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Hard to Stop
     

Hard to Stop

by Betty Wright
 
While Hard to Stop lacked a big classic hit on the order of "Clean Up Woman," it was a very solid and varied platter of early-'70s soul. Distinguished by the tight, lean Miami funk-soul of the backup players (particularly guitarist Willie "Little Beaver" Hale), it did offer a couple of pretty big R&B hits with the

Overview

While Hard to Stop lacked a big classic hit on the order of "Clean Up Woman," it was a very solid and varied platter of early-'70s soul. Distinguished by the tight, lean Miami funk-soul of the backup players (particularly guitarist Willie "Little Beaver" Hale), it did offer a couple of pretty big R&B hits with the jittery rhythms of "The Babysitter" and "It's Hard to Stop (Doing Something When It's Good to You)," which was about as bluesy as soul got in 1973. A far more off-the-wall highlight was the radical reinterpretation of Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman," which changed it from a hokey pop tune into something that sounded far more grittily proud and defiant. However, it's a pretty consistent record throughout, with other cuts of note including "We the Two of Us," which has a great effervescent Miami organ, and "If You Think You've Got Soul," which weaves in and out of a quasi-tropical groove. The "Clean Up Woman" guitar rhythm is reprised on "Gimme Back My Man," though to less memorable effect than on the hit single.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2004
Label:
Water
UPC:
0646315714128
catalogNumber:
141

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Performance Credits

Betty Wright   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kooper   Keyboards
Ron Bogdon   Bass,Bass Guitar,Horn Section
Fred Bogert   Keyboards
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Background Vocals
Fermin Goytisolo   Conga
Willie "Beaver" Hale   Guitar
Benny Latimore   Keyboards
Mike Lewis   Horn Section
Joey Murcia   Guitar
Vinnie Tanno   Horn Section
Ivan "Breeze" Olander   Drums
Clarence Reid   Keyboards
Philip Wright   Guitar
Me   Background Vocals
Simon Taylor   Conga
Gerald Smith   Horn
Gerald "Eli" Smith   Saxophone,Soloist
Perfections   Background Vocals
Arnold Albury   Keyboards
Simeon   Conga
Jeannette Holloway   Background Vocals
Bobby "Birdwatcher" Pucetti   Keyboards
Joanne Shelby   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Lewis   Horn
Phillip Wright   Guitar
Bobby "Birdwatcher" Pucetti   Keyboards
Vinny Tano   Horn

Technical Credits

Helen Reddy   Composer
Kooper   Arranger,Composer
Betty Wright   Arranger,Composer
Steve Alaimo   Producer,Audio Production
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Composer
Willie "Beaver" Hale   Arranger
Mike Lewis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gary Hobish   Reissue Remastering
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Images
Patrick Roques   Art Direction
Clarence Reid   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Loring Eutemey   Cover Design
Ray Burton   Composer
Willie Clarke   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Pat Thomas   Reissue Producer
Billy Kennedy   Arranger,Composer
Joanne Shelby   Arranger,Composer

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