Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Band ”You’re So Beautiful”

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Band

You’re So Beautiful
( LP Warner Bros. Records, 1971 )
Catalog # WS 1904

A1 Express Yourself II (5:38)
A2 Let’s Make Love Not War (2:08)
A3 Just To Settle My Nerves (6:13)
B1 What Can You Bring Me? (2:45)
B2 Your Love Means Everything To Me (3:06)
B3 You’re So Beautiful (4:52)
B4 I Got Your Love (3:30)

Personnel, Credits & Notes:
Joe Banks Trumpet
Benorce Blackmon Guitar
Bill Cannon Saxophone
Gordon de Witty Organ
Melvin Dunlap Bass
Larry Durham Tambourine
Eddie Epstein Engineer
Gabriel Flemings Trumpet, Tambourine
James Gadson Drums
Monk Higgins Piano, Arranger
J. Edward Hill Liner Notes
Rudy Hill Engineer
Gary Hobish Reissue Mastering
Ray Jackson Arranger
Bob Kovachs Editing, Dubs
John Rayford Saxophone
Stan Ross Engineer
Nathaniel Russell Reissue Art Director
Pat Thomas Reissue Producer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Watts Band Arranger
Charles Wright Organ, Guitar, Piano, Arranger, Vocals
Producer – Charles Wright
Format: Vinyl, LP, Gatefold Sleeve
Country: US
Released: 1971
Ripped from original vinyl by Mr.Blax

Following the success of their most popular album ever, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band seem to be running out of ideas on You're So Beautiful. Kicking off the festivities is a re-working of their big hit, "Express Yourself." Steeped in call-and-response revivalism, "Express Yourself II" brings the funk, but is repetitive and lacks focus. Elements of the band's unbridled yet controlled soul are still evident, but the songs themselves are without structure and seem to ramble. A prime example is the spaced-out "Let's Make Love Not War." A Tribe Called Quest and Brand Nubian have plucked juicy lines from "What Can You Bring Me," with its chicken-scratch guitar licks and ebbing horn patterns.
By Douglas Siwek (AMG)

By Pier


richard the moocher said...



fafaflava said...

Never seen this! I actually quite like the reworking of Express yourself!

Thanks Jazzy!

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