Nice 'N' Naasty

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
On their second album, the Salsoul Orchestra enhance the appeal of their string-heavy soul sound by marrying it to a series of tight, hook-laden tunes. The overall feeling of Nice 'N' Naasty is very 'up' and the album prominently features a number of high-energy tracks tailored for the dance floor. In fact, the album contains of two of the Salsoul Orchestra's best-ever uptempo tracks: "It Don't Have To Be Funky" moves forward at a double-time speed thanks to a combination of frenetic drumming and an infectious rhythm guitar riff while "Don't Beat Around The Bush" layers the rhythmic, sexy chant of the title over a huge-sounding, thickly-layered drum beat that sounds ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
On their second album, the Salsoul Orchestra enhance the appeal of their string-heavy soul sound by marrying it to a series of tight, hook-laden tunes. The overall feeling of Nice 'N' Naasty is very 'up' and the album prominently features a number of high-energy tracks tailored for the dance floor. In fact, the album contains of two of the Salsoul Orchestra's best-ever uptempo tracks: "It Don't Have To Be Funky" moves forward at a double-time speed thanks to a combination of frenetic drumming and an infectious rhythm guitar riff while "Don't Beat Around The Bush" layers the rhythmic, sexy chant of the title over a huge-sounding, thickly-layered drum beat that sounds like it was lifted from a glam rock record. Another uptempo highlight is "Salsoul 3001," a dance floor stormer that brings "Thus Sprach Zarathustra" into the disco age by marrying its dramatic melody to a frenetic groove anchored by some furious conga drumming. Nice 'N' Naasty also improves on the group's debut album by downplaying the easy listening excesses that marred that album: even on soft tracks like "Nightcrawler," the musicians add a rhythmic touch that keeps the album's overall groove moving forward. In fact, the only time Nice 'N' Naasty slides toward easy listening is during the "We've Only Just Begun/Feelings" medley, but even that is saved by a clever arrangement that highlights some some lovely vibes work by Vincent Montana. Overall, Nice 'N' Naasty's combination of solid tunes and tight performance make it the Salsoul Orchestra's most consistently entertaining album and a good choice for disco fanatics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1999
  • Label: Charly Uk
  • UPC: 082333251427
  • Catalog Number: 8077

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Good for the Soul (4:38)
  2. 2 Nice 'N' Nasty (4:49)
  3. 3 It Don't Have to Be Funky (3:52)
  4. 4 Nightcrawler (3:49)
  5. 5 Don't Beat Around the Bush (3:24)
  6. 6 Standing & Waiting (3:42)
  7. 7 Salsoul 3001 (6:00)
  8. 8 We've Only Just Begun/Feelings (5:22)
  9. 9 Ritzy Mambo (4:49)
  10. 10 [Untitled Track] (0:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Salsoul Orchestra Primary Artist
Phil Hurtt Vocals
Charles Apollonia Violin
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Carla Benson Vocals
Evette Benton Vocals
John Bonnie Alto Saxophone
Edward Cascarella Trombone
Joseph DeAngelis French Horn
Roger DeLillo Trombone
Don Renaldo Violin
Gordon Edwards Bass
Lance Elbeck Violin
Bobby Eli Guitar
Jack Faith Flute, Piccolo
Michael Foreman Bass
Larry Gold Cello
Andy González Percussion
Norman Harris Guitar
Carl Helm Vocals
Barbara Ingram Vocals
Ron Kersey Keyboards
Rudolph Malizia Violin
Vince Montana Percussion, Conductor, Timpani, Vibes
Robert Moore Trombone
Manny Oquendo Percussion
Peter Quintero Percussion
Christine Reeves Violin
Anthony Sinagoga Viola
Evan Solot Trumpet
T.J. Tindall Guitar
Larry Washington Percussion
Earl Young Drums
Carlos Martin Percussion
Joseph Cataldo Trumpet
Romeo Distefano Cello
Americus Mungiole Violin
Buddy Savitt Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Al Brown Mastering
Dirk Devlin Engineer
Jim Gallagher Engineer
Peter Humphreys Engineer
Michael Hutchinson Engineer
Vince Montana Arranger, Producer
Kenny Present Engineer
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Jeff Stuart Engineer
Norman Jay Liner Notes
Joel Brodsky Cover Photo
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