Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Welcome To Our World Of Merry Music! - Mass Production ”Welcome To Our World”

Mass Production

Welcome To Our World
( LP Cotillion Records, 1976 )
Catalog # SD 9910

A1 Welcome To Our World (Of Merry Music) (7:32)
Written-By – Tyrone Williams
A2 Wine-Flow Disco (6:08)
Bass – Reginald Case
Written-By – Gregory McCoy, James W. Drumgole, Ricardo Williams,
Rodney Phelps, Tyrone Williams
A3 I Like To Dance (5:07)
Written-By – Tyrone Williams
A4 Out Thought (To The World) (1:06)
Written-By – James W. Drumgole, Rodney Phelps
B1 Magic (6:13)
Bass – Reginald Case
Written-By – Ricardo Williams
B2 Galaxy (5:35)
Bass – Reginald Case
Written-By – James W. Drumgole, Rodney Phelps
B3 Just A Song (4:48)
Written-By – Ricardo Williams
B4 Fun In The Sun (6:00)
Written-By – Ricardo Williams

Personnel & Credits:
Bass – Kevin Douglas
Drums – Ricardo Williams
Engineer – Dave Whitman
Guitar [Lead] – Rodney Phelps
Guitar [Rhythm] – LeCoy Bryant
Keyboards – Tyrone Williams
Lead Vocals – Larry Marshall, Tiny Kelly
Mastered By – Dennis King
Percussion – Emanual Redding
Producer – Ed A. Ellerbe
Saxophone – Gregory McCoy
Trumpet – James Drumgole

Recorded and mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York, N.Y.
Mastered at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, N.Y.
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1976

When Mass Production made its vinyl debut with 1976’s Welcome to Our World, the band found itself being compared to Brass Construction, BT Express, and the Crown Heights Affair — and the fact that Mass Production rhymes with Brass Construction certainly wasn’t lost on listeners. Like those other bands, Mass Production favored a horn-powered style of funk-disco that club DJs found to be extremely useful. Creatively, Production hit the ground running with this LP, which wasn’t a huge radio hit but enjoyed a great deal of exposure in danceclubs. And it isn’t hard to see why the Richmond outfit was a club favorite in the late 1970s; hypnotic tracks like “Wine-Flow Disco,” “I Like to Dance,” and “Fun in the Sun” are endlessly danceable. “Magic,” in fact, predicts the house music that came out of Chicago in the 1980s. Not everything on this album is up-tempo; “Just a Song” and “Galaxy” (which has a cosmic spirituality along the lines of Earth, Wind & Fire or Lonnie Liston Smith) point to the fact that Production also gave us some memorable ballads. Most of the time, however, Welcome to Our World takes dead aim at the dancefloor. Some of Production’s subsequent albums were uneven and inconsistent, but its recording career was off to a promising start with this impressive LP.
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

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