Soul on the Dancefloor

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While this monster 24-cut collection of Joe Simon's tracks recorded for Spring between 1970 and 1982 doesn't contain any of his bona fide dancefloor smashes like "Downing in a Sea of Love," "Get Down, Get Down Get on the Floor," and "Music in My Bones," it is loaded to the gills with more obscure, no less stellar vintage fare that will make you shake your ass and move your feet.. There's 1972's "Power of Love," which is a pure, gritty, funky soul burner that was aimed straight for jukeboxes and the radio -- and got there in the Deep South and on the West Coast. Likewise the lithe "Who Was That Lady" with its proto-disco groove. The orchestral Southern-fried disco of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While this monster 24-cut collection of Joe Simon's tracks recorded for Spring between 1970 and 1982 doesn't contain any of his bona fide dancefloor smashes like "Downing in a Sea of Love," "Get Down, Get Down Get on the Floor," and "Music in My Bones," it is loaded to the gills with more obscure, no less stellar vintage fare that will make you shake your ass and move your feet.. There's 1972's "Power of Love," which is a pure, gritty, funky soul burner that was aimed straight for jukeboxes and the radio -- and got there in the Deep South and on the West Coast. Likewise the lithe "Who Was That Lady" with its proto-disco groove. The orchestral Southern-fried disco of the previously unreleased "You Keep Me Hangin' On," no, not that one carries both the Muscle Shoals feel and the Gamble & Huff who produced it sheen. Check the crazy "Step by Step" from 1973 with its funky bassline, strings, backing chorus, and a honky tonk upright piano amid handclaps and swirling grooves. Other stunners include the edited version of 1978's "I.O.U." with its Miles Davis-esque muted trumpet chart as the bassline bumps up the tempo. This is disco drenched in soul authenticity. All told, this collection from Great Britain's Ace imprint is an essential purchase for anyone interested in Southern soul, and funk and/or disco. There isn't a mediocre track in the bunch, and all of it serves to underscore Simon's considerable reputation among fans of these genres.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Import
  • UPC: 029667233026
  • Catalog Number: 6723302
  • Sales rank: 98,020

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Simon Primary Artist
Brad Shapiro Conductor
Technical Credits
Joe Simon Composer, Producer
Alessi Brothers Producer
Donnie Fritts Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Thom Bell Arranger
Buddy Buie Composer
George Bussey Arranger
Chuck Cochran Arranger
Kenny Gamble Composer, Producer
Norman Harris Composer, Producer
Leon Huff Composer, Producer
Ron Kersey Arranger
Nick Robbins Mastering
Brad Shapiro Arranger, Producer
Lester Snell Arranger
Ron Tyson Composer, Producer
Porter Wagoner Producer
Jerry Weaver Arranger, Composer
David Wilkes Producer
Bert de Coteaux Arranger
Tony Rounce Memorabilia
Phillip Mitchell Composer
James Cobb Composer
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Norman Dolph Composer
Perry Boyd Composer
Raeford Gerald Composer, Producer
Helen Miller Composer
John Richbourg Producer
King Sterling Composer
Madeline Stone Composer
Ira Allen Composer
Buddy Mize Composer
Bradley Shapiro Composer
Aseneth Peck Composer
Rose MacCoy Composer
Sean Hampsey Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Harland Howard Composer
Marc Gabriele Composer
Dock Price Composer
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