This Time With Panache
:: Interlude ::
:: Sweet Music ::
:: Outside ::
:: Magic ::
The airbrushed van art quality cover lured me in, the shout out to the inmates of Sing Sing on the back notes sealed the deal. I would buy you, funky looking private label soul record presumably from some time in the early 80's, and I would give you a good home. I would even take you out sometimes when I DJ, though I have so far been afraid to actually put you on in front of strangers.
There is of course no information on the Internet, but this is the product of the sweat and soul of Freddie and Debra Thompson, and it was their first album. Was there a second? Well, I'll sure keep an eye out.
After listening to this whole thing a second time, I feel like side 2 is where the action is, or at least where the repetitive vibe on side 1 is shuffled off. So here it is for you, with my quick notes about the tracks.
Interlude wraps your skull in some silken electric piano chords that surely ought to remind a lot of people of DJ Shadow's "Midnight In A Perfect World."
Sweet Music is the song that is being interluded into, and were it blessed with some of the sweet brevity of Interlude, it'd be a lot more fun. Nine minutes might have been a weeeee bit too much, but there's some fun vintage dance floor sounds here and Debra does some kinda kooky jumps up to falsetto in mid-word that has me picturing Muppets. But what doesn't these days, really?
Outside is the soundtrack to the last go around on a cruise ship disco dance floor, complete with slightly dyspeptic horn lines.
Magic again starts with that hazy electric piano sound and shifts the record from cruise ship to cruisin'. You can almost hear face being sucked.