Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Instant Funk ”Witch Doctor”

Instant Funk

”Witch Doctor”
( LP Salsoul Records, 1979 )
Catalog # SA 8529

A1 Slap, Slap, Lickedy Lap (7:12)
Mixed By – Larry Levan
Written-By – Dennis Richardson,
George Bell, Larry Davis
A2 Witch Doctor (5:51)
Vocals – John Brothers, The
Written-By – Bunny Sigler
A3 I Had A Dream (5:51)
Written-By – Bunny Sigler
B1 Bodyshine (7:15)
Mixed By – Tee Scott
Written-By – Kim Miller, Larry Davis,
Raymond Earl, Scotty Miller
B2 It’s Your Love On My Mind (4:33)
Written-By – Charles Williams,
Dennis Richardson, Kim Miller
B3 I Want To Love You (4:10)
Written-By – Kim Miller
B4 Scream And Shout (4:00)
Written-By – George Bell,
Kim Miller, Raymond Earl, Scotty Miller

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By – Larry Davis
Artwork By [Art Director] – Stanley Hochstadt
Artwork By [Design] – Lori L. Lambert
Artwork By [Graphic Director] – Lloyd Gelassen
Backing Vocals – Bunny Sigler, Instant Funk,
John Brothers, The
Bass – Raymond Earl
Congas – Charles Williams
Drums – Scotty Miller
Engineer [Mixing] – Bob Blank
Executive Producer – Joe Cayre, Ken Cayre, Stan Cayre
Guitar – George Bell , Kim Miller
Lead Vocals – James Carmichael
Mastered By – José Rodriguez
Organ – Jimmy Sigler
Other [Jewerly Courtesy] – African Tribal Arts Gallery
Other [Stylist] – Timothy D’ Arcy
Photography – Len Kaltman
Piano – Dennis Richardson
Producer – Bunny Sigler
Saxophone – Bob Malach, Louis Del Gatto, Robin Eubanks
Trombone – Tom Malone, Willie Williams
Trumpet – Larry Davis, Michael Ray, Randy Brecker

Recorded and mixed at Blank Tape Studios, Inc, New York.
A1 & B1 Mixed at Eras Recording Studio.
Mastered by Jose Rodriguez at Sterling Sound, Inc.
“Special Thanks To: Bunny Sigler, Ike Perkins, Norman Wilson, Roger Hackney, Mike Serpiello, Eric Norris, Kenny Williams, Priscilla Chatman, Connie Johnson, Chancie Drummond, Bernadette Ryan, Patricia Perkins, Deborah Perkins, Lloyd Remick, Susie Klauser and the staff at Blank Tape Studios for the (hand) claps, and an instant thanks to all the people at Salsoul and RCA.
When you give 100% you expect 100% back”.

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1979


When Instant Funk moved from Philadelphia International's TSOP label to Salsoul, all of the pieces fell into place for the band -- both commercially and creatively. While its first album, Get Down With the Philly Jump, was decent but uneven, its second and third albums were generally excellent. For Instant Funk, switching labels didn't mean switching producers -- the Philadelphians worked with Bunny Sigler at TSOP and continued to work with him at Salsoul. Sigler was the ideal producer for Instant Funk because he really understood what the band was going for: an unorthodox blend of Philly soul/disco and the type of hardcore funk that other cities were better known for. Sigler is a major asset on Witch Doctor, which was Instant Funk's second album for Salsoul and its third album overall. From the sweaty funk of "Bodyshine" (a major hit), "Slap, Slap Lickedy Lap," and "Witch Doctor" to the smooth ballad "I Had a Dream," Sigler does right by Instant Funk on this solid effort.

By Alex Henderson (AMG)

By Pier

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