Thursday, 6 May 2010

Fatback ''XII''


( LP Spring Records, Polydor, 1979 )
Catalog # SP-1-6723, 2391 420

A1 You're My Candy Sweet 7:04
Composed By - Bill Curtis , Gerry Thomas
Engineer [Assistant] - Barry Simpson , Rock, The
Engineer [Remix Assistant] - Carl Beatty
Engineer, Remix - Ron Saint Germain
A2 Disco Bass 6:10
Composed By - Bill Curtis , Gerry Thomas , Johnny Flippin
Engineer [Assistant] - Lindsay Johnson , Rock, The
Engineer [Remix Assistant] - Greg Mann
Engineer, Remix - Ron Saint Germain
A3 Gimme That Sweet Sweet Lovin' 5:56
Composed By - Bill Curtis
Engineer - Michael Barbiero
Engineer [Remix Assistant] - Carl Beatty
Remix - Ron Saint Germain
B1 King Tim III (Personality Jock) 6:13
Composed By - Bill Curtis , Fred Demery
Engineer - Tony Rodriquez
Engineer [Remix Assistant] - Greg Mann
Remix - Ron Saint Germain
B2 Disco Queen 5:47
Composed By - Bill Curtis
Engineer [Assistant] - Rock, The, Tommy Weber
Engineer [Remix Assistant] - Greg Mann
Engineer, Remix - Ron Saint Germain
B3 Love In Perfect Harmony 6:20
Composed By - Johnny Flippin
Engineer [Assistant] - Barry Simpson , Lindsay Johnson
Engineer [Remix Assistant] - Lincoln Clapp
Engineer, Remix - Ron Saint Germain

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Art Direction] - Bob Heimall
Artwork By [Cover Art] - Dan Sneberger
Bass, Backing Vocals - Johnny Flippin
Co-producer, Lead Vocals, Percussion - Bill Curtis
Co-producer, Synthesizer, Synthesizer [Moog] - Gerry Thomas
Guitar - George Victory
Guitar [Lead, Rhythm] - Cobra Butler
Keyboards, Vocals - James Skelton
Percussion - Billy King
Producer - Fatback Band, The
Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Fred Demery
Trumpet - George Williams

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
A Fatback Production/All titles BMI
A1, A2, B2, B3 recorded at Master Track Recording and remixed at Media Sound, Inc.
A3 recorded and remixed at Media Sound, Inc.
B1 recorded at Opal Studio and remixed at Media Sound, Inc.
1979 Polydor Incorporated

Fatback maintained the same high standard of quality to produce another impressive slab of funk-tinged disco. XII is notable to hip-hop historians for the track "King Tim III (Personality Jock)," a song often tagged as the first rap song (it was released as a single shortly before the more popular "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang). "King Tim" remains a killer blast of hip-hop, seamlessly mixing a slick old-school rap into the band's intensely funky blend of organ, energetic horn blasts, and a relentless walking bassline. However, this isn't all there is to XII: The album's other tracks present a consistent mix of funky grit and disco slickness. Standout tracks include "Gimme That Sweet, Sweet Lovin'," which layers a Bee Gees-style falsetto vocal with an addictive mid-tempo groove anchored by a synthesizer bass, and "Disco Bass," which blends a catchy chant-along chorus with the serpentine hook mentioned in the title. XII is also notable for the high quality of its sound, which filters the energy of their sound through a carefully crafted soundscape that brings out all the details of their sound: a good example is how the huge drum sounds that propel "You're My Candy Sweet" seem to leap out of the speakers. The only track that tends toward the filler that has marred past Fatback albums is "Disco Queen," but even it is redeemed by its punchy horn arrangement and some catchy background vocals. All in all, XII is one of Fatback's finest albums and a treat for anyone who likes their disco music especially funky.
By Donald A. Guarisco
(AMG. Copyright © 2010 All Media Guide, LLC. Content provided by All Music Guide ®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC. All rights reserved.)

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