soul circles. Every track on this album is a classic, from the oft-sampled and high-charting pop single "Express Yourself" to the first of many readings of "I Got Love" that would appear on the band's records -- and even Wright's solo works for years to come. The aching balladry of "Tell Me What You Want Me to Do" and the complex compositions "High as Apple Pie -- Slice 1" and "High as Apple Pie -- Slice 2" showcase a versatility found in other West Coast collectives such as War. Perhaps the treasure of this album is the opener, "Road Without an End," a charming, stepping groover punctuated by choppy horns and snapping drums that blend beautifully with one of Wright's best vocals of his career, all accented by sweeping strings. Express Yourself is '70s soul at its most creative and satisfying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431656129
  • Catalog Number: 6561
  • Sales rank: 125,337

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band Primary Artist, Track Performer
Charles Wright Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Ray Brown Bass
Oma Drake Background Vocals
Melvin Dunlap Bass Guitar, Group Member
James Gadson Drums, Vocals, Group Member
James Jamerson SR. Bass
Al McKay Guitar
Maurice Miller Drums
Earl Palmer Drums
John Rayford Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Werner Schuchner Guitar
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Carolyn Willis Background Vocals
Gabriel Flemings Piano, Trumpet, Group Member
Yusuf Rahman Piano, Trombone, Group Member
Sonny Burke Keyboards
Sentell Willis Jr. Background Vocals
Raymond Jackson Piano, Trombone
Bill Cannon Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Tommy Henderson Percussion
Bernard Blackman Guitar, Group Member
Raymond Jackson Trombone
Raymond Jackson Piano, Trombone, Group Member
John Dukes Upright Bass
Sandra Peeler Background Vocals
Bernard Blackman Guitar
John Raford Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Bill Cannon Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Charles Wright Composer, Producer, Audio Production
James Anthony Carmichael Arranger
Al McKay Arranger
Stan Ross Engineer
Doc Siegel Engineer
Gabriel Flemings Arranger
John Morthland Liner Notes
Yusuf Rahman Arranger, Composer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Jeri Heiden Artwork
Bill Cannon Arranger
Raymond Jackson Arranger
Raymond Jackson Arranger
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