Philfunk - The Original
While this cd is undoubtedly good value, realistically the only point in buying this is to obtain Leon's critically acclaimed (though commercially unsuccessful) 1984 'Finders Keepers' album as 'Mighty Body (Hotsy Totsy)' (his debut album from 1981) is essentially a poor effort. 'Finders Keepers' made little impression in America (it failed to chart as did all of its singles) but here in the U.K it became something of a cult classic even making No30 on the Record Mirror year end disco charts. Tracks like the soulful, mid-tempo title track and the classy, well-sung 'I Can See Me Loving You' really hit the spot here as did dancers like 'I'm Gonna Put A Spell On You', 'Are You Ready (Until Tonight' and 'Never'. In fact, 'Finders Keepers' is a pretty good example of mid 80's soul/funk at its best and this collection is well worth buying for it alone. 'Mighty Body (Hotsy Totsy)' meanwhile is as uninspired and cliched as its title suggests. Only the unusual 'I Promise' (uptempo but not really dance floor) and sweet ballad 'Can I' are really worth a second hearing and it is no surprise to me that neither the title track (a cliched and unexceptional dancer) or 'Just The Way You Like It' did anything as singles at the time. What is nice about this collection though is that its compilers appear to have realised that most were going to want this for 'Finders' and have therefore put that album on first. Three of the tracks from that album also appear here in their full 12" versions ('Your Kind Of Loving', Are You Ready (Until Tonight)' and 'Never') which is a bonus if (like me) you already had the vinyl album. So then, 8 out of 10 for 'Finders' and 4 out of 10 for 'Mighty'.
Ma source:http://soulfunkjazz.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/leon-bryant-finders-keepersmighty-body-hosty-totsy-1997/Merci soulfunkjazz
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