Sunday, 30 August 2009

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band “In The Jungle,Babe”

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

In The Jungle,Babe
( LP Warner Bros.- Seven Arts Records, 1969 )
Catalog # WS 1801

A1 – Till You Get Enough
A2 – I’m A Midnight Mover
A3 – Light My Fire
A4 – Comment
A5 – Everyday People
B1 – Must Be Your Thing
B2 – Love Land
B3 – Oh Happy Gabe (Sometimes Blue)
B4 – Twenty-Five Miles
B5 – The Joker (On A Trip Through The Jungle)

Artwork By – Ed Thrasher
Engineer – Rudy Hill (2) (tracks: A1 to A5, B1, B2, B4, B5)
Photography – Ivan Nagy
Producer – Charles Wright

Recorded in June, 1969, at Western Recorders, Hollywood, California.
This album is dedicated to Joe Banks and his grandma, whose great grandmother was born “in the jungle”

Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band were near the peak of their popularity on this, their third Warner Brothers LP featuring three chart singles. Artistically, they are right there. The rough unevenness of LP number one is gone, and it flows smoother than their second album which spawned “Do Your Thing.” “Till You Get Enough,” a heavy dose of funk, charted at number 68 pop and 12 R&B in 1969; the slow, sensuous “Love Land” faired much better overall at number ten pop and number 20 R&B in 1969. A final single, “Must Be Your Thing” (1970), charted at number 67 pop and 12 R&B. The band also affix their disjointed rhythmic approach to remakes of Edwin Starr’s “Twenty Five Miles,” the Doors’ “Light My Fire,” and Wilson Pickett’s “I’m a Midnight Mover.” In the Jungle, Babe is easily the most satisfying album of the bands’ career.
By Andrew Hamilton (AMG)

By Celo

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