On the Floor With Fatback

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
On this 1982 album, Fatback continues in the funky electronic vein they established with Tasty Jam. This time out, the songs are paired off into two distinct suites: "Hot Funk" and "Mellow Madness." The songs in the "Hot Funk" arena are the ones that fare best. Each tune from this side smoothly integrates a steady stream of carefully orchestrated hooks with plenty of tasty synthesizer riffing: "On the Floor" keeps the listener hooked with its effective combination of a spacy electronic soundscape with a catchy chorus, while "U.F.O. Unidentified Funk Object" turns what could have been a silly and cartoonish space funk outing into a diverting slice of cosmic fun that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
On this 1982 album, Fatback continues in the funky electronic vein they established with Tasty Jam. This time out, the songs are paired off into two distinct suites: "Hot Funk" and "Mellow Madness." The songs in the "Hot Funk" arena are the ones that fare best. Each tune from this side smoothly integrates a steady stream of carefully orchestrated hooks with plenty of tasty synthesizer riffing: "On the Floor" keeps the listener hooked with its effective combination of a spacy electronic soundscape with a catchy chorus, while "U.F.O. Unidentified Funk Object" turns what could have been a silly and cartoonish space funk outing into a diverting slice of cosmic fun that is full of intriguing synthesizer sound effects. The songs on the "Mellow Madness" side go for a more straightforward R&B approach and come off as less interesting as a result. For instance, the slickness of "She's My Shining Star" cannot overcome the song's mundane, clich├ęd love song lyrics and the mellow atmosphere of "Do It to Me Now" is undone by a lead vocal that is too forceful for its relaxed musical surroundings. "Hip So Slick" is the only song from this side that truly shines, yet it feels misplaced because its danceable beat and forceful bassline make it sound like it belongs on the "Hot Funk" side. Despite these problems, On the Floor With Fatback serves up enough potent funk tunes to make it a worthwhile purchase for the Fatback collector.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/1994
  • Label: Westbound Uk
  • UPC: 029667379120
  • Catalog Number: 91
  • Sales rank: 104,696

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fatback Band Primary Artist
Bill Curtis Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Robin Dunn Vocals, Background Vocals
Larita Gaskins Vocals, Background Vocals
Dian Sorel Vocals, Background Vocals
Carole Sylvan Vocals, Background Vocals
Gerry Thomas Keyboards
George Victory Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Flippin Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Fred Demery Saxophone
George Williams Trumpet
Linda Blakely Background Vocals
Billy King Percussion
Michael L. Walker Vocals
Wild Sugar Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Curtis Producer
Ron Saint Germain Engineer, Remixing
Gerry Thomas Producer, Remixing
Dennis King Mastering
Bob Heimall Art Direction
Dan Sneberger Original Cover Artwork
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