Chosen Few in Miami [Bonus Tracks]

The Chosen Few in Miami [Bonus Tracks]

by Chosen Few
     
 
It seemed like an A&R man's dream come true: take Jamaica's soul sensations the Chosen Few, put them in the studio with America's up-and-coming funk heroes KC & the Sunshine Band -- hot off their debut smash, "Blow Your Whistle" -- with former Jamaican DJ-turned-funk-producer Noel "King Sporty" Williams overseeing the

Overview

It seemed like an A&R man's dream come true: take Jamaica's soul sensations the Chosen Few, put them in the studio with America's up-and-coming funk heroes KC & the Sunshine Band -- hot off their debut smash, "Blow Your Whistle" -- with former Jamaican DJ-turned-funk-producer Noel "King Sporty" Williams overseeing the productions, and set them loose on a set of originals, soul standards, pop hits, and Jamaican faves. How could it lose? Well for starters, the publicist apparently didn't do his or her job, judging by the pasting most critics gave the 1973 set, many roasting the singers for their inability to play real funk. But it was really the same old brick wall Jamaicans always ran into, their own music was considered a novelty, and when they delivered it up American-style, they were condemned as mere imitators. But listen to their exquisite harmonies on "I Am a Man," their emotive take on the recent soul hit "In the Rain," lose yourself in their sweet version of "Drift Away," then get down with their fiery "Funky Buttercup," superb numbers one and all. Not every track's a winner. The cover of "Daniel" is weak to say the least, while the funky arrangement does no favors to the Pioneers' "Hit Me With Music," but elsewhere the Few's genre-bending experiments are a revelation. In Miami reissues the Few's Night and Day album in its entirety, then adds 13 bonus tracks, not from the group itself, but previously unreleased King Sporty self-productions, most backed by the Sunshine Band. As Williams travels down similar roads as he took the Few, this makes sense, for the singing producer continues to explore funk's possibilities with his own compositions, Jamaican classics, and soul standards. Williams is a fair singer, but in truth, it's the arrangements and musicianship that are of most interest here. In all, though, it's a fascinating set that should have been a smash, but ended up just a collectable instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
Label:
Sanctuary Trojan Us
UPC:
0060768050426

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chosen Few   Primary Artist
KC & the Sunshine Band   Musician
Ocean Liners Band   Musician

Technical Credits

Alton Ellis   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Jeff Campbell   Composer
Noel Brown   Composer
Tony Hester   Composer
King Sporty   Producer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Mentor Williams   Composer
Mike Williams   Composer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett   Creative Coordinator
Walter Williams   Composer
Carl Gayle   Liner Notes
Michael DeKoningh   Liner Notes
Debbie de Villiers   Graphic Design
Phillip James   Composer
David Radford   Sleeve Photo

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