Hot Box

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
In 1980, the carefully studio-crafted combination of funk and disco Fatback had been developing on their last few albums paid off with Hot Box, an album that spawned some serious R&B chart hits. The big hit from this long-player was "Gotta Get My Hands on Some Money," a song driven by a rock-solid synthesizer bassline and a freewheeling, Parliament-like rap about the singer's need to score some cash to keep his head above water. It further spices up its funky stew with an array of vocal-harmony hooks and squiggly, ear-catching synthesizer flourishes to create one of Fatback's finest hits. The album's other notable success was "Backstrokin'," a tune that layered ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
In 1980, the carefully studio-crafted combination of funk and disco Fatback had been developing on their last few albums paid off with Hot Box, an album that spawned some serious R&B chart hits. The big hit from this long-player was "Gotta Get My Hands on Some Money," a song driven by a rock-solid synthesizer bassline and a freewheeling, Parliament-like rap about the singer's need to score some cash to keep his head above water. It further spices up its funky stew with an array of vocal-harmony hooks and squiggly, ear-catching synthesizer flourishes to create one of Fatback's finest hits. The album's other notable success was "Backstrokin'," a tune that layered plenty of saucy double entendres over a combination of elongated synthesizer lines and staccato horns. Sadly, the rest of the album never quite captures the infectious yet carefully controlled energy of these hits: the title track works hard but never builds up the head of steam that would make it come to life and "Come and Get the Love" sports a lovely group harmony hook but suffers from humdrum lyrics that lack a fresh take on its very traditional subject. The song that gets closest to the arresting quality of the singles is "Love Spell," which triumphs over its uninteresting rap-styled lead vocal thanks to a doubled group vocal/synthesizer hook that digs deep into the listener's consciousness and takes hold. Overall, Hot Box is a solid listen for Fatback fans but those interested in the album's hits would probably be better off picking up a copy of The Fattest of Fatback.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/20/1993
  • Label: Westbound Uk
  • UPC: 029667375627
  • Catalog Number: 56
  • Sales rank: 51,656

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fatback Band Primary Artist
Bill Curtis Drums
Johnny King Guitar
Gerry Thomas Trumpet, Keyboards
George Victory Guitar
Johnny Flippin Bass
Fred Demery Saxophone
George Williams Trumpet
Billy King Percussion
Technical Credits
Bill Curtis Arranger, Producer
Ron Saint Germain Engineer
Johnny King Arranger
Jose Luis Rodríguez Mastering
Gerry Thomas Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bob Heimall Art Direction
Dan Sneberger Artwork
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