Gigolo

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
This 1981 outing is probably the slickest album in the Fatback catalog, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Although the instrumentation still has a familiar earthiness to it, the album employs a new set of different, slicker vocalists and just as many engineers to create an album that appears designed to appeal to as many different segments of the R&B market as possible. Gigolo is professional enough to live up to this ambition, but its attempts to be all things to all people cause it end up as an album that is neither fish nor fowl. It also robs the band of the distinctive personality that characterized past albums like Raising Hell and XII. Case in point:...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
This 1981 outing is probably the slickest album in the Fatback catalog, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Although the instrumentation still has a familiar earthiness to it, the album employs a new set of different, slicker vocalists and just as many engineers to create an album that appears designed to appeal to as many different segments of the R&B market as possible. Gigolo is professional enough to live up to this ambition, but its attempts to be all things to all people cause it end up as an album that is neither fish nor fowl. It also robs the band of the distinctive personality that characterized past albums like Raising Hell and XII. Case in point: The slick but lifeless cover of the Chi-Lites' classic "Oh Girl," which sounds like it could have been recorded by any second-tier soul band. That said, Gigolo still offers enough high points to appeal to the Fatback fan. Knockout tracks on this album include "Higher," a barnstorming track about an addictive love that sports a surprisingly rock-oriented beat, and the title track, an electronic opus with plenty of Zapp-styled synthesizer hooks. There is also an inspired cover of "Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye," which transforms that song from a lightweight bubblegum tune into a full-blooded funk outing dressed up with Parliament-style cartoon vocals and synthesizer squiggles. All in all, Gigolo probably won't take pop or soul fans by storm but remains an interesting curio with enough solid tracks for the hardcore Fatback devotee.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/1996
  • Label: Westbound Uk
  • UPC: 029667378123
  • Catalog Number: 81
  • Sales rank: 190,258

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fatback Band Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams Saxophone
James Baynard Trumpet
Bill Curtis Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Robin Dunn Background Vocals
Alvin Flythe Saxophone
Johnny King Guitar
Carole Sylvan Vocals
Gerry Thomas Keyboards, Vocals
George Victory Guitar, Vocals
Mike Walker Vocals
Johnny Flippin Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Steve Horton Guitar, Vocals
Paul Williams Saxophone
Fred Demery Saxophone
Linda Clakely Background Vocals
Tim Washington Vocals
George Williams Trumpet
Linda Blakely Background Vocals
Michael L. Walker Vocals
Janice Christie Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jason Becker Composer
Bill Curtis Producer, Liner Notes
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Ron Saint Germain Engineer, Remixing
Gregg Mann Contributor
Gerry Thomas Producer, Remixing
Anthony Jacartiso Engineer
David Pugliese Original Photography
Frankford Wayne Mastering
Wild Sugar Contributor
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